The timing of a recent NY Times article (Munich Redux, 13 April) was perfect, just in time to stir up a debate among my hosts about Munich's supposed coolness. The author knew he might be touching a nerve: "For plenty of Germans, especially up north, the contention that Munich is the place to be could verge on sacrilege." But does he know Germany better than the Germans?
|1. "Really, because it's so conservative, you can do what you want."||1. The average age of Munich residents never dips below 60. |
|2. Clean. Excellent public transport. Conveniently near the Alps.||2. Deck shoes are in (yes, the kind your dad used to wear in 1987). |
|3. Fur-clad ladies of leisure. ||3. Middle Eastern sheiks come to Munich to do their shopping. Seriously. |
|4. High-tech economy + impressive art + concerts = fun for all. ||4. Be sure to catch Neil Diamond, Kiss, Celine Dion, Billy Idol, and Judas Priest this summer. |
|5. Traditional meaty specialties around every corner; cutting-edge new restaurants with tables hanging from the ceiling nearby when you need a break from them.||5. Going out requires at minimum one item of Lacoste. |