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So, In Conclusion…(part 1)

Mercedes Benz Museum

All good things must end (except chocolate).  After careening around Bavaria for a couple of days, we returned to Stuttgart for the final leg of the “Porsche Spring Treffen” (we learned that ‘treffen’ only means ‘meeting’, not death-defying driving experience.  How disappointing.)   Continue Reading →

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The Legacy of Jakob the Rich

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Public housing projects are not usually on a tourist’s itinerary, but when we heard the story of The Fuggerei, we found it irresistible. Continue Reading →

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Praise the brakes & Pass the beer!

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“Let’s fly, Eagles!”  These 3 words will be forever burned in my memory as the Official Start of the Birthday Which Shall Not Be Named.   Continue Reading →

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Munich Miscellany

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Sometimes public art should stay private

Today, a gathering of random observations (because my brain has been addled by Bavarian pretzels and can’t come up with a unifying theme for this post): Continue Reading →

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Somewhat Batty in Bavaria

Schloss Herren Chiemsee

Schloss Herren Chiemsee

When it comes to deranged despots, it’s hard to beat Germany’s history.  One of my personal faves is Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria (he of Castle Neuschwanstein fame). Continue Reading →

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Munich in 3 Words

 

Order.  Drink.  Enjoy.

Order. Drink. Enjoy.

More to come.  Once the hangover wears off….

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The Sound of (Christian) Music

 

Regensburg - an ancient campsite for the Roman legions

Lovely Regensburg – an ancient campsite for the Roman legions

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Germany? Well, Catholics, right? (What? No??)  Katholikentag (or Catholic Days); a three day celebration of all things German Catholic, was in full roil as we docked in Regensburg. Continue Reading →

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Little Gems in Germany

Now, where was I? (Apologies for the break; I needed a short vacation from the vacation.)  Immediately after the Prince 2014 tour, we experienced life in a little Franconian farm village.  Or hamlet.  (What’s smaller than a hamlet?  This place was an omlet.) Continue Reading →

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Now for the ‘lockin’ …

 

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A rather ominous looking lock

You might be wondering how a huge river boat cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest, since there is a 1332 foot change in altitude and the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers do not intersect in any passable place.  Then again, if you’re like me, you’ve never given this a thought and you blindly get onboard and hope that on the ‘downward slope’ the ship doesn’t suddenly plunge 1332 feet and ‘presto!, you’re in Budapest’!  This, of course, doesn’t take into account that the ship has SOMEHOW ascended 1332 feet, since, as we all know, (you do know this, don’t you?) Amsterdam is below sea level. Continue Reading →

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Sights (and sighs) along the way

River cruising is not all fun and games, you know.  There’s some serious sightseeing to be done and even though the crew does their utmost to take care of your every need, they will not do your sightseeing for you. So, we charged up the cameras and iphones, put on our ugliest comfort shoes and enough sunblock to make us look like lifeguards from the 70s  and took to the streets (or, sometimes, just the upper deck.  Still with the ugly shoes on.)  Continue Reading →

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