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  • Day48


    July 16, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.” Oops my b, I thought we were approaching Cinderella’s castle in Magic Kingdom but it was just the Neuschwanstein Castle that Cinderella’s castle was inspired by. Silly mistake! We started our day by meeting our castle guide Drew who had a surprising amount of hair for his age. On the hike up the the castle we stopped to get lunch with Hofbrau beer since Michael and Anna sadly had to miss Munich. Walking around the castle we learned that the inside was only 1/3 completed because the king it was made for, Ludwig II, died in the midst of its construction. He was a bit of a fairytale king who just cared about the arts and leisure rather than ruling and he cause Bavaria to not be independent of Germany. Because many were upset with how he ruled, there was a plot by his brother, a psychiatrist, and a newspaper writer to declare him insane so he could no longer be king. While their scheme was unraveling at the castle Ludwig II died which at first was declared suicide but in modern day people believe it was (insert dramatic music) MURDER! Gasp! When we toured the inside of the castle we learned more about what Ludwig II was like. He wanted to make his castle like a living museum with the art on the walls telling stories. It was a bit like Michael Jackson’s Neverland in the sense that it was his crafted personal fantasy world he could visit to escape his troubles. He was in love with the composer Wagner, and almost every room was inspired by Wagner’s art. I view him as having a mix of a Great Gatsby and Micheal Jackson complex with his castle. After going inside the castle we went on a bridge outside the castle which had an outstanding view of the entire outside of the castle. The view is so good that we had to wait in a really long line just to briefly be on the bridge which surprised us but the views were worth it! After we were done with the castle we had a beautiful road trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. When we got there we met our tour guide Jim and he took us to the local chocolate shop. At the chocolate shop we met the chocolatier Linus. Linus used to be known as the most eligible bachelor of Bavaria since he worked for a two star Michelin restaurant, is an expert chocolatier, and is easy on the eyes. Don’t get your hopes up though because he now has a beautiful girlfriend who we met after the tour. Sigh. We started our visit by making chocolate bars! Each of us made 3 chocolate bars. Our supplies were white, milk, and dark chocolate as well as tons of toppings and we could use them to make whatever our hearts desired. Moms chocolate was the prettiest and mine was the ugliest but hey they both taste the same and that’s what matters! Linus then walked us through a chocolate tasting starting with the original coco beverage people used to drink back in the day which I thought was disgusting and then through progressively sweeter chocolates. We even learned that as of two weeks ago there is now a fourth type of chocolate called ruby chocolate. With all natural ingredients it has a red color and fruity taste. It was good but I wouldn’t want to eat it in large quantities. All the chocolate was delicious and fun to try! We also saw a few of Linus’ crazy intricate chocolate creations such as a replica of the ski jump from the Olympics held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and a cross that has historical significance to the town. After the chocolate stop Jim showed us a bit of the town. Linus may be the most eligible bachelor of Bavaria, but Jim is the true gem of Bavaria. He’s this adorable old man with a Boston accent who knew tons of history and loved sharing stories with us. I want to adopt him as an extra grandpa. I already miss Jim, he was the best. 10/10. For dinner we ate at our hotel which was the Hotel & Gasthof Fraundorfer. They had boys that do traditional dance in lederhosen and an old man who played the accordion and yodeled which was fun. I had a Paulaner radler, goulash, and potato pancakes which were all amazing! The hotel itself was incredibly cute. The whole town felt almost like a German street in Epcot with how adorable it was, but it at the same time was really authentic which was cool. So I guess you could say I got to have the feeling of two Disney Parks without even going to Orlando, not too shabby!Read more

  • Day2

    Garmisch (scho samma do)

    July 8, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ingrid hat mir bei der bayerischen Aussprache ausgeholfen 🍻

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