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Day 21, Saturday, July 30, 2022 Flight Home

It’s time to go home. It has been a fun trip. (Rob is already planning the next one.) He has a scratch off map to indicate what countries he has been to so we will have a ceremonial party in the next few days. This time my screen on the airplane worked so I watched 4 movies. (An old colleague of Rob’s used to say if one would watch three football games in...

Day 20: Friday, July 29, 2022 –

We walked our suitcases to the minivan and traveled from Oberammergau to Munich. We took the train to Munich. Then a subway to the Hilton Munich Airport. (This was a great idea since we have an early flight tomorrow morning.) On the train, the ticket taker said Danke, Danke, Danke as she took the ticket of each passenger. It sounded like Dunkin’, Dunkin’...

Day 19: Thursday, July 28, 2022 – OBERAMMERGAU

This is the reason that we came to Europe. I told Rob that I wanted to see the Passion Play that has been enacted since 1634 as a response to the deliverance from the Black Death. The Passion Play in Oberammergau is like The Chosen, Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Handel’s Messiah all rolled into one. The director of the...

Day 18: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – Train to Oberammergau

It rained the night before so this brook is babbling. Thankfully, the temperature went down as well, and we have gone up into the mountains on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. Is one mountain called an Alp? It is short walk to our hotel, the large building in this photo. All the homes look like gingerbread houses. They have colorful petunias growing in window flower...

Day 17: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – White Rose

We ate lunch at a very busy restaurant called Brenner Operngrill. We even had a reservation. It is fun to be socially close!! We use the credit card that is in my name since we get an amazing level of points when we use it. When I sign, I usually hear oohs and aahs about my pretty signature. My penmanship has always been good. In college, they nicknamed me the human...

Day 16: Monday, July 25: Goodbye Danube, Hello Munich!

We have really enjoyed talking with the friends that we have made on the cruise from the U.K. Me, Suzanne, and Jackie The first time we visited, I had to translate for Rob what Jack was saying as he had the thickest accent. With time, we both got better. I guess that our ear was training. Jack, Martin, and Rob It was Suzanne’s birthday so we spent the evening...

Day 15 Afternoon: Sunday, July 24, 2022 – Looking Through Linz

Lentos was originally settled by Celts and the word means welcome. According to our guide two hundred ships per day came here before the pandemic. She told us that this is the second walking tour that she has done since the pandemic. People seem happy that they are seeing Americans again. At this moment in time, there don’t seem to be that many … yet. The...

Day 15 Morning: Sunday, July 24, 2022 – Make Austria Great Again

Mauthausen was a concentration camp in Austria that is not known by many. In earlier times, Mauthausen was a wealthy city as it collected tolls from crusaders traveling down the Danube river. Mauthausen was originally a World War I POW camp. Many died from the flu epidemic during that time. Then Mauthausen was a World War II concentration camp, the last one to be...

Day 14: Saturday, July 23, 2022 –  Crème de la Krems vs. Ybbs-sters

This morning we gathered at 8:30 for a bike ride. We started our bike ride in the town of Krems. Our terminus was four miles away in the town of Dürnstein. Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in a castle here for almost 2 years. The Dürnstein Abby is the blue tower and the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned is on the hill. The boat was leaving at...

Day 13: Friday, July 22, 2022 Vienna – Three Changes of Clothing

It is very hot here as it is all over Europe … and even the USA. Triple digit temperatures. I brought 15 pairs of underwear, but when all your clothes are dipping wet, I needed all of them and then some. Walking Tour of Vienna -Outfit #1 Vienna has always been a German speaking country. Vienna is the international name, but they call their city, Wien. They...