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Published: August 10th 2008
Sadly covered in scaffolding
Well, do to technical difficulties it has been almost a week since my last update, and their have been some huge changes in that week. I don't know the days we did things, just the order. So this entry will seam like one big runon paragraph.
The day we left Gussenstadt we drove to Neuschwanstein. Which is the typical castle most of you think of when you think of a german castle. This is probably because Neuschwanstein is the castle that disney mimicked their castle on. On the way there we stopped at a summer luge which is almost a km long, and is like a bobsled on a metal track. It was crazy, the first run i caught up to an 80 year old woman in the first 30 seconds. But the second time It was gravity all the way. Hooray for newton! We moved on to austria and after driving for a couple hours, we found ourselves high in the alps settled in for the night in the town of Steeg. Went for a swim in one of the nicest pools i have ever been to. Because of all the technology, there is only 1 staff member needed
to run everything. Even lifeguarding... I hope this technology never finds its way over to BC. The next day we started on our trek to the bodensee. The map showed us driving over some passes with an elevation of over 1700 meters. This sounds impressive, but they were all on the valley floor so they weren't impressive at all. So we decided to take a tram up to the top of Mount Arlberg, which is over 2300 meters tall! Had an amazing view from up there, and even found snow! After purchasing lunch in Austria, and driving through Lichtenstein, we ate in Switzerland. In Switzerland we reached Lake Konstance which was saw nice they named it twice, its second name being the Bodensee. Its is 60km long and over 15km wide at its biggest points, and was suprisingly warm. Warm enough for a swim on a day where it was 32 degrees. After a quick cool down we drove onward and stayed the night in a little villa on the shores. While we walked around looking for a place to eat, it started to rain. After 2 minutes it was an absolute downpour so we rain into the closest restaurant.
View from the Gondola
Waking up to bright sunshine we crossed over back into Germany and northward to go visit some of my dads relatives. Along the way we stopped in the town of Tubingen, which is home to the Ritter Sport Factory. Which is the best German Chocolate you can buy. Pushing onward we arrived in Reutlingen in the early afternoon. We chilled in the back garden with Rosie, Anna, Arnold, and Karl. And even know they speak zero english, were some of the funniest people I have met on this trip. The next morning we started our drive west, which is the final direction of our travel. After another crazy rainstorm as we drove through the black forest. In Baden-Baden (literary translated to Bath-Bath) there is dozens of hotsprings, and we took a bath at Spa Type thing. Which had 6 or 7 different pools some aromatherapy rooms and even a nude area which housed the 85 and 95 degree saunas. Figured since i'm only here once I had to try everything, and did :D. Driving farther west we drove into France and stayed the night in Molsheim, which is home to the auto maker Bugatti. We saw the building where the
Over 2300 Meters up on Mount Arlberg
Veyron is built (worlds fastest car - 407 km/h) but couldn't take a look on the premises or even the grounds because of all the security. Dinner at McDonalds, where you could have beer with your meal at no extra charge! In the morning we had planned on driving through the Alsace reason on visiting some wineries, but apparently in France wineries are not open to the public and there are no tasting rooms. So we moved onward and stopped for a few hours in a town called Nancy, where there is a huge palace in the middle of the city. All the grounds are now open to the public, which are hard to look at because everything is bright white marble and gold! After a kind of lame day we stopped rather early in the afternoon in the City of St. Dizier.
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