Pasta Haters Unite!
Wednesday, 20 July 2022
Munich Meanderings (1)
fbb has been gently corrected by correspondent Andrew concerning his concern about a cafe menu showing ...Ante Pasta is the anglicised version of the course at an Italian meal. The italian is (one word) Antipasto (singliar - one piece of pasta??) or Antipasti (plural). So both bits (combined) of the cafe sign were wrong in different ways - or not, as the case may be.
This correspondence is now closed.
How To Cope With The Heat?
Cats (e.g Mr Tubbles) seem much better than humans at coping!
And So To Munich
Necessary, perhaps; but never OK, surely?
No 1 son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons met up for a few days in Munich earlier in the summer. No 1 grandson has been studying at the University of Tubingen and finishes his course in a few weeks before returning to complete his degree in Sheffield for one final year.
No 1 son shared something of their public transport experience, leaving fbb to research further. The family made good use of the nine euro special bargain monthly ticket ...
For excursions, they would set off from the stop nearest their AirBnB ...
Imagine ... the whole of the UK's public transport network (excluding the "interCity" main line companies) for less than ten quid a month. That would bring the passengers back, Covid or no Covid!
But The Devil's In The Detail
How would fbb find out about public transport in Munich if he were nipping off on a cheap transport break thereat?
Of course, It's All On-Line.
As an innocent abroad, albeit virtually, fbb typed "Munich Public Transport" into his favourite search engine and a potential response appeared.
It seems particularly keen to sell you a ticket.
Er, Not quite!
Ah, of course!
As we might have gathered from the search above, MVV is the Greater Munich ticket selling organisation. It ensures that ticketing is universal and tickets are available to travel on all modes.
But the web site had maps; six of them, with four selected here ...everywhere! M is the central fare zone for the city of Munich, the 5 is a zone some way out; and the zones are shown at each stop on the S-Bahn and underground network map. M and 1 ) the station is a boundary stop and in BOTH zones. So a journey from Obermenzing to Rohrmoos (as above) will involve travel in zones 1, 2 and 3 and be priced accordingly.
It is a bit like the London Underground map with its zonal fares ...
Aha! But in London, we are all expected to use Oyster or Bank Card payments; so we have no idea what an individual journey might cost!
But fbb needs to look elsewhere for the 55 bus and its map.
The quest continues tomorrow!
Happy 50th Birthday - A Day Late
It was 50 years ago yesterday that the newly formed National Bus Company revealed its amazing new image to an eager and adoring public (?). Your bus could be any colour as long as it were poppy red or leaf green ...
50 years - Yikes!
P.S. There's a bit more to come on the Arriva Leicester route 29 presentation. Delayed, like almost everything else, by the extreme weather!
Next Munich blog : Thursday 21st July