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May 6, 2016 - Salt mine & Salzburg

Another day of fantastic weather! Lucky so far. Jim, DD, & I went to Berchtesgarden, Germany, a 2-hour drive from here. Along the way, we saw a lush countryside dotted with small villages, & every one of them had at least one church with an attractive steeple. In Berchtesgarden, we toured a salt mine. We had no idea that much effort went into getting salt from the earth to the table. Then we boarded a bus for a 30-minute ride to Salzburg, Austria. The mountains there are spectacular. We walked around for a bit & saw lovely buildings &...

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May 5, 2016 - Our First Full Day in Germany

Jim, Rox, & Denise (DD) arrived in Munich on May 4, rented a car, & drove to Wolfratshausen SW of Munich to spend a week with Rox & DD's cousin, Richard (Rich) Holscher. The first afternoon was a little rough...DD tried to catch a few zzzzz's, Jim & Rox walked a bit along Main Street & had a traditional Bavarian dinner. When Rich got home after 8:30 pm, we had happy hour complete with wine & munchies. Late to bed...after 11:30! May 5 is Ascension Day & Father's Day in Germany. Many businesses were closed & Rich had the day off. We drove to...

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May 3, 2016 - Coburg - Stefan and Gaby

A little late in to Frankfurt. The temperature was 9 degrees, a little different from the 39 degrees we had left in Cambodia. Our bags seemed to be the last ones to come out on the carousel, but always good to see yours bags after a multi flight leg. After clearing customs, I called the car lease guy to arrange to collect us. We have leased a little Citroën for our stay in Europe. After about 15 mins he collected us and we drove to his office to settle the paperwork. Then we were on our way - trying to make sure we drove on the right side...

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Dec 16, 2015 - Between markets

When Mo travels, she seeks the advice of experienced others before setting out. I think it was Rick Steves of PBS fame who identified Nurnburg as having the best of the German Christmas markets. Therefore we headed to Nurnburg. There are two ways to spell Nurnburg, one with an umlaut and one without. The umlaut of course is the symbol of two dots on top of a letter, usually a vowel, in this case the u. Because in the UK last year I encountered the problem of the same name used for two different towns in far apart places, I was particularly...

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Oct 17, 2015 - 2015-October-17-Passau

October 17th - Passau, Germany Happy Birthday little brother Billy! We didn't forget about our birthday today but we had to wait until a reasonable time in Edmonton before texting you. I think we waited until 7 am Edmonton time. Hope we didn't wake you up. :) Today we are in Passau, Germany. It is a beautiful little city that sits at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz, and Inn. It has charming, narrow cobblestone streets and lovely shops and restaurants. These are not 'pedestrian only' streets and we got used to the warning sound of...

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Sep 29, 2015 - The best train trip ever!!

On Tuesday we only had the morning to look around some of Innsbruck that we missed yesterday before getting the train for Verona in Italy. We have loved being up in the mountains and enjoying this dramatic & different scenery. The train trip today was perhaps the most beautiful we have ever experienced. We came through valleys encroached by mountains on both sides & travelled on railways through tunnels & alongside rushing mountain rivers. So beautiful! We couldn't believe how huge these mountains were, towering above tiny looking towns in...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Passau, Germany

26 September Back to Passau, arriving around 9am, disembarked by 9.30, very efficient, then searching for a laundromat! One of the words I had not learnt in German, even when the lady gave us directions we ended up at the "dry cleaners" - which turned out ok, as the lady there knew exactly where the Wassersalon was - other side of town. Working out the washing machines was ok, but the driers had very strange drying set ups we predictably chose the wrong cycle - Marg & Steve worked out it was the sequence used to get wrinkles out of the...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 26, 2015 - Down the other side of the river

We had the loveliest night at the Mozart & Strauss concert. A perfect way to round off our quick visit to Vienna. The musicians were very talented & the small orchestra (13) was fantastic. It was typical music of the city & quite recognisable. They were all young except for the head violinist who led the orchestra. They also added in a couple who performed ballet & waltzes and another couple who sang Arias. There's nothing like sitting in a concert hall in Vienna listening to Strauss waltzes & Mozart's polkas! Today ( Thurs) we rode through...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Day in Munich

Today, we were moving kind of slow after a successful night at Octoberfest. To say I got tipsy is an understatement! German beer for Octoberfest has a higher alcohol content and goes down really smoothly!! We went downtown Munich on the subway system to see the Glockenspiel and do some shopping. Afterward, we went back to Octoberfest to have lunch and buy souvenirs. Then, we headed to Salzburg, Austria. When we got to the border, we saw that they are stopping every car coming into Germany. Traffic was backed up for miles! We may have a...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Munich, Germany - Octoberfest

Oktoberfest in. Munich, Germany was a huge success! Enough said! Tips for the day: 1. We never paid for a ticket to get on the subways. We just hopped on and off. 2. There is a stop that will let you off right in front of the gate to Octoberfest. 3. There is no cost to enter Octoberfest. 4. All the tables inside of each building are reserved. If you sit at them, you won't be waited on. Most all tables outside are open to the public. 5. All the food we ate there was the very delicious. The beer goes down way to smoothly and will knock you...

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Sep 21, 2015 - The beautiful Danube

Hi everyone, we have just cracked a window of opportunity on the net. The wifi doesn't work well on the boat. We are really enjoying our rides down the Danube. What a spectacular river! I felt like we were in an ad for this trip when we were riding alongside the beautiful river which was like glass, the blue sky was flawless & a large river boat sailed past. There was also a gorgeous castle up on the hill! God was really enjoying creating when he got to Austria! The villages on the way are quaint & very old. We visited Melk today with its...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Arrived in Passau

Hello all, Yesterday was a lazy one spent mostly on the trains. We left Rothenburg around 11am & travelled through beautiful Bavarian countryside dotted with small villages surrounded by lush fields of vegs growing. It seemed like each couple of villages had a factory of some kind maybe processing their produce. We reached Passau which is on the Danube River right on the border of Germany & Austria. A very pretty town situated between the main river and a tributary so there is water both sides. There were many of the long river boats along...

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