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May 16, 2019 - Appenzell Part 2 & St. Gallen & Lunch at the Schnuggebock

An early morning walk through the empty streets of Appenzell provided many picture opportunities ending at St. Mauritius and another vigil lighting ceremony before heading to St. Gallen 30 minutes away. Did I say 30 minutes away? Well the actually drive may have been 30 minutes but locating the entrance to the parking garage took 30 more minutes. This is after by-passing the entrance three times. Our feeling of success quickly evaporated as our VW 7 passenger SUV was barely below ceiling level and just wide enough for the downward spiral, I...

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May 15, 2019 - The Appenzell Way

A two and a half hour drive from Lucerne is the charming Swiss town of Appenzell. The village of Appenzell dates from 1071. The elevation is 2,529 and its’ population is 6,000. The drive through the countryside is like driving through a postcard of Switzerland. Loved, loved, loved the cows, and the cow path (road) was winding, twisting, and curving its’ way up the Swiss hillsides. It was as if we were in Middle Earth with the Swiss valleys below us and the Alps above us. A short stopover was made at the Einsiedeln Abbey construction site....

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May 14, 2019 - The Show Was the Scenery

By bus, boat, cog-wheeled car and gondola we crossed Lake Lucerne, ascended up Mount Rigi, threw a snowball at the top, drank hot chocolate, descended down Mount Rigi, crossed Lake Lucerne, bus back to the Art Deco Montana (Have to find out why it’s Montana.) and napped for an hour. Now it out to dinner at an authentic Swiss Fondue restaurant. Mmmmmm . . .

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May 13, 2019 - Switzerland

This morning we crossed the Swiss border. It was not perhaps quite like Hannibal and the elephants, but it was just as thrilling. We were so excited with our passports out the window and the customs official showing no interest just waving us through. It was harder getting into Mexico. About 90 minutes later we are in Lucerne, checked into the Art Deco Montana Hotel. Couldn’t be better for Kathy. See Baden-Baden post. Our room is on the six floor with a balcony facing Lake Lucerne, And the Alps . . . And a hot tub . . . Yes, I said hot...

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May 12, 2019 - Ferrying Across Lake Konstanz

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! For the two mothers of the group, Patti & Kathy, it was a perfect day wandering in a Medieval town with a castle and shops! The town of Meersburg is across Lake Konstanz accessed by ferry. The streets are charming with little shops. The parts of the castle have been around since 690. The castle had historical re-enactors demonstrating castle life of the 1300s. Patti and Kathy found one that actually spoke 21st Century English. She was the herb lady, explaining various herbs and their uses in medicine and...

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May 11, 2019 - The Beginnings: Konstanz

Konstanz is were it all began for Helen. It was in Konstanz that Helen’s parents married on October 3, 1886 at Konstanz City Hall. They moved to Huetlinstrasse 27 where on November 8, 1887 Helen was born and on August 6, 1893 her brother, Wilhelm was born. A few doors away at Huetlinstrasse 10, her father Wilhelm, had his office. He was a merchant. Apparently, he did well and in 1894 the family moved to a very nice apartment at Emmishofer Strasse 14. You can only imagine the sense of pride they must have felt at this move. How happy they...

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May 10, 2019 - Today It Is All About Her . . .

Mike knew this day was coming. Back in late July, he knew this day was coming when this trip was just a thought. Timed perfectly, the day’s activities would start at 10 AM when the antiques shops open and would be finished by lunchtime. Kathy is totally focused when it comes to the antiquing. Her goal is always to hit as many shops as possible in the least amount of time. Kathy knows that Mike can maintain his cool, calm composure for so long. She is looking for artifacts that can be interspersed throughout their home. If a connection is...

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May 9, 2019 - The Day Of The Gerhardsteins

Day two of “The Das Book Vol II” Tour and Day two of rain: Began the day with a cable car ride up to see the view of Heidelberg from the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle. It was sweet even in the rain. Then it was time for our first date with Ms. Navigation system. Mike took it slow at the beginning as we headed towards Wilgartsweisen, a small town where Mike and Patti’s 7th Great-Grandfather, Johann Georg Gerhardstein was the Head Sheep Man (The Gerhardsteins are excellent managers) for the Lord at Falkenburg Castle. Johann Georg died there...

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May 8, 2019 - On The Street Where You Live . . .

Among the raindrops we traversed the streets of Darmstadt seeking out Arheilger Strasse 12 where Helen’s grandfather, Johann Christian, was living with his parents, Johann Georg Simmermacher and Elenore Leah(Helen’s great-grandparents) during the 1820s (?) through 1833 when Johann Christian left to study at Giessen. Arheilger Strasse 12 is located in the center of the University City of Darmstadt. Great-grandfather Johann Georg was a Darmstadt City School Teacher. His son, Johann Christian, after completing his studies, became a Lutheran...

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May 23, 2014 - Mannheim, Germany

Woke up this morning to clouds,cold and rain. We have been so lucky this trip with no rain. Guess it had to happen eventually. In the Morning we navigated passed by the towns of Wiesbaden, Nierstein, And Worms. Our arrival in Mannheim was at noon while eating lunch. For lunch we enjoyed Russian egg salad, fish fillet with mushrooms and broccoli, pancetta cotta for desert. At 1pm we got on the bus for a visit of the Heidelberg Castle, a tour of old Heidelberg then shopping in the city. At the Heidelberg castle Irma and I got to meet the...

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May 23, 2014 - Rudesheim to Mannheim

May 23rd Day 9 Friday Today as we leave Rudesheim, we are starting out with much needed rain for this area which has turned to cooler weather. Layered clothing again! Navigating passed towns of Wiesbaden, Nierstein, and Worms. Breakfast delicious, conversations with people a delight! Our assigned table is for D6, we have a lovely couple from Crystal River Florida, Dave and Siretta. During our times blessing the food, he asked us if he could say a prayer, absolutely we said! Sharing the faith is awesome!! Looks like the weather changing back...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Mannheim

hi you guys! well after 7 hours sleep we feel half human again...we were off from Amssterdam to Germany. spectaclar castles on the Rhine! We sight saw on the way to a large boat and cruised the Rhine with lunch onboard..it was great except there was a loud group of asian students on the upper deck, we know..we're grumpy old farts now! Hotel rooms are just lovely..toilets and tubs are in separate rooms! go figure..scenery unbelievable. we're off to Munich and Inusbruck tomorrow.trying wines and foods as we go, hoping to get a few photos up...

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