Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

Today was very rainy and we decided to check out BMW's new world museum, which has some very beautiful architecture and the famed BMW's. I love having visitors, especially when they are my parents. My Dad always likes to try something new and encourages me to do the same, so it was nice to have a reason to visit the beautiful new museum / show room, not to mention he is a car guy, so it wasn't too difficult to get him to go. I've seen the museum for months, but it's always something to do later. I'm happy that 'later' finally came.

Buying a BMW and picking it up direct off the line is a major experience here. I have to give it to BMW to make it an experience and create some hype and excitement around it. Living in Munich is nice, because we often see brand new cars that we don't even know what they are. We also, on occasion, see these new BMW's being test drove on the autobahn (the area between the airport and Alliance Arena is a hot spot for that).

In addition to going to the museum we also went to the Olympic park, which has spectacular views of the city and park from Olympiaberg, a large hill made entirely out of trash from World War II. The wind was a bit intense, but the view is definitely worth it.

I'm quickly running out of places to take my parents around town - we have been walking and walking. Tuesday we also checked out the museums at Königsplatz. This area has a lot of Third Reich history, which is quite grim, but the art work and architecture of the buildings has been able to transcend that and have a new beginning. There's always life with art!

It's difficult not to miss my parents before they are gone. They are going to be leaving in a week already, and it seems like it's coming much too fast.


andrea said...

My parents just bought a BMW and were almost going to get it in Germany, have lee and I pick it up, drive it for a day, then you can turn it back in and they ship it over to the US and you save all this money, and they decided not to. We were so disappointed, we wanted to drive the Autobahn!

Hope you are having fun with your parents!

JoernandAllison said...

Oh my gosh, as I commented earlier, the BMW museum is like our Mecca- I can't believe you made it there!
I adore living in a car city, ours of course being Mercedes though. It is wild to see prototypes, and I am so jealous of the engineers and their families who get to test them out.
It really sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your parents, which is great news!

Luke said...

Glad to hear that they've updated the museum. I went a few years back and it was reminiscent of the Epcot Center in Orlando circa 1986. I'll have to check out the reincarnation this summer. Have fun with your parents.