|From the Hofgarten to the Wagner Museum|
So, where to begin? The weather? In May, awful; grey skies and heaps of rain, in a month where people fight to get married, as the weather's apparently so nice. The last week or so has been a different story though, with temperatures ranging through the twenties (if not higher, it's been stinking hot at times), calm, clear skies in the day time and rain in the evenings (thunderstorms tonight) - practically tropical! Sadly though not a beach in sight - we're a long, long way from the coast here.
Approximately 75,000 people live here in Bayreuth, give or take, and it's a relatively wealthy and relatively prospering city (unemployment is at about 6%, much lower than the country as a whole). Despite being a University city, apparently it's got a fairly poor nightlife, but having an eight month year old daughter means such details are trifling. We don't pickup our bicycles until tomorrow (Wednesday), so we've been confined to the city centre, which is pleasant enough, centred about a traditional Bavarian market-place (long and open), and within walking distance of the University (2 km to the south), at least one brewery, and several grand parks (one with live flamingos!?). To our shame we're yet to get to the farmers markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays), which are apparently really, really good, and only about 5 minutes walk from our apartment, but we will redeem ourselves this weekend.
|Wagner's purpose-built Opera House - pretty on the outside anyways|
|Strolling into downtown Bayreuth|
Anyway, as we explore the place more I"ll get back into the tour guide side of things - backlog to clear first: our second trip to München and our first to Coburg need a mention before I forget 'em eh.