So, first impressions?
- Day or night, white trousers are de rigueur! Dazzlingly bright skinny jeans for those under twenty-five, cotton or linen for those a little older and perhaps not quite as svelte.
- Chemists and pharmacies are enormous supermarkets carrying every brand, luxury or otherwise, you could want. And the prices are incredible – at least to my Kiwi eyes.
- The bread is to die for! As is the cheese!
- Thinking 170kph on the autobahn is fast – and then a stream of Porsche’s and BMW’s scream past at 230kph.
- Ikea rules!
- This is a cash society, unlike back home where even parking meters take cards. Regardless how up-market a restaurant may be, your waiter/waitress appears with your bill and a large purse of change. The result? With no facility for credit cards it’s meant a few unexpected trips to the bank to get currency.
- Apartment living is the norm, and in stylish blocks no higher than four floors. The few houses we have seen are rather grand and with lovely gardens, and right on the lake front.
- The bells, the bells!!! Pealing out every quarter hour, it's actually quite lovely.
More to come...!