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Dec 14, 2014 - Munich - Beer and skittles

Dec 13 evening. Gerda was quite amazing eventually, I had booked us on two tours today but we had overrun a little with the royal castles and I couldn’t get a hold of the beer tour easily. The Castles tour was to get back into Munich between 6 and 7 and our other tour was to start around 630 with a 15 minute pre arrival time for stragglers....i say eventually because she took the number and contacted the beer tour for us when they answered the phone at 6, much discussion and we would catch them up at the Beer Museum – no worries, everyone...

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Dec 13, 2014 - The Royal Castles - Bavaria

It has been a while in the processes and I will try not to plagiarise mum’s email updates too much to prompt my memory! The planned part of my two weeks with mum was a trip to Munich for the weekend. As Friday is boat washing day for me and usually a long one, I made sure my bag was packed, gave instruction to mum that she had to be ready by 330pm and to vacate the cabin as I was going to be on a mission when I finished and didn’t want her hurt in the flailing of arms as I raced through. Luckily Brett offered to drop us to the airport, so...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Back to Bavaria: A Trip Wrap-Up By The Numbers

On our way back to Bavaria from Zurich, we decided to stop for (what else?) more food, and this time it was at a monastery (Andechs) run by Benedictine monks and famous for its dark beer and good, wholesome food. Then it was into the car for a short drive to our last stop, a little town in the hop-growing region near the airport. As we put a wrap on our travel adventure and at the same time our reports to all of our many faithful readers, we thought it would be interesting to characterize the trip in terms of numbers, so here we...

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Oct 12, 2014 - Ludwig the Loco and the Land of Rococo

What Mozart is to Salzburg, so Ludwig II is to Bavaria. That truth exposes itself seemingly around every corner of this magical, fairy-tale countryside, but most assuredly when in the proximity of one of his famous castles. He became "King" at age 18, although "king" must be understood in the context of a constitutional monarchy, one in which he did not have the absolute power he so desired. In fact, it was his obsession with the power of a prior French ruler, Louis XIV, that formed the architectural and decorative basis for several of his...

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Oct 9, 2014 - Final days

Oct. 8: my birthday began with a double chocolate muffin from my cousin & ended with a dark German beer! In between those 2 events, we were accompanied by Heinz & Helgard Linke for the day. They guided us to a magnificent monastery, then one of King Ludwig ll's castles, then to Oberammergau, then back to Wolfratshousen to a bier garten for our evening meal. The Linkes presented me with a photo book for my birthday. It begins with a very important photo...the last one taken of Mom with me. She passed away a month after the picture was taken....

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Oct 6, 2014 - Munich Celebrates

After a routine flight from Dubrovnik on Friday afternoon, we arrived at the Munich airport, hopped on a high-speed train, and after transferring a couple of times, arrived at our charming small hotel in a little town in the countryside outside Munich. A hearty German meal left us ready for bed after a long day of travel, having started that morning in Montenegro! We set out the next morning for Oktoberfest, along with most of the rest of Munich, if the subway congestion was any indication. Almost everyone was dressed in (men) lederhosen...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany

Rothenburg is a beautiful little German town straight out of the Middle Ages.The old town of rothenburg has an intact city wall all around that you can walk on top of to get great views of the city and the Tauber valley. We had a lovely walk around and a great German lunch in a beer garden. We also spent a bit of time in the Kathe Wohlfahrt shop, it is a world famous shop of German designed Christmas gifts and decorations. Alice and Paul fly to Rome in the morning so we've said goodbye for now because they leave hotel at 3am! We fly out...

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Sep 25, 2014 - German Castles

This was my favorite site-seeing excursion so far on this trip. We drove from Munich to almost the German-Austria border to see Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (known as "the mad", as in crazy or as the docents say "eccentric"). Walt Disney has stated this castle was his inspiration for the Cinderella Castle at Disneyland and Disney World. The castle was also used in the movie Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. We intended only to see Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein but when we got to the nearby city of...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Munich - Oktoberfest

The song I will for the rest of my life associate with Oktoberfest is "Take Me Home Country Roads" and vice versa. The polka band was playing all the standard German drinking songs as I expected. There were always some in the crowd that would sing along or stand up on the table or dance but when the band started "Take Me Home Country Road" the crowd went crazy! Everyone in the place was singing along - in the accent of whatever country they came from. Anyone young enough to climb up on a table were up on them and the rest of us were on our...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Driving to Munich

I made it to Munich. We had planned to leave the hotel around 11:00 am (which would translate to noon) and Martine said that should put us in Munich by 7:00 pm. Jim, being Martine's brother and knowing her well, convinced her that we should leave the hotel at 9:00 am, which we managed to do. We took the bus to the airport and while on the bus I realized I had lost the ticket to get out of the extended term parking. I keep my purse very well organized. I knew exactly where I put it but it must have fallen out when I pulled out something...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Munich - Hop On/Hop Off Bus

Thanks to the front that moved through and brought rain all day yesterday, today the temperatures have dropped substantially and the weather now feels like late October. We first took the hop on/hop off bus around Munich. It was a nice overview of Munich. There are a few things I'd like to see more of if I had a few days to kill in Munich. I would definitely be able to spend a day at Nymphenburg Palace and Park. I would also like to spend more time at the Olympic Park and there is a large English garden I know I would enjoy in good weather....

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Sep 21, 2014 - Munich, Germany

9/21/14, Sunday. Off to our final stop, Munich! We had reservations (only 1 of about 3 places we made them) because it is Oktoberfest there. We wanted to be here for Oktoberfest since it will be a FIRST for both of us! (And, the German beer is Great!!!). It was a bit tense driving here since we had to drive through a monster lightning and downpour of a storm. We took a couple of rest breaks during the approximately four hour drive. There was a LOT of construction on the Autobahns so traffic was really bad in a lot of places which is why it...

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