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This capuchin monkey is outraged
It may seems like just another April Fools' story, but trust that the news of Justin Bieber's monkey being held in quarantine in Germany is true.
Bieber flew to Germany's Munich Airport late last week as a stop in the European leg of his "I Believe" tour and, of course, traveling by private plane has its advantage...like bringing along a pet monkey for the ride. Justin's capuchin monkey made it to Germany, but didn't make it out of the airport as it seems the singer did not have the proper documentation to bring a monkey into the country.
During this time we slowly fell deeper and deeper in love with the airport, Franz-Josef Strauss International (MUC). Not only did it have an awesome visitor park (which will get its own story soon), but the two terminals are gorgeous and more than happy to have you drink your fill of beer before departing. In fact, even the coaster napkins make a case for pre-flight boozing, as you can see from ours, pictured above.
Only in Munich!
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Okay people. It's that time of the year when we get to talk about Oktoberfest. The barrels will be tapped and the pretzels baked starting September 22. Just as last year, we're going to lay some wisdom on ya as seasoned female revelers at Munich's massive party. Heed these, our six things for female travelers to know about Oktoberfest:
1. Beer is not the only authentic drink! In fact, we'd argue there are three other beverages it's "authentic" to drink at Oktoberfest, all of which work out well for those who don't particularly enjoy chugging beer: champagne, schnapps and Radler. Look beyond the ginormous beer tents to the Weinzelt tent, a smaller tent that specializes in Nymphenburger Sektsekt being German champagne. Even smaller and dotted around the Theresienwiese are schnapps booths, where a few Euro goes a long way (towards getting drunkers).
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Prost! There's one more month until the start of the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Running from September 22 - October 7, the celebration of beer and the autumn harvest returns with its 14 Big Tents, an amusement park, and all the sausages under heat lamps you can handle.
Naturally the focus will again be beer, but we're here to say that, yes, we've been to Oktoberfest before and, yes, there's more than just heading for the hops. If you haven't made your beer tent table reservations yet, good luck (they're usually booked up as early as February), but drinking other beverages can still yield you a seat.
Here's three other liquids to guzzle during Oktoberfest 2012:
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You're tired, you're cranky, you're on a layover with no access to the swanky airline lounges. What to do? If that layover is at Munich Airport in Germany, there's these things called Napcabs you should be tracking down.
Napcabs are what they sound likeprefab boxes installed in the airport terminal that contain basic beds and work desks. You purchase time in them (between 3-12 hours!) using a touchscreen menu and your credit card. They are very similar to the Yotel and Day Stay concept of quickie, in-terminal capsule rooms, just now minus the restrooms and minus any need to deal with another person. Plus, they being at the not-too-shabby rate of 10 Euro an hour.
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Kim Kardashian represents womankind at last year's Oktoberfest. Vom.
Okay people. Oktoberfest is officially in full swing. The brew has been tapped and the pretzels baked and the hotels...well, filled. The luxury hotel collection Rocco Forte Hotels dropped some advice into our inbox regarding tips for ladies visiting Oktoberfest, and as seasoned female revelers at Munich's massive party, we've got some priceless tidbits of our own to add:
· Drink: The only authentic drink at the Oktoberfest, even for women, is beer. But caution is advisedthe typical Munich festival beer, specially brewed for Oktoberfest has a higher alcohol percentage than average. When drinking with others it is polite to clink your glasses, while looking the person in the eyes, and say “Prost”.
Jaunted Says: Whoanot true about beer being the only authentic drink! In fact, we'd argue there are two other beverages it's "authentic" to drink at Oktoberfest, both of which work out well for those who don't particularly enjoy chugging beer: champagne and schnapps. Look beyond the ginormous beer tents to the Weinzelt tent, a smaller tent that specializes in Nymphenburger Sektsekt being German champagne. Even smaller and dotted around the Theresienwiese are schnapps booths, where a few Euro goes a long way (towards getting drunkers).
If there's a world event that guarantees women will be wearing bust-enhancing, colorful dresses, you can bet that the current pop culture cuties will make an appearance for a prime photo-op. This is what's happening now with Germany's Oktoberfest. A couple weeks ago, the 200th Oktoberfest opened in Munich, and Kim Kardashian made sure to stop by with her mom for custom dirndl dresses and braided pigtails. Now it's Katy Perry's turn to be dirndl-ed up, but she's taken it beyond the fairgrounds and onto television.
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Ein Prosit...Ein Prosit...Der Gemütlichkeit! If you've ever been to the famous annual beer-and-pretzel smorgasbord that is Munich's Oktoberfest, then you should be able to sing that with a nice sloppy slur. It's one of the official toast songs of the two-week-long festival, and more revelers than ever are in town for this, its 200th Anniversary.
One of the more unexpected guests is Kim Kardashian, who dropped by the beer tents with her mom, Kris. The duo are trotting all over Europe on a press tour for their reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and they've managed to do typically tourist things at each major stop. They went sightseeing in London, to the Louvre in Paris, shopping in Milan and now they've got to do the Oktoberfest thing in Munich, of course.
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We were there, in Germany and onboard, when the first A380 named the "Frankfurt am Main" went for an inaugural flight over Holland and northern Germany, and we'll never forget it. This week, the "München" was christened, and appropriately by Alpenhorns and a flight over the snowy Alps from Munich Airport.
This time, the seats onboard the first flights were sold, bringing in over 100,000 Euros for charity, and the flights didn't go anywhere but back where they began!
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Munich Airport's Airbräu biergarten
As if the service on Lufthansa wasn't enough, there's now a huge new reason to fly the German airline in business class through their Munich airport hubthey're getting a full-fledged biergarten!
Just announced today at the tourism conference in Berlin, the news of the Business Class biergarten comes straight from the top Lufthansa brass, as a huge welcome to the spring season. It'll open on March 23, and will be located in the Schengen departures area at Gate Area G in Terminal 2 as part of the 11,000 square foot Lufthansa business class lounge there.
So what's on tap? Find out, after the jump!
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To avid beer drinkers and expats, this super summer beverage might be pretty familiar; it's the Radler, a mix of light beer and lemonade which also goes by the names of panache in France and clara in Spain. Since lemonade never fails to refresh, the Radler is a way of both adapting beer for summer bingeing and offering a refreshing beverage.
Since Oktoberfest in Munich actually takes place in September and the city is usually still experiencing summer temperatures, tucking into a Radler is a way to continue drinking into dusk without suffering heatstroke and passing out from a combo of booze and sunlight. In town and away from the Oktoberfest tents however sits Donisl Restaurant, a bastion of Bavarian cuisine for over 200 years, which happily serves up fizzy steins of Radler to those looking for a meal with their beer.
On a layover at the Munich airport, you have a lot of choices. For example, you can sup on pasta at Piazza Monaco or drink your dinner in Airbräu beer. And when it comes to Internet access, you can drive your own vehicle on the information superhighway or arrange to borrow someone else's.
The "Internet point" in the Munich Airport Center at Franz Josef Strauss Airport advertises fast broadband connections on airport computers for €5 an hour. (If you only want to use Microsoft Office, it's €4 an hour -- what are you, a Luddite?) Elsewhere, use your T-Mobile account to pick up WiFi (we got it in Terminal 1).
Choosing to connect somewhere else? Tell us which international airport to choose next. (And don't hesitate to correct our German.)
· Digital World [Munich-airport.de]
· Breaking Economic News: Oktoberfest Devastation in Munich [Jaunted]
· Airport WiFi Map [Jaunted]