Oktoberfest takes place in September, I don't know why, and tickets and reservations sell out way in advance, in fact seats in some of the beer tents sell out years in advance and when a seat-holder dies, his kids step up to the seats. So much for spontaneously falling in and lowering a few, I thought, but it seems even if you don't get into a tent, there's plenty of beer around.
On the other hand, it's not a dressy occasion unless you're a participant in some event or parade or pageant, in which case guys wear lederhosen and hats with feathers and girls wear full skirts with vests and aprons. As do, often, visitors from out of town, who, after a few pitchers of bier rush to buy "the outfits." So my mission this trip will be to say "Step away from the lederhosen. Put the suspenders back. Take that hat off." Probably often. Well, I am curious to see what Munich looks like.
|one of Rouen's many sights|
Naturally as long as we're getting on and off airplanes, we'll kick off with a few days in London, and we'll have a week or so in Paris.
We'll be doing old favorite restaurants in both cities, and depending upon weather, we may grab a TGV up to Rouen for old times' sake.
So, as usual, there will be at least one packing and frantically getting ready post, and some on-the-road posts. I started off thinking that at least I didn't need to do any shopping, but it turns out I've gained a few pounds over the summer and a pair of pants or two would not come amiss. Thinking about non-skinny cords for the beery part of the trip (last few days in September). And there are a few Michelin-starred restaurants in München - which to my disappointment does not rhyme with munching, so there goes that idea for a silly verse - so a skirt or dinner dress. Oh, well, could be wurst.
I will not apologize for that last.
If you've had the patience to read this far, I would like some thoughts/suggestions about the following burning question: I have regularly visited the two black lace skirts at the J.Crew Collection Store, and of course I have no intention whatsoever of buying the very expensive one, even with coupons and whatever, although it is a work of art which you should really go see if you're on a shopping diet, because it will put you off junk for at least a few weeks. It seems to be sold out on the web, but honestly, how does a $995 plus tax item sell out that fast? I think that's a ploy.
This is the leather tee I had in mind. Note that it's real leather, front, back and sleeves. I must have hit a
I'm thinking black cashmere shell and black leather blazer. But I'm not thrilled.
So - any other ideas? The lace is too intricate for any kind of pattern on top to work with it, and I am not thinking stripes or even gray cotton knit.