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Old 07-03-2019, 09:45 AM
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ED #4: Mrs Bick gets an M550i

ED Trip logs seem to be a dying thing on here, but there was a time about 10-12 years ago when we all had a lot of fun with them. I did my own first ED in July 2008, and had fun sharing the experience and all the warm feedback from other members that commented, asked questions, and shared their own advice. So, in the spirit of what made this once such a great forum, and to hold onto a great tradition, this is the beginning of our July 2019 ED#4 log!

Today is Wednesday, July 3, and Mrs. Bick and I are on a flight from Seattle to NY on Alaska Airlines. I'm a Million Miler, so thankfully I get all the perks, and I cashed in a bunch of miles generated from my weekly trips to SoCal for work. From NY we fly first class on British Airways to London Heathrow, hang out in the first class lounge for four hours, then finish the trip to Munich. We are staying in Munich for six days at an AirBnB, which has become our favorite way to travel when we're in Europe. We love unpacking and having a space that is more homey, a kitchen, and overall more space. Plus, it's so much more fun to be "in" the place we are visiting, than going back to a sterile, boring hotel. It's the way to do Europe if you don't have family there.

We pick up the new car on Monday, so the first several days of our trip will be tooling around town by u-bahn, which is just fine, because Munich's public transportation system is really good, and we don't mind walking around.

We'll be in Munich for six days only. We'll turn the car in at the Munich airport location next Wednesday, then catch a Lufthansa flight to Nice where we will spend seven days at an AirBnB in the heart of Vieux Nice (Old Nice). Munich and Nice have become our two favorite European destinations, so for this trip we're sticking to just those two locations, and counting on lots of relaxing and just hanging out. (side note: the last time we were in Nice was during the Bastille Day celebrations in 2016, when that ba$tard drove the truck through the crowd killing scores of people. We were there.)

I will for sure comply with the 12-hour rule, and hopefully remember to post more updates as the trip unfolds.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:22 AM
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:46 AM
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Have a great trip. It doesn't sound like you'll get to drive your new car much though. Get out of Munich at least and enjoy some of the beautiful nearby countryside. Andechs monastery and brewery is nearby.

We've become big Air BnB fans too. Enjoy it while you can. As is usually the case when something is a good deal politicians become involved and want a piece of the pie. From what I've read the EU and local governments want to start taxing property owners the same way they tax hotels. In the meantime I'll be happy renting a Tuscan villa with its own vineyard with 12 of my friends for less than $40/pp per night.

And of course we need to see photos.
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And of course we need to see photos.
That's right, because, as we all know, this forum is useless without pictures!

Don't really have much to share yet. We arrrived in Munich this afternoon, and took advantage of our one free limo service to get a ride from the airport to our AirBnB. It's a really nice spare apartment attached to the owner's house. The owner's property is absolutely stunning, with a large, beautiful backyard, in a nice quiet neighborhood about 2 miles east of the Zentrum (city center). The owner, Wolfgang, is retired and loves cars - he has a 17-year old convertible Porsche twin-turbo 911 and a newer Porsche Carrera in the garage, so I thoroughly enjoyed letting him show those off to me, and getting a tour of his awesome yard (with a bier garten he built for himself, of course). Attached are a couple of pictures of our well-appointed apartment.
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Old 07-07-2019, 01:24 PM
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Couple of Days in Munich

We've spent Thursday through Sunday just hanging out in Munich, revisiting some of our favorite places, and exploring some new places we hadn't seen. We don't pick the car up until Monday morning, so we've been getting around problem-free on the U-Bahn and S-Bhan. We bought a 3-day pass for two, which makes the whole thing a very cost-effective piece of cake.

We always love visiting bier gartens, to which we've gone to several, and we also really enjoy a run out to the Hirschgarten fest area. The Hirschgarten is the largest bier garten in Bavaria, and is a lot of fun. It's easy to get to - take any of the S-bahn trains S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, or S8 westbound out of Marienplatz or Hautbahnhof station, and get off at Laim station. You can get there from the Hirschgarten station, but it's a much longer and unpleasant walk to the fest area, which is in the northwest corner of the park. It's about a third of a mile walk from the rail station (Laim). Oh, and "Hirsch" means deer in German, and yes, there are deer in the garden!

We also walked up to the Englischer Garten and watch the wave surfers on the Eibach wave, then walked further into the park and checked out the riverside area where the park opens up. It was a gorgeous 85 degree day. Perfect day to be in the park.

So far the coolest part of our trip was being invited to have a glass of wine by our AirBnB hosts. Their house is stunning, and their back yard garden is spectacular. He has a covered sitting area, an outdoor BBQ and dining table, and too many other awesome features to describe, but trust me when I say it is like a little luxury garden of Eden. We not only had a glass (several, actually) of wine, but he invited us have grilled steaks, too. We spent four and a half hours chatting and getting to know them, and it was wonderful. Wolfgang is an almost-retired business attorney, and his girlfriend is an executive assistant for the interior minister, so they are wealthy, connected, and have a lot of great travel experience. They also gave us some great tips on some places to visit that we've never seen. Hopefully they are friends for life.

They also invited us to a private fest they are attending Tuesday evening with some Russian oligarch that Wolfgang knows, so that should be interesting!

Tomorrow we get the M550i, and finally some pictures of the car will be forthcoming!
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:20 AM
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Keep posting. I love these tales. Just when I think I'm "Muniched" out these stories reel me back in. What a beautiful big city!

Did you happen to partake at the Biergarten in the Englischer Garten? I had wanted to visit there for decades and on my last ED we finally had perfect weather and spent a few hours there. An absolutely gorgeous setting with some delicious brews and eats. It was great for people watching as well.

Would you mind sharing the name or link for your Air BnB? You can PM me if you'd prefer. My wife and I visit the city frequently and while I've had great luck finding us relatively inexpensive hotels it's getting tougher and tougher to find a "deal".
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Would you mind sharing the name or link for your Air BnB? You can PM me if you'd prefer. My wife and I visit the city frequently and while I've had great luck finding us relatively inexpensive hotels it's getting tougher and tougher to find a "deal".
Happy to!

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7529488...jVWGHh6nEpIENO

The gal's name in the picture is Shelly. She's the daughter of the owner, Wolfgang, and is heading to University this fall. He owns it and co-manages it, but is putting her more and more in charge to earn money for getting to stay at home while in school.

Oh, and Wolfgang likes cars, but he's a Porsche man. He has two in the garage, one is a 27-year old twin-turbo hot rod with only 87K kilometers on it. I love his license plate. LOL
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It's been several days since we took delivery of the car, but I've just been too darn busy to post updates. Attached are a couple of pics of the Welt and a few of the car.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:52 AM
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Day trip to Augsburg & Dinkelsbuhl

At our hosts recommendation, we took the M550i on a short road trip out to Augsburg the day after we got the car. It was a blast getting it out onto the autobahn for the first time.

I LOVE THIS CAR! It has so much power, and delivers it so effortlessly. The cabin is rattle-free and tight as a bank vault. Really quiet inside, but you can still hear the delicious rumble of that awesome V8. Unlike the F10 we're replacing with this car, there is no tip-in lag that has driven us crazy for the last 8 years with Mrs. Bick's other car. Can't wait till this thing gets home!

The best part of Augsburg was the drive out there, TBH. There are things to see, but they are pretty spread out (walkable, but), and not of particular interest to me. The central area is not all that interesting, and frustratingly devoid of any bratwurst stands (one of our favorite things to eat when we're in Germany!). What we saw a LOT of was pizza restaurants. Everywhere. Like, two out of every three restaurants sold pizza. I commented to Mrs. Bick that with all these pizza joints, it seems more like a college town than a normal German town, and sure enough that's what it turned out to be. Tons of college students crawling all over the place.

The most interesting thing we saw when we were there was the Fuggerei, the oldest social housing project still in use in the world. It was built by one of the richest merchants in the world some 500 years ago, and charged the equivalent of only $0.88 per year for a 2-bedroom flat with a kitchen and garden (downstairs), or upstairs unit with an attic. That's still what they charge today - the price hasn't gone up in 500 years.

The city was bombed hard by the allies on February 25-26, 1944, since Augsburg was a major armaments manufacturing site, and there was a Messerschmitt fighter factory near town, as well. The Fuggerei was damaged, but the residents survived in a bomb shelter onsite. Inside the bunker today are pictures and stories of the two nights of bombing. It was pretty interesting for the WWII piece, but honestly we got pretty bored with the town after that.

It was late in the day, but we decided to blast further out to check out Dinkelsbuhl, about an hour further away. We thought there was a fest there that night, but when we got there discovered that it wasn't until later in July. Everything was pretty closed up, so we just drove slowly through the beautiful town and admired the buildings. It's a lot like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and is for sure on our must-see list next time we're in Munich.

Sorry, no pictures on this post - Augsburg was that un-noteworthy.
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It's good to see a trip log. Thanks for this Bick.
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Thanks for the Air BnB info. I am bookmarking it for my next visit.

I'll agree Augsburg isn't all that interesting unless you're a Lutheran or a Martin Luther scholar, but no Bratwurst? You must not have discovered the Stadtmarkt (city market). It was full of fresh farm produce and flowers. The centerpiece of the marketplace was a big building with more than a dozen food stalls. I enjoyed the spicy Currywurst while my family sampled the huge Bratwursts. At lunch it felt as though every office worker in town was standing in line for an Imbiss.
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We did our ED in June '13 (550i) and back then seemed like a fair amount of Americans there based on the names on the TV monitor and originating dealer.

What did you see this trip?
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TI'll agree Augsburg isn't all that interesting unless you're a Lutheran or a Martin Luther scholar, but no Bratwurst? You must not have discovered the Stadtmarkt (city market). It was full of fresh farm produce and flowers. The centerpiece of the marketplace was a big building with more than a dozen food stalls. I enjoyed the spicy Currywurst while my family sampled the huge Bratwursts. At lunch it felt as though every office worker in town was standing in line for an Imbiss.
Yeah, we did make it over to the Stadtmarkt. That was kinda nice (not as nice as the Viktualmarkt in Munich, though!). We did see the building with the food stands in it, including the place that sells the currywurst, but what we were after are the rot brats mit brutchen - just the simple thin, long red bratwursts in a bun that you can buy. Those are our favorites for when we're out exploring.
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We did our ED in June '13 (550i) and back then seemed like a fair amount of Americans there based on the names on the TV monitor and originating dealer.

What did you see this trip?
We picked our car up pretty early on a Monday. The Welt was the least busy I've seen in our four EDs. Eight years ago when we picked up Mrs. Bick's last car (F10 535xi) the place was so busy that we didn't even get a turn table; our car was off on the side for delivery. This time only about half of the turntables had cars on them.

As far as I could tell, we were the only Americans there at the time, too.
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... and stay away from the Krankenhaus!
That's hilarious - you remember my "experience" from 2011, when we shut down the Autobahn.

Thankfully, no krankenwagon or krankenhaus on this trip!
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That's hilarious - you remember my "experience" from 2011, when we shut down the Autobahn.

Thankfully, no krankenwagon or krankenhaus on this trip!
I remember that too!
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A One-Day Fest at Rottach-Egern (Tegernsee Lake)

Our AirBnB hosts had invited us to come along to a one-day fest on the evening of July 9th, at the south end of lake Tegernsee, in the small town/village of Rottach-Egern. It's an area about 30 miles south of Munich (as the crow flies), and it's a pretty drive heading down there (it is Bavaria, after all!).


The area is stunningly beautiful, and Wolfgang said the area is swarming with multi-millionaires and billionaires. Not hard to see why. The fest area was along the southern-most edge of the lake, along Seestrasse and Uberfahrstrasse - almost 3/4 of a mile long. Lots of food, lots of places serving beer, and a sizable proportion of people wearing authentic Bavarian gear (dirndls and lederhosen).

Being a business attorney for many years, Wolfgang has several acquaintances, and talked to several of them as he met them while we were strolling along through the crowd. At one point, he walked up to a small group of guys, each holding a folded whip and dressed in lederhosen, and spoke to one of them that apparently knows. He explained to him in German that Mrs. Bick and I were Americans on vacation, and he asked them to do something, but I wasn't clear what. A moment later, Wolfgang says "follow me!" We walked about 50 yards further and he directed us to a raised grass yard that was in front of this beautiful Bavarian villa, and on the grass the men that he spoke to started to assume their positions: three of them in the middle of the grass with two accordions and a brass horn, and seven others all around them forming a perimeter, armed with their whips. And then they started to play.

It was awesome - I had never seen this type of performance before, but the three guys in the middle started playing music, and the guys with whips started cracking them in unison to provide the percussion. It was really cool! Wolfgang had arranged a private performance for us, right there on the spot.

We spent about 3 hours there, drinking bier, people-watching, listening to a really good cover band playing some awesome 80s and 90s popular music, and then at 10:15 there was a spectacular fireworks show put on. That's when we beat feet out of there!

The fest was swarming with people, but once the fireworks stared, they all stood in one place, zombie-like, staring up to the sky to watch the firework show, and that's when Mrs. Bick and I looked at each other and said in unison "time to go!"

We got to still enjoy the fireworks, but while everyone was standing still we walked out of the crowd as quickly as we could - a full 3/4 of a mile, and made it to our car just as the fireworks ended, at which time the crowd quite predictably started moving en masse towards the exit. We beat the crowd, and were the sixth car to hit the road. We got out of there with literally no traffic at all - it was splendidly pulled off.

The first picture below shows our host, Wolfgang, in the feathered hat and coat over his shoulder, after just having asked the musicians to play for us. The other pictures are my lame attempt to capture the tableau of how the players arranged themselves for the performance.Below I tried to attach a link to the Facebook Live video I shot while they performed, not sure if this will work or not:
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Our AirBnB hosts had invited us to come along to a one-day fest on the evening of July 9th, at the south end of lake Tegernsee, in the small town/village of Rottach-Egern. It's an area about 30 miles south of Munich (as the crow flies), and it's a pretty drive heading down there (it is Bavaria, after all!).


The area is stunningly beautiful, and Wolfgang said the area is swarming with multi-millionaires and billionaires. Not hard to see why. The fest area was along the southern-most edge of the lake, along Seestrasse and Uberfahrstrasse - almost 3/4 of a mile long. Lots of food, lots of places serving beer, and a sizable proportion of people wearing authentic Bavarian gear (dirndls and lederhosen).

Being a business attorney for many years, Wolfgang has several acquaintances, and talked to several of them as he met them while we were strolling along through the crowd. At one point, he walked up to a small group of guys, each holding a folded whip and dressed in lederhosen, and spoke to one of them that apparently knows. He explained to him in German that Mrs. Bick and I were Americans on vacation, and he asked them to do something, but I wasn't clear what. A moment later, Wolfgang says "follow me!" We walked about 50 yards further and he directed us to a raised grass yard that was in front of this beautiful Bavarian villa, and on the grass the men that he spoke to started to assume their positions: three of them in the middle of the grass with two accordions and a brass horn, and seven others all around them forming a perimeter, armed with their whips. And then they started to play.

It was awesome - I had never seen this type of performance before, but the three guys in the middle started playing music, and the guys with whips started cracking them in unison to provide the percussion. It was really cool! Wolfgang had arranged a private performance for us, right there on the spot.

We spent about 3 hours there, drinking bier, people-watching, listening to a really good cover band playing some awesome 80s and 90s popular music, and then at 10:15 there was a spectacular fireworks show put on. That's when we beat feet out of there!

The fest was swarming with people, but once the fireworks stared, they all stood in one place, zombie-like, staring up to the sky to watch the firework show, and that's when Mrs. Bick and I looked at each other and said in unison "time to go!"

We got to still enjoy the fireworks, but while everyone was standing still we walked out of the crowd as quickly as we could - a full 3/4 of a mile, and made it to our car just as the fireworks ended, at which time the crowd quite predictably started moving en masse towards the exit. We beat the crowd, and were the sixth car to hit the road. We got out of there with literally no traffic at all - it was splendidly pulled off.

The first picture below shows our host, Wolfgang, in the feathered hat and coat over his shoulder, after just having asked the musicians to play for us. The other pictures are my lame attempt to capture the tableau of how the players arranged themselves for the performance.Below I tried to attach a link to the Facebook Live video I shot while they performed, not sure if this will work or not:
https://www.facebook.com/bill.habeni...8127157145906/

I've seen one of these performances in a field outside of a restaurant I ate at, in generally the same area, years and years ago. It was definitely cool.
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After six days in Munich, and only two with the new M550, it was time to head to the flughafen, drop off the car, and fly to Nice, France for the second week of our vacation.

There is a place to drop off your BMW right in the airport, next to the Hilton Hotel. It's pretty easy to get to, but honestly hard to see. When you drive past the entrance to the Hilton (underneath a big metal canopy), there is a place to turn to the right. This is a drive area that heads towards the terminal then u-turns back to the main drive, and appears to be a taxi pickup and drop-off area. The place to drop off your BMW is shortly after you turn onto this lane. There is a small parking area (maybe 8-10 stalls?) that was cordoned off by a rope/ribbon. We just double-parked by that ribbon, then had to search for the doorway into the building. It's not obvious, but shortly I found a very unassuming-looking glass door, opened it, and saw a small lobby with doors to a few small businesses within. The company you drop the car off is across the hall straight ahead and slightly to the left.

You'll want to wash the car before arriving here, though. I was told at The Welt that there are two places at the airport to get the car washed, but I didn't see them driving in. I went straight to the drop-off place and asked them where they were, and they gave me a piece of paper with the two locations highlighted. I went to one that was on the opposite corner of the airport property - about a 4 to 5 minute drive, but it was easy to find. There is a drive through paint-destruction style car wash, and there are also separate DIY bays that you can use. I chose to protect my paint and DIY. The wash bays are pretty much like the ones you find in the US, and are coin-operated. Cost me about four euro I think to buy enough time to get all the bugs pressure washed off, then back to the drop-off place.

In the past, I've always taken the front license plate with me to ensure I had it as a souvenir. This time the guy was adamant - THE PLATES STAY ON! FRONT AND BACK. He said that the only person that is allowed to remove them is the dealer the car is delivered to (don't know if that's true or not, but he was adamant), so if I want the plates he said to make sure and tell my CA. I emailed my CA that day, and got a prompt reply that when I pick up the car the plates will still be on the car. We'll see, but I'll take him at his word.

I did remove the owner's manual, first aid kit, and safety triangle from the trunk, though.

And then it was a short walk out the back door of their office, under cover of the big metal canopy I mentioned that overhangs the main drive area, and to the terminal, maybe about 100 yards. Piece of cake. From there, we caught a Lufthansa flight to one of our favorite cities in Europe: Nice, France.
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Dude....you so should have driven to France!
This wasn't our first rodeo. We drove from Munich to Nice during our last ED in 2016. It's a 2-day drive, and for this vacation we decided that we wanted more time on the beach and less time driving.
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There is a place to drop off your BMW right in the airport, next to the Hilton Hotel.

For anybody new who is reading this, it's best to email the drop-off company and reserve a time on the day you need to drop your car off. The people who just show up there with their car expecting to catch their flight in 45 minutes are always looking super-stressed.



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And then it was a short walk out the back door of their office, under cover of the big metal canopy I mentioned that overhangs the main drive area, and to the terminal, maybe about 100 yards. Piece of cake. From there, we caught a Lufthansa flight to one of our favorite cities in Europe: Nice, France.

Hopefully you had enough time to grab a beer at the airport biergarden.
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For anybody new who is reading this, it's best to email the drop-off company and reserve a time on the day you need to drop your car off. The people who just show up there with their car expecting to catch their flight in 45 minutes are always looking super-stressed.
That’s a great point, Me530! Thanks for pointing that out.

To add to that, The Welt connected me with these folks by phone while we were checking in to pick up the car, so we had a drop-off reservation already arranged.
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