And its currently raining!
So. It turns out that free, decent internet is really hard to come by in Europe. I THINK I'll have access to internet for the rest of my trip though.
So Munich was amazing! We got up and took a tour of the city. We walked EVERYWHERE. It was great to hear all the history though. The thing I really like about Munich is that it wasn't all in your face. Tributes and memorials were actually kind of hidden.
In addition to the historical stuff we also got to go to a real beer garden! During our tour we visited the Hofbrauhaus which is the oldest (I think) and also the most touristy. Instead of having our last German meal there, we met up with Monica's friend and her friend who are currently studying in Munich, and they took us to Augustiner Keller, which is a more local beer garden. We had tasty food and 1 liter beers (that's how they serve it there). It was really neat to eat with the locals.
That night we got on a night train to Paris. We figured a night train would be great since its cheaper than the hostel and we usually fall asleep on trains anyway. Not so great. The seats were the least comfortable on a train yet, so none of us really slept. And in the morning we were woken up to "POLICE!" and a scary looking French policeman staring us down. He just wanted our passports, but he could have been a little less frightening. I do think that it was still worth it though, considering we bought ourselves an extra half day in Paris. But, upon our arrival things went downhill. We were supposed to arrive in Nice that day, but we couldn't get a train to Nice until Monday (when we would be in Ireland). So that was out. We also couldn't get a hold of the hostel in Nice to cancel our reservations, so we have to pay for one of the nights still. Then we had issues finding a place to stay in Paris. We eventually figured it out, but the hotel was a little run down. It all turned out fine though.
Our first day in France we went to see the Palace of Versailles. The palace was neat, but all the rooms started to look the same. What was really neat were the gardens. They are HUGE and so, so pretty.
Yesterday we explored Paris. We walked around all day hitting up almost all of the sights: The Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, etc. etc. We ended the day with wine, cheese, baguettes, fruit, madelines, and crepes at the base of the Eiffel Tower while it was lit up and sparkling. We also had some Spanish musicians behind us so we had entertainment! The only really annoying part of the evening was the fact that every ten minutes someone would come around trying to get us to buy stupid items we didn't want. They would not go away. We did get to see some of them chased around by an overweight cop though, so that was entertaining.
Today we went to the train station and basically asked the lady to just send us to the ocean! We ended up in Deuville (or something like that, I'll have to check...) and it was really neat! It would have been so much better had it actually been warm, but I loved the small town atmosphere. Tons of little shops and restaurants on the boardwalk, colorful cabana/tents on the beach, and nobody spoke English. It was far less touristy than Paris. Wonderful!
Tomorrow we are going to Orleans. I'm told Joan of Arc was supposed to be from there or around there? I'm not sure. I'm just happy to see anywhere new! So far it seems like the smaller, lesser known towns have been my favorite.
It's currently raining here, but hopefully it clears up for tomorrow. Also, I am currently eating something called Fritelle Gout Nature. I think they're supposed to be like crunchy french fries, but I really don't know. I'm hungry though.