The Passion of Christ

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, June 25, 2010

Today was dedicated to the Passionsspiele 2010 (Passion Play 2010).  We departed Munich early in the morning and headed to Garmish where we would be staying for the night.  It is a quaint little town settled in the alps with beautiful, no gorgeous, mountains above it.  The hotel was the Garmisherhof and it is really nice.  We were all thinking we could have stayed here for a few days and had a wonderful time.  The room (#74) Mom and Rebecca stayed in was awesome.  It had a balcony with a direct view of the alps, a sitting room, large open closet area.  That is the room to get if you ever visit Garmish!!!!  On the other hand, I was in a closet - quaint but small.

We had a little bit of time before lunch so we explored the town making multiple stops in various shops.  I let the ladies convince me to purchase a traditional german hat and pins.  They all say it looks good.  I don't know but I like it.  The "bad" thing is, it is quite hot in this weather!!!  We walked thru the Friday Market right downtown where Rebecca and I commented how much we missed that part of Europe.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, tons of cheeses, people walking, vendors yelling.  Great fun especially in such a beautiful setting.

The typical decorations and paintings on the houses are absolutely stunning.  They are of course typical of Bavaria and Switzerland but I still marvel at each one.  We made our way back to the hotel for our lunch with the group and then departed for the 20mins trip to Oberammergau. Although the scenery was beautiful, I took a little nap along the way to make sure I would not fall asleep during the presentation since it is only done every 10 years!!!

The play was WONDERFUL and the musical pieces awesome.  I cannot believe that no one in the entire production is a professional.  One would never tell from the perfection that was presented to us.  I teared up several times from being in awe more than anything.  Just astounding and something EVERYONE should do if at all possible.  The message is great but it is truly the delivery that marvels.  The play is delivered in two parts lasting a total of five and a half hours.  It sounds long but time goes by quickly and your are entertained all the way thru.

A delightful day.  An experience never to be forgotten.  History in the making.  Raw, true talent on display.  DO IT and enjoy it as much as we did.
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