All aboard! Join me on one of the new Routemasters

As we headed to the London Design Centre we hit one of those transport hiccups that you do on Sundays; for an unknown reason none of the tubes from Westminster were going to Wimbledon even though that was supposed to be their destination.  So we changed our plans got on the first tube and then got off at Sloane Square.  Slightly random but I remembered that previously I'd seen shuttles advertised between there and Chelsea Harbour so logic told me it couldn't be that far.

Well once outside the station and checking the maps, we realised it was a little too far to walk so Plan B (or is it C by now?) was to get a bus.  We headed up past the Duke of York Square to the bus stop and waited for our bus to arrive.  When it did we were in for a bit of a surprise - it was one of the new Routemasters - and we were probably just a little bit too excited about this.

Imagine then when we got to the top deck and realised we had it all to ourselves. There was only one thing for it.

Yeap, time to get the camera out!

Top deck all to ourselves
Route 11 to Fulham Broadway

Goodness knows what the magic eye thought of me if it captured me taking pictures.

top deck front seats

The seats had one of those mesmerising patterns on, you know the sort that boggles your eyes. 

front view
pshycodelic seats

And there were two sets of stairs. The more modern ones behind the driver here: 

stairs

And the more traditional rear stairs from the platform below: 

rear stairs
new routemaster
stop

And yes, someone was either enjoying the ride or pretending he wasn't with the loony taking pictures! 

seriously unimpressed

Well, I thought it was rude not to capture this, don't you agree? 

Looking around the Bogenhausen district in Munich

Apart from sightseeing and people-watching, one of my favourite past times is to wander around the non-tourist trail parts of a city. And when we were in Munich last year, it was no different. We spent one morning at BMW World, which is way more interesting than it sounds (and I'll share more from there in a future post) and wanted to spend the afternoon outside, so we took the train from the Olympiapark towards Bogenhausen which our guidebook told us was "a charming place full of lovely mansions of the wealthy."

Well if you're going to look around part of the city that's off the beaten track, it might as well be one of the fancier parts. As we emerged from the station, it was already looking promising...

Moet Deckchairs
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A CHERRY!

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A CHERRY!

BENCHES & BAY
WICKER STOOLS

As much as I would have liked to stop, I was also keen to see more of Bogenhausen. As i looked up, I knew it was the right decision, just look:

Statues on the Roof

How could you not want to explore an area with statues like this on the roof. I love how they look to be surveying the area, and watching what's going on below them.

We peeked through iron railings at the large houses behind them, marvelling at the arches, the lamps and the ironwork at the windows and the balconies.

through the railings
ironwork balcony

There were gates and wide leafy avenues.

Gates
wide avenues

There were smaller details too, the iron rose among the lusciously coloured rosebush, and mosaic pillars.

Roses and metalwork
mosaic pillar

And everywhere, there were bikes.

Bikes everywhere

There really was something for everyone.

bogenhausen buildings
Grand windows and balconies
bogenhausen district

As we wandered some more, aimlessly it must be said and soon found ourselves in this square. Using it to get our bearings we turned right and headed back towards the river and our hotel.

munich square
silhouette

So quite a wander, with lots to see. Do you head off to other parts of cities when you visit them, or is it just me?

Black and White photo: Oompah!

As I looked through my posts of 2015 to share my 2015 in photos I realised I still had some photos, and stories to share from our trip to Bavaria back in June. So as January is generally my "worst" month I thought it would be perfect to share some of my photos from the summer.

It's also been a while since I've linked up with Charly at PODCast and her Black and White Photo Project, so I'm putting that right too.  These photos were taken on our last evening in Füssen, which was the start and end point for our cycle tour around Bavaria.

It's a pretty town and we ventured out for dinner. We found an Italian restaurant in a pretty courtyard and it wasn't long before we noticed band members wander up and hang around on the other side of the square.  

Soon they were set up - seemingly out of nowhere - and started playing the old favourites and the more traditional German fare too.  It was lovely to have their accompaniment as we enjoyed our meal and some German beer - a fitting end to the first part of our holiday, as the next day we were heading back to Munich for a few days before heading home. 

Fussen_band.jpg
PS. THE CYCLIST IN THE BACKGROUND ISN'T MOH, JUST A RANDOM CYCLIST ALSO ENJOYING THE BAND!

PS. THE CYCLIST IN THE BACKGROUND ISN'T MOH, JUST A RANDOM CYCLIST ALSO ENJOYING THE BAND!