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May 10, 2016 - Day 2

Day 2 and 3:Wow, day 2 and 3 already. The bike just arrived and we are ready to get out of Munich. Great place but its time for us to move on. We are looking forward to some new adventures. We have been to the historical Haufbrauhaus now twice. Guess it was a lot of fun the 1st time to go back. We spend the day getting the bike ready for the next several weeks of travel and now ready to move on. Experiences of the day(s): *Bike ride through Munich's Central Park. It was a sight to see! Naked people laying around enjoying the sun! We loved...

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May 9, 2016 - Three Great Stops

What a nice day! We started our morning at Oberammergau, the city where the Passion Play is performed every 10 years & the city famous for its wood carvers. Jim & I have now been there 3 times, and we are always amazed at what the carvers are able to produce. Of course, there are plenty of items for sale that are laser cut, too. We spent about 4 hours in the city including time for lunch. Info from a travel guide book: Oberammergau was spared from a plague that swept Europe in 1633. The inhabitants promised to re-enact the Crucifixion &...

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May 8, 2016 - Cultural Celebration

You might be tired of hearing this, but we enjoyed another day of beautiful weather. Just a short drive from Wolfratshausen, maybe 5km, a May Day celebration was held. It was in the town of Walehstadt and is called Mai Feier. The search for a tree suitable to be a town's May pole begins in March. (Towns get a new pole every 4 - 5 years.). The tree is felled & brought to town where it is peeled, dried as much as possible, & decorated in blue & white which are Bavaria's colors. Rich told us the very interesting story of May poles, & I'm not...

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May 8, 2016 - Day 1 - Munich Germany

Day 1: After 19 hours of travel, Kim and I have arrived in Munich Germany. Flying Business Class is amazing!!!! Beds on a plane? WHAT?? Amazing food believe it or not. It was like a smorgasbord that included all the beer and wine you wanted. We were worried our 70 lbs bag would not make it to Munich but no issues there!! Experiences: * Beds, movies, food, and booze on our Condor Flight!!! *When they write down your room number as 5^^ this really means 511. Their 1 looks like ^. WEIRD but now we know after spending 10 minutes looking for...

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May 7, 2016 - Rafting & Bad Tolz

What a gorgeous day. We kind of slept in & decided to hang around the local area. Daily from May 1 - September 1, there is a group of log rafts which leaves Wolfratshausen by 10:00 am & floats down rivers to Munich arriving by 4:00. Cost is 65 euro pp It's pretty much a beer party with some food served. Live oompah music is provided on board. Each raft is probably made up of at least 30 logs. After arrival in Munich, the rafts are disassembled, logs are placed in large trucks & everything is hauled back to Wolfratshausen only to be...

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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 - 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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