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Aug 20, 2019 - Bamberg after shopping

Up for breakfast one last time with Angelika at Pension Galerie, and then we loaded the car for a 5-hour drive. Unfortunately, I made a wrong turn around Tempelhof Airfield, and we did some unnecessary driving in Berlin. We finally got on the correct Autobahn, and were headed south by 1045. I wanted to drive through Magdeburg, and then south to Coburg, but with the delayed start, I opted to use A-9 to near Leipzig, and then the A-4 until we could turn off in the direction of Suhl. The drive from this spot on was very pretty and reminded us...

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Jun 24, 2019 - Day 41 - Wurzburg

Day 41 - Monday 24 June 19 - Warzburg Following an early breakfast we walked directly to the Residence Palace. The crowds hadn’t formed and our entry was without event. We wandered the residence noting the extensive renovations that have been made post it’s heavy destruction in the Mar 1945 fire bombing of the city. The first impressive aspect of the visit was the staircase and its self supported vault. The ceiling fresco’s are some of the very few that survived the bombing. In my enthusiasm to photo this magnificent entry, I was advised...

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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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Jun 23, 2019 - Day 40 - Wurzburg

Day 40 - Sunday 23 June 19 - Wurzburg It is Sunday and we are in no great rush to get under way as we plan to drive the 140km W to Wurzburg to be at our accomodation by 1500hrs. The plan is to drive the first 65 km on regional roads before joining the autobahn for the final leg. We elected not to have breakfast but our entrepreneurial host provided a lovely snack lunch with a small bottle of Australian Chardonnay. Very pleased with our remote location accomodation for the night we were away at 0950 hrs. The first leg of the drive was as...

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Jun 22, 2019 - Day 39 - Bayreuth& Rosenhof

Day 39 - Saturday 22 June 19 - Rosenhof (25km S from Bayreuth) We had several objectives for the day which required an 0830hrs departure from Regensburg. Our first point of call was Amberg 68 km N. The town was initially quiet as we finally decided upon a car park near the Basilica St Martin. We toured the church noting it’s distinctive silver stations of the cross. The basilica dominates the town and the Markt Platz which sits alongside. There was a small Saturday market in progress of fresh produce. The market square was well served by...

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Jun 21, 2019 - Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

After a damp night the equinox dawned with overcast sky but no rain, for now. After breakfast we retraced our wheel tracks towards Innsbruck then continued for another 30 kilometres along the R3 cycleway. Once again we were able to ride on separated paths for most of the way with only occasional sections needing to be shared with the odd farmer’s or tradie’s vehicle. The valleys here are a veritable food bowl with even more fruit and vegetable production evident. The radish and strawberry pickers were out, perhaps not in force, but there...

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Jun 21, 2019 - Day 38 - Regensburg

Day 38 - Friday 21 June 19 - Regensburg While at breakfast we met a very friendly English speaking German couple who we had a very pleasant 15 minute discussion. They recommended a visit to the National Monument at Walhalla. Our first task for the day was to walk the city which initially included the Schlosspark St Emmeram which at the time we did not realise was a private park. It was by coincidence that we made our way around but not through the park to the Palace Museum with St Emmeram Cloisters at 1045hrs; 15 minutes before a guided...

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Jun 20, 2019 - Day 37 - Regensburg from Austria

Day 37 - Thursday 20 June 19 - Depart Austria for Regensburg, Germany. We awoke this morning at 0700 hrs to a cacophony of brass instruments from directly outside our second story window. It is Corpus Christi day, a public holiday in both Austria and Germany and the band that played so beautifully is back again. Having completed their music piece, we watched our hotel owner hand out a shot of schnapps to each of the musicians. In doubt of the effect of road closures for 0900 hrs Corpus Christi parade we departed St Wolfgang at 0830 hrs for...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Day 11 = Passau & Aschach via Salzburg

We got to Passau just before breakfast and got on a bus to go to Salzburg, Vienna soon after. The bus ride was 2.5 hours long but it was comfortable and I loved the scenery - farmland and farm towns. The farmers all live together and go off to do the farming of the fields together. I am not sure how they divide up the crops, but I like how they live and work together to take care of so much land and crops. We found out that Salzburg isn't as big on the Sound of Music as us tourists are. That's because movies distorted what is here and much...

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May 31, 2019 - Day 9 = Nuremberg

Capital of the Roman Empire from 1356 onward! crossroads of major trade routes - made it important and wealthy in medieval Germany Hitler made it the seat of Nazi conventions an rallies. Massive war-time devastation by bombing, etc. Nazi war crime trials were held here. Too much Hitler stuff - we all felt a bit of depression. We could stay in town for the day or go back and forth to have lunch on the boat. I chose to visit the German National Museum and go back on a later shuttle. I was alone in this visit to see the oldest globe of the...

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May 30, 2019 - Day 8 = Bamberg

Today we enter the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal which really connects the Main with the Danube, but there are a couple of canals on the Rhine, so why not? Britta gave a presentation to tell us about the canal and locks. We will travel about 1128 miles and go through 68 locks! Most of them will take us uphill but the last 21 of them will take us downstream! There is such a thing as a Continental Watershed Divide because the Rhine flows into the Atlantic Ocean and the Danube flows into the Black Sea. The Main-Danube Canal was called Charlemagne's...

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May 29, 2019 - Day 7 = Wurzburg & Markgreit

morning tour of Wurzburg Residence (a palace of huge porportions) - couldn't take pictures inside. It had a grand staircase with deep but shallow steps so the ladies could climb or descend with big gowns and trains. lots of frescos and paintings and gold-plated decorations. You can see pictures of the grand gardens around the palace. Optional tour of Rothenburg. 1.5 hours to get there. don't remember how we filled the time! After the walking tour (I must admit I don't listen much because I can't understand the guides so I wander with my...

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