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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Mürren July 22nd 2012

The first day in Switzerland we decided to delay what is supossed to be the highlght of the trip, an excursion to the top of the Jungfrau, until tomorrow in hopes of better weather. Today the weather is cloudy with occasional sprinkles. But its great hiking weather even without the views. So after breakfast we rounded up some picnic supplies (we actually planned ahead and purchased everything we needed, except some cheese, down in the valley the night before) and headed up to Allmenburhl for a couple of hour hike back down to Murren which was mostly downhill. While in Murren it actually started to rain, so we curtailed our sightseeing and popped into a fancy little hotel for a warm drink and some dessert. We had a greaticnic lunch on the mountain but no dessert. ... read more
Making an inquiry with farmers wife about cheese acquisition.
Not sure why this excited Elizabeth so much.
Youth Hostel were I stayed 35 years ago!

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Friedrichshafen July 22nd 2012

OK. The roller coaster topped Hairspray. Elizabeth just looked up from napping (on the train) and informed me she wanted to go on the roller coaster again. I'll admit, at over a mile long, it was a BLAST!!!Today started off gorgeous, but it has grown increasingly cloudy as the day has progressed. Let' hope the weather cooperates while we are in the Alps. We caught the bus at 7:23 this morning to Oberstaufen where we had time to buy a train ticket to Friedrichshafen and grab a bite to eat. Actually, I bought the tickets and carried our bags up to the platform while Elizabeth went in search of food - let's just say Oberstaufen isn't that big and there was nothing or no one in the trainstation at 7:45am. When we got to Friedrichshafen we ... read more
There he is between the red and yellow flower in the middle with the white background.
We decided to go back and ride the Alpsee coaster at night.
Just as fun... would have been more scary if it had been totally dark.

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Immenstadt July 21st 2012

Riesen Haare! Riesen Musik! Riesen Spass! That is the description for the musical Hairspray. Roughly translated it means : Big (or huge) hair, big music, big fun. And it certainly was. Although Lizzie doesn't speak German, she understood every word because she has seen the movie so many times (and sings along with the CD). And although we did not get home until nearly midnight and we still had to pack and catch a train this morning, it was worth it. So now we are on the train to Immenstadt, just a wee little town in southern Germany between Munchen und the Bodensee, or Lake Constance as we call it, on our way to Switzerland. And we aren't even staying in town but out in the country at a little Inn run by the Family Herper. ... read more
Elizabeth's standard on-board position
Requisite "countryside from a moving train" picture
I see mountains !!!

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Murren July 21st 2012

Before anyone gets too excited over the last blog, I was duped by technology again. Although I had entered Interlaken as our location because our tiny mountain village isn't listed on the map, the iPad's automatic location detection outsmarted me by using the weather station on top of the mountain next to us. Sure, it's the closest weather station, but it's also 6000 feet higher in elevation (we are only at 5000 feet here in Gimmelwald). So, the bottom line is no snow. It's 48 degrees and it looks as though the light rain we had earlier (at breakfast) has changed to drizzle and it's not as foggy so the clouds must be lifting somewhat. We are going to get on with our day and hopefully get caught up on the blog very soon.... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Murren July 20th 2012

OK, this is not a regular post, but if the weather report is accurate it is supossed to snow tomorrow! I'll believe it when I see it, but that's the forecast right now (almost midnight) it is 34 degrees and foggy. The fog is right, but it doesn't really feel that cold of course its dead calm out there so maybe it is that cold. Supossedly the hogh tomorrow is 33 and the low 26, but the weatherman hasn't been right so far on our trip so I'm not going to start believing him now. More news later. Pictures at eleven.... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 20th 2012

Today we got up earlier than the day before for breakfast, hoping to get a head start so we could see more stuff. But, we had a few technical difficulties. Elizabeth and I found out about this theater that was performing Hairspray and decided it would be fun to go see the performance that night. All went well picking out our seats online, but when we tried to purchase them of corse everything was in Deutsch! I didn't want to buy them and then discover I had to print them out (which I can't do with my iPad) instead of picking them up at the box office. So I tried to get the lady at the front desk to help me- which long story short took forever and I ended up having to go get them ... read more
Guests could fill their wine glasses with the wine that poured out from the mermaids boobies
The nossels
Elizabeth in the courtyard

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Reutte July 17th 2012

These are a few days old, but there so many good ones of Elizabeth that I decided to post these anyway.... read more
Castle at Night
pretty good for no tripod
along the trail up to the castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 16th 2012

Today, after I turned in the rental car (we drove to Rothenburg and Reutte), we took the trolley to Nymphanburg Palace - the Summer home of the Whittelbachs. It's not as grand as Versailles, but hey, at least none of them had their head separated from their body via a guillotine! And while I'm sure King Louis had many fine carriages, we didn't get to see any of them at Versailles. However, we got to see a whole collection at Nymphanburg along with a bunch of royal sleighs. When we got back into Munich (we never really left since Nymphanburg is only 3 miles from the center of town which was out in the country when it was built, but it's now right in town) we went back to Marienplatz, and sure enougha, all the stage, ... read more
Nymphanburg Gardens
Nymphanburg nymphs
Yo, can I pimp your ride?

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 15th 2012

I hope everyone is enjoying our blog. Its turned out to be a little more work than I had planned for, which is probably why I've never been faithful in keeping a travel journal on past trips. Too lazy! So I thank you, even though I have no idea if anyone is actually looking at this dang thing. Just the thught that someone is interested (or the fact I told everyone I was going to do this and now I'm too stubborn to quit) has kept me comitted too the task. So now I will have a chronicle of this trip, and no matter how inadequate it is, it still beats the heck out of any of my previous (nonexistant) journals. So we hit town late yesterday afternoon. We drove in from Reutte after visiting Neuschwanstein ... read more
Small foot bridge above Neuschwanstein
Elizabeth with her ginormous beer at the Andechs Monastery
Hotel Uhland in Munich

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Reutte July 15th 2012

Reutte has probably been one of the prettiest places we have been far. As we drove into Austria we were constantly driving past beautiful fields and meadows, farmlands with cows and horses, and many forest covered mountains. Our cute little hotel was right at the bottom of a long trail that led up a mountain to the Ehrenburg castle ruins. Our first day we hiked up halfway to the Medieval Museum and had a blast learning about the Crusades and other fun facts about the Middle Ages. We also got to try on armor, chain male and helmets! The best part though was probably playing with the cross bows in the gift shop ( which we later learned, was not allowed). Other than that, our time in Reutte was very laid back and relaxed. It was ... read more
and, oh, oh, more Rococo

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