My pilgramage draws to an end...
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
33Trip End Jun 30, 2008
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As I sit in the park digesting yet another beer and a large picnic lunch it occurs to me that in a couple of hours my pilgrimiae to beer will officially end. For tonight we catch a night train (a sleeper no less) to Venice, where wine is cheap and a glass of beer requires a down payment... What can I say other then the last month has been great. I have sampled some fantastic cheap beers in great locations and I will be lucky to ever experience the pleasure again...
We left Salzburg on the first clear day since we had arrived. This allowed us some last views of the city, complete with surrounding snow capped mountains, but left us slightly dissapointed at the missed opportunities that this would have provided at Eagles Nest and the top of the Cable Car
For the first time since Australia Gaynor beat me out of bed the next morning, determined to beat everyone else to the open showers, and so after an early start it was decided that we should head out to Dachau. This it did admirably... I was originally a bit dubious of going to a concentration camp but Gaynor really wanted to so being a good boyfriend I bit my toungue and went along... I am very glad that I did... I am still trying tho come to terms with what I saw at Dachau and what it means for me. I am sure that Dachau was the most spooky, intense and depressing place I think I have ever been. The whole place is very understated, consisting of a few scattered buildings and a small exhibition, but extremely moving. I am, however, unsure of the lessons I should be taking away.
Due to our early start we arrived around opening time and so for a couple of hours had the place pretty much to ourseleves (this changed at about 11:00am when the tour groups and the Americans began arriving)
The next day it was up early again but this time we headed out of Munich to Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze. So we caught the train for about and hour and a half south to the German and Austrian border where we caught a cog train and, another, cable car to the mountains glacier and then summit. The glacier was cool, however, as we were dropped off at the top of the glacier and not at the bottom, it was not as awe inspiring as the 2 glaciers I visited in NZ (the view was better though). Next cable car to the summit was, in short, spectacular... Once again Gaynor was terrified but once again she gritted her teeth like a true sport and came along. I have to say that even I got a little nervous on this ride... It climbed 2000 metres from base to summit was tiny, packed and had a habit of rocking disconcertingly in the wind. Anyway, we did make it alive to the top and were rewarded with spectacular views of, somewhere in the region of, 400 mountain peaks and, apparently, 5 countries (Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and..
Today it was finally time to spend a day exploring Munich properly, which is how I ended up here... Back in the park sunbaking and writing my next travel blog entry. This morning we walked around the centre of Munich went to some gardens, an, admittedly spectacular, treasury and yet another cathederal. However, by midday we were pretty much sightseen out so we grabbed a picnic lunch from the Viktualienmarkt and headed back to the Englischer Garten for the afternoon... We may have missed out on seeing some more of Munich, but really, I can't think of any better way to experience and say goodbye to Munich then sharing an afternnoon relaxing and sunbathing in the park for an afternoon...