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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 21, 2014 - Ettal Monastery, Cheese factory and Schnapps tasting

8/21/14, Thursday Today's tour was to the Ettal Benedictine Monastery. The Monastery owns its grounds with a beautiful church, a boarding school for boys (girls are bused in), a beer brewery, a liquor distillery, the hotel, store, and several other businesses in town. The population of Ettal is about 800 of which 180 or so work for the monastery directly. The history of the monastery is interesting. The "Duke of Bavaria, Roman Emperor of the German Nation, Kaiser Louis the Fourth" made the Pope mad, so the Pope excommunicated the Duke. On...

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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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Aug 20, 2014 - Staffelsee and Murnau

8/20/14, Wednesday We had another small tour this morning to Staffelsee, a local lake near Murnau, about a 30 minute drive from Edelweiss. It was pouring rain as we left but we all were hoping for the best. When we arrived at the lake, the rain stopped. We had a nice tour boat that took us all around the large lake and several small islands. We saw many very nice lakefront homes, an RV park on the shore and cattle grazing. It was a very relaxing and peaceful boat ride. From the lake, we drove into Murnau, a quaint old German town. We had...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Neuschwanstein (The Fairy Tale Castle)

8/18/14, Monday We started this trip with a stop at The Almdorf Ammertal woodcarving shop. What an amazing place! They had woodcarvings filling up the entire shop. Their specialty is religious items and included many nativity scenes as well as carved animals, people and many other items. On the road, we saw full size cow statues painted in the German colors (black, red & yellow) with the words The Fair Milk (English translation). This came about because the dairy farmers felt that the stores were selling their milk for too high a price. So...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Munich, Germany

8/16/14, Saturday City tour of Munich today. Munich is about an hour's drive north of Garmisch. On the way in, our bus passed the place where Oktoberfest will be held. They are already out there (takes 3 months to set up) putting up the large tents and booths. One tent holds 11,000 people!! We learned that the females who wear dirndl dresses tie their apron with the knot to the left if they are "available"; to the right if they are married, engaged or otherwise taken; to the center if they are a virgin and in the back if they are widowed. A...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Munich again

2:45 AM is quite early… Did get some sleep but tired. Alice got up OK as well. A quick getting ready then to the elevator! I tried to check out and gave the wrong room number… Finally got it straight though (411). Transport guy was already there so we got on the van and headed to the airport. It took about 30 minutes. At the airport Alice got tickets through the vending machine and we got in line. There were no people at the check in so we waited until about 4:30 then we checked in with no problem, then security. We were so early that they...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Berchtesgaden, Germany

8/11/14, Monday The tour today was to Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest (Hitler's mountain lair). This is a long day (0700 (7am) until 2000 (8pm)). The bus ride, partly on the autobahn, was long so I got to sleep some more. It rained most of the way but the clouds parted when we reached the Eagle's Nest so had a view. The bus dropped us off near the top of the mountain where we entered a long tunnel on foot. The tunnel had very large thick steel doors which had been marked up by various soldiers during WWII. The oldest entry I could see...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/10/14, Sunday No official tours today but we decided to strike off on our own. We caught a cab to the Eibsee train station and boarded a cogwheel train on the Zugspitze Bahn (railroad). The cogwheel train has a gear that locks into a center track and literally pulls the train up a VERY steep slope until you reach the Sonn-Alpin level of the Zugspitze. At that level is a ski area, sledding area, church (very small), restaurants and viewing platforms. We explored that a bit and then took the cable car up the rest of the way to the top (9717...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/9/14, Saturday A rest day!! It is POURING RAIN here! So we took the opportunity to hang around the Edelweiss, do our laundry and just chill! In the evening we took the Horse and Buggy ride around Garmisch. We were able to see many of the painted homes, the beautiful architecture and designs and to just enjoy Garmisch. It was a very relaxing way to see the neighborhoods and part of the downtown.

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Aug 8, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/8/14, Friday We did the Garmisch-Partenkirchen City Tour today. We walked around both towns and got the lay of the land for shops, restaurants, and sights. We looked at the 1936 Winter Olympic Ski Jump area. We were told about how Garmisch and Partenkirchen were joined as one city. Hitler wanted the Olympics in Garmisch but the Olympic Committee said No, not enough population. So Hitler went to the two mayors and said he wanted them to join their cities together. The mayors said no; historically, they were separate and did not really like...

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Aug 7, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/7/14, Thursday Today was a travel day. We stayed overnight on the ship in Budapest again last night but had to be up and out right after breakfast. A WILD cab ride to the airport; checking in using our smart phones (cool!); then taking a flight on Lufthansa from Budapest to Munich was capped off by a neat train ride from Munich to Garmisch. It was beautiful country but especially so once we started into the Alps. There was a neat rainbow in the mountains. Once in Garmisch, our cab took us to the entrance of the Edelweiss but, being on a...

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