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Jul 27, 2014 - Tired in Munich

Flight from Charlotte boarded with no problems. We had interior seats - Alice took the aisle. A bit cramped but not too bad. Reasonable movie selection as well. Bathrooms on a lower level too! They served dinner - chicken with mashed potatoes or a pasta plate. Neither was very good. Also a beer - "Good German Beer" the steward said... it was beer. I slept a bit but rather fitfully. Alice seemed to get in a good rest. Got in to Munich about 10:00 Am (4:00 AM EST). Went through passport control then found our gate. Alice got a salami sandwich...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Got on the boat!

Hey everyone! We made it to Passau....yeah! Got on the train from Colmar yesterday and had a short trip to Basel, Switzerland. I found it a bit tricky in the Switzerland train station. Had to ask a radom traveller for help and then checked it out with a train attendant. Our train left late for Frankfurt so that was weird since German trains are NEVER late! Got to Frankfurt and discovered that our transfer time was shaved down to 13 minutes. Hustled down 2 flights of stairs (which Aunty Bonnie almost fell on!) and up another 2 flights of...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Bad Griesbach - Golf

The next morning I awoke quite early and even though my legs were quite painful I took a walk in the early morning sun. Quite stunning. Managed to awake Dillon and after a breakfast of the obligatory meat cheese and bread we drove 2 hours to Bad Griesbach for a couple of days of golf. The place we stayed was a very traditional Bavarian Inn - very nice. For golf, the kids were in 1 group and the adults in the next. Rudi's kids are quite good at golf 4 and 7 handicaps and Dillon may have been a little intimidated - he didn't play so well....

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Jul 19, 2014 - Bavarian Alps

We (myself, Dillon, Bernie, Angelica, Mickey)left for the alps in the afternoon after a leisurely morning drinking Bernie's coffee. On the way we stopped by lake Schliersee for a very (very) refreshing swim then continued driving through amazing countryside. We met up with Rudi, Monique and friends at base camp for the hike up to the mountain inn. The climb was very very tough. Extremely steep mostly 30 degrees but maybe 45 in some places. The atmosphere, sounds and views though were worth it. As we climbed there was the constant clanging...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Munich

On Wednesday we woke up early to get the train station in Zurich. We took the train to Munchen. When we were showing our ticket to the guy he said to us that we had to pay extra for our ticket because ours was not valid. Our ticket covered England, France, Spain and Germany. But the "bloody German" said that we went through Austria and our ticket didn't cover that, so dad had to pay 20 euros for the ticket (it turned out that we went for only half a mile through Austria taking less than a minute - Dad was not happy. When we got to Munchen...

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May 29, 2014 - Rothenberg and Wurzburg

While we are docked at Wurzburg, our first tour of the day is a bus trip to Rothenburg. The route is the "Romantic Road". Not romance in terms of love, but romance meaning serene, small town, quiet, harking back to a better, simpler time, nostalgic. The area appears to primarily be farmland and grape growing for the wine trade. The fields are rolling hills of many shades of green(bringing back memories of the green of Ireland). The vineyards are on steep hillsides rising above the Main River. The fields of crops are uninterrupted by...

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May 28, 2014 - Passau & Vilshofen

Our Last Say on the boat!! More Commentary to come...... Hi all: well even though e are in Praque here is a bit of information on our last day on the ship. After Linz and Salzburg we headed further West on the Danube to town where three river come together. Pasau is called The City of Three Rivers and is ideally located at the confluence of them. The flow of the Danube is added to by the River Inn from the South and the River Ils from the North. Both of these rivers are not navigable but are only "feeder" rivers deports run off water from...

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May 28, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg is a very scenic German town. In 1007, Emperor Heinrich II made Bamberg the center of the Holy Roman Empire and the capital of his reign. Like Rome, Bamberg was built on seven hills, each with a church on top. The Cathedral was built in 1012 and remains the spiritual heart of the city. Both he and his wife are buried in the cathedral. Heinrich II and his wife were both made saints for all their generous work and support of the faith. They also founded the St Michael's Abbey which is perched high above the city and is considered an...

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May 27, 2014 - Nuremberg

Today's entry is written by Jim. Janice was not feeling well this morning and did not make the bus trip from the Danube into the heart of Nuremberg. The walled city dates from the 13-century, and is best known for the war trials following WWII. Nuremberg was selected as the cite for the trials for several reasons--the primary being its secure prisons and the proximity of those prisons to the cite where the trials were held. Germany's economy must be one of the more stable in the EU, and is evident in Nuremberg with construction in almost...

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May 27, 2014 - Neuschwanstein Castle

May 27th Day 13 Tuesday We are up early today to meet our coach with Jules our guide and will visit the Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle built 1869, 17 yrs to build for Barvarian King Ludwig II, son of Maxmillian II. From this castle Walt Disney got the inspiration for Prince Charming castle in Cinderella. Also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang showed the castle in this movie. The weather has turned much cooler and has started to rain. Our first rest stop is Zugspitzblick where we view a beautiful lake. As we go on, the road is very twisty and narrow,...

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May 26, 2014 - Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg is one of Bavaria's beautiful cities and one of the most well preserved medieval towns. It''s history dates back 2000 years and it's Roman Gates are still standing. Since the town escaped damage from the war, it's architectural gems are still here. The Old Stone Bridge was a miracle of engineering in its time , built between 1135 and 1146, it was used by knights in the crusades to cross the Danube on their way to the Holy Land. Interesting story, in that the building of the bridge caused changes in the water flow and the...

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May 25, 2014 - Passau, Germany

. We have arrived in Germany. Just across the Austrian border, we come to a small town, with 50,000 people, Passau , Germany. Passau lies at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Hitler lived here as a child and during WW II there were three Nazi concentration camps here. Filled with a jumble of cobbled lanes, underpasses and archways it definitely reminds me of Italy and as we walked around we saw and smelled several Italian restaurants and pizzarias. We decided to go to Mass at St . Stephen's Cathedral. All in...

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