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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Festive Inspirations: Mr. Bazaar in Munich!

A few weekends back I was lucky enough to go and stay in Munich with my friend Igor. We met for the first time back in March here in London, so it was a real treat to head over to Germany to see his stomping ground! We had such a jolly old time and Igor was a great host taking me to see all the sights of the city, off the beaten track cafes and restaurants, as well as the famous Christmas markets. I've heard many people say that Munich is the prettiest city in Germany, and although it's the only one I've visited, I'm not surprised by the reputation. Fairytale like turrets feature heavily in the architecture, especially in the old town which sits inside the three gates of the now demolished medieval city wall. We went up Alter Peter (Old Peter) to take in an aerial view of the city: I love how it looks like a miniature toy town from above. The candy coloured hues of the facades just made me beam from ear to ear!

As well as taking in the architectural highlights, we hopped in and out of galleries, talking to the owners and savouring hot drinks. In the Ponyhof gallery we escaped the cold and our larking about led to a major fit of giggles! If you're in the city, be sure to visit this great space and chat to Ben, the lovely chap who runs the gallery. Another cultural highlight of the visit was a trip to the Brandhorst Museum (which could easily be Bright.Bazaar's HQ with its colourful facade!) as I loved seeing the Damien Hirst 'Pill' exhibit. Of course, a weekend break wouldn't have been complete without a healthy dose of shopping for us interior-loving chaps. So, naturally we spent many hours walking the city, weaving in and out of the Christmas market stalls, sipping Gluhwein to the sound of brass bands playing festive tunes and soaking up the atmosphere. Picking out handmade wooden decorations, sometimes for ourselves but often for one another, by the end of the second day I had quite a sizeable loot to haul back to the UK! It was a fantastic trip, not just because I was fortunate enough to take in this beautiful city but because I made a great new friend. Head over to the Happy Interior Blog for more snaps from the trip! What's inspiring you about these pictures of Munich? Have you ever been?

45 comments:

  1. It was my pleasure, Will:-) see you soon again!!

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  2. By the look on your face, you really did have a brilliant time! I'm loving the architecture and the colours. I wouldn't be able to put my camera away! Munich is on my must see list. Thanks for the little tour will!
    By the way, I love the shot of the tree on the bike - so cute.

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  3. Looks like such a good time! You have the best photographs of Munich and those German gingerbread houses ;)

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  4. Looks like you had an amazing time Will! The city looks beautiful and filled with so much history and tradition. The gorgeous wooden decorations are so lovely - I hope you brought a few home! xx

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  5. Sounds like a great place to visit, even if its freezing cold! I love those little handmade decorations made with love and care they'd be something you would keep forever :)

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  6. Ahh, you two are so handsome !!!
    Great images,time,and smiles !
    I just found Igor's blog and it's up on my homepage next to you and Sfgirlbybay's blog. Love it !
    Shay
    Palm Springs,Ca.

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  7. Oh I love Munich! I love Germany really- we go to Berlin as much as possible and I've seen quite a lot of the country as my husband lived there while at uni.

    I love the bright colours! So nice to see colour in a city.

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  8. your pictures of munich are indeed pretty {as is the city}, love your 'got-the-giggles‘ shots. you should go visit hamburg, which everybody in germany says is one of the prettiest cities ;-) {i like it more than munich, but then i lived there, so maybe i shouldn't comment on this one}, and berlin is just rad, you will love it. i promise. have a great day.

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  9. Seems like you had a great time there! I've never been to Germany but I'd definitely like to visit Munich or Berlin someday. And, as I imagined, Christmas decorations there are pure bliss!
    -Love the guy that carries his tree with his bike!

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  10. Ah, I remember these places! I visited Munich once, about 7 years ago, but it was in midsummer.
    It's always wonderful and fun to explore a new place together with a good friend!
    Lovely photography, Will, thank you for the little virtual tour and sharing a holiday mood!

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  11. I have been to Germany a few times but never to Munich. It looks really beautiful! Now I have a couple of tips if I go there in the future :-)

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  12. Will, What a lovely post :) Munich looks amazing! You just cant beat a traditional German Christmas market. All the photos are absolutely fab... I love the picture of the Nutcracker dolls the most :)
    Glad to hear you both had such a wonderful weekend.
    Stu x
    http://whatwilsonwants.blogspot.com/

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  13. will, how great to see your pictures of munich at christmas. i lived there for a while and studied at the art school, it is a wonderful city, cycling around it is so good, and the museums, amazing. i was lucky to visit last year, novemberish cold. it's so lovely that you met igor! the best part of writing online. oh, i love the painted wooden tree with dried anise & orange! x

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  14. All those markets look fantastic! I bet you came back with loads of new decorations...x

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  15. What fabulous photos Will! Looks like a great trip and a beautiful city. I'm loving your selection of striped jumpers!

    Abbey x

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  16. How nice that you two have been such good friends. It looks to me that you had a great time. Munich looks like a very charming place.

    Thanks for sharing your visit!

    Have a great day, Will!
    Hugs, Nina

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  17. So jealous looks like you had a wonderfully wintery & christmassy time. Your pics are gorgeous and like igor post I feel I've been on your journey too!

    I love the pics of the roof tops - did you tilt shift those? They look like an architectural model

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  18. my hubby's family is from there we have spent lots of time there,you did a great job showing your readers how charming it is there!

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  19. Bright meets Happy - best duo EVER!

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Munich in your own inimitable way. I'm totally charmed by it. I love the interplay of the elegant and the wholesome - exactly what I'd like my Christmas to be.

    Is it too late to scrap my plans and spend Christmas in Munich instead? ;/

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  20. @Igor - Thanks buddy!

    @Janis, Eleni - The guy on the bike started laughing because I was "papping" him with the camera and it drew this huge crowd... funny (and very sweet!)

    @Amy, Shay, Zara, Stu, Deborah, Annette - Thank you!

    @Rachel, Michelle, Littletree - A few? I was on fire! The little white Christmas tree is one of my faves, along with the merry-go-round ornaments that you can see me buying a few images above! xx

    @Hannah - Oh, I so agree, especially with all the concrete in London.

    @homeboundtheheartoflife - Thanks for the travel tips, defo keen to see more of Germany!

    @Jamie - You must visit if you can... a smashing place!

    @Elisa - So interesting to read your connection to the city. Thanks for sharing it. Yes, aren't those white trees so perfectly festive?! x

    @Abbey - As you can tell I lived in them for most of the trip! x

    @Nina - I know, can't ask for much more than a great friendship for Christmas, right?! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs!

    @Mary - Thanks. Yes, I used tilt shift (I'm kind of addicted to using it!). Love the effect it gives, esp. for cityscapes from above.

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  21. @Chi - Thank for your kind words. Yes, you must visit sometime. I hope to see it in springtime as well because the parks there are just beautiful.

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  22. It's looks gorgeous! I can smell the Gluehwwein and the pine mmmmm, what a festive post..I have never been to Munich but I think I should really go,the market looks so inviting and full of lovely stuff to get for small gifts.Thanks for the trip :-)

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  23. Looks like you two had a lot of fun (there should have been a video of the giggles!). I've been in the area but never visited Munich. That's definitely something I have to put on my long to-do list.

    Thanks for sharing the photos ;-)

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  24. I've always wanted to visit Munich (and not just as an airport stop-over!). Your pics are fantastic - love the rooftop shots :)

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  25. Magic and charming place, a very beautifull atmosphere!! Thanks Will for sharing your pics!!!
    I love so much the Xmas time!
    hugs
    vale

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  26. Stunning photos!!! I envy your lifestyle. I'm heading back to europe (France and ______ ) in February! Munich is now on my list!!

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  27. So cute I can't stand it! You guys, Munich - all of it!

    Fun!

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  28. I second Nichole's comment...love it all!

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  29. munich is one of my favorite places i've been. i was there in the spring and it rained most of the time but it was still so darn pretty! your pictures always make me so jealous that traveling to awesome places is so much more convenient for you europeans :)

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  30. This looks absolutely perfect! Beauty at every turn. So happy to see you had such an incredible time, and Munich has officially been added to my must-visit list! XO

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  31. Munich looks beautiful! I should plan a trip there soon. And don't you kids look über adorable. :D

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  32. @Modern Country Lady, Lisa, Chanel, Dab - If you get the chance, you must visit as it's such an inspiring place.

    @LatteLisa - A video would have been fun!

    @Vale, Julia, Nichole, Susan - Thanks so much!

    @Rachael - I'd love to see it in spring or summer... I bet the blossom is beautiful.

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  33. What a nice trip. I love the white tree ornaments with the oranges.

    Itzi.decoritzion

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  34. You make Munich look good! I don't remember it being that pretty. I'm sure it help to see it with a guide. looks like you had a blast. Next time you need to train it up to Neusweinstein, it's magical.

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  35. looks like a lovely visit! Gorgeous photos with you two gorgeous men! X

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  36. Wow, Will, looks like a great trip, your photos are fab! And of course I love the 'Bright Bazaar HQ'!

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  37. Ahh looks like you had a great time!! Briliant brilliant pics - you totally make me want to visit! Maybe next year!!
    Rachie xo
    PS: Did T take the pics - they are fab! xx

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  38. oh this looks like so much fun!! Munich is definitely on our list of places to visit - and I'd love to go for the Christmas Markets, I hear they are amazing!! Loved this post!

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  39. Munich is so lovely!! I lived in Stuttgart for a year or so, but Munich is a bit prettier! You have to go there in summer and hang out in the English Garden. It's STUNNING!

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  40. Igor!!! I've heard good things about him. :) I am totally living vicariously through your adventures!!
    j.

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  41. Loving the Bromance guys! Really enjoyed this feature. The images are stunning. You can tell you both had such a great time out there.

    Mary @ http://www.hopinteriors.com/

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  42. Oh my word. I must get myself to Munich--your photos and words are enough to convince me. Wowow!

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  43. It is very nice to have friends, or at least that one person to do things with...like traveling. Munich seems lovely city and one of my favorite of names is Igor depicting Stravinsky and the likes.

    Life is short and precious.

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