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May 10, 2014 - Munich Day 2

We started with coffee and pastries at the coffee shop around the corner. We met Christopher and went to the Hirschgarten (Deer Garden) and Nymphenburg Palace....another festival at a beer garden on another beautiful day in Munich. Nymphenburg Palace is another of the palaces that belonged to crazy King Ludwig. It is a sprawling structure of buildings and gardens that goes on for miles. Then we met Phillipe, Christopher's friend, at a German cafe/bar and had beer, schnitzel, and fried apples while watching Bayern Munich win one of their...

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May 10, 2014 - Koblenz to Miltenberg

Saturday May 10 - Miltenburg (Wertheim) Last night while we were having dinner the ship turned eastward and entered the River Main, a tributary of the Rhine. The Main is much narrower and has been canalized in parts. We entered our first lock while we having dinner, and passed through at least four or five more locks during the night and another early in the morning. The Viking ships are designed to 'just' fit widthwise and lengthwise, and with the walls of the locks only inches away, we could easily touch them. We took our time getting...

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May 9, 2014 - Arrived Munich!

After thunderstorms cancelled Kim's flight, her and mom driving to Houston to meet the plane, plane delay due to pilot stranded in San Antonio, and champagne at the club....away we went! We had a good flight and caught the right s-Bahn to our city home downtown. We met Kirsten who showed us our nice little apt. The birds love the courtyard outside the apt! They were singing when we arrived and are awakening this morning at 4:30 am (I can't sleep anyway!). We called Christopher and he met us at a cafe at the Marienplatz ( walking distance...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Day 28 – Wednesday 30 April – Munich

Today we did a day tour of two of the most amazing castles in Germany. The first was the Linderhof Royal Palace which is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. As with most of these places you cannot take photos inside but I have added some from outside. The second castle we visited was the Neuschwanstein castle again built by King Lugwig II out of his personal wealth rather than public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king,...

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Apr 29, 2014 - Day 27 – Tuesday 29 April – Salzburg to Munich in Germany

After another great buffet breakfast at the Best Western we took off in the rain for the train station, only 10 minutes walk. The one hour 40 minute trip went by fast and arrived in Munich just before 12noon. We checked into the Hotel Munich Inn and headed out for sightseeing around town. Our initial take on Munich was pretty dodgy. Seemingly dodgy looking guys, rough streets and walkways, mannerisms of shop staff and general public were not welcoming or even happy looking. Once we had reached the main town and mall area our faith in people...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Day 7: Hello America

I just landed back in the good ole America. The plane ride back home was about 11 and a half hours. Of course I slept most of the way home! I am waiting to go through customs which always takes the longest. After that I have to retrieve my suitcase then head home. Although I had so much fun in Germany, it is always good to be back home. If I had the chance to travel to Germany again, I would definitely take up the offer. I saw so many beautiful sites and learn a lot of historic features about the places I went. My mouth got the taste...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Day 6: Hanseatic City of Lubeck

Today I went to visit the Hanseatic City of Lubeck. During the second World War, the city was damaged, the basic structure of the city remains unaltered. The residences, churches, monuments, and even salt storehouse have all remained the same. The beauty and history of this town really invited me. The outline of the city consists of two parallel traffic routes on the edge of the island. The City of Lubeck is now a commercial center of Northern Europe. I spent all day roaming the streets, admiring the monuments, and taking in the crisp air....

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Mar 12, 2014 - Day 5: Mountain Climbing

This morning, I woke up a little later than I had planned. I was exhausted from yesterday. I got up and by the time I finished getting ready, it was almost 11. I decided to skip breakfast and just wait to eat until lunch time. One of the brochures I had collected in the lobby of my hotel had promoted a mountain climb that looked scenic and peaceful, so as you can guess, this is what I did today! I took a taxi to the registration place to begin my climb, but before I got started, I ate a little bite that way I would have the energy that I...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Day 4: Wurzburg Garden

Today I went to visit the Wurzburg Residence with the Court Gardens. This is one of the largest and most beautiful gardens in Germany. The Wurzburg Residence used to be home to the power prince-bishops. The building is a three-winged building and was designed by Balthasar Neumann. The bombs of World War II damaged the building but now it has been reconstructed and is just as beautiful as ever. Two of the most fascinating parts of the building that I found amazing is the Imperial Hall and the Hall of Mirrors. The both took my breath away!...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Day 3: Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Today was very eventful. One of the attractions that I was most looking forward to on this trip was going to see the beautiful Rhine River. I got the chance to do that today! The Upper Middle Rhine Valley was the only thing on my agenda for today, and I enjoyed every bit of it. The Middle Rhine Valley is full of gorgeous castles, historic towns, and the most luscious vineyards you will ever see. I realized a lot about the various landscapes of Germany. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is immense with history and legends. It was such a...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Day 2: First Day in Germany!

Last night, whenever I arrived at the airport in Frankfurt, I took a taxi to my hotel in Wurzburg. Once I pulled up I was taken in by the beauty of the whole place. The pictures that I had seen on the internet did no justice to the actual place. I got checked in, a bellhop helped me carry my bags up to my room, and I was set for the night! I was quick to link my phone to the WiFi that was provided for free. After getting settled in, I took my shower in the beautiful bathroom in my hotel room, and I went to sleep, (jet lag is an...

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Mar 1, 2014 - The Queen of the Castle

The Queen of the Castle Susi’s apartment was on the third floor, naturally, and pretty big for a European apartment. She had it filled with wonderful pieces of furniture, knickknacks and art, and two Princes, Casimir and Romeo, brother cats, to help her rule the roost. The last time I had seen Susi was two nights before Michael died, he and I went to dinner at her Mom’s house, Susi was flying back to Germany the next day and this was her goodbye dinner. We didn’t know it was a forever goodbye dinner, Michael died the night she arrived back...

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