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Jun 6, 2015 - Amsterdam and beyond

Today I decided to see what I could of Amsterdam but to also see some of the surroundings of Holland. I took off early walking and saw the flower market, then decided to have my breakfast of Holland pancakes. Walked around some more getting turned around a few times. Decided to walk through the Red Light district before catching the tour bus for the afternoon. Had very nice afternoon of going through 3 small country villages. Saw windmills, how to make cheese as well as how to make wooden shoes. Ate dinner of fish and chips in fishing...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Amsterdam

Woke up early with my incredible view of the canal. After the nice B&B breakfast,went for stroll down one of the main streets near where I am staying to exchange money and souvenir shop. In early afternoon, went to have my nails redone since I go straight to the AMA meeting in Chicago. That was a 3 hour ordeal, but at least my nails look nice. I decided then I was game to rent a bike and go exploring,. Which went ok except the bike was not very good. A thunderstorm came up so I ate dinner in the main Amsterdam Dept store, then rode home in...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Another travel day

The bus leaving Mannheim to Amsterdam was an hour and a half late and Stef and his parents were so sweet to wait with me. Still it prolonged the sadness I felt to leave them it's been so nice meeting Steffen's family and we got along just great. No wonder Steffen is such a wonderful young man

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Jun 3, 2015 - Mannheim

Today I am able to spend the day with Steffen. He came for a lovely German breakfast at the Sikoras, the we were off to explore the city. Steffen was a great tour guide showing me his castle university (how lucky), then we saw the main plazas, the water tower, the Mannheim Christ church, which was nice since it was a Protestant - Lutheran church. We ate at a doner near the market place. And had a typical Turkish sandwich which was delicious. I think Steffens has one about every day. I think we saw most places on the list but my favorite was...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Waking up in beautiful Lindau

We stayed the night at an inn called Hotel Engel. A great dinner last night as well as good breakfast this am. Then spent morning walking around this charming village on it's own island. I would come back here in an instant. Of course we eventually had to move on stopping on Meersburg for lunch as we travelled along Lake Comstance with imAges of the Austrian and Swiss alps in the distance. A stop in the late afternoon in the Black Forest town of Titisee for Black Forest cake. The. Best ever.

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Jun 1, 2015 - The Bavarian Alps

What a day! Martin really had a special day planned. We saw a lot and it was a little stressful for him but turned out amazing. We ate an early breakfast and headed first to Salzburg. To save so,e time, we took a carriage tour through the old city. And besides seeing a movie being produced in Prague, they were also producing THE sound of Music in Salzburg. I didn't see any movie stars though. Once we left Salzburg, the day was spent touring the Bavarian Alps going back and forth through Germany and Austria. We saw BErchtesgarden and...

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May 31, 2015 - Fairy tale castles and Mad King Ludwig

Today with Steffen's parents, we took a bus tour. Because it is so hard to get tickets to the castles, this worked out much better. So our tour went first to the Linderhof castle, then Neuschwanstein. The last iis the castle Walt Disney used to model the Dinseyland castle. King Ludwick built these castles b/t 1845 and 1880. He did not finish Neuschwanstein in his lifetime. A young king with good taste, extravagant lifestyle. He preferred being alone and did most of his official duties at night. His death in his 40s remains a mystery....

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May 30, 2015 - Munich

Well I will call Munich a happy party town. We had our personal guide of the city, Steffen's cousin, Marco. He has just finished his PhD in physics And exploring Job opportunities. So he took us all over, the town center with the beautiful churches, especially St. Michael's church with a small church underneath the small cathedral above. We saw the most amazing Glockenspiel, a huge farmer's market and the famous Hofbräuhaus. I after a nice city sidewalk cafe lunch, we walked through the English garden and on to the Olympic park to find...

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May 29, 2015 - Travel day with Brigitte from Prague to Munchen

So although I was going to travel by bus, Brigitte was going to Munich herself today so I decided to ride with her meaning I would get in Munich earlier than planned. It was really nice that Brigitte and I could hang out together and have a relaxing morning before getting on the road. Then it was nice to travel through the countryside of The Chech republic and Germany. It's bee so nice to catch up with Brigitte. We have really known each other a long time. Some 39 years. So nice to rekindle a good friendship. Once in Munich, I had to wait a...

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May 28, 2015 - Day in Prague

Today I had a great day in Prague. Even though Brigitte had to work, she helped me put a plan together for exploration of the city. So the first half of the day, I spent in the castle district, then had lunch near the castle at Lobkowicz Palace Cafe overlooking the city. Walking back downtown I crossed the Charles bridge and saw the Jewish cemetery. I met Brigitte at the astronomical bridge. And believe it or not, Brigitte had been in touch with David Hagaman who was also in Prague. We all went out to dinner at one of Brigitte's favorite...

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May 27, 2015 - End of cruise

Last day of cruise. The FUMC group and Elizabeth left the ship at 6 am. Really sad to see the end of our cruise. 70 of the people on the ship are continuing on to the Black Sea. In addition a new group of people are coming on to take the rooms of all of us disembarking. Anyway, I have till 3 p until I catch the bus to Prague. So I decided to visit The Terror Museum. It was amazing. All about WWII in Hungary, then the Russian occupation after the war. So sad that Germany didn't even enter Hungary until 1944 however even in the last few...

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May 26, 2015 - Budapest

We sailed to Budapest and arrived early in the morning. Thankfully because the time has been short, we had a bus tour of the whole city. Another surprise for me. The city is so beautiful with large buildings, lots of green space. Our tour leader today was the best yet. She gave us a synopsis of the long history of Hungary, telling us of the food and bad from the past. In the afternoon, Elizabeth went to see a Hungarian horse show. I put together a box to mail back home. So my bag going on the next 10 days would be lighter. The post office...

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