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Jun 23, 2019 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Füssen

Stage 10 GaPa - Füssen As has become usual, the morning dawned dry but lightly clouded. The hot temperatures of the first week seem to have gone so Bruce and I usually start with wind jackets on until we get to a hill. Breakfast was a magnificent repast with so much choice it was hard to know where to start. I had filled a bowl with muesli and fruit only to find that behind me was some Bircher muesli. Oh well, I should have looked more closely. My alimentary canal appears to be working better now which is great. Today’s ride is quite short...

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Apr 25, 2018 - Serendipitous Day

I love serendipities (finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for)! Ben and I had many of them today. Our day began with the best breakfast of the trip, a sumptuous buffet breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and a big selection of German breads. We headed out to Schiltace, passing many cute Bavarian towns with their half-timbered houses, many painted with bright colors and cute shutters. We had read that Schiltach , sitting at the foot of the Black Forest and on the banks of the Schiltach and Kinzig Rivers was a perfect...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Neuschwanstein Castle & Munich

Our visit to Germany takes on a magical quality this morning as we visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Perched on a forested peak and framed by rugged mountains, this 19th century Romanesque Revival palace in Bavaria, was the personal retreat of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. As the inspiration for Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" castle, Neuschwanstein presents a stirring sight, with soaring towers, bright grey stone, and intricate windows and cornices set against the dark green backdrop of the mountain forest. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II as a...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Fussen and the castles in the sky

Our last stop in Germany took us to Fussen to visit the castles in the sky. Whilst at senior school I saw a poster of these castles every language class and always hoped one day I may get the chance to visit, so this stop was extra special for me. We got up early to visit the Castles as we heard it can get very busy, and the nine bed dorm we had spent the night was not that quiet so were awake early. The first Castle we visited was Hohenschwangau. This was the official summer and hunting residence of King Maximilian and his wife Marie of...

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Apr 26, 2017 - Fussen, Germany

The morning starts with a update to the blog and down for breakfast, back to room and pack my bags check out of hotel and walk to the bus station a about a 30 minute walk. Got on my bus to Fussen only 2 people so had my choice of seats, the bus driver was from Frankfort area had a nice chat with him before we started off, after getting on the bus it started a slow rain glad I made it to the bus before it had started. The bus trip took 2 hours up a winding road through the Alps, got into Fussen the bus stop was near the golden arches...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Dachau/Fussen

Today we drove to Dachau. I visited here when I was 12 years old and it had a profound impact on me. I felt the heaviness and darkness there. This time, we entered through a different place and it didn't seem as evil as I had remembered. It was also a nice day and had been a rainy day as I remember when I visited last. We took a long tour, visiting the museum, barracks, wash rooms, crematory, and gas chambers. This was primarily a labor camp for men. However, the guards tried to torture the prisoners there and work them hard enough for many...

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Aug 3, 2015 - The Castles

Monday, August 3rd. As it happened we couldn’t get as early a start as we had hoped because Reception wasn’t opened until 8 and they wouldn’t take camping payment the night before. The parking lot for RV’s was easy to find and we were directed into a spot. I retrieved my walking sticks as it was going to be an uphill climb to the Tourist Information Store then who knew what came next. By the time we had arrived at the TI it was close to 9 and the line-up was already out the door. This meant there were about 100 people ahead of us waiting to...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Hopfensee

Sunday, August 2nd We spent a quiet night and we were on our way by 8:30 am. Bill had made a few calls the evening before and although they didn't have room they felt there might be something available in the morning. Again we wound thru the mountains on country roads (they were usually unmarked, and would be considered one lane in N. America). We were slowed down often by bicycle riders who took up a good share of the road and made passing near impossible. The country was beautiful with pastures cut out of the forests dotting the...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Winding through mountains, pastureland, along Lake Constance

Saturday, August 1st. We woke to a drizzle of rain but headed out to explore the town of Triberg. What a charming little village. Not a flat street in town but cuckoo clocks sold everywhere. We found a quaint village café, it was a family owned bakery, and managed to find a few things to eat and excellent coffee. A man sized cuckoo clock kept us entertained for about 10 minutes. I kept stopping at little shops along the way and did some looking. It made the trip back to the RV which was parked uphill, a little easier. We headed off to drive...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Neuschwanstein Castle

We left Austria early this morning, we had a 325 mile drive back to Spay. We decided to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle on the way back. Vickie and Sam were hoping to tour the castle, the line was a mile long and the only tour available was not until 3 in the afternoon. We had to settle for some hazy pictures of the castle instead. There were several castles in the area to tour. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It was built by King Ludwig II...

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Oct 12, 2014 - Ludwig the Loco and the Land of Rococo

What Mozart is to Salzburg, so Ludwig II is to Bavaria. That truth exposes itself seemingly around every corner of this magical, fairy-tale countryside, but most assuredly when in the proximity of one of his famous castles. He became "King" at age 18, although "king" must be understood in the context of a constitutional monarchy, one in which he did not have the absolute power he so desired. In fact, it was his obsession with the power of a prior French ruler, Louis XIV, that formed the architectural and decorative basis for several of his...

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Sep 25, 2014 - German Castles

This was my favorite site-seeing excursion so far on this trip. We drove from Munich to almost the German-Austria border to see Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (known as "the mad", as in crazy or as the docents say "eccentric"). Walt Disney has stated this castle was his inspiration for the Cinderella Castle at Disneyland and Disney World. The castle was also used in the movie Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. We intended only to see Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein but when we got to the nearby city of...

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