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Dec 3, 2013 - Nuremberg

Thursday: Our train left Salzburg at 11am and we arrived at Anne’s in Erlangen mid-afternoon. The rest of the day was spent relaxing. Friday: Again, we took the opportunity to catch up on routine things like washing. That evening we all went in to Nuremberg for the official opening of their Christmas markets. The Christkind was due to appear on the balcony of one of the churches at 5.30 and well beforehand half of Nuremberg began squeezing into the square in between the rows of market stalls. We ended up jammed like sardines in one aisle...

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Nov 23, 2013 - Wurzburg Residence Palace

Anthony found a town about an hour away called Wurzburg. We took an amazing (English) tour of the Wurzburg Residence Palace and learned so much. It was such a neat place. The domed ceiling in the entry way is the largest dome ceiling in the world that is only supported by the outer walls. Skeptics back in the 1700's said it would never hold up- low and behold it even withstood the air raids in 1945- 200 years after it was constructed. Obviously still standing today! We also took a tour on a local tourist train car in English. The town had...

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Nov 19, 2013 - Fussen

Friday: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ……….. The departure from Vicenza was interesting. It was raining so the walk to the station juggling cases and umbrellas was not much fun. Then as we approached the station there was a huge crowd of young people chanting with microphones blaring and we had to push through them. After enquiring from a police man we got the idea that they were students protesting about something. We changed trains in Verona to a Eurocity to come up and over the Brenner Pass into Austria. It was lovely...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Nuremburg

An early start to the day, I open the curtains to see its foggy, and The Dom has a strange look with mist and spotlights, almost haunting. After breakfast I am on the 0744 Koln Messe to Nuremburg ' The Westenter' at this time of the day it's a double ICE 16 coaches and no more room available, a fast run down the high speed line and we arrive in Frankfurt in just to over an hour, and the train empties. And I am able to get a nice seat for the rest of the journey. I am writing this on the train, I have been a few days and week one of a two...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Day 36 Fussen

After two days of sleeping in, we had to set the alarm today to catch the train to Fussen Germany. It was a short ride during which we caught our first glimpse of the snowcapped Alps. Spectacular! We found our hotel quickly and they actually let us check in even though it was just 10 o'clock. Our main reason for coming to Fussen today is to see King Ludwig's two castles. First the Hohenschwangau and then the Neuscheanstein. His obsession with castles is an interesting story and even a more interesting end. We were going to take the bus...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Day 35 Augsburg

It rained most of the day, which was fine since our plan was to relax with Dennis and Jane. It felt good to let our legs just sit most of the day. Jane makes prayer shawls for people in their church, and Cathy couldn't sit and watch her crochet, so she grabbed yarn and a hook and started a prayer shawl too. In the late afternoon we went with them to the Episcopal Church of Saint Boniface where Dennis is the priest. This was the first time we had seen Dennis in this role, which was quite fun. Later it was a time for Stolen dessert, Ouzo,...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Day 34 Augsburg

This was a relaxing morning, sleeping late then talking over coffee and Nusssyriezel. Beginning at noon, we toured Augsburg with our own private tour guide, Wolfgang. He is a friend of Denny and Jane's and teaches history at a college prep high school. His knowledge of Germany was apparent and made the tour quite special. Augsburg has been his home for twenty years, and he was excited to show his city to us. Augsburg has buildings dating back to the 1400's including a church, St. Anna, where Martin Luther spoke during the reformation. It is...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Day 33 Munich

Our night on the train went well, and we arrived in Munich at 6:30 am. It wasn't long before we found Marienplatz and a good place to have breakfast. The platz (square) is dominated by Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) where we watched and listened to its clocktower at 11 am. Its first performance in 1517 helped raise citizens morale during the plague epidemic. During the chimes, two levels of marionettes dance. We then explored the Residenz, which was the former residence of Bavarian Kings. Quite impressive! We saw the Frauenmirche which is...

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Oct 15, 2013 - Munich

Friday: Nuremberg has a very strong association with the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and the attitude towards what Germans call the dark past is now very open. We had been in two minds about visiting the Nazi Documentation Centre and rally grounds in Nuremberg but decided to do so today. The museum exhibition was called “The Fascination and the Terror” and was very well done and absorbing. In all we spent three hours there. The day was rainy so we did not walk the outdoor areas of the Zeppelin Field and Rally Grounds – enough was shown in...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Romance in the air?

I have not been looking my best. We have been plagued by two of the smallest mozzies you could imagine. Laying in bed at night you can hear them buzzing, turn on the light and they are no where to be seen. I snuggle under the quilt with only my face poking out and the rotten things had a field day. I woke with 14 red and angry bites on my forehead, cheeks and around my eyes including my eyelids, not a pretty sight. As we made our way across Holland we had to stop at two very fascinating towns. The first was Naarden, a fort town built in the...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Nurnberg

Monday: We were greeted this morning with the wonderful news that little Phoebe Leila Stanley had arrived in the world on Sunday. Congratulations to Amy and Luke and sorry we will not be seeing her until December. After another of Lettie’s big breakfasts, we trundled back to the station and departed Bacharach at 10.30am for Mainz. There we changed to the Intercity Express (ICE) and VERY nice it was, too, in first class, which our rail pass covered. The grey skies soon cleared to a beautiful autumn day and the countryside dotted with farms...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Nuremberg, sightseeing and football

Dietlinde gave us a ride to the edge of the city of Nurnberg so that we could avoid the bus and train ride and have more time to look around the city before the soccer game. We caught the underground to the city centre and did a walking tour of the old city and castle grounds. It would have been nice to have more time to spend here so we will have to return some day. Nurnberg was one of the cities where Hitler rallied a lot of support for the Nazi party. It is also the site of the trials of war criminals. In mid afternoon we took the tram...

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