February 19, 2015

Oktoberfest in Munich!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

When Stephanie and I found out we’d be ending our 9-day European River cruise in Munich, we had NO idea we would be there during Oktoberfest. At first I was TERRIFIED! I had no idea what to expect. I thought it would be wild and crazy! However, even though we aren’t big beer drinkers, we couldn’t pass up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to THE Oktoberfest in Munich.

As it turned out, we LOVED IT! :) It was like going to the biggest state fair ever, with fun food and carnival rides everywhere!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

This was my favorite kind of food stall we came across!! They were everywhere at Oktoberfest!!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

They had all different kinds of chocolate-covered fruit on a stick. Strawberries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi, apples, every kind of fruit you can think of! You could even mix and match and create your own. Of course I got all strawberries! :)

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

We went to Oktoberfest during the day, in the middle of the week, and had no problem getting into all the beer tents.

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Although “tent” may be a little misleading! These were MASSIVE structures that easily held thousands of people inside, with full kitchens and hundreds and hundreds of tables. Loved this sugared pretzel we got from the Hofbrau tent!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Had to say we had a beer and pretzel at Oktoberfest! :)

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Vanilla sugar roasted almonds were EVERYWHERE at Oktoberfest! There were stands literally every 10 feet. They smelled SO good we finally gave in. :) Delicious!!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Here’s another one of the “tents.”

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

See how HUGE they are inside?

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

We checked them all out.

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany Photo via Stephanie

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

So much fun! I can’t imagine the work that goes into setting all this up every year!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

In addition to all the food and beer, there were carnival rides everywhere!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Haunted houses…

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

The famous ferris wheel!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Merry go-rounds…

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

And carnival games!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Honestly loved every second of Oktoberfest. Such an awesome experience!

In case you missed the previous posts about my 17-Day Trip Around Europe, you can read them here:

Munich, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany { Sleeping Beauty’s Castle }
Salzburg, Austria & The Sound of Music Tour
Melk Abbey, Austria
Wachau Valley, Austria
Vienna, Austria
European River Cruise Adventure!
Everything I Ate In Budapest
Found My Handwriting in Budapest!
Breathtaking Budapest

Thanks so much for looking! Have a great weekend! :)


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February 16, 2015

Munich, Germany

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

Last fall my friend Stephanie and I went on an amazing adventure across Europe to Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, and ended up in Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest!! I wrote about most of our trip last year when we got back, but then the holidays came around and things got crazy, and I never got around to writing about our time in Munich!

We had so much fun running around this beautiful city. We arrived at Marienplatz, Munich’s main square in the city center, right at noon, just in time for the Glockenspiel clock tower show. Every day the clock chimes and figurines twirl on double-decker levels telling the famous love story from Munich’s past.

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

Our first order of business in Munich was food, of course! Especially pretzels! :)

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We had lunch at the nearby Weisses Brauhaus. This was a breaded pork chop stuffed with ham and cheese. Delicious! 

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

For dessert we had fried apples and ice cream. SO good!!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

That afternoon we went on a segway tour!!! I had never done one before, but it was SO fun!!! I would 100% do another one!! :)

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We went all over Munich. I love all the gorgeous window boxes in Germany!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

This one was of the neatest things we saw on the tour. People were street surfing near the English Garden!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We went by the famous Hofbrauhaus…

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We had to go in and sneak a peek at the ceiling!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

That night we had dinner at Augustiner Keller. The Cheesy Spätzle topped with fried onions was amazing!!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We also got a traditional pork knuckle and potato dumplings. The pork knuckle tasted like pulled pork, but more fun to eat because it’s on a huge cave-man bone! The potato dumplings were phenomenal!

Kaiserschmarrn from Augustiner Keller, Munich, Germany Photo via Stephanie

For dessert, we had to try Kaiserschmarrn, Germany’s famous treat. It’s a shredded pancake with almonds and raisins. Yum!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We’d heard Cafe Schmalznudeln was THE place to get a special kind of doughnut in Munich, so you know we were all over that.

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

This is their signature Schmalznudeln, and it is TO DIE FOR!! If you are ever in Munich, you must stop by this cafe for a Schmalznudeln! :)

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We also got this fluffy doughnut filled with apricot jam.

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

We walked by this church in Munich that had hundreds of oragami birds cascading from the ceiling.

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do}

And this beautiful building covered in ivy!

Best Tips for Traveling to Munich, Germany {Where to Eat, What to Do} Photo via Stephanie

Love this photo Stephanie got of this restaurant.

I’ll be back later this week with pictures from OKTOBERFEST!!!!! :) Stay tuned!! :)


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Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

A few weeks ago I went on my first ever Caribbean cruise as part of the Click Retreat photography conference I attended. I shared part one of my recap earlier this week. Here’s a little bit more about our week-long cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and our time at Atlantis in the Bahamas!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

The Oasis of the Seas is the second largest cruise ship in the world. (The largest is only two inches longer!) And it’s the the largest cruise ship that travels to the Caribbean.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

The ship is home to over 5,400 passengers and more than 2,300 crew members. It has 25 different dining options, 17 decks, five swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, an ice skating rink, a zip-line, a mini-golf course, and so much more!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

We had a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of space we had. There was plenty of room to unpack, hang up clothes, put things away in drawers, and store our luggage under the bed.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Our balcony was huge! Loved having our complimentary room service breakfast out here in the mornings. Don’t you love my crazy hair here?? ;)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

There was tons to see and do and explore on the ship.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

There were broadway shows, ice dancing shows, a Cirque-type acrobatic show, and a high-diving show.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Obviously my favorite part was the free soft-serve ice cream. ;)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

There’s an extremely nice spa and gym on the ship, and they offer free morning yoga classes. They also have an AMAZING juice and smoothie bar! One of my favorite parts of the cruise was doing morning yoga and treating myself to a fresh juice after class. When the weather is nice, they hold the yoga classes on the ship’s helipad. That was SUCH an awesome experience!!! Let me tell you, yoga on a moving ship is VERY different from a regular yoga class! Especially when the the ship is experiencing pretty significant ocean swells. We were swaying all over the place trying to hold our poses!

Side note: I showed this picture to Kevin and he picked me out of the crowd immediately, first try. Freaky, lol!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

This sweet girl is Shawn, my awesomely adventurous partner-in-crime on the ship!! We did all the fun stuff the ship had to offer. Shawn has an amazing food blog at I Wash, You Dry. She is the inventor of the famous Pizza Cake!!! She also has a cookbook coming out called Express Lane Cooking. She takes 5 ingredients and makes 3 different meals out of them. Her cookbook has over 80 quick and easy dinner with only 5 ingredients!! I cannot WAIT until it comes out. You definitely want to preorder this one right now!! :)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

We did the massive rock climbing wall….

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

I made it about 1/3 of the way up! ;)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Before I screamed and jumped down!

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We also went zip-lining and SURFING! On a boat!! Here’s a video of what all we did :)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Then we celebrated with Pineapple Smoothies on the sun deck. :)

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Our very first port of call was Nassau in The Bahamas.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

We got to spend the day playing at Atlantis!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

How crazy does that waterslide look??

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Loved the fun and colorful houses in the Bahamas!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

But my awesome roommate Shaina found us our own excursion to take…

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

This is The Cloisters, the 14th century remains of a French Monastery.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

There is a free shuttle from Atlantis that takes about 10 mins. It’s totally free and it was not crowded at all!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

This would be the perfect spot for a wedding!

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Surrounding the remains were gorgeous Versailles-type gardens with flowers, statues, and ponds.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

Afterwards we walked on the beach and sipped coconut smoothies.

Exploring Atlantis and The Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas! {Cruise Review}

That afternoon we sailed away from the Bahamas onto our next adventure! Be sure to check out this post for more from our cruise. :)

Thanks so much for looking! Have a fabulous rest of your week. :)


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