We prepare to leave for a four day trip. We have booked a small apartment through Homeaway.com and
We arrive in Garmisch and check in and then hurry over to our good friend's house to have dinner with them. After catching up, we head back to the apartment for some sleep before the adventure begins.
|This is near Sembach, where Tony is stationed. It is mostly farmland and rolling hills.|
|The mountains suddenly appear through the fog as we get near to our destination.|
|There is a castle to explore up there and that line across the picture is a footbridge.|
|Those are people using the footbridge. I will not be one of those people.|
Saturday March 14, 2015
We spent a leisurely morning at the apartment. The kids played with the owner's dog. I admit I really liked having some little comforts from home. Especially the coffee pot. Somehow, it made it seem more cozy.
After eating a small lunch and putting supper in the crock pot, we headed out to see Neuschwanstein. It is better known as the Cinderella Castle. By the time we arrived, the only English tours left were the audio tour, in which you carry a little walkie-talkie type device and listen as you go room by room. This turned out to be a good thing, because trying to corral Peter put me last in the group. There was a person at the entrance of each room who activated your device, which meant that I didn't miss anything. There was a 40 minute uphill walk from where you purchase tickets to the castle. No buses were running this day, so walk it we did. Halfway up, there is a restaurant and snack bar. Hey, they aren't stupid! After snacking on some bratwurst and a mug of warm wine for me, we pressed onward and upward. No photography was allowed inside the castle.
We came home to the apartment smelling yummy. Dinner was ready and we shared it with our friends.
|Enjoying the morning|
|view from the apartment|
|There may still be snow on the roofs, but there are flowers bursting forth too!|
|on our way up the hill to the castle|
|Notice that someone got more of a workout than others.|
|Happy for the lift|
|waiting for our tour to begin|
Sunday March 15, 2015
Today is the reason we came to Garmisch. I was the Confirmation sponsor for my friend's son. I was honored to be asked. It was a small group of only five Confirmandi and the Mass was lovely. Their parish hosted a luncheon at a local hotel that was situated on a small lake/pond. The food was delicious and the day was just beautiful.
Monday March 16, 2015
Munich is our destination today. Sadly, the Egyptian museum that Anna was looking forward to is not open, so we plan to see some other sites and board the train. We arrive just in time to see the world's largest glockenspiel in action. And then we make our way to the Hofbräuhaus, where we drink beer, eat lots of food and are serenaded by a German brass band. Except for our waitress, who is clearly having a bad day, we thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Next, we visit a church. They are so plentiful in Munich, that it is hard to choose. The first one we visit is the Heilig Geist-Pfarrkirche, or the Holy Ghost Church. I wish we could have found an English brochure since my German is still very limited. But beauty goes beyond the language barrier and I soaked it in.
In between churches, we make a pit stop at the Milka store and stock up on chocolate because everyone needs more chocolate in their lives.
The other church we visit before we call it a day and head back is the Frauenkirche or Cathedral of Our Dear Lady. It is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich.
|Anna got the kinder size plate of food. It was still huge.|
|I don't even know how she was doing that.|
|Jack loves all things antique.|
|Cenotaph of Emperor Louis IV|
|picture after the bombing in 1944-45|
|There is a legend of a devil's footprint|
|Jack also loves the accordion. This man was phenomenal. He happened to be playing Bach's toccata and fugue in d minor.|