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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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Aug 1, 2014 - Regensburg, Germany (Cruise Day 9)

8/1/14, Friday We had a wonderful day in Regensburg. It is another medieval city started in 13 AD but officially became a city in 171 AD when the Romans arrived. It is considered one of the best preserved medieval city in Germany. We crossed over the "Old Stone Bridge", built between 1135 and 1146. It is considered a miracle of engineering at the time and is Germany's oldest bridge. The Knights of the Second and Third Crusades used that bridge to cross the Danube on their way to the Holy Land as it was the only solid crossing for more than...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Main-Danube Canal & Nuremberg (Cruise Day 8)

7/31/14, Thursday The early morning was a cruise down the Main-Danube Canal. We arrived in Nuremberg, another medieval walled city (13th Century walls). This is the city where the post-World War II Nazi war crimes trials took place. We stopped at the grounds where the Nazi rally's were held. We saw the Nazi version of the Coliseums from Rome, designed to be the biggest meeting place in the world. It was never finished. Because Nuremberg was so important to the Nazis, it was mercilessly bombed resulting in over 75% of the old Nuremberg city...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany (Cruise Day 7)

7/30/14, Wednesday We stopped in Hassfurt to drop off the people on the tour for Bamburg by bus. Robin and I decided to stay on the ship instead of taking the tour into Bamburg. Instead, we enjoyed the sail down the 106 mile Main-Danube Canal. This is an engineering masterpiece which has 16 locks. Completed in 1992, it is a continuous waterway from the North Sea to the Black Sea. In total, we will be going through 68 Locks on this trip. Several of them are over 80 feet vertical lift. When we started at Amsterdam, we were at 16 feet...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Wurzburg, Germany (Cruise Day 6)

7//29/14, Tuesday This town became important after its bishop was also appointed a Prince. Between 1720 and 1744, the reigning Prince-Bishops built the “Residence”, a spectacular palace with fine art, paintings on the ceilings, tapestries and many other objects d’art. The entrance staircase is incredible and is the centerpiece in a room with a 5400 square foot ceiling requiring no supporting columns. It is decorated with the world’s largest painting (the entire ceiling) depicting the four continents of the known world at the time. America...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria Hi everyone! Yesterday we spent the day in Passau touring around and shopping! Listened to an organ concert that sounds boring but it was on the largest cathedral organ in the world. Pretty cool! We did some shopping in the afternoon but didn't find that much. Got caught in the rain on the way back with no umbrella but we didn't melt! Today we took a 2 hour bus ride to Salzburg, Austria. Went to Mozart's birthplace and the other house his family moved into when he was a teenager. Walked up to the abbey where the real Maria...

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Jul 28, 2014 - Miltenberg, Germany (Cruise Day 5)

7/28/14, Monday We sailed most of the night and some more this morning along the Main River. After lunch, we headed into Miltenberg to see some local sites. This town is known for its half-timbered homes and is one of the most picturesque and best preserved medieval cities in Germany. We saw the old Roman walls, the ancient hotel “Zum Riesen” (the Inn at the Giant) believed to be the oldest inn in Germany (built about 1500) and the Mildenburg castle built about 1200. This is the area of Germany known as Franconia, very well known for its...

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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 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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