Unfortunately Monsieur Le Chic and I went down with a nasty bout of “Die Grippe”, (the flu), on our travels. Monsieur was probably at his worst in London, whilst I “fell over” so to speak when we arrived in Munich. We had very much been looking forward to our 9 day sojourn in Munich and Bavaria and a high fever, chills, cough and general malaise were definitely not part of the plan.
Germany, however, has wonderful “Apothekes” or pharmacies, which sell all manner of medications, tinctures and potions and we found the “apothecaries” a useful source of help and advice. Many of their products contained natural rather than chemical ingredients and we found they helped to pick us up relatively quickly. We made several trips to the local Apotheke as we seemed to develop a symptom of the day! Every time we left with a new product that seemed to work effectively. Most of the pharmacists spoke good English but Monsieur Le Chic did encounter one who spoke to him in fluent Russian for some unaccountable reason and spoke little English. Just in case, here is a list of useful words and phrases you may need if you happen to get the flu whilst travelling in Germany:
Die Grippe Influenza/the flu
Ich habe Halsschmerzen I have a sore throat
Ich habe ein Fieber I have a fever
Ich habe Husten I have a cough
Ich habe Kopfschmerzen I have a headache
Ich habe Schnupfen I have a runny/stuffed nose (ie the sniffles)
Ich habe eine Erkaeltung I have a cold
Mir ist schlecht I feel dreadful
Apothekes all have a distinctive sign with a red capital “A” on them and also a logo with a set of old fashioned measuring scales (no doubt to weigh and measure all the ingredients for their potions).
Additional measures we chose, were to spend as much time out in the spring sunshine that we could! Since we didn’t feel like walking around too much, on our second day in Munich we took a train ride out to the pretty Starnberger See, found a cafe by the lake and self medicated with hot soup, tea and large ice creams!
I’ll tell you more about the pretty Starnberger See next week. Bis dann!
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