Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Today (Monday) we had another homemade meal by Beth (breakfast). We got postage for postcards and gas then headed to Trier. Trier is the oldest inhabited city in Germany. It was a significant Roman outpost a long time ago... as in B.C. long time ago. There are some amazing Roman ruins and beautiful architecture in the town. We went to one gorgeous old cathedral, Trierer Dom, or the Cathedral of Saint Peter. We also saw the "pink palace," officially the Electoral Palace. Trier is only about 1.5 hours from Beth's house, so we had less time in the car today. There was also more shopping in town. Yea!
Tomorrow is our last day staying with Beth, Liza, Georga, Betsy and Jim at Beth's house. We will leave tomorrow morning at 8am or so and drive to Vienna with a stop for sight-seeing in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is famous for the "Sound of Music" and as Mozart's birthplace. It's also about 1/2 way to Vienna from here.
I don't know how much I'll be able to blog once we leave here, but I'll do my best.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Our second stop was the Porsche museum and factory. We chose not to do the factory tour (flippin expensive!) but did get the audio tour of the museum. It was really beautiful! So many pretty cars! We took a gazillion pictures. The museum was set up to follow the racing line of cars as well as the consumer driving cars. We all decided that we want a Porsche. They let us sit in one at the end. One of the most unique parts of the exhibit was the sound experience. You would stand on these big black discs, and surround sound would play one of the cars starting, engine revving and driving away. The black disc vibrated under your feet so you could feel it AND hear it. It was pretty cool.
We took a slightly more scenic route back to Beth's house. It was fun driving in the Germany countryside. We stopped in Ramstein at a Bier Garten for dinner. We made it home about 10pm and crashed. We did have a pretty good thunderstorm last night. But it was a GERMAN thunderstorm.
Sunday we plan to go over to the military base where Beth works.
Friday, June 3, 2011
We made it to the Munich airport Thursday morning at about 7:30am. Customs was a breeze. Getting our rental car was fairly easy.
We rented a GPS with our car... can I say the best $100 I've ever spent?!? We plugged in, entered the address for Dachau Concentration Camp, and viola! We were parking the car at Dachau. Note to those driving in another country... go on the internet and figure out the road signs BEFORE you go.
Thanks to everyone's advice, we went to Dachau Concentration Camp. It was really moving. The site has been well preserved and maintained. All the signs were translated. We rented the audio tour, and that was definitely worth the $5. It's meaningful to see this place up close and personal. There is so much about this time period and the attrocities commited by Hitler. Bringing it to life was spooky.
Friday: We started out this morning at the castle ruins in Landstahl, the closest town to where we are staying. The castle is named Nanstein and we had a GREAT visit. The castle is built into the mountainous red sandstone. They let us explore all over. Very cool.
After we got back to Beth's, Liza, Georga, Sonja and I walked into the village. It is so cute! Sonja and I also walked to the Catholic church in the village, St. Elizabeth's. We were able to go in a look around.
We had dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in German and Italian food. Mom and I had schnitzel and Sonja had a baked fettucini dish. After dinner we went on base, Ramstein Air Force Base, but most of the shops of the Base Exchange were already closed. We're going to go back to do some shopping later.
I think we're going to Stuttgart tomorrow. More updates later.
Monday, May 30, 2011
June 2: Flight lands in Munich 8am-ish, pick up rental car, tour of Dachau, drive to Beth’s
June 3-6: in Germany wherever the wind blows (Mom and Sonja are supposed to be looking to places they want to visit. So far it includes a Chocolate Museum (Lindt), the castle that inspired Cinderella's castle for Disney and a car museum (I vote for Porsche or VW.))
June 7: Drive to Vienna, stop for a couple hours in Salzburg for Sound of Music stuff
June 8: Visiting Schonbrun and gardens etc. in Vienna
June 9: Tour of Spanish Riding School and site-seeing in the “heart” of Vienna
June 10: The Abbey at Melk (outside Vienna), drive back to Beth’s
June 11: No plans (I was considering going back to Munich and spending the day there. We could get a hotel room for the night, then we wouldn’t have the long drive to the airport the next morning. We could also drop off the rental car a day early.)
June 12: Fly home (10am-ish)