Hurray! Today is Saturday!
Käfer caters so if you can't go to Käfer, you can order online and have it sent to your doorstep. If you live in Munich, they will deliver it to you using bicycle.
After a cup of rich, robust expresso, we were energized and off for a days' shopping in Munich Zentrum. Hot on the trail of the perfect evening bag, we began shopping at Oberpolinger, another one of Munich's icons.
Above is a photo of how Oberpolinger appears today. (Minus the hoardes of people usually found on the footpaths of the Marienplatz.)
Here is a photo of the same store when it first opened in the 1930's.
Although much has changed since the 30's, including Hitler's disdain of the department store during the 40's and having done everything in his power to drive it out of business, a basement fire that resulted in it being rebuilt in 1954, and modernization in 2003, it was chosen the best department store in Europe in 2009 by the Association of German in Berlin. One can do no better, in Munich, than shop at Oberpollingers for clothing, lingerie, coats, suits, shoes, or in my case, evening bags.
Let me tell you about the handbags. Upon entering the Oberpolinger, you are flanked on both sides by designer handbag shops. It is an experience likened to running the luxury goods gauntlet. There is no escape--they are everywhere. Left, right, front and back. The list? Bottega Veneta, Bree, Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Montblanc, Prada, and Tod's.
Did I forget your favorite?
After looking at ALL of the shops, I found a chic black Prada evening bag and a wine colored Louis Vuitton patent leather evening bag. Both, nearly identical in price and both equally desired, by me. The problem? How often do you use an evening bag? I would much rather invest in a handbag that I could use more often. So, having looked at everything, I'm still no closer to purchasing an evening bag than I was this morning. You know what that means....I'll be making a return trip this week. We fly to Dresden for the following week and then to Paris on the 17th when I will need the evening bag.
Our Saturday was off to a spectacular start, even though I didn't purchase the bag. But, it went decidedly downhill from there.
The next stop was at Foot Locker.
I wish I could say that I bought a new pair of shoes, but instead, what I really needed were these: