If previously unmentioned, it has been 18-months since mom and daughters have all been together . . . hence, this is truly a "Reunification Tour!"
Being a Saturday, there are lots of families walking around with many young children carrying ice cream cone-like bundles filled with candy, treats and dolls. These I learn from Juli and Konstantin are given to young children who are just starting school. In fact, one's very first day of school is more celebratory than graduation!
The Altmarkt is a collection of buildings with many shops, restaurants and cafés on the outside perimeter and a three-story modern enclosed shopping center in the center. A large plaza where events are held. Feeling peckish, we head back to Neumarkt for lunch at Kurfürstenschänke Restaurant and Kaffeehaus at An der Frauenkirche 13. Situated around the corner of our hotel — our rooms are directly above the restaurant — it will become a handy outpost for cooling beverages, lunches and a place to rendezvous!
Fortified once again, we take a walking tour past the Parade of Nobles Mural, stop at what will become one of my favorite stops was Camondas at Schokoladenmuseum — this store offers an incredible selection of yummy chocolates from all over the world as well as a café. [On my last full day in Germany, I found out there is a second Camondas just steps from our hotel right on the Neumarkt!!!] And, walk along the Brühlsche Terrassee.
Interestingly, German menus list all possible food allergens for each dish so diners can make informed decisions — very cool! Also of note is that our typically American habit of wanting to make substitutions or otherwise make changes to a menus' offerings is not the order of the day here . . . best to order directly from the menu.