Christmas has arrived early this year. As the doors were being unlocked, we were back at the Welt again for delivery day. Our scheduled pick-up time may have been at 0940, but we were there at 0759. This never gets old.
First order of business was doing the paperwork in the newly renovated offices next to the Lounge. And there was quite a bit to be done. I wonder if anyone actually reads through ... Read Full Entry
My wife and I met forty years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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A typically beautiful Bavarian farmhouseThe house itself looks picture perfect and probably is inside, but the other end of the house is the barn for the cows. That's very common here. Often the buildings are so big that they have extra rooms that the farmer rents out to tourists for a very reasonable rate. It's a great way to travel.
Our home for the next two nightsI could very easily have found reasons to spend a full week in Oberammergau, but we wanted to squeeze in some new sights this time around. This corner of Bavaria, the Pfaffenwinkel, has so much to see and do. The Winter Olympics town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a short drive away; as is Mittenwald famous for its violin-makers; the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitze, is nearby; Innsbruck, Austria is less than two hours distant and a half dozen noted alpine skiing resorts are in just a valley or two away.
Our room in the Hotel WittelsbachWe had been booked at three different places before I found a great deal on this in-town hotel in Oberammergau. Rooms in Germany are always clean and almost always have big thick comforters. This close to the mountains you need them even in the summer.
Another view of the KofelAt its peak it rises almost a mile above sea level. It's a popular climbing spot. A cross on the top commemorates those that didn't quite make it there.
Hitting the streets of OberammergauIt didn't take long for us to decide it was time for dinner. We headed down the street from our hotel toward the dark, woodsy Gasthof Stern.
Reversing fieldSince the Gasthof Stern wasn't open we headed back in the direction of our hotel toward our second choice for a meal. Note the lawn balls to the right. All kinds of glass ornaments but none with that simple blue and white checked pattern reminiscent of the flag of Bavaria that I passed on the day before at the Viktualienmarkt.
Dining at the Alte Post HotelNeither of us were complaining about ending up at our second choice of restaurants. Just a wee bit roomier the same Alpine decor lends the perfect ambience to a meal here. Our waiter was efficient and fine with us, but diners at another table seemed to have a big issue with him. We think they ordered wine that they didn't end up liking and he was irked about them refusing to pay for it.
Another excellent Oberammergau dinnerFor the price of a dinner at Chili's or Red Robin I was served more food than I could finish. The fresh mushroom sauce was "off the hook" in Guy Fieri's words.