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Aug 29, 2014 - Metten, Germany

8/29/14, Friday We only went a short distance today. First, we stopped in Passau, Germany. Located on the border of Germany and Austria, most of the old town is built on a peninsula with the Danube River on one side and the Inn River on the other. It was originally a Roman military base and city but became an important medieval city. The city is like a maze of very narrow streets. Passau is home to the Cathedral of St. Stephen (designed by an Italian architect). The predecessor church had been damaged by fire in 1662. So many of the Gothic...

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Aug 28, 2014 - Neuburg/Inn, Germany

8/28/14, Thursday. We drove up to Neuberg am Inn (the river which forms the border between Austria and Germany at that point. We got a room at the Gasthof Kruezhuber. On the way, we stopped in the town of Scharding, Austria. They still had part of the old town wall in place including a very large city gate with towers on each side. The town had a nice plaza and an old church named St. Georg (no "e") dating to 1307. It was another really old church that was awesome!

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Aug 28, 2014 - Munich Day 2

Today we have planned to see two sites. The first is Schloss Nymphenburg and the second is Dachau. Nymphenburg was a summer palace for the royal family, and I'm pretty sure you know what Dachau is. It's quite a contrast to each other, but from a planning point of view, they are not too far apart and are the furthest things to see from Munich central. This meant that when we come back to Munich in just under two weeks, we'll be able to concentrate on things local to us. We drove to Nymphenburg, which is west of Munich, and took about 25...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Touchdown Munich

We landed in Munich a little bit later than anticipated after our flight. There was a huge amount of cloud between 38,000 feet and the ground, so the pilot took a long time to navigate through the various layers. After we got on the ground, we took a while to get off, as we were still waiting for our gate. We eventually got out, collected our bags, and headed to find out where our new rental car was. Munich airport is quite confusing, and it took a while to get to where we had to go. Then it took a while longer for someone to actually serve...

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Aug 24, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/24/14, Sunday. We picked up our rental car this morning in Garmisch and took it for a drive around town. We went back to Marienplatz (the pedestrian zone) and walked around a bit. We also had a nice lunch in one of the outdoor Gasthauses. We also met a Scottish couple (who live an hour from London) and had a nice chat with them. Then it was back to the Edelweiss to start packing as we leave tomorrow. I also brought the journal up to date. We are having great fun.

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Aug 24, 2014 - Calling in at the Eagle's Nest

Left Lermoos this morning in some light rain. Bought a Tollways card at the local service station and set off on our trip to Berchtesgaden then Salzburg. Thankfully, the route was through the countryside and not on an autobahn so we were able to see what was around us. Lots of pretty little villages, all dominated by one beautiful church in the same style as the one in Lermoos. It is such a wonderful sound when you hear the church bells ringing throughout the day. Something we just do not have in Australia much any more. Traffic was okay...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Partnach Gorge, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

8/23/14, Saturday We went to the Partnach Gorge today on our own (not with a tour). It was fabulous! We arrived at the small Gasthaus on the trail to the gorge and had our lunch there. We both tried different German dishes and were very happy with our choices. We thought about ordering the "cream puff" but decided not to. A few seconds later, out comes the largest cream puff I have ever seen to the adjoining table. It fed FOUR people and two more could have joined in. It had vanilla and chocolate ice cream, drizzled with chocolate and a...

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Aug 23, 2014 - A Visit to Mad Ludwigs Haus Back in Germany

Unfortunately we just cannot pick up the computer network of the guesthouse. Tried last night and this morning. If we are near a Maccas today we will try there. Had a pleasant breakfast at the guesthouse before hitting the road back over to Bavaria and Neuschwanstein Castle. We had a 35km drive back but made it to the base of the castle by 9am, The first tour we could take wasn’t until 10.55am but it is a 40 minute walk up a very steep incline road and I just wouldn’t be able to make that so opted to read a bit of the information posted...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Saturday, August 23

We started off the day with breakfast, then a city tour by Kathleen. We walked the old town and learned bout Bavarian history. There used to be a wall around the town, but now only 3 gates remain. Our first stop was at the Maypole in the Viktualienmarkt. The stands since 1970 are permanent; however, they once were set up and taken down on Sundays. Today, Sunday is the only day it is closed. Maypole Day is May 1st and is like our Labor Day in that nobody works. The Town Hall is in Marienplatz or Mary's Square. The statue of Mary was built...

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Aug 22, 2014 - Friday, August 22

After breakfast and packing we descended by 2 cable cars to Stechelberg with our destination, Munich. We heard about the stories of Sherlock Holmes demise and the story of William Tell. Lake Luzern is shaped similar to a cross. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. We make our last stop in Switzerland at Cindy's Gas Station to use the WC and spend our last Swiss Francs. We are now heading eastward and into Heidi country. An interesting tidbit...every place that sells beer in Germany must have a public toilette!!! Good news for...

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Aug 22, 2014 - Eibsee & Downtown Garmisch

8/22/14, Friday I made use of the spa facilities today at the Edelweiss and got a full body Swedish massage. Boy did that feel good!! At noon, we met our new friends, Thomas and Ann, and went to the Eibsee for lunch. The Eibsee is a beautiful lake at the foot of the Zugspitze. There is a very nice restaurant at the side of the lake. We sat and talked for a few hours and just enjoyed the afternoon. Thomas and Ann headed home (north of Munich) but dropped us off at Marienplatz in downtown Garmisch. This is the pedestrian zone and shopping...

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Aug 21, 2014 - A Town from Fairytales

Up bright and early this morning after only waking briefly at one point overnight. Thankfully, jetlag has all but disappeared. Beautiful morning out there with expected temperature of 26C. Had breakfast downstairs before loading up the car and making our way in Wiesbaden town centre. Called in at the Cuckoo Clock and took some photos there and yes, I managed to convince John to buy another cuckoo clock. This one though is battery operated and has a light sensor so that the birdie doesn’t come out in the dark to annoy the heck out of John....

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