ANNE and TASH'S TRIP travel blog


(Tashie wrote:)

We took a coach leaving Munich early in the morning. We drove for two hours in the pouring rain arriving first at the Linderhof. The Castle was exquisite - breathtaking for both of us. We were then driven to Oberammergau. - which is famous for the Passion play which is acted by the Local Bavarian communities every ten years.

It rained some more...

Mum was particularly excited about this but also because she had heard about it again from Judy and Janice. The next one is in 2010...any takers?? (she'll buy you lunch!!!).

We went there to do some shopping and checking out the local craft.

It rained some more...

We then headed to the site of the second of King Ludwig II's magical castles - this one called Newschwanstein. We had a traditional meal first - mine was Venison Goulash with Bavarian Dumpling washed down with a glass of Pils, Mum's was a plate of pork schnitzel covered in some mushroom type sauce and a side of salad and this "pasta" thing. Both traditional dishes of the region. We polished off a shared plate of Apple Strudel and Cream...

It rained some more...

Now for the climb...

We then had forty or so minutes to make a steep climb up to the castle. Mum and I literally pushed, grunted and pulled our way up the mountain - stopping occasionally to catch our breath (remember folks - it is still pouring and we have1 I repeat 1 umbrella). We had a time factor issue - we were booked into a particular tour group and thus had to force ourselves rather than pacing it. We ended up happy (if a bit drowned and cold) but we agreed that the morning castle was much more suited to the fairytales we had read about.

After we headed home we decided to spend our last night in Munchen tracking down the Hofbrauhaus. We reached it and surveyed the crowd who by this time were merrily swaying to the four man band plonked in the centre of the beer hall. We agreed that this suited Simone to a tee and also I want to return there as soon as. Munchen agreed with me.

It rained some more...

We headed from there in the morning (read crack of dawn here) no lifts and TM was NOT happy Jan. We ended up crossing into Austria and then finally after 8 or so hours we arrived in Interlaken. Mum and I have literally spent three hours at a local Laundromat cleaning everything in time for our ten day tour starting in Rome on Friday. We have bought and commenced the attack on the worlds biggest supply of Swiss Chocky today.

It rained some more...

Tuesday is Jungfrau day - We are heading up the mountain on a train for something new and different - we will think of you as we are standing on Europe's highest peak.

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