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Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
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We arrived into Munich and picked up our rental, a very comfortable Alfa Romeo with a Mary Poppins voiced guide for our GPS (We dubbed her Sherry bobbins of course). We then proceeded to get lost on the Munich Freeways as SHerry kept telling me to turn left into the freeway divide. We finally pulled out the traditional maps and did it all the old fashioned way. Once we figured it all out, Sherry of course got back on track.
It took us about 2 hours, but we finally made it to Garmisch where our very lovely hotel was. Marty and I had this great room, with a cute little balcony and gorgeous views of the alps
We woke up early the next morning to make our was to the main point of this trip Neuschwannstein. This is basically one of the most famous castles in the world - mostly because of Disneyland for us Americans, but also because it is so grand and odd and beautiful all at once. King Ludwig, being a blue blood and living in the age of eccentricity was a bonafide nutjob. Eventually the legend goes he took his own life, but for the brief time he was around, he spent lavishly on several homes which are all available now for viewing in groups of 10 every 15 minutes for 12 euros a person...hmmm maybe he wasn't so crazy...
Unfortunately it was pouring the day we went, and I of course was still in Barcelona mode - so I didn't really dress that appropriately, but luckily I did have the wherewithal to bring my rain slicker! We took pictures on the Maria Bridge with wind gusting through the canyon. The bridge was a bit rickety feeling to me and I know it was safe, but I have hard time being up that high and the space between the floor boards is big enough to see through to the bottom of the gorge (about 270 feet down)
We headed back into town and did a little exploring for a dinner restaurant and some shopping. I found me some great undies and we ate like Bavarian King and Queens :)
The next day we headed over to the Summer Palace. It is in a different location from the castles, set in a valley with a river and lakes. There is a beautiful white house surrounded by pristinely manicured gardens with fountains, statues, grottos, terraces... everything symmetrically aligned with one another. For me just dreamy as I love to garden and I ama math geek who likes symmetry
After taking a million photographs and exploring all of the hidden spots in this place, we left to go back to town, but decided to stop off at a couple towns from our guide book. The first was in a small area where there was an abbey and a n old church in Rococo style. This is where the painting is enhanced 3-D with sculpture pieces popping out. I was able to show my saintly side by taking some pictures in an empty nave left just for me :) And of course we bought some of the abbey's alchol elixir cures. In Germany alcohol cures all your ailments, especially if it's blessed alcohol...We continued on down the road to Oberammergau - a town known for its painted houses and lovely views
The final day was spent killing some time around town and then bringing Ivania to her hotel and eventually catching our evening plane home. It was such an interesting trip and I can now say that I not only lived in Germany but I saw Bavaria too! Or at least a little corner :)
Thank you Ivania!