Around town with Scott and Rachel

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
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Trip End Aug 15, 2006


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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Six days in Munich and what do we have to show for it? Quite a bit actually. The day after the World Cup was a recovery day. Since then weve been exploring the city and seeing the sites....oh, and eating....lots of eating...and beer, lots of beer.

We started with a Munich must:Mikes Bike Tour Mikes is a must when visiting Munich. They can show you more interesting things in four hours than you might find on your own in days. And theyre shit loads of fun. Our tour guide Steve did a great job and really knows his way around.


We got a chance to see more in the English Gardens than anyone wants or needs to. Seems Germans, German men really, like to walk around and play sports in the park while in the buff. What is it with people who feel the need to play sports in the nude? Nudist not to your taste, how about surfing? Ever had the urge to go surfing in the heart of Munich? You can, and in a river no less!



One day up, the next day down. The next day we visited the Dachau concentration camp. That was a serious downer but another thing anyone coming here should experience. We were surprised to find that the place felt much like S-21 in Cambodia. Not a nice feeling. wWe were fortunate enough to have another good guide who really got you into the mood of the place and helped you really see the place for what it was. One thing we never knew was that Germans were the first people sent to the concentration camps. Of course by the end of the war this had changed. Dachau was also the model for all other concentration camps build during the war. Depressing but we learned a lot.

One day down, next day up...Really up!

We went back to Mikes Bike Tours to see if they could lift our spirits after Dachau. Why yes, of course we can! Off we went with them for a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle. Once in the small village below the castle we were informed we had two options for the morning. We could cycle around the lake or we could jump off a mountain. Ill take door #2 Monty! Sorry Mamma Keane. Yes, I really did throw your daughter off of a mountain. But shes fine! Honest! We took off with 'No Limits Aktiv Center' for a morning of Para-gliding. Up we went 1720 meters to the top of Mount Tegel. There our pilots Andy (for Scott) and Gonzo (for Rachel) got us ready for our flight.


-is that a load in your pants?-

I went first and we circled the launch pad while Rachel and Gonzo waited for the wind conditions to improve. The view above the landing zone was wild and I got some great pics of Rach getting ready to step into the wild blue yonder. Once in the air we both flew over the German countryside and right over the castle we had come to see. It was absolutely beautiful and one hell of a different perspective. Check out the picture section to see what I mean.

-view from the launch pad-

After lunch we hopped on a luge for some sledding then it was time to hike up to the castle. We had the privilege of trekking up a trail that was normally closed and the views were great. Up to the bridge overlooking the castle then back down a bit to the castle itself. Neuschwanstein was built by Ludwig the Second. Ludwig was an eccentric chap who spent all his time and money palling around with Richard Wagner and living in his own ferry tale world. Neuschwanstein may look familiar to you as its likeness was used by Walt Disney for the Disney castle. The inside of the castle was never finished completely. Only 18 of 60 rooms were actually completed. Ludwig's bed alone took 14 wood carvers 4 years to complete and its no larger than a double bed. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside the castle so no views for youz guys, sorry.

Late in the day, we climbed down from the remainder of Ludwig's dreams and headed back to Munich. Were currently planning our next destination and its looking like Prague is next on the list. After that, were not sure. Anyone have any suggestions as where we should head next? With in reason now, unless you plan to foot the bill!

Until the next update!


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blmover
blmover on

statues
glad to see ytou are still molesting public works of art. have you been past ou friend with the sword to see if he has recovered from his attack. theirs always switzerland and vienna. keep having fun somebody has to. later das butt.

ciara45
ciara45 on

I have a suggestion!!!
I suggest you come back to Australia....or failing that you could ACTUALLY WRITE TO ME FOR ONCE!!! Honestly, i'm not as witty and engaging as i seem - this is hard work for me.

cindydamico
cindydamico on

ooh! ooh! pick me!!
Hey guys!
I've loved reading about all of your adventures and I can't wait to hear more when you get back! But you know you've opened the proverbial floodgate now by asking for suggestions, especially from me!
So, aside from the usual big cities and big sites, here are my fave spots from my trek:
1. Ok, you know you have to go to Venice. While you're there, make sure you take the vaporetto to Burano and go see Gianna G in her little lace shop. She's awesome and got the biggest kick out of the handfull of Italian words I managed to summon trying to buy a tablecloth. Also, I loved my hotel, which was relatively affordable for Venice, called the Locanda Ca'San Marcuola. It's right on the vaporetto and is really lovely. Lastly, go to Paradiso Perduto. It's local, wonderful, and the night I went, which I think was a Sunday, had live music and skits and super great Venetians!
2. While in Italy, go to Siena! It was fantastic and is the place I think about returning to most of all. Stay at the Canon d'Oro and rent scooters and drive to all the vineyards in Chianti, eat gelato in the Piazza del Campo...so amazing.
3. If you go to the Cote d'Azure, make sure to skip the tourist beaches and head for Villefranche su Mer. All locals, no one trying to sell you anything, and it's a very quick train ride from Nice. OOH! when you're in Nice, make sure to go eat at the best place ever, Acchiardo (38, rue Droite). It's a little local family-run place with great food, great patrons, and great waiters (they're the sons of the owners and they are super hot, Rachel!!). Tell Raphael and Jean Francois hi for me!
4. See the saturday market in Arles, Provance. So beautiful and colorful and will make you truly appreciate the European way of life. And you'll find so many great little things there, you'll want to bring it all home with you!
5. Ok, what else....Brussels- I think it gets left out a lot, but it was so beautiful and the people were great, and the great chocolate is totally worth the trip. Oh, if you go to Florence, make the day trip to Cortona...the cutest dog in all of Italy lives there (a very old pug), and the climb to the top of the town is quite a challenge, but totally worth it. Eat at the Trattoria della Grotta and have the cheese with honey. I've never been able to duplicate that desert.

Ok, now that I've written the longest comment EVER I hope you might get to enjoy some of these places.
Can't wait to see you guys!!!!

~Cindy D'Amico

lynnster
lynnster on

Hey!
I am just catching up on your adventures... am I wrong or did you & I check out Neuschwanstein together in '96? I have flashes of you pretending to fight off attackers on the staircases or something... but it could just be a drug flashback. Although I don't do drugs, I still seem to have those. ;)

Glad you've had so much fun. I wasn't ready to come home from my holiday AT ALL... it's been a rough adjustment 'cuz I want to be scaling pyramids still! Sigh... sitting at a computer all day just doesn't cut it.

Ok, on to read the rest of your updates!

Lynn

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