Today was the day München decided it was 850 years old. And oh my did they lay on the party!I am glad I went - it was cheesy as hell with all the old Trachten (real and dubious national costume) wheeled out and bad yodelling and everyone drinking beer and eating Bratwurst. But man, it was fun.
I started by cycling across town to the Hofbräuhaus, where the alternative Bavarian music scene was jamming in the beer garden, with a band called "Landlergschwister" releasing its album. The Hofbräuhaus beergarden is one of the best kept secrets in town. It's lovely, cool, green and the food is cheap (unlike that poncy place opposite the opera, where a glass of not very nice Austrian Zweigelt costs 5 €...Anyway, the music was sweet and the atmosphere was party.
And then I just cycled past the giant pink cake, made by a local Bakery chain with the help of child volunteers
and the rafters who bring down the wooden rafts from the source of the river Isar (nowadays only for tourists)
and various other types of Bavarians, for example, our wildly popular Mayor, Herr Ude (two pictures down on the left),
I also saw some horse power,
...and some new Bavarians,
On my way home I passed my all time favourite art installation, the magic fountain, placed temporarily outside Lenbachhaus Museum again. You walk in - the water stops. Children love it and scream - I nearly did. It made my day.