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  • Day57

    Overnight in Munich

    August 15 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    So... we have been planning for 2 months now, to do our first shopping in Munich (beautiful shoes, boots, hiking gear) and we made careful plans to arrive at the correct time (not Sunday or mid afternoon) so that we would have time to shop. However when we arrived, we discovered that today was a special public holiday just for Munich and EVERYTHING was closed ..... so we had to resort to the usual activities of eating and drinking ((Rudi was very happy)!Read more

  • Day12

    Englishcher Garten Sud

    September 15 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On arrival back in Munich, we headed to the English Garden, a huge green space in the centre of Munich, where the locals come to swim, surf, sun bake - including nude sun baking in a particular quadrant - exercise, read, enjoy a picnic, etc. etc. Of course there are also several beer gardens and cafes to eat and drink beer. It’s a pity I dislike beer, as wine is not always an option, so I have been drinking water, which is not a bad thing.

    The Englischer Garten is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The layout has undergone many changes over the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added. In 1789, Elector Carl Theodor ordered that a public park be established along the Isar River. He assigned an Englishman, Benjamin Thompson, who worked at the time for the Bavarian Army. The park got it’s name because it was laid out in the style of an English country park.The network of paths equate to 78 kms, and there are soccer fields as well as a Japanese teahouse.

    As most people in Munich live in apartments, this type of green space is crucial to their well being. One suggestion from me would be to ban smoking, as that does spoil the experience slightly, and maybe create separate bike paths.
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  • Day13

    Out and about in the old city of Munchen

    September 16 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we had a bit of a sleep in before heading off for Marienplatz to see the Glockenspiel come to life at 11am. It is a very impressive display of mechanical prowess, and was added to the new town hall in 1907. It has two levels of action that come to life one after the other, the top section that recounts a royal wedding and a jousting tournament, and a bottom section that shows a dance that the local coopers did to celebrate the end of the plague. in the jousting tournament, the Bavarian knight knocks the French knight off his horse on the second pass.

    After watching the performance we wandered around the old city looking for the open area Victualienmarkt, which was very interesting with a great range of fresh produce on display. We bought some apples, peche plate (peaches), tomatoes and a baguette. We plan to eat in tonight.

    I also bought a couple of Christmas decorations that are very Bavarian from a shop close to the market. I forgot to look for ornaments in London, but might look for some on our way back. We stopped for a coffee and an Apfelschnecke for morning tea, and then went in search of Maximilian Straße, which is a street full of designer stores, which are outside of our budget but nonetheless it was nice to window shop.

    As we walked back towards our place we wanted to have a close look at Frauenkirche - the tallest church in Munich - it’s twin towers stand at 99 metres. On the way, we wandered through the Munchen Rathaus (Town Hall), and we stopped in a lovely quiet square inside the building for a late lunch at Ratskeller München, where I tried Bratwurst with onions and potatoes, and Ian tried the Schnapsbratwurst, which was small spicy sausages served in between two potato pancakes, mashed potatoes and cabbage, and of course he coupled it with a local beer.

    After lunch, we made it to Frauenkirche, but you can’t climb the tower at the moment as repair work is underway. We stopped to get some delicious deli items to have for dinner this evening, as I am a bit tired and it is nice to eat in once in a while.

    We still managed to clock up about 8kms of walking today, which is ‘t too shabby. Museums are all closed on a Monday in Munich, so we didn’t get the opportunity to visit any of them.

    Tonight we will start packing in preparation for heading off for Brussels.
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  • Day11

    Mastering the Zipfelbob

    September 14 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The pictures say it all - Ian attempts to bobsled down the run. He does very well remaining upright, and incident free for the run. He reported back that he took on quite a bit of snow! Down his shirt front, and in his shoes, we weren’t properly dressed for this activity, but there were people in sandals and skirts giving it a go.Read more

  • Day11

    High on a hill........

    September 14 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we are spending the day with family. My father’s side of the family still live in Germany, and today Anke was our guide along with her daughter Anna. Last year we caught up with Anke’s parents in Hamburg (her father is my dad’s cousin), and her brother Folke and his family but, as Anke lives in the south of Germany, we didn’t get the chance to meet up with her.

    Anke and Anna picked us up from our apartment this morning, and we headed southeast to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. We drove through several lovely Bavarian villages on our way to Zugspitze. We have been very fortunate with the weather again, as today was sunny and warm, although we knew it would be chillier up on the summit.

    We arrived and parked, and made our way up the mountain in a huge cable car or gondola 🚠. The trip was very quick and smooth. At the top of the mountain we were standing at 2,962 metres above sea level. The facilities are very good, and you have a range of viewing platforms to look at the amazing 400 plus mountain peaks in four countries - Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

    After checking out the views from all aspects of the viewing platforms - part of which meant we crossed over into Austria - we stopped for lunch at Panorama 2962, where the views were spectacular - possibly the best we will ever have at a restaurant. We had some traditional German fare for lunch, which was delicious and Ian tried a local limited release wheat beer that he thoroughly enjoyed.

    Following lunch, we caught another cable car to Gletscher - down the other side of the mountain. Here we found a small church, more restaurants, more stunning views and a toboggan run. This particular toboggan is called a zipfelbob, and was designed by a Bavarian. Anke, Anna and Ian had a couple of turns. I decided not to as I didn’t want to chance reinjuring myself.

    It was great to spend the day with Anke and Anna we had so much fun up on the mountain, and it was a spectacular place to visit.
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  • Day10

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    September 13 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We met up with our tour group at the main train station, a brief walk of about 5 minutes from our apartment. We set off about 9.45am on a coach for the 2 hour drive southwest of Munich into the heart of Bavaria, the land of the happy cows - reputedly the happiest in the world. The Bavarians celebrate their cows at a festival, which happens to be tomorrow. The villages have a parade with some of their cows, and the children make flower garlands for them. No doubt they also drink a lot of beer.

    We also learnt about the tradition and history behind the maypole. Each town has a maypole, and each year a new one is built and painted (white and blue). It also depicts pictures (the tradition began at a time when many people could not read) of all the services available in the town, e.g. butcher, blacksmith, tailor etc. The maypole is prepared in April from a newly cut down tree, and erected in the centre of town on 1 May to celebrate the end of winter and the approaching summer and harvests. There is also a rivalry between villages, where they try and steal each others maypoles, and so it is a carefully kept secret as to where the pole is hidden. If a pole of a rival village is stolen, then the village must provide food and drink to those that stole it, and those that stole it must return it and help the villagers erect it. These Bavarians are a crazy lot. In these villages all houses must be built in the same style, no exceptions.

    Neuschwanstein Castle is very close to the Austrian border, and situated in the lovely town of Hohenschwangau, perched high up on a crag surrounded by gorges. The castle looks quite magical, and it inspired Walt Disney when he designed both the castle in Snow White, as well as the logo for Disney. We were lucky to have a beautiful day - clear blue sky and sunshine, which really added to the castle’s charm. On arrival, we were split into groups, and we were lucky enough to be allocated unto Sarah’s group. We first went off to grab lunch, which we ate on the forefront of lake Alpsee. After lunch, we walked around the area a bit before heading up to the castle.

    Ludwig ll had spent much time in the area as a child and teenager, as his father had built a castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau) in the town as a summer home for the family). Ludwig and his younger brother Otto spent most summers in this area, and his mother loved tracking through the surrounding alps, not a common practice for a queen in the 1800,s.

    Ludwig II was known as the fairytale king, the Swan King and the mad king, but he was loved by his subjects. He ascended to the throne at the ripe old age of 18, after his father died of Cholera. Ludwig had not been close to his father, and so had no real idea of what it meant to be King. His idea of a King was based on how they had ruled in Medieval times, which did not work well in the 1860’s as he was a constitutional monarch who had to answer to the parliament, and did not have absolute power.

    Ludwig had several passions as a young man - music, painting, poetry, opera and architecture. He formed a close relationship with the German composer Richard Wagner, who was 30+ years older than Ludwig. His favourite opera was Lohengrin by Wagner. He saw it for the first time at the age of 15, and fell in love with the story of tragic love - Wagner’s operas appealed to the king’s fantasy-filled imagination.

    Wagner had a reputation as a political radical and philanderer who was constantly avoiding creditors. He and Ludwig became close, but Wagner’s perceived extravagant and scandalous behaviour in Munich was unsettling for the conservative government, and so he was forced to leave Germany. He settled in Switzerland and was supported by Ludwig from afar.

    Ludwig had homosexual tendencies but, as a devout Catholic, he denied his true feelings, although he did have a number of close friendships with men and he never married (he was engaged to his cousin Sophie but couldn’t go through with the marriage).

    Ludwig became a recluse, avoiding contact with people as much as possible. He was very sensitive and creative and really hated Munich, and so avoided going there at all costs.

    Ludwig built three fairytale castles and had plans for a further four. He had gone into debt personally to build these castles to the tune of 7 million dollars. In fact, he did not get the interior of Neuschwanstein completed - only 6 rooms are complete and we toured them today. They are over the top and ostentatious, and reflect Ludwig’s recession into a world of fantasy and isolation.

    Ludwig was declared mad by the parliament, placed under house arrest and was dead at 40. Mystery surrounds his death. He supposedly drowned in Lake Starnberg, along with the head psychologist who had been instrumental in declaring him mad without having ever examined him (it was all based on information provided by government officials). His death is still a mystery 150 years later. There are a multitude of theories about what happened, but most of them are just pure speculation.

    After touring the furnished rooms of the castle, we decided to walk up to Marienbrücke to get a different (most spectacular) view of the castle. After that, we decided on the recommendation of our guide Sarah to hike down through the Gorge to get back to the bus. This was fantastic, with great views of a waterfall and different aspects of the castle. This took us about 50 minutes, but was worth the effort.

    The other spectacular sight we witnessed today was people paragliding off the alpine mountain situated behind and way above the castle, the weather conditions were perfect.
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  • Day14

    Goodbye Munich - Hello Brussels

    September 17 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Today was a transit, or largely lost day, travelling from Munich to Brussels. We have really enjoyed our time in Munich, especially catching up with family. Anke was so hospitable, and a great tour guide, and it was lovely to meet her kids Anna and Max. Hopefully we will keep in touch - Anke and I have said we will make a concerted effort!

    We packed and left our apartment about 10.30, and poor Ian had to carry the cases down 4 flights of stairs, as the elevator was still out of action. Thank goodness the elevator was working last week when we arrived. We made our way to the HBF (main station), purchased tickets to the airport, found the right platform and waited for our train. It takes about 30 minutes to get out to Munich airport on the train, and is an easy trip, as the German trains are well designed with plenty of room for suitcases and nice wide aisles to walk down.

    Check-in only involved a bag drop off, which was quick and easy. The biggest issue for us at the moment is going through security - when we left London and went through the body scanner, we both had to be patted down in places a stranger shouldn’t be touching! Ian also copped a very thorough bag search. In Munich, I was fortunate to only get a very light “pat down”, however Ian once again was patted down to the third degree, and then he removed his shoes which then went back through the X-ray machine. He has decided he will remove his shoes from the start on our next Security check to see if it makes a difference.

    We wandered around Munich airport, had some lunch and then waited for our Lufthansa flight to Brussels. We boarded on time and left on schedule. It is only a short flight, equivalent to the Melbourne to Sydney flight, however we ended up getting in late, as when the plane was coming in to land the pilot suddenly aborted the landing and picked up speed, and had to circle around to come in to land. The pilot told us the reason for this was that during their approach they were coming in too fast (according to Lufthansa standards)!

    Finally we landed, and then had to walk a long way to collect our bags, and exit. My cousin Brigitte was there to meet us, as she had kindly offered to pick us up and drive us into the city. What a disaster that turned out to be! What should have been a 30 to 45 minute drive took 150 minutes. Every which way we went there was gridlock. Brigitte’s navigation system kept recalculating and rerouting us, but to no avail. To make matters worse, there were drivers that were behaving badly, trying to cut in, driving up the street on the wrong side of the road and then trying to push back in, blocking intersections etc. Brigitte said it was the worst she has ever seen it, and that’s a big call for Brussels - it turned out that it was caused by a car catching on fire in the centre of the city.

    We finally made it to a parking complex about 300 metres from our Airbnb apartment, and made our way over cobblestones to the Galerie de la Reine. This is part of the Galeries Royals Saint- Hubert, which were designed and built by architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer between 1846 and 1847. The galleries consist of two major sections, each more than 100 metres in length. The main sections of the Gallerie Du Roi and Gallerie de la Reine (meaning King and Queen’s Gallery) are separated by a colonnade at the point where Rue des Bouchers crosses the Gallery complex. This bend was included to make the Galleries feel longer and break up the repetition of arches, pilasters and windows.

    We made our way to number 10, and was buzzed in by our host. Unfortunately, we had to climb up 3 floors to our apartment and, once again, Ian carried both our suitcases. After meeting Sarah, who gave us a quick tour of the apartment (which is huge), we headed out for dinner to a favourite Italian place just around the corner, as we were all starving and in need of a glass of red! Especially Ian.

    We had a lovely dinner at Sole D’italia in Rue des Bouchers, consisting of wood fired pizza with an Italian red, after which we walked Brigitte back to her car before heading to the apartment to settle in. In the evening the Gallerie is lit up, which looks lovely. It is open 24 hours a day, but is patrolled by security guards so is quite safe. The supermarket had closed and so we haven’t bought any supplies - we will go out for breakfast in the morning and then grab some supplies for the remainder of our stay here. I love looking out the windows of the apartment at the beautiful architecture of the gallerie and the view out of our loo window is amazing.
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  • Day79

    Weinempfang bei 6000km

    September 17 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Ich startete den Tag mit einem letzten verliebten Rückblick in die Alpen, bevor mich die größtenteils schottrigen Waldwege nach München geleiteten..Trotzdem ich locker flockig die Talabfahrt genoss, schreit mein Körper nach einer Pause..In München angekommen wusele ich mich auf den gut ausgebauten Radwegen zu Sebastian, der Wein und Grüße zum Empfang bereitstellt..
    Ich freue mich frisch geduscht zu sein und genieße den Luxus einer Waschmaschine bevor wir gemeinsam zum Lederhosen kaufen aufbrechen und anschließend bei gebührendem Abendmahl meine 6000km Marke und die Zusammenkunft in München feiern..Fühlt sich fast schon an wie zu Hause..🙃..
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  • Day7

    1. Besuch in München

    June 24 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Wir sind Landstraße durch die Hallertau gefahren...rechts und links von Hopfen gesäumt...dem werde ich mich heute Abend auch widmen 🍻😉

    Bin mal gespannt wie wir heute Abend mit dem Geräuschpegel an der Grünwalder Str. parat kommen...aber wir haben einen Parkplatz direkt bei unseren Freunden vor der Tür gefunden und der Biergarten ist auch nicht weit

    Dat war mal richtig schön in nem urbayrischen Biergarten...und dat Maß schmeckt 👍

    Morgen geht's wieder ein kleines Stückchen zurück in den Münchner Norden, einen ganz alten Freund aus meiner Kindheit besuchen...
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  • Day72

    Day 72. Crailsheim to Venice

    October 15 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Our last breakfast in Germany. Farewell to Mucki and Wolfgang (Ash, Jas, Kim’s German Mama and Papa).
    On the train at 9:26am for Nürnberg Hbf then another train to München Hbf then a local train to München Flughafen.
    A misty morning travelling to München.
    The day warmed up. We caught the 3pm Air Dolomiti flight to Venice arriving at 4pm. We stored our suitcase and two large backpacks at the airport at ‘Left Luggage’ for 14€. We took the Vaporetti Alilaguna (public transport water buses) 24hr ticket for 15€ each to F. Te Nove station passing Murano and San Michele Islands.Read more

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