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  • Day45

    Dachau and Munich

    July 1, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The Dachau Concentration Camp site was used prior to and during WWII is located just outside Munich, Germany. We were limited to a couple of hours and I could have easily spent an entire day going through the museum, buildings, memorials, and grounds. The audio tour would have been interesting, but it required at least 3 hours. Instead I took photos of much of the signage and descriptions I came across to read after the fact. It's obviously a very somber place and the scale is quite small when the volume of people housed at the camp is considered. Two prisoner bunkhouses have been restored, but there were over 30 in use during the camp's operation.

    The next morning started off with a Mike's Bike Tour of Munich. Hinx was our guide; he's Australian and quite funny. He provided a mix of historical information and funny anecdotes that kept people's attention. One of the first things he covered with us was hour to deal with people that try to join our group without paying (a common issue)... When one of our group identified an offender, we were to pass the "stranger danger" message quietly through the group and, when everyone knew, the unified group would call out "stranger danger", look at the offender, crouch down, and begin hopping in their direction. I'm sure it was quite a hilarious sight to see!

    We went through part of the Englischer Garten, which is the second largest park in Europe (Dublin has the largest). It's a huge and beautiful green space with some unusual extras: river surfing and a nude area.

    After the bike tour, a group of us headed to Marien Platz, a main square, which has the Glockenspiel (clocktower with characters that move at certain times of the day), as well as many outdoor markets that we explored. We walked Ludwig Straus for a few kilometers, explored the university area, and made out way back to the Englischer Garten, which was great, except for the fact that it was pouring rain for a good portion of the walk - I'm glad I still had the poncho that I bought on the street in Italy (I think).

    We warmed up and had a bit of dinner at a small cafe. Then we headed off to Hobrauhaus, a famous Munich beer hall, to meet some of the others. Germany was playing in the Euro Cup later that night and it was packed with people, it's the type of place where your whole group will not be able to sit together; rather, people sit wherever and get to know those around them - great time! They serve beer in one litre steins and quite a few of our group were there all afternoon; we left at 8:30pm, so you can imagine the state people were in. It was Nicola's birthday and I had the challenge of keeping her in her seat for the coach ride home
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    Day 6 - Salzburg Love Locked

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Crossing the river to the old part of the city there is a bridge full of locks.

    People hang locks of all sorts, some engraved some not. The story goes that lovers hang their locks on the bridge and throw the key into the river. Thus sealing their love forever. Our guide added only the optimistic ones keep the key....lolRead more

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    Day 6 - Walking the Streets

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Salzburg is very much like Vienna. Narrow cobble stone streets with wonderful shops.

    Mozart spent a number of years here and even has a famous chocolate named after him. Chocolate, pistachio, cream and marzipan. But if you go make sure to buy the foil wrapped ones with the blue seal. These are made from the original receipe. The secret has been handed down two generationsRead more

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    Day 6 - Tracking History

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    In Salzburg we noticed a lot of the buildings had a set of numbers at the top. Our guide shared this is how buildings are tracked.

    Look at the photo and find the numbers (you may have to zoom in). The first number is when the building was registered, the second is when it was last renovated. This system is much like designation of a historical sites. The inside can be renovated, but the outside must remain the same.Read more

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    Day 6 - Home of Mozart

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This brightly colored house was the home of Mozart while he lived in Salzburg. During the trip we also stopped to see his birth place in St. Giligen.

    This photo is up next. Sorry these are posted individually, but we had to email the photos from the blackberry so they're not available in my galary to create multiple photo posts. We'll get back to that soonRead more

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    Day 6 - The Dock

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This is a lovely little park right on the water. On a clear day you would be able to see one of the small mountains that line this lake.

    St. Giligen is located in a valley. As you enter stop to take a picture of the famous lake scene where Julie Andrews stood in the Sound of MusicRead more

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    Day 6 - The Archbishop's Mistress

    October 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The very large building pictured here is now called Mirabel Palace. The story is the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg had a mistress with whom he shared 15, children (Roman Catholic remember). He loved his lady so much he built this wonderful palace and they lived openly as man and wife. While this was not allowed the Pope turned a blind eye since the archbishop had turned back many who had tried to conquer this region

    But one day the Hungarians came calling and Salzburg was taken from the Roman Empire. The Prince Archbishop lost his title, his palace and his worth. The entire family was banished from the lands. Now that's big love
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  • Day55

    Torrevieja Espagne

    February 16, 2015 in Germany ⋅ 🌫 -1 °C

    Arrivée ce matin et déjà 2 grandes promenades de découverte de la ville, pas terrible et touchée par la crise. Pizzerias partout.. on va devoir chercher un peu de gastronomie. Pas de Wi-Fi à l'appartement mais en ville ça va. L'appartement est rustique fluo, osé mais plaisantRead more

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