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DisneyKevin
09-09-2012, 11:09 AM
Join us as the Dis goes to the place where our (and Walt's) favorite fairytales originated.

The Dis is offering an exclusive Adventure to Germany September 20th - 28th 2013.

We will travel to Heidelburg, Waldeck, Rothenburg and Munich.

Trip Highlights Include:

Neuschwanstein Castle - Visit the magical snowy-white castle of King Ludwig IIone of the inspirations for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park.

Biking and Ferry Ride in Waldeck - Pedal on a winding trail along a dazzling Alpine lake and through the local countryside, followed by a ferry ride on Lake Edersee.

Stay in a Fairy-Tale Castle - Spend 2 fairy-tale nights at Hotel Schloss Waldeck, an 11th-century castle perched high above the Edersee.

The Steiff Bear Museum - Take a magical interactive tour of the famous Steiff Bear Museum. The company's founder, Margaret Steiff, invented the teddy bear. The tour is followed by a hands-on activity.

Celebration at Hofbrauhaus - Gather with your fellow adventurers in one of the oldest beer halls in Germany for a grand farewell feast. Savor a superb dinner with entertainment including rousing accordionist and lively German dancers.

Pricing for Germany
9/20 - 9/28/2013

$3729 per person based on double occupancy
$5289 single traveler

If you are interested in this Adventure, please email me at Kevin@DreamsUnlimitedTravel.com.

List of Travelers

Jim - jmccormick
Linda - jmccormick's wife
John - Tardis1029
Micki - NYCMM
Rosemary - Tardis1029's sister
Jean - Tardis1029's sister
Glenn - Disney Bruin
Patricia - Olive Oil
Jason - Jwren1234
Mike - k5jmh
Christy - MinnieGarden
Keith - rkdahl
Cathy - rkdahl's wife
Lesley
Grant
Caitlin
Laurie - Sarabi's Cub
Brian - Laurie's husband
Holly - HollyMac71
Mike - Holly's hubby
John
Nora
David
Sharon
Kevin - DisneyKevin
John - WebmasterJohn

jmccormick
09-09-2012, 11:37 AM
Just wanted say how happy we are to be going with you all on this trip. 12 months is the perfect amount of time for planning. (Remind me that I said this in August....):cool1:

JWren1234
09-09-2012, 12:03 PM
I'm so excited to be going on this trip! I've already started researching the hotels and what I'd like to see on my OYO time.

This is going to be another incredible ABD experience!

Jason

MinnieGarden
09-09-2012, 01:02 PM
:wave2: Hi everyone! Mike and I were talking about our adventure last night at dinner and have started thinking about places we want to visit.

Part of my mom's family is from the area around Waldeck, Mike wants to visit the miraphone factory just outside Munich..... Decisions, decisions!

k5jmh
09-09-2012, 01:56 PM
This is going to be soooo much fun!!!

I would love to go see the Miraphone factory, post-adventure!

http://www.tubajoe.com/.a/6a014e6003fbaf970c0162fd082111970d-pi

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/293194_3551389819559_850661210_n.jpg

disneyholic family
09-09-2012, 02:06 PM
your timing s**ks!!!!!! ;)

this one is right in the middle of a holiday for me!!!

are we EVER going to get together????? (other than on the Oasis cruise that is - and woo hoo for that one!!!)..

germany is so much fun.....just pronouncing the words can take half a day...and you get to clear your throat while you're doing it...

ok...so germany is out for me....so when's japan? i think i recall japan was under consideration....or hong kong? china?

sayhello
09-09-2012, 02:55 PM
your timing s**ks!!!!!! ;)

this one is right in the middle of a holiday for me!!!

are we EVER going to get together????? (other than on the Oasis cruise that is - and woo hoo for that one!!!)..

germany is so much fun.....just pronouncing the words can take half a day...and you get to clear your throat while you're doing it...

ok...so germany is out for me....so when's japan? i think i recall japan was under consideration....or hong kong? china?I think you should come join us in America... :goodvibes

Sayhello

disneyholic family
09-09-2012, 02:58 PM
I think you should come join us in America... :goodvibes

Sayhello

hmmm...off to check out that date! :goodvibes

DisneyKevin
09-09-2012, 03:10 PM
your timing s**ks!!!!!! ;)

this one is right in the middle of a holiday for me!!!

are we EVER going to get together????? (other than on the Oasis cruise that is - and woo hoo for that one!!!)..

germany is so much fun.....just pronouncing the words can take half a day...and you get to clear your throat while you're doing it...

ok...so germany is out for me....so when's japan? i think i recall japan was under consideration....or hong kong? china?

Hmmm....it seems we have quite a few trips and you are always busy.

I think you should provide us with a 2014 schedule.:goodvibes

DisneyKevin
09-09-2012, 03:11 PM
This is going to be soooo much fun!!!

I would love to go see the Miraphone factory, post-adventure!

http://www.tubajoe.com/.a/6a014e6003fbaf970c0162fd082111970d-pi

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/293194_3551389819559_850661210_n.jpg

Is this a tuba factory?

MinnieGarden
09-09-2012, 04:19 PM
Is this a tuba factory?

Yes, there is a miraphone tuba factory just outside Munich. The tuba in the photo is actually in our living room..... And we will be there during prime tuba season!:lmao:

sayhello
09-09-2012, 04:25 PM
Yes, there is a miraphone tuba factory just outside Munich. The tuba in the photo is actually in our living room..... And we will be there during prime tuba season!Tuba season?

hmmm...off to check out that date! :goodvibesMay 24 (my Birthday!) thru May 31, 2013! Spirit of America!

Sayhello

disneyholic family
09-09-2012, 05:21 PM
Tuba season?

May 24 (my Birthday!) thru May 31, 2013! Spirit of America!

Sayhello

hey, my birthday is may 26th!! you must be very cool!! :)

disneyholic family
09-09-2012, 05:22 PM
Hmmm....it seems we have quite a few trips and you are always busy.

I think you should provide us with a 2014 schedule.:goodvibes

one in 2013 ain't bad - i'll be on the oasis with you!!!!!! :thumbsup2

sayhello
09-09-2012, 05:28 PM
hey, my birthday is may 26th!! you must be very cool!! :)I am! :rotfl: We could celebrate together if you came to America!!!

Sayhello

JWren1234
09-09-2012, 07:51 PM
I found that Lufthansa has an iPhone app. It looks like flights for the dates of our trip will be available for booking in about 3-4 weeks. They are part of the Star Alliance and have non-stop flights out of Newark, JFK, Boston and some other cities as well.

There's also an official Oktoberfest app!!!

Jason

k5jmh
09-10-2012, 07:41 AM
...and "rail europe" app.

OKW Lover
09-10-2012, 07:49 AM
\The tuba in the photo is actually in our living room..... And we will be there during prime tuba season!:lmao:

There is a season?
Hunting season for tubas? :confused3

Sarabi's Cubs
09-10-2012, 08:49 AM
My parents are on a river cruise in Austria and Germany right now. So far, they have sent a lovely photo from the Cleveland airport, but I'm hoping that by now they've seen some more interesting scenery! When they return, I plan to convince themthat their only daughter should go to Germany and they should facilitate this by agreeing to watch the kids for us. Late Sept/early Oct is usually their big trip time, so we'll see!

Laurie

disneyholic family
09-10-2012, 09:01 AM
I found that Lufthansa has an iPhone app. It looks like flights for the dates of our trip will be available for booking in about 3-4 weeks. They are part of the Star Alliance and have non-stop flights out of Newark, JFK, Boston and some other cities as well.

There's also an official Oktoberfest app!!!

Jason

and they often have the best rates ...

k5jmh
09-10-2012, 12:20 PM
We are going to try and get flights on one of the new "Dreamliners..."

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/07/2012united787.jpg

United Airlines Announces First 787 International Routes

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WILL START IN JANUARY 2013 ON UNITED'S BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the first international routes for the airline's newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In addition to the previously-announced service from its Denver hub to Tokyo Narita, starting March 31, 2013, the airline will operate nonstop 787 service five days a week between its Houston hub and Lagos, Nigeria, beginning Jan. 7, 2013. United will also operate daily, nonstop 787 service between its Los Angeles hub and its Narita hub, beginning Jan. 3, 2013, and Los Angeles to Shanghai, beginning March 30, 2013.

United will also operate daily, nonstop 787 service from its Houston hub to Amsterdam and London Heathrow on a temporary basis. Houston to Amsterdam service begins Dec. 4, 2012, and Houston to London Heathrow service begins Feb. 4, 2013.

"The 787 is the right aircraft for these routes because of its many passenger-friendly amenities and superior operating economics," says United's Senior Vice President of Network, Greg Hart. "With 50 787s on order, we look forward to the many new route opportunities that will become available to United and our customers in the future."

The 787 aircraft will display for sale for these routes on united.com and other distribution channels beginning Aug. 25, while Denver to Narita service is available for sale now. In the near future, United will announce plans for initial domestic flying for the 787, which will precede the launch of international flights described above.

Configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy, the Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.

Recent photos of United's first 787 aircraft are available for download in the media center on unitedcontinentalholdings.com under "First 787 Production Flight."

jcb
09-10-2012, 02:11 PM
There is a season?
Hunting season for tubas? :confused3

Yes, Jeff, in my experience, trombones are used as ballistic missiles.

We are going to try and get flights on one of the new "Dreamliners..."

Mike continues to prove he is an uber geek (which needs no translation). ( I can say this because I am one.)

castle perched high above the Edersee translated: the Teutonic Tower of Terror.

I was going to stay out of this thread but I just couldn't.

OKW Lover
09-10-2012, 03:56 PM
We are going to try and get flights on one of the new "Dreamliners..."

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/07/2012united787.jpg

Here (http://www.boeingstore.com/787-8-Snap-Together-Model-Wood-Base/dp/B002E7EP08) you go Mike.

jcb
09-10-2012, 03:59 PM
Here (http://www.boeingstore.com/787-8-Snap-Together-Model-Wood-Base/dp/B002E7EP08) you go Mike.

It only counts if you buy them in person, at the Boeing stores in Washington.:rolleyes1

HollyMac71
09-10-2012, 07:26 PM
There is a season?
Hunting season for tubas? :confused3

:lmao:

OMG I'm off to sell an organ (kidney) and maybe a toe. I'm thinking about some blood products also.

I have to witness tuba season. :lmao:

k5jmh
09-10-2012, 08:32 PM
:lmao:

OMG I'm off to sell an organ...

http://withershomes4vets.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/2819pipe_organ.jpg

How many ranks? :rotfl2:


I have to witness tuba season. :lmao:

http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/character/smiley-vault-character-022.gif http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-music007.gif

k5jmh
09-10-2012, 09:33 PM
Here (http://www.boeingstore.com/787-8-Snap-Together-Model-Wood-Base/dp/B002E7EP08) you go Mike.

Nice!

DisneyKevin
09-11-2012, 07:54 AM
It only counts if you buy them in person, at the Boeing stores in Washington.:rolleyes1

Okay....competitive shopping is a sport at which I'm proficient.

Put me in Coach!:laughing:

MinnieGarden
09-11-2012, 02:40 PM
Okay....competitive shopping is a sport at which I'm proficient.

Put me in Coach!:laughing:

Did someone mention shopping?? http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/shopping/smileys-shopping-647327.gif

k5jmh
09-11-2012, 03:43 PM
Put me in Coach!:laughing:

...or LV or Chanel or Juicy Coutoure or ...

NYC MM
09-11-2012, 09:35 PM
Hallo, ich kann nicht glauben, dass wir nach Deutschland gehen. No I haven't gotten the German down yet .. I did the cliff notes version and used a translator.. so in English its..
(Hello I can't believe that we are going to Germany) , John and I are so excited about this trip too but it's really our traveling family that we are so excited to see again.
Of all the places that we have traveled to and loved .... This one is mine!!:thumbsup2. While one half of me is Irish and I wouldn't give that up... the other wonderful half ( Can't tell you what John calls it:rolleyes1 ) is German and I AM SO EXCITED. My fathers family comes from Seligenstadt which is only 22 minutes from Frankfurt... however it's an hour from Heidelberg which is our first stop from the airport.. I'm gonna have to figure something out to get there. Well as Jim said ...at least I have 12 months to think about it. :hourglass.

Maybe between now and the trip I can get to Epcot and really stop at the Germany pavilion pixiedust:and not just pass it by. :rotfl:

:wave2:

Flossbolna
09-12-2012, 07:47 AM
Hi everyone!

While I won't come along on your trip, I decided to come here to offer any help, advice or info you might want. I am a DISer and podcast listener from Germany and was very excited to hear that the DIS is going to travel to Germany when the trip was first announced on the podcast. A little while ago, I contacted Kevin and he suggested that I should come here - so that's what I am doing now! :goodvibes

I live in Nuremberg in Bavaria (about 100 miles north of Munich), but I went to university in Munich and used to work in Frankfurt, so I am very familiar with a lot of the places you are going to visit during your travels - as well as with both airports in Munich and Frankfurt (they are the two big hubs for air travel in Germany).

If you have any questions about anything specific to Germany - be it travel, customs, food, drink, financial issues or whatever else - please ask, I will try my best to help! :thumbsup2

Magdalene

k5jmh
09-12-2012, 07:46 PM
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apurplebrat
09-12-2012, 08:01 PM
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Was that the noise I just heard here in Boston?!?!

MinnieGarden
09-14-2012, 06:57 PM
Hallo, ich kann nicht glauben, dass wir nach Deutschland gehen. No I haven't gotten the German down yet .. I did the cliff notes version and used a translator.. so in English its..
(Hello I can't believe that we are going to Germany) , John and I are so excited about this trip too but it's really our traveling family that we are so excited to see again.
Of all the places that we have traveled to and loved .... This one is mine!!:thumbsup2. While one half of me is Irish and I wouldn't give that up... the other wonderful half ( Can't tell you what John calls it:rolleyes1 ) is German and I AM SO EXCITED. My fathers family comes from Seligenstadt which is only 22 minutes from Frankfurt... however it's an hour from Heidelberg which is our first stop from the airport.. I'm gonna have to figure something out to get there. Well as Jim said ...at least I have 12 months to think about it. :hourglass.

Maybe between now and the trip I can get to Epcot and really stop at the Germany pavilion pixiedust:and not just pass it by. :rotfl:

:wave2:


:wave2: Hi Micki! So glad you and John will be on the adventure! My mom's family is from Eisenach, which is about 1.5 hours by train from Frankfurt. So I think we will probably go check it out. But, we have 12 months to figure it out!

MinnieGarden
09-14-2012, 06:59 PM
Hi everyone!

While I won't come along on your trip, I decided to come here to offer any help, advice or info you might want. I am a DISer and podcast listener from Germany and was very excited to hear that the DIS is going to travel to Germany when the trip was first announced on the podcast. A little while ago, I contacted Kevin and he suggested that I should come here - so that's what I am doing now! :goodvibes

I live in Nuremberg in Bavaria (about 100 miles north of Munich), but I went to university in Munich and used to work in Frankfurt, so I am very familiar with a lot of the places you are going to visit during your travels - as well as with both airports in Munich and Frankfurt (they are the two big hubs for air travel in Germany).

If you have any questions about anything specific to Germany - be it travel, customs, food, drink, financial issues or whatever else - please ask, I will try my best to help! :thumbsup2

Magdalene

Thanks so much Magdalene! I will be sending you a PM soon. My mom's family is from Eisenach which isn't far from Nuremberg, and I need a little advice on a couple of things if you don't mind. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-22-2012, 08:31 AM
Hi everyone! Today at noon the 2012 Wies'n (the local name for the Oktoberfest - it means meadow as it takes place on an area that used to be a meadow outside the city and still is called Theresienwiese - Teresa's meadow - today) started.

Therefore the media here is full with reports about it and I thought since you will be in Munich for Oktoberfest 2013 you might be interested in some links.

The first is an article from the English language section of Germany's largest online news website "Spiegel online":

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/munich-gears-up-for-more-beer-swilling-at-oktoberfest-a-857213.html

And the second one is a short video (I hope you can access it from the US) of the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg today at 12 noon which marks the official start. No beer is sold before that ritual. The current mayor has been in office for a number of years, so he is already very skilled in the art of keg tapping and he only needed two strikes which is considered an achievement! ;)

http://www.br.de/fernsehen/bayerisches-fernsehen/import/audiovideo/ozapftis-100.html

Oh - and he says "O'zapft is" which is Bavarian for "Angezapft ist es" and that translates into "It is tapped".

Hope you enjoy these!

JWren1234
09-23-2012, 10:20 AM
Hi everyone! Today at noon the 2012 Wies'n (the local name for the Oktoberfest - it means meadow as it takes place on an area that used to be a meadow outside the city and still is called Theresienwiese - Teresa's meadow - today) started.

Therefore the media here is full with reports about it and I thought since you will be in Munich for Oktoberfest 2013 you might be interested in some links.

The first is an article from the English language section of Germany's largest online news website "Spiegel online":

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/munich-gears-up-for-more-beer-swilling-at-oktoberfest-a-857213.html

And the second one is a short video (I hope you can access it from the US) of the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg today at 12 noon which marks the official start. No beer is sold before that ritual. The current mayor has been in office for a number of years, so he is already very skilled in the art of keg tapping and he only needed two strikes which is considered an achievement! ;)

http://www.br.de/fernsehen/bayerisches-fernsehen/import/audiovideo/ozapftis-100.html

Oh - and he says "O'zapft is" which is Bavarian for "Angezapft ist es" and that translates into "It is tapped".

Hope you enjoy these!

Thank you for posting the link to the article and video! Very interesting!

Jason

DisneyKevin
09-23-2012, 10:23 AM
Starting to think about what to do after our Adventure and we think we might take the train from Munich to Salzberg, Austria.

It's about 90 minutes by train and the rates seem reasonable.

We want to climb every mountain......

k5jmh
09-23-2012, 11:06 AM
Is there power on the train? :rolleyes1

jcb
09-23-2012, 11:15 AM
Is there power on the train? :rolleyes1

Isn't the real question whether the power is German or Austrian?

Sarabi's Cubs
09-24-2012, 08:35 AM
Starting to think about what to do after our Adventure and we think we might take the train from Munich to Salzberg, Austria.

It's about 90 minutes by train and the rates seem reasonable.

We want to climb every mountain......

I have a total visual of the Do-re-mi song with DISers instead of the Von Trapp family. Thanks for the Monday morning chuckle!:)

Laurie

NYC MM
09-24-2012, 07:50 PM
One year from today :cool1:..we will be in GERMANY...just saying !!:rolleyes1

NYC MM
09-24-2012, 07:51 PM
My new Ipad Speaker!!

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How are you getting THIS on the plane ?:rotfl:

NYC MM
09-24-2012, 08:04 PM
Hi everyone! Today at noon the 2012 Wies'n (the local name for the Oktoberfest - it means meadow as it takes place on an area that used to be a meadow outside the city and still is called Theresienwiese - Teresa's meadow - today) started.

Therefore the media here is full with reports about it and I thought since you will be in Munich for Oktoberfest 2013 you might be interested in some links.

The first is an article from the English language section of Germany's largest online news website "Spiegel online":

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/munich-gears-up-for-more-beer-swilling-at-oktoberfest-a-857213.html

And the second one is a short video (I hope you can access it from the US) of the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg today at 12 noon which marks the official start. No beer is sold before that ritual. The current mayor has been in office for a number of years, so he is already very skilled in the art of keg tapping and he only needed two strikes which is considered an achievement! ;)

http://www.br.de/fernsehen/bayerisches-fernsehen/import/audiovideo/ozapftis-100.html

Oh - and he says "O'zapft is" which is Bavarian for "Angezapft ist es" and that translates into "It is tapped".

Hope you enjoy these!

..Thanks for the video , but really !! no beer is sold before that ritual.. You mean for the hour before or for the day or for the week before ?/:rotfl2:

My dad used to sing a little drinking song .. I can't remember it now but if I heard it I would remember all of the words.. Of course it was in German .. maybe you know of a video of drinking songs .

I think your mayor is very skilled as I thought that he did the tapping in ONE !
I'm going to keep the Spiegel site handy .. Thank you for your posts.

DisneyKevin
09-25-2012, 09:32 AM
Photos from this year's Octoberfest!!!


http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/22/europe/gallery/oktoberfest-beer-festival/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

This looks amazing:thumbsup2

There is even a tuba photo.

YachtClubWoman
09-25-2012, 12:38 PM
Starting to think about what to do after our Adventure and we think we might take the train from Munich to Salzberg, Austria.

It's about 90 minutes by train and the rates seem reasonable.

We want to climb every mountain......


I thought Salzburg was beautiful. I was there for a work meeting. We did the Sound of Music tour as a group. It was a little cheesy but I loved it.

The hotel we stayed in had the Sound of Music on a loop and it was the only English channel on the TV. I admit I have not watched the movie since that trip in 2009.

k5jmh
09-25-2012, 04:52 PM
Photos from this year's Octoberfest!!!


http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/22/europe/gallery/oktoberfest-beer-festival/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

This looks amazing:thumbsup2

There is even a tuba photo.


You're playing my song!!

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120922045344-10-oktoberfest-0922-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg

I liked the Oktoberfest Mickey Ears!

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120924020243-04-oktoberfest-0924-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg

JWren1234
09-30-2012, 06:53 PM
It looks like Lufthansa's website will allow for booking of flights for our travel dates sometime this week!

Jason

HollyMac71
09-30-2012, 08:52 PM
This is where I'm learning the art of PATIENCE - which I have very little of. :bitelip:

tardis1029
10-02-2012, 09:03 PM
It looks like Lufthansa's website will allow for booking of flights for our travel dates sometime this week!

Jason

:thumbsup2

JWren1234
10-05-2012, 09:25 PM
Flights are now available to book through Lufthansa. As an example on pricing, non-stop from Newark-Frankfurt and Munich-Newark:

Approximately $1100 for economy, $4000 for business, $11,000 for first class. The price for economy is not bad (the majority of the ticket price comes from taxes), I think I might book sometime this weekend.

Jason

MinnieGarden
10-13-2012, 04:37 PM
I found this blog entry about German food and just had to share. Hilarious and oh so good.....

http://www.everywhereist.com/7-badass-bavarian-foods-you-must-try/

JWren1234
10-14-2012, 05:28 PM
I found this blog entry about German food and just had to share. Hilarious and oh so good.....

http://www.everywhereist.com/7-badass-bavarian-foods-you-must-try/

Loved the blog! I am looking forward to Schnitzel and Spaetzle!

Jason

k5jmh
10-15-2012, 07:38 AM
Might as well get this out of the way now...

http://pressemitteilungen.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/frankfurt-goethestrase-13.jpg

DisneyKevin
10-18-2012, 08:56 PM
Might as well get this out of the way now...

http://pressemitteilungen.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/frankfurt-goethestrase-13.jpg

What are you saying?:rolleyes1

k5jmh
10-26-2012, 12:19 PM
What are you saying?:rolleyes1

Because I know at least 2, if not 3, people were all ready thinking it. :rotfl2:

I am starting to get excited!! I had a dream about sitting in first class on Air France and playing in a Polka Band and having all the French snarl at me.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/545425_3701100442231_1672005393_n.jpg

k5jmh
10-31-2012, 02:18 PM
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/sean-connery-louis-vuitton-00.jpg

DisneyKevin
10-31-2012, 02:26 PM
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/817135/sean-connery-louis-vuitton-00.jpg

I finally broke down and bought this bag.

Now...I look just like Sean Connery.

As a matter of fact...I'm sitting on the dock of the bay as we speak.::yes::

k5jmh
10-31-2012, 02:28 PM
LOL! Let's see, we started talking about that bag in 2010.

DisneyKevin
10-31-2012, 04:09 PM
LOL! Let's see, we started talking about that bag in 2010.

Sometimes things take a while....

DisneyKevin
11-05-2012, 06:25 PM
Please help me welcome to new folks to our merry band of travelers.

Welcome Keith and Cathy!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Circusgirl
11-05-2012, 09:34 PM
Because I know at least 2, if not 3, people were all ready thinking it. :rotfl2:

I am starting to get excited!! I had a dream about sitting in first class on Air France and playing in a Polka Band and having all the French snarl at me.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/545425_3701100442231_1672005393_n.jpg


I finally broke down and bought this bag.

Now...I look just like Sean Connery.

As a matter of fact...I'm sitting on the dock of the bay as we speak.::yes::


Double :rotfl:

k5jmh
11-06-2012, 12:37 PM
Please help me welcome to new folks to our merry band of travelers.

Welcome Keith and Cathy!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Welcome to our merry band!!! :banana: :banana:


Double :rotfl:

What Heather said!!! :rotfl2:

k5jmh
11-08-2012, 07:20 AM
Are we there yet?

http://www.neuschwanstein.de/bilder/schloss/neuschw_heute.jpg

k5jmh
11-08-2012, 07:27 AM
The live cam from Neuschwanstein

http://allgaeu-cam.de/wetter/schloss-neuschwanstein.html


I hope our guides have a way around this

The rooms at the castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour.

No smoking, photographing or filming is allowed in the castle.

DisneyKevin
11-13-2012, 11:50 AM
Please help me welcome Lesley, Grant and Caitlin to our Adventure and to the Dis Boards.

We are in for a fantastic time!!!!

k5jmh
11-13-2012, 11:54 AM
Please help me welcome Lesley, Grant and Caitlin to our Adventure and to the Dis Boards.

We are in for a fantastic time!!!!


http://www.kostenlose-animierte-gifs.de/animierte-Gif-Willkommen/Willkommen-Gifs-animiert_Hintergrund-weiss.gif

MinnieGarden
11-13-2012, 07:41 PM
Willkomen to our new adventurers! :welcome:

DisneyKevin
11-23-2012, 01:33 PM
Please help me welcome Karen and Kaye to our Fairytale Adventure!

:cool1::cool1::cool1:

k5jmh
11-23-2012, 02:33 PM
http://www.kostenlose-animierte-gifs.de/animierte-Gif-Willkommen/Willkommen-Gifs-animiert_Hintergrund-weiss.gif

Looking forward to meeting this Karen person... :rolleyes1 (and Kaye!!)

JWren1234
11-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Please help me welcome to new folks to our merry band of travelers.

Welcome Keith and Cathy!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Please help me welcome Lesley, Grant and Caitlin to our Adventure and to the Dis Boards.

We are in for a fantastic time!!!!

Please help me welcome Karen and Kaye to our Fairytale Adventure!

:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Welcome to all! This is going to be an outstanding adventure!

Jason

rkdahl
11-25-2012, 12:33 AM
Hi Everyone!

Cathy and I are really looking forward to this ABD trip! We are planning some travels pre and post ABD. Hoping to visit some family in London and in Switzerland while we are there. And we are considering a few days at Disneyland Paris. Also, we are hoping our ABD guides on this trip are our ABD friends from a previous ABD adventure. They both do the Germany trip and are great!! We will know next year if they get assigned to this trip. If they do, you are all in for a treat!

We are going on the upcoming Podcast 4.0 cruise in a couple of weeks. Who else will be there? We can meet up and get to know each other before next Sept.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Keith

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DisneyKevin
11-25-2012, 09:18 AM
Hi Everyone!

Cathy and I are really looking forward to this ABD trip! We are planning some travels pre and post ABD. Hoping to visit some family in London and in Switzerland while we are there. And we are considering a few days at Disneyland Paris. Also, we are hoping our ABD guides on this trip are our ABD friends from a previous ABD adventure. They both do the Germany trip and are great!! We will know next year if they get assigned to this trip. If they do, you are all in for a treat!

We are going on the upcoming Podcast 4.0 cruise in a couple of weeks. Who else will be there? We can meet up and get to know each other before next Sept.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Keith

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There is an ABD event planned for the Podcast cruise.

We are hoping that past, present and future ABD travelers will come to meet and
chat.

You can find out more information here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2977141

rkdahl
12-01-2012, 05:15 AM
Interesting tidbit from ABD for those arriving via train into Frankfurt at the start of this trip. ABD will pick up guests at the main Franfurt train station downtown and shuttle you to the hotel in Heidelberg, about 50 miles. I checked into this since we were not planning to fly into Frankfurt at the start of our adventure. We will be traveling from Paris Disneyland via train to Frankfurt. After talking to ABD they said they would offer the option to pick us up there rather than at the Frankfurt airport. They just needed the time and train number of our arrival.

So that worked out pretty cool. Just though I would pass that along in case anyone else was considering the rail option when traveling in..

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DisneyKevin
12-01-2012, 09:20 AM
Interesting tidbit from ABD for those arriving via train into Frankfurt at the start of this trip. ABD will pick up guests at the main Franfurt train station downtown and shuttle you to the hotel in Heidelberg, about 50 miles. I checked into this since we were not planning to fly into Frankfurt at the start of our adventure. We will be traveling from Paris Disneyland via train to Frankfurt. After talking to ABD they said they would offer the option to pick us up there rather than at the Frankfurt airport. They just needed the time and train number of our arrival.

So that worked out pretty cool. Just though I would pass that along in case anyone else was considering the rail option when traveling in..

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Something to keep in mind....

If you make arrangements through ABD and I am out of the loop, I wont be able to be much help should you need assistance while abroad.

If any of our Adventures makes plans through ABD, please let me know what the plans are...just in case.

Thanks.

MinnieGarden
12-01-2012, 10:41 AM
Interesting tidbit from ABD for those arriving via train into Frankfurt at the start of this trip. ABD will pick up guests at the main Franfurt train station downtown and shuttle you to the hotel in Heidelberg, about 50 miles. I checked into this since we were not planning to fly into Frankfurt at the start of our adventure. We will be traveling from Paris Disneyland via train to Frankfurt. After talking to ABD they said they would offer the option to pick us up there rather than at the Frankfurt airport. They just needed the time and train number of our arrival.

So that worked out pretty cool. Just though I would pass that along in case anyone else was considering the rail option when traveling in..

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Disneyland Paris is awesome! Mike and I are actually planning to spend a couple of days in Paris before the adventure. We fell in love with Paris and DLP on our DIS Knights and Lights adventure last year. Our tentative plan for getting from Paris to Heidelberg is to take the train as well, however into Heidelberg. The main train station appears to be a short walk to our hotel and wouldn't involve the ABD transfers. We haven't done anything definitive, however it's something else to consider. And our #1 travel tip is to let Kevin know what we are doing. :thumbsup2

jmccormick
12-01-2012, 11:00 AM
Interesting tidbit from ABD for those arriving via train into Frankfurt at the start of this trip. ABD will pick up guests at the main Franfurt train station downtown and shuttle you to the hotel in Heidelberg, about 50 miles. I checked into this since we were not planning to fly into Frankfurt at the start of our adventure. We will be traveling from Paris Disneyland via train to Frankfurt. After talking to ABD they said they would offer the option to pick us up there rather than at the Frankfurt airport. They just needed the time and train number of our arrival.

So that worked out pretty cool. Just though I would pass that along in case anyone else was considering the rail option when traveling in..

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Thanks for this, we're just in process of figuring out where to go for the few days before the start of our adventure. This is an option that will help with that.

If Kevin is watching, are there pre-adventure days at the first hotel?

Flossbolna
12-01-2012, 11:04 AM
For those considering taking the train from Paris to Germany, a tip from your resident German here on the thread :goodvibes: You would save a lot of time going directly to Heidelberg. You can take the train from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to Mannheim and then 16 minutes on a local train from there to Heidelberg. It should be really easy!

Also, the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) usually offer special prices (39 € per person in second class, 69 € per person in first class, that's about 1/3 of the regular fare!) if you book a specific train and book in advance - one can book three months in advance at the earliest. I booked a similar trip last spring and for whatever reason the French Railways did not offer a price at the same level.

If anyone needs any help figuring out German trains, I am happy to help!

DisneyKevin
12-01-2012, 11:11 AM
For those considering taking the train from Paris to Germany, a tip from your resident German here on the thread :goodvibes: You would save a lot of time going directly to Heidelberg. You can take the train from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to Mannheim and then 16 minutes on a local train from there to Heidelberg. It should be really easy!

Also, the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) usually offer special prices (39 € per person in second class, 69 € per person in first class, that's about 1/3 of the regular fare!) if you book a specific train and book in advance - one can book three months in advance at the earliest. I booked a similar trip last spring and for whatever reason the French Railways did not offer a price at the same level.

I anyone needs any help figuring out German trains, I am happy to help!

This is awesome and so are you for offering such great advice!

Thank you!

DisneyKevin
12-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Thanks for this, we're just in process of figuring out where to go for the few days before the start of our adventure. This is an option that will help with that.

If Kevin is watching, are there pre-adventure days at the first hotel?

Pre-nights are $339.77 (based on availability) and post nights are an astounding $1050.36 (based on availability).

If you want to stay in Munich during Oktoberfest....it's gonna cost you.

John and I have talked about going to Salzburg after our Adventure.

We have also talked about going to Venice. We always talk about going back to Venice.

Not sure what will happen.

Flossbolna
12-01-2012, 11:28 AM
This is awesome and so are you for offering such great advice!

Thank you!

I am happy to do it - it's one of the fun side effects of the DISboards that I enjoy. There are quite a few DISers whom I have helped with advice about travelling in Germany. :goodvibes

Pre-nights are $339.77 (based on availability) and post nights are an astounding $1050.36 (based on availability).

If you want to stay in Munich during Oktoberfest....it's gonna cost you.

John and I have talked about going to Salzburg after our Adventure.

We have also talked about going to Venice. We always talk about going back to Venice.

Not sure what will happen.

Yes, Munich during Oktoberfest is expensive, but there ought to be rooms (at simpler hotels) that would be considerably below $1000 per night. However, any hotel books up early during that time.

And since people start talking about where to go after Munich, may I suggest my hometown Nuremberg? :goodvibes Not that I am in any way working in the tourism business, but I feel like I ought to promote it a bit... ;) It has lots to offer from a medieval castle towering over the city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Castle), which was a trade center in medieval times and the home to Albrecht Dürer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_Dürer) - to it's role in modern German history as the location of the Nazi Party Rallies, so that on can today see the gigantic building intended for this (including a very good museum about this) and then as the location of the Nuremberg trials after WWII. And it is only a one hour train ride away from Munich.

rkdahl
12-01-2012, 09:51 PM
For those considering taking the train from Paris to Germany, a tip from your resident German here on the thread :goodvibes: You would save a lot of time going directly to Heidelberg. You can take the train from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to Mannheim and then 16 minutes on a local train from there to Heidelberg. It should be really easy!


Excellent thought Flossbolna! I had looked at that option but was trying to minimize transfers. With our luggage, carry ons, etc. every transfer is a bit more work and chance of something going wrong. However, after thinking about this more I decided I like your idea and we will do as you suggest and train to Mannheim and transfer to Heidelberg.

Kevin, I would never book anything directly with ABD, I am just exploring ideas. The way I travel on these long trips is I plan, look at options, update my plan, look at more options, get opinions on options, update my plan and then and only then lock it down and communicate it. Believe me, I am in the early planning, more like exloring stages.

We are going to make this quite an adventure. Current plan is to fly from Orlando to London, visit a neice there, head via train and the Chunnel to Paris Disneyland, spend a few days there. Train to Heidelberg and do the wonderful ABD tour, spend a few extra nights (Not at the crazy $$$ ABD hotel) in Munich. Then train to Zurich, Switzerland to visit family a few days. And finally, if this works out, we might train to Venice and then cruise back to the USA via a trans-atlantic sailing from Venice to Ft Lauderdale. This will be our major travel trip for 2013, potentially a 6 week trip!

So I have a lot more planning to do. But all that will be on hold as we pack and get ready for PCC 4.0! Coming right up! Thanks again for the feedback!

DisneyKevin
12-16-2012, 10:22 AM
Please help me welcome Laurie (Sarabi's Cub) and Brian to our Adventure!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

k5jmh
12-16-2012, 10:34 AM
Please help me welcome Laurie (Sarabi's Cub) and Brian to our Adventure!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
WooHoo!!!

Sarabi's Cubs
12-16-2012, 11:04 AM
Please help me welcome Laurie (Sarabi's Cub) and Brian to our Adventure!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Whoo-hoo!!! We are so excited! I've been lurking here jealously all along. I don't know alot about Germany, so it's time to start obsessing. I do know that we will definitely be adding a day at Salzburg on the end of the trip. There is no way I can be that close and not visit the birthplace of two musical icons - Mozart and the Sound of Music! Get ready to see me twirling in some mountain pasture singing "The hills are alive..."

Laurie

JWren1234
12-16-2012, 11:22 AM
Whoo-hoo!!! We are so excited! I've been lurking here jealously all along. I don't know alot about Germany, so it's time to start obsessing. I do know that we will definitely be adding a day at Salzburg on the end of the trip. There is no way I can be that close and not visit the birthplace of two musical icons - Mozart and the Sound of Music! Get ready to see me twirling in some mountain pasture singing "The hills are alive..."

Laurie

Welcome aboard! I'm looking forward to travelling with you and Brian again!!

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
12-18-2012, 02:06 PM
Have you started to look at airfare? Just wondering if anyone has found anything good. We had such a mess coming back from Paris through Dulles on the last trip that I don't want to fly through there this time. Looking at maybe Philly or Detroit.

Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a hotel in Salzburg, I'd appreciate it. We want to add one (or two) nights there post trip. I was hoping maybe I could exchange some DVC points for that, but no such luck in Austria.

Thanks!

Laurie

rkdahl
12-18-2012, 04:55 PM
Whoo-hoo!!! We are so excited! I've been lurking here jealously all along. I don't know alot about Germany, so it's time to start obsessing. I do know that we will definitely be adding a day at Salzburg on the end of the trip. There is no way I can be that close and not visit the birthplace of two musical icons - Mozart and the Sound of Music! Get ready to see me twirling in some mountain pasture singing "The hills are alive..."

Laurie

Laurie,

We took the ABD trip, no longer offered, that toured Prague, Salzburg and Vienna a couple of years ago. We can help direct you to a few of the highlight sites of the Sound of Music movie. If you can't find something or would like help in knowing a few inside spots to visit. Let me know. We can point in you in the direction of the things we saw when we were there. It was quite fun to be dancing in the gazebo or walking down the paths of the garden scene or seeing some of the buildings used many years ago. Feel free to drop me a PM and I will share what we know. We also did a salt mine tour which was super cool and ate in one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. It was a great trip!

Keith

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JWren1234
12-18-2012, 05:03 PM
Have you started to look at airfare? Just wondering if anyone has found anything good. We had such a mess coming back from Paris through Dulles on the last trip that I don't want to fly through there this time. Looking at maybe Philly or Detroit.

Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a hotel in Salzburg, I'd appreciate it. We want to add one (or two) nights there post trip. I was hoping maybe I could exchange some DVC points for that, but no such luck in Austria.

Thanks!

Laurie

I've been watching airfares for a couple of months now, haven't found a great deal yet. About $1100-$1200 R/T on United and Lufthansa, flying non-stop to/from Newark. I want to see if the fares drop before I decide to buy.

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
12-19-2012, 08:52 AM
I've been watching airfares for a couple of months now, haven't found a great deal yet. About $1100-$1200 R/T on United and Lufthansa, flying non-stop to/from Newark. I want to see if the fares drop before I decide to buy.

Jason

That seems pretty similar to what I'm finding (although there are no direct flights from Ohio!) I'm going to watch for awhile, too.

Laurie

rkdahl
12-20-2012, 10:25 PM
Laurie,

We took the ABD trip, no longer offered, that toured Prague, Salzburg and Vienna a couple of years ago. We can help direct you to a few of the highlight sites of the Sound of Music movie. If you can't find something or would like help in knowing a few inside spots to visit. Let me know. We can point in you in the direction of the things we saw when we were there. It was quite fun to be dancing in the gazebo or walking down the paths of the garden scene or seeing some of the buildings used many years ago. Feel free to drop me a PM and I will share what we know. We also did a salt mine tour which was super cool and ate in one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. It was a great trip!

Keith

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I know some of you are considering visiting Salzburg before or after the ABD trip. I promised Laurie I would send her some info on our ABD trip that toured Salzburg several years ago. We saw some really cool sights and toured some fun spots, including a lot of the Sound of Music venues.

I thought I'd share this here too so others that are considering going there can look through this in case it may help. So here goes!

Our ABD tour of Salzburg was great and its too bad they don't offer that tour still. It was a lot of fun and a beautiful tour! In Salzburg we stayed at the Sheraton. It was ABD's choice so I didn't research hotels or costs. There may be better or worse places...lol. However the Sheraton was a great place to walk to the town centre.

We had a lot of fun in Salzburg! A beautiful town, easily worth 2-3 days of visiting. Our highlights:

- Sound of Music site tour, see website below. Mirabell gardens, the famous gazebo site and others. There is a web site I found after we returned that lists many of the SOM highlights. Here's the link: http://www.visit-salzburg.net/travel/soundofmusic_locations.htm

- Salt Mine tour and ride (fun!!)
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g190441-d1018051-Reviews-Bavarian_Mountains_and_Salt_Mines_Tour-Salzburg_Austrian_Alps.html#REVIEWS

- Eating at the oldest restaurant in Europe, Stiftskeller St. Peter (Excellent!)
http://www.stpeter-stiftskeller.at/index.php?id=7&L=1

-Taking the cable car tram ride to/from Hohensalzburg Castle and walking around at sunset (beautiful, a must see)!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohensalzburg_Castle

- walking through the Salzburg olde town center and all the shops and restaurants and music

From the Sheraton everything is an easy walk. Matter of fact on your way to the town center, you walk through Mirabell Gardens where several scenes were filmed.

Now keep in mind we did most of the tours (Salt mine and Sound of Music sites) with our own ABD tour bus and guides. So we did not have to book a local tour company, so I am not sure of possible differences.

The walking tours; Mirabell, Castle at dusk, tram car ride, downtown shops we did all on our own, just getting a map and walking.

We would go back there in an instant and spend several days for sure. Hope this helps! Holler if any questions!

Keith

Sarabi's Cubs
12-21-2012, 12:56 PM
Thanks, Keith! That's great information!! Rick Steve's Passport to Europe yesterday was a tour of Salzburg. Brian mentioned he would like to see the Eagle's Nest if it's close, and I found a tour from Salzburg with the following ominous description:

"The buses to the Eagle's Nest are equipped with special engines and brakes to transport you from the Obersalzberg to the Eagle's Nest. The adventurous bus ride along the steep rock walls and deep gorges takes about 20 minutes. "

Hmm...think I'll stick to frolicking in pastures.

Laurie

Sarabi's Cubs
12-23-2012, 12:39 PM
Very excited to see that the same people who do Coffee Break French are launching Coffee Break German in January. I subscribed to the French one on itunes in anticipation of our London/Paris trip and found it very helpful. They are 15 minute episodes of practical lessons (much more practical than when I took Russian in college and one of the first things they taught us to say was "I play the bassoon").

http://radiolingua.com/2012/09/announcing-coffee-break-german/

Laurie

JWren1234
01-04-2013, 07:54 PM
You may want to check airfares this weekend, I've noticed the prices have dropped on United and Lufthansa on the Newark-Frankfurt/Munich-Newark routes leaving Wed, 9/18 and returning Sat, 9/28.

Going through United's website, United is coming in at $1,035 R/T, about $100 cheaper than what this itinerary has been since the flights were first made available to book.

Also, going through United's site, Lufthansa is at $1,125 R/T, again about $100 cheaper than what it has typically been going for. However, going through Lufthansa's own website, the same itinerary is $1,075 R/T. One thing about Lufthansa that I am unsure on is seat selection. Going through United's site, you cannot select a seat on a Lufthansa flight. I don't know if this is also the case going through Lufthansa's own website.

I'm really considering going ahead and buying tickets this weekend, these fares are not bad at all (especially considering we are leaving Munich during Oktoberfest)!

Jason

Flossbolna
01-05-2013, 05:04 AM
One thing about Lufthansa that I am unsure on is seat selection. Going through United's site, you cannot select a seat on a Lufthansa flight. I don't know if this is also the case going through Lufthansa's own website.


With Lufthansa you can usually pick a seat for their own flights (only transatlantic though, they don't offer pre-assigned seats for Inner-European flights) during the booking process. In case you can't get a seat assignment during the online booking, you can always call them to get a seat assigned to you. I used to do that for years.

Also, I would recommend checking Expedia as in my experience it is sometimes easier to see which seats are available there.

Flossbolna
01-05-2013, 05:28 AM
For those of you thinking about going to Salzburg I have a recommendation. In my opinion it is the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have seen so far in Germany: the Königssee (king's lake). It is in one of the few national parks we have.

It isn't far from the Obersalzberg (Eagle's Nest) either, it's about a 20 miles drive from Salzburg.

I was there on a hiking trip a few years ago and these are few pictures:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/DSC01691.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/DSC01713.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/DSC01757.jpg

The lake is very long and one starts out at one end with an old fashioned boat which first takes you to the little village with the church as seen above. From there you can either return or take the boat to the end of the lake where there is a restaurant as well as a typical alp (i.e. a place where they keep the dairy cows in the summer). There is a nice walking path for a short circuit walk on the valley floor, I think about 2-3 miles.

The mountains surrounding the lake are impressive and it is one of the easiest ways to get a feeling of the solitude of the mountains without having to hike for hours.

The official website can be found here: http://www.koenigssee.com/en/

JWren1234
01-05-2013, 08:40 AM
With Lufthansa you can usually pick a seat for their own flights (only transatlantic though, they don't offer pre-assigned seats for Inner-European flights) during the booking process. In case you can't get a seat assignment during the online booking, you can always call them to get a seat assigned to you. I used to do that for years.

Also, I would recommend checking Expedia as in my experience it is sometimes easier to see which seats are available there.

Thank you very much!

For those of you thinking about going to Salzburg I have a recommendation. In my opinion it is the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have seen so far in Germany: the Königssee (king's lake). It is in one of the few national parks we have.

It isn't far from the Obersalzberg (Eagle's Nest) either, it's about a 20 miles drive from Salzburg.

The lake is very long and one starts out at one end with an old fashioned boat which first takes you to the little village with the church as seen above. From there you can either return or take the boat to the end of the lake where there is a restaurant as well as a typical alp (i.e. a place where they keep the dairy cows in the summer). There is a nice walking path for a short circuit walk on the valley floor, I think about 2-3 miles.

The mountains surrounding the lake are impressive and it is one of the easiest ways to get a feeling of the solitude of the mountains without having to hike for hours.

The official website can be found here: http://www.koenigssee.com/en/

Thank you for sharing the pictures! What a beautiful location!

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
01-05-2013, 04:55 PM
Thanks, Jason! I checked and the ones I was watching dropped a little, too. I just need to figure out exactly what we're doing post-ABD before I book. We may fly back from Vienna rather than Munich.


For those of you thinking about going to Salzburg I have a recommendation. In my opinion it is the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have seen so far in Germany: the Königssee (king's lake). It is in one of the few national parks we have.

I was just listening to a Rick Steves podcast this morning where a caller mentioned this lake, so it's perfect timing to see actual pictures.

The more I'm reading and learning about this region, the more excited I am and the more I want to see!

Laurie

JWren1234
01-06-2013, 09:38 AM
Thanks, Jason! I checked and the ones I was watching dropped a little, too. I just need to figure out exactly what we're doing post-ABD before I book. We may fly back from Vienna rather than Munich


I was just listening to a Rick Steves podcast this morning where a caller mentioned this lake, so it's perfect timing to see actual pictures.

The more I'm reading and learning about this region, the more excited I am and the more I want to see!

Laurie

You're Welcome! I just booked the Lufthansa flights this morning. Very excited!

I just started listening to the Rick Steves podcasts, they are very enjoyable to listen to!

Jason

MinnieGarden
01-06-2013, 10:32 AM
Awesome Jason!

Has anyone checked out trip insurance for this adventure?

HollyMac71
01-06-2013, 04:05 PM
I think I saw $268 Christy.

rkdahl
01-06-2013, 06:23 PM
Awesome Jason!

Has anyone checked out trip insurance for this adventure?

Yep, it's $239/person through ABD. I usually don't get trip insurance and just take the risk. However for this trip due to the trip cost and since its international, I purchased it for us on this adventure.

Good luck!

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JWren1234
01-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Awesome Jason!

Has anyone checked out trip insurance for this adventure?

I bought the trip insurance through ABD. I recall that it was around $300, maybe a little less.

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
01-07-2013, 10:43 AM
Just saw that the introductory episode of Coffee Break German will be 1/16 with the first real episode on 1/23:

http://radiolingua.com/2013/01/coffee-break-german-update/

Laurie

HollyMac71
01-07-2013, 01:34 PM
YEAAAAAAAA. I can finally say that DH and I are booked for Germany!

It's been a long road getting to this point. I am so happy to be traveling with everyone!:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

k5jmh
01-07-2013, 04:24 PM
woohoo!!!!!

Is Mike going to be like Clark Griswald? :lmao:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dO93OT3P30g

HollyMac71
01-07-2013, 04:56 PM
No I don't think he will be like Clark.

I think we will both be taking lessons to learn the language so we won't use our phone for a translater.

DisneyKevin
01-07-2013, 05:09 PM
Okay...now it's official....

Please help me welcome Holly and Mike to our Adventure.

Their names are now "on the list"!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

DisneyKevin
01-07-2013, 05:10 PM
No I don't think he will be like Clark.

I think we will both be taking lessons to learn the language so we won't use our phone for a translater.

Gotta change that tag line!

HollyMac71
01-07-2013, 05:25 PM
Is this better Kevin?

I have been looking and crying over that tag line for a long 5 months.

:cloud9:

DisneyKevin
01-07-2013, 05:29 PM
Is this better Kevin?

I have been looking and crying over that tag line for a long 5 months.

:cloud9:

Much, much much better. :thumbsup2

JWren1234
01-07-2013, 07:15 PM
YEAAAAAAAA. I can finally say that DH and I are booked for Germany!

It's been a long road getting to this point. I am so happy to be traveling with everyone!:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Welcome! I'm very excited to meet you and Mike!

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
01-07-2013, 08:53 PM
YEAAAAAAAA. I can finally say that DH and I are booked for Germany!

It's been a long road getting to this point. I am so happy to be traveling with everyone!:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Great!!!!! More people to obsessively plan with!!! Excited to meet (or see again) everyone!!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
01-11-2013, 12:13 PM
Please help me welcome Rosemary and Jean to our Adventure.

Rosemary and Jean are part of John and Micki's family.

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

k5jmh
01-11-2013, 12:23 PM
WELCOME!!!

http://maps.google.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=29.738942,-95.428710&zoom=14&markers=29.738942,-95.428710&size=400x300&sensor=true

DisneyKevin
01-11-2013, 12:42 PM
WELCOME!!!

http://maps.google.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=29.738942,-95.428710&zoom=14&markers=29.738942,-95.428710&size=400x300&sensor=true

What is this?

k5jmh
01-11-2013, 04:49 PM
What is this?

I am guessing that I pasted the wrong image code. Oops. :-X

DisneyKevin
01-11-2013, 05:16 PM
I am guessing that I pasted the wrong image code. Oops. :-X

:goodvibes

I was hoping this was someplace WAY cool.;)

k5jmh
01-11-2013, 05:41 PM
:goodvibes

I was hoping this was someplace WAY cool.;)

Just my office location. Nothing amazing (unless you like Joel Osteen, we share a parking garage with his church/basketball arena)

jcb
01-11-2013, 07:30 PM
Just my office location. Nothing amazing (unless you like Joel Osteen, we share a parking garage with his church/basketball arena)

I spent the better part of the afternoon pondering the metaphysics of why Mike posted a map of Lamar High School in this thread. I assumed a tuba was involved.

HollyMac71
01-11-2013, 08:15 PM
WELCOME Rosemary and Jean!

DH just said we need to start looking at airfares <yeah!>. Pinch me this is actually happening.::yes:: We have discovered that Southwest does not fly to across the pond so we leaning towards Delta or Lufthansa. Anyone have any suggestions?

Now what to do prior to the trip...:surfweb:

k5jmh
01-11-2013, 09:10 PM
I figured it out! In the DISBoards app, you can add an image and right below add image is add location. Your location is determined and then the app inserts a google maps image of the location.

Sarabi's Cubs
01-12-2013, 08:03 AM
Welcome Rosemary and Jean!!

I just assumed that Mike was getting some practice in for Oktoberfest.

Laurie

JWren1234
01-12-2013, 10:38 AM
Please help me welcome Rosemary and Jean to our Adventure.

Rosemary and Jean are part of John and Micki's family.

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Welcome Rosemary and Jean!!

WELCOME Rosemary and Jean!

DH just said we need to start looking at airfares <yeah!>. Pinch me this is actually happening.::yes:: We have discovered that Southwest does not fly to across the pond so we leaning towards Delta or Lufthansa. Anyone have any suggestions?

Now what to do prior to the trip...:surfweb:

When looking at Lufthansa, I got a better fare ($50 dollars cheaper) by going directly through their website rather than booking through one of their code share partners (United). I'm excited to try Lufthansa as I have heard very good things about them!

I don't have the opportunity to use Delta that often, but I used them for the Viva Italia trip last May. I thought they were very good, I paid the extra $80 dollars for premium economy and though it was worth it!

Jason

tardis1029
01-13-2013, 12:32 PM
WELCOME Rosemary and Jean!

DH just said we need to start looking at airfares <yeah!>. Pinch me this is actually happening.::yes:: We have discovered that Southwest does not fly to across the pond so we leaning towards Delta or Lufthansa. Anyone have any suggestions?

Now what to do prior to the trip...:surfweb:

On our Viva Italia Adventure in May we booked thru United. Going over we had a United plane and coming back we flew Lufthansa. What a BIG difference. This trip we are using Lufthansa round trip. Hope this helps.

John

HollyMac71
01-17-2013, 06:12 PM
Today I going through podcasts on Itunes and found one called "amatuer traveler" there was one for Germany! I'm going to see what other ones they have for Germany.:coffee:

MinnieGarden
01-19-2013, 12:46 PM
A couple of weeks ago, the Disney Food Blog had an entry about the food on the Germany ABD. As a fellow foodie, I found it fascinating and thought others may enjoy it as well. It does talk about a couple of the activities, so while not quite a spoiler, it may not be something for those who want everything to be a surprise. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/01/08/foodie-highlights-from-adventures-by-disney-germany/

HollyMac71
01-19-2013, 07:20 PM
I "glanced" over this blog so I would not spoil any part of the trip. All of the food looks so good.

I cannot wait to try all of the "different" foods that we do not get here. :cheer2:

JWren1234
01-20-2013, 11:13 AM
A couple of weeks ago, the Disney Food Blog had an entry about the food on the Germany ABD. As a fellow foodie, I found it fascinating and thought others may enjoy it as well. It does talk about a couple of the activities, so while not quite a spoiler, it may not be something for those who want everything to be a surprise. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/01/08/foodie-highlights-from-adventures-by-disney-germany/

Thank you Christy! I really enjoyed reading this!

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
01-20-2013, 05:01 PM
A couple of weeks ago, the Disney Food Blog had an entry about the food on the Germany ABD. As a fellow foodie, I found it fascinating and thought others may enjoy it as well. It does talk about a couple of the activities, so while not quite a spoiler, it may not be something for those who want everything to be a surprise. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/01/08/foodie-highlights-from-adventures-by-disney-germany/

Thanks, Christy! Brian and I really enjoyed this!!

Laurie

Circusgirl
01-20-2013, 05:17 PM
Even though I can't go with you this time, I'm doing the vicarious version and reading along!

Loved the blog about the food on the trip. I stayed at the Vier Jahreszeiten many years ago and it was fabulous. The breakfasts are memorable. It was opera season when I was there and I would sit in the luxurious lobby in the evening and watch couples sweep through in beautiful gowns and capes on their way to the opera. The building is very old. Our room was fairly small, don't remember anything about the plumbing. At that time, pre-cell phone, if a message came for a guest, a formally dressed staff member would walk through the lobby with the message on a silver tray, looking for the recipient. Very Downton Abbey!

k5jmh
01-20-2013, 06:10 PM
Crap, Chisty just pointed out to me that the Hotel in Munich sits on the equivalent of their Champs-Élysées or Rodeo Drive.

Hermes
LV - We had previously establish this
Channel
Christian Dior
etc...

DisneyKevin
01-20-2013, 07:55 PM
Crap, Chisty just pointed out to me that the Hotel in Heidelberg sits on the equivalent of their Champs-Élysées or Rodeo Drive.

Hermes
LV - We had previously establish this
Channel
Christian Dior
etc...

<yay!>

I smell a shopping trip.:thumbsup2

HollyMac71
01-20-2013, 08:17 PM
Hopefully someone can anwer my question - What makes Lufthansa stand out from the rest?

I learned the hard way I am unable to listen to Rick Steve's podcasts while working.....they are instant snoozefests. I will have to stick to his tv shows.

MinnieGarden
01-20-2013, 08:29 PM
<yay!>

I smell a shopping trip.:thumbsup2

You smell more than a shopping trip..... you smell Christy's 40th birthday shopping trip! :banana:

DisneyKevin
01-20-2013, 10:58 PM
You smell more than a shopping trip..... you smell Christy's 40th birthday shopping trip! :banana:

We'll have to have champagne.

We have to stay hydrated and all.;)

Flossbolna
01-21-2013, 03:52 AM
Hopefully someone can anwer my question - What makes Lufthansa stand out from the rest?


I enjoy Lufthansa, but I might be a bit biased since I am German. What I like about them is that their planes generally are very new. I love flying their A330 or A340 across the Atlantic as they appear to be roomier in Economy. However, some other European carriers actually give you more leg room than Lufthansa.

One thing where Lufthansa is unique though: They test all their meals (even the economy ones) in a special laboratory which simulates the conditions on a flight (dry air, lower air pressure etc.) as they have found out that these conditions cause that people taste things differently. Supposedly that's also the reason why tomato juice tastes better in the air...

Sarabi's Cubs
01-21-2013, 09:34 AM
You smell more than a shopping trip..... you smell Christy's 40th birthday shopping trip! :banana:

I'm up for it! I say we bribe the guides to distract Brian and Mike and sneak out the back!!!

Laurie

corky441
01-22-2013, 12:06 PM
Hi everyone - wave

Just wanted to let you all know that John and Micki had a death in the family. John's mother, Mary, passed away this past weekend.

The wake will be tomorrow and the funeral will be either Thursday or Friday.

I told Micki we would all be keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers

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Sarabi's Cubs
01-22-2013, 09:25 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting us know. I will keep them in my prayers.

Laurie

DisneyKevin
01-24-2013, 02:05 PM
This trip just got very real.

Airfare is now booked.

We're going to Germany!:cool1:

rkdahl
01-24-2013, 02:26 PM
Yep, we just booked our airfare two days ago so we are all set too. Lots of travel plans before and after the tour for us. It's good to see the plans coming together! Looking forward to some Europe rail travel on this trip too!

One thing I observed in airfares to Europe, one way tickets are as much or more than round trip tickets. We are doing multiple cities in and out if Europe and it was way cheaper doing a multi city booking on one airline rather than 2 one way tickets on that airline or multiple airlines! Stupid airline rules!

Can't wait for Sept!

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HollyMac71
01-24-2013, 04:33 PM
DH and I are plotting.

<translation>

Holly is planning.:angel: :scratchin DH is shaking his head. :badpc::badpc:

I know it will be an ADVENTURE whatever we do.:cheer2::cheer2:

Sarabi's Cubs
01-24-2013, 07:24 PM
I get thisclose to booking the airfare and then back off.:worried: I'm a little nervous about the idea of traveling somewhere on our own after the ABD is over.:scared1: I am thinking we will leave for Salzburg the last morning, spend the day and night there, head to Vienna the next morning and run around like crazy people trying to see what we can of Vienna and fly back from there on Monday (since the flights back from Salzburg all seemed to go through Vienna or Frankfurt anyway), but I don't want to get on a train and end up in Siberia. I just need to bite the bullet and book it!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
01-24-2013, 08:53 PM
We've decided to arrive a day early and come home at the end of the trip.

We realized after our October Knights and Lights that we got homesick and missed the dogs.

As we are flying through JFK, we might spend a couple nights in NYC before hand. Not sure yet. Booking a flight from Orlando to JFK is easy. We can make that decision closer to travel.

We are flying Delta to Frankfurt and KLM from Munich to NYC (via Amsterdam).

Sarabi's Cubs
01-24-2013, 10:12 PM
We've decided to arrive a day early and come home at the end of the trip.

I guess this means that Brian and I will have to reenact Do Re Mi on our own:sad1:

Laurie

rkdahl
01-25-2013, 01:50 AM
I get thisclose to booking the airfare and then back off.:worried: I'm a little nervous about the idea of traveling somewhere on our own after the ABD is over.:scared1: I am thinking we will leave for Salzburg the last morning, spend the day and night there, head to Vienna the next morning and run around like crazy people trying to see what we can of Vienna and fly back from there on Monday (since the flights back from Salzburg all seemed to go through Vienna or Frankfurt anyway), but I don't want to get on a train and end up in Siberia. I just need to bite the bullet and book it!

Laurie

Go for it Laurie! If you have ever taken a subway anywhere, it's similar to the train system in Europe to me. Find where you want to go, see which train to get on going that way and away you go. We have found train travel their to be very easy. And your idea of Vienna is great! They have an excellent bus, trolley and subway system that can get you anywhere in town. Vienna is one of our favorite cities in the World. You can walk around for hours inside the RingStrasse and shop, eat, and just gaze at the architecture and history. We have taken a subway from a downtown hotel there to the train station. Then we took a train from their to Venice overnight. It was fun!

One suggestion, pack as light as possible. Once we laughed hysterically watching a couple trying to maneuver 6 bags and several carry on bags on and off the trains. I asked them how long they were traveling, 9 days! We had 2 bags and a carry on each for 6 weeks! And we never did laundry! Ha, just kidding.

We are taking a train from London to Paris on this trip. spending a few days there then taking a train to Heidelberg for the ABD trip. after that we are taking a train to Zurich and visiting family then flying home from there. Try and allow several days in Venice and Salzburg if you can! I think you will really enjoy the sights, food and the people! It is way easier than you might imagine to get around without a car.

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DisneyKevin
01-25-2013, 09:55 AM
While I cant comment on Vienna.....I can tell you that no one ever has enough time in Venice.

Ask any of the folks that went on last year's Italy Adventure.

Venice is wonderous and as one of our great photographers (Heather) has noted, it might be the most photogenic city in the world.

Flossbolna
01-25-2013, 10:19 AM
I once posted a picture guide on how to travel on a German ICE train (Intercity Express, i.e. high speed train) for a DISer who was travelling to Nuremberg. I thought it might be useful for some of you here as well:

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37438783&postcount=1139

If you take a regional train and don't have a reserved seat (reserving seat is never a requirement, but recommended for long distance trains) you don't have to worry about coach numbers etc.

Sarabi's Cubs
01-25-2013, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the votes of confidence! It sounds like Vienna is very compact, so we would at least get some of the flavor of the city in a short time. Any thoughts on where to stay in Vienna? I would love to add on even more days, but we're pushing the limits of my parents' endurance to babysit (not to mention my ability to be away from the kids for that long) as it is, so we've got to come back on the 30th. I will just have to plan another trip!

I have already laid the groundwork with Brian that the next ABD needs to be either Esprit de France or Viva Italia - but that one will be with the kids, although we might need to sell one of them to afford the trip for all of us.:scratchin

Laurie

Sarabi's Cubs
01-25-2013, 12:29 PM
One other question for Keith - so when you take the train in Europe, do you carry your bags with you onto the train or is there a checking system like on an airplane? Sorry for my ignorance:o, but my only previous experience involved my bag magically disappearing from my London hotel room and magically reappearing in my room in Paris.:)

Laurie

rkdahl
01-25-2013, 04:54 PM
A couple of points. First re the trains, did you see Flossbolna's excellent link a few posts back?. It has pictures of train luggage storage, signs and everything. You do not check your luggage, you bring it with you and store it onboard.

As far as Vienna being compact. Well, it's a huge spread out city of 2 million people. But our favorite area is the old city centered on Stephansplatz, a square located at the center of Vienna. Look for it on Google maps. You will see a couple of large road rings around the square, this is the RingStrasse that circles the center of the city. Try and stay as close to the RingStrasse so you can to catch transportation on the trolleys or busses or U-Bahn the underground subways. With those you can get anywhere easily.

We always stay at one of the Hilton's along the RingStrasse when we go.

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Sarabi's Cubs
01-25-2013, 06:58 PM
I once posted a picture guide on how to travel on a German ICE train (Intercity Express, i.e. high speed train) for a DISer who was travelling to Nuremberg.

This is really helpful!! Somehow I missed it earlier! Thanks for pointing it out to me Keith. Public transportation is not widely available where I live, so I'm not used to it and it's nice to have such a detailed tutorial!


Laurie

MinnieGarden
01-25-2013, 10:43 PM
Laurie, after our Knights and Lights adventure, Mike and I spent a couple of days in Paris. One day we went to Epernay in the Champagne region via train. We were able to purchase our tickets online and we received paper tickets via mail before our departure. There were ticket booths, and we did arrive early so we were able to find someone to ask about where we should be going. The luggage area was adequate, but not big enough for the huge suitcases that some of us brought. :blush:

My only other tip for adventures outside the adventure is to write down the address of your destination so you can show it to a taxi or ask for directions. :thumbsup2

DisneyKevin
01-31-2013, 10:26 PM
Please help me welcome Marilyn and Mark to our Adventure!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

jmccormick
01-31-2013, 11:40 PM
Please help me welcome Marilyn and Mark to our Adventure!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Welcome ............

k5jmh
02-01-2013, 07:33 AM
Please help me welcome Marilyn and Mark to our Adventure!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

WooHoo!! Welcome Mark and Marilyn!!!

:welcome:

Sarabi's Cubs
02-01-2013, 01:00 PM
Please help me welcome Marilyn and Mark to our Adventure!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Willkommen!!!!!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
02-01-2013, 01:28 PM
Please help me welcome John and Nora to our Adventure!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

k5jmh
02-01-2013, 03:12 PM
Please help me welcome John and Nora to our Adventure!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:


WooHoo!! Welcome John and Nora!!!

:welcome:

HollyMac71
02-01-2013, 06:30 PM
Welcome to the adventure of a LIFETIME!!!!!

John, Nora, Mark, and Marilyn

:cool1::cool1:

JWren1234
02-02-2013, 10:24 AM
Please help me welcome Marilyn and Mark to our Adventure!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Please help me welcome John and Nora to our Adventure!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Welcome to the trip!!!

Jason

JWren1234
02-02-2013, 10:33 AM
Very excited to see that the same people who do Coffee Break French are launching Coffee Break German in January. I subscribed to the French one on itunes in anticipation of our London/Paris trip and found it very helpful. They are 15 minute episodes of practical lessons (much more practical than when I took Russian in college and one of the first things they taught us to say was "I play the bassoon").

http://radiolingua.com/2012/09/announcing-coffee-break-german/

Laurie

Thank you for the heads-up on this Laurie! I've started to download the episodes...they will be good to listen to on the bus home from work!

Jason

HollyMac71
02-03-2013, 07:23 PM
Just curious how many more till this trip is full?:coffee:

mickyride32
02-05-2013, 08:19 AM
Thank you for the the welcomes to the trip. Looking foward to a great time.

novafan
02-05-2013, 04:34 PM
*Disclaimer - I'm not going on this ABD, but . . .

I live in Germany and am a big DIS and DIS Unplugged fan.

Are you guys doing a DIS Meet in Germany? I currently live in Stuttgart, but we are moving to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (south of Munich) in a few months. I'd love to attend a Dis meet in Germany!

And to the poster who asked about Vienna? I lived there for one year and LOVE Vienna. I highly recommend it. Let me know if you need any tips.

DisneyKevin
02-08-2013, 09:45 PM
Unfortunately for us, Marilyn and Mark have had to cancel their Adventure.

The good news is that it's for a happy reason.

Next time Marilyn and Mark.::yes::

HollyMac71
02-08-2013, 10:03 PM
This just got VERY real. After pouring over the airfares we have finally booked our airfare! :cheer2::cheer2: I think we are sitting on the wings of the planes.

We spent the day at my parents house and my mother was overjoyed with the plans and green with envy!

What is life without having an ABD adventure to plan for?!?!!!!!

k5jmh
02-10-2013, 08:34 AM
Apfelstrudel zum Frühstück heute von einer kleinen deutschen Stadt in Texas.

Apple strudel for breakfast today from a little German town in Texas.

HollyMac71
02-20-2013, 11:18 AM
This morning I was having a conversation of "what to wear in France and Germany". According to some articles you should "dress like a local." :confused:

So should we dress like they do at the parks? :sad2: I told DH he would have to wear a speedo if swimming was involved!:scared1::scared1::scared1:

Sarabi's Cubs
02-20-2013, 01:38 PM
This morning I was having a conversation of "what to wear in France and Germany". According to some articles you should "dress like a local." :confused:

So should we dress like they do at the parks? :sad2: I told DH he would have to wear a speedo if swimming was involved!:scared1::scared1::scared1:

:rotfl: I recall Kevin mentioning how impossible it is to look like a local when following someone carrying a big ABD sign; however, I'm going to be really disappointed if I don't get to see Mike in lederhosen.:sad2:

Laurie

NYC MM
02-23-2013, 07:25 PM
:rotfl: I recall Kevin mentioning how impossible it is to look like a local when following someone carrying a big ABD sign; however, I'm going to be really disappointed if I don't get to see Mike in lederhosen.:sad2:

Laurie

I have been away from the boards and trying to play " catch up " .. is this OUR Laurie and Brian from our London/ Paris trip ???

DisneyKevin
02-23-2013, 09:31 PM
This morning I was having a conversation of "what to wear in France and Germany". According to some articles you should "dress like a local." :confused:

So should we dress like they do at the parks? :sad2: I told DH he would have to wear a speedo if swimming was involved!:scared1::scared1::scared1:

:rotfl: I recall Kevin mentioning how impossible it is to look like a local when following someone carrying a big ABD sign; however, I'm going to be really disappointed if I don't get to see Mike in lederhosen.:sad2:

Laurie

I'm sure your "local camouflage" will fool people who see you following a guide in ABD clothes and carrying a big lamenated ABD sign.;)

And we are so quiet when we are all together. No one will notice 35 people huddled together and chatting and laughing.

Dress comfortable and dont worry if people think you are a tourist. You are a tourist!:thumbsup2

HollyMac71
02-23-2013, 10:09 PM
Next question - do we have to know how to yodel? :dance3:

Sarabi's Cubs
02-23-2013, 10:55 PM
I have been away from the boards and trying to play " catch up " .. is this OUR Laurie and Brian from our London/ Paris trip ???

Yes, Micki, it's us:) Looking forward to traveling with you again!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
02-24-2013, 09:20 AM
Next question - do we have to know how to yodel? :dance3:

You don't already?::yes::

Methbowen
02-26-2013, 02:17 PM
Well from their daughter Nicole, who is doing all of their travel planning. So I have to live through them. They are new to the group but seasoned travelers, they will be on a month long retirement vacation, starting with ABD on the Signature Italy tour, then a week in Vienna on their own. They will join you in Germany, and will be looking forward to drinking a beer that Kevin promised my father.Please help them get out of their shell, they sometime are shy little turtles. But this a once in a lifetime opportunity and should live it up and make new friends and memories. And I think your the group to do it.
Thanks Nicole

rkdahl
02-26-2013, 05:17 PM
We look forward to meeting them Nicole! I am sure we will get them out of any shells!! Thanks for all the planning help!

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Sarabi's Cubs
02-27-2013, 05:02 PM
I look forward to meeting your parents Nicole! I'll be asking their advice about what not to miss in Vienna since we are heading there after the trip.

Laurie

Methbowen
02-27-2013, 05:21 PM
I am sure they will be able to help you or just ask me since I am their official at home sad:sad1::sad1: travel agent, Laurie. I am a tad bit jealous.

Nicole

HollyMac71
02-27-2013, 07:13 PM
Many thanks to Kevin for answering the ABD question that was asked on this week's show. I played it for DH this morning and he seemed more at ease. :cheer2:

k5jmh
03-14-2013, 12:35 PM
Christy booked our Airfare yesterday!! Are we there yet?

Sarabi's Cubs
03-18-2013, 01:11 PM
Almost at the 6 month mark!!!! A friend shared this on Facebook. I have no idea what it is exactly. I think it's art, since the same artist did The Gates in NYC. Side trip?

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Laurie

Flossbolna
03-18-2013, 04:13 PM
Almost at the 6 month mark!!!! A friend shared this on Facebook. I have no idea what it is exactly. I think it's art, since the same artist did The Gates in NYC. Side trip?

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Laurie

Yes, it is an art installation that is going on in the Ruhr area (close to Düsseldorf and Cologne). It used to be an area with heavy industry (steel and coal) and mines. A lot of it has become defunct now and the area has a lot of problems finding new employment for the people living there. The whole area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, but is made up of a number of cities.

The art project is only an huge "balloon" so to speak - I think it is supposed to supplement the huge old gas tank which is standing there (and which has a viewing platform). It is actually next to Germany's largest shopping mall.

The Ruhr area might not be the most obvious place to visit for tourists, but it is certainly an area that is very important in Germany's history and has some interesting sights. For example the "Villa Hügel" (http://villahuegel.de/cms/projekt01/uk/pre/index.html) which was the very elaborate villa built for the Krupp family (owners of Krupp steel works). There is also an old coal mine which has been preserved and actually is a Unesco world heritage site, the "Zeche Zollverein" (http://www.zollverein.de/#/service/english-page).

Oh and Christo's best known project here in Germany would be the "Wrapped Reichstag" (http://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/wrapped-reichstag#.UUdx-aW9b4w), where he wrapped the whole Reichstag building which had not been in use since WWII as it was in Berlin just next to the Wall. After reunification it was planned to refurbish it so that it once again could house the German parliament and before they started the refurbishment, Christo was allowed to wrap it.

Sorry - that became longer than I intended!!! :goodvibes

Sarabi's Cubs
03-21-2013, 10:49 PM
We finally did it!! Our airfare is booked! Columbus --> Dulles --> Frankfurt and Vienna --> Dulles --> Columbus. Whoo-hoo!!:cool1:

Laurie

HollyMac71
03-21-2013, 11:13 PM
We finally did it!! Our airfare is booked! Columbus --> Dulles --> Frankfurt and Vienna --> Dulles --> Columbus. Whoo-hoo!!:cool1:

Laurie

I think booking the airfare was the hardest part!

AND....
We have passed the SIX MONTH mark! :cheer2::cheer2:

dizneekrazee
03-29-2013, 01:06 AM
Hi everyone :wave2:

Sorry to hijack your thread here, but I have a question about these DIS only trips. Looking at the current ABD scheduling, I am interested in this trip, for next year. Are DIS exclusive trips generally the same trips each year? Or do they vary from year to year? I checked the DU website (as I am understanding that is where I would book this trip), and was pleasantly surprised at the quote. Another question, for DIS exclusive trips, is booking early important in regards to price? Or does that price not fluctuate for these DIS trips?

Thanks for the help!!

DisneyKevin
03-29-2013, 08:59 AM
Hi everyone :wave2:

Sorry to hijack your thread here, but I have a question about these DIS only trips. Looking at the current ABD scheduling, I am interested in this trip, for next year. Are DIS exclusive trips generally the same trips each year? Or do they vary from year to year? I checked the DU website (as I am understanding that is where I would book this trip), and was pleasantly surprised at the quote. Another question, for DIS exclusive trips, is booking early important in regards to price? Or does that price not fluctuate for these DIS trips?

Thanks for the help!!

Our Dis Exclusive Adventures are the same exact trip as the one offered by ABD....with some extra things added. ;)

The difference is that we contract for the full Adventure and by doing so, lock in the lowest price. All pricing for this particular Adventure is listed in the first post of this thread.

Because the Dis Exclusive Adventures are contracted, the price does not change from the first person booked to the last. The price always remains the same.

This is not true with other ABD Adventures. The price increases as the trip fills. They work like DCL on a tier pricing model.

It is highly unlikely, that the Dis will repeat the Germany Adventure in 2014. In the past, we have offered Dis Exclusives on the Viva Italia Adventure, the City of Knights and Lights (London / Paris) and this year...Germany's Once Upon A Fairytale. We also offered two Backstage Magic Adventures this year (June & December) both of which sold out very quickly. It's for this reason that booking quickly comes into play.

2014 will most likely offer another two Backstage Magic Adventures and two trips abroad. As ABD doesnt release 2014 itineraries until sometime in May, we are not sure of the trips or the dates. We have ideas, but nothing is locked in until we hear whats available.

If you have further questions or there is any way I can further assist, I can be reached at Kevin@DreamsUnliitedTravel.com. I am the person that books all of the Dis Exclusive adventures.

Edited to add: We still have a couple of spaces open for this September's Adventure!

dizneekrazee
03-29-2013, 10:21 AM
Our Dis Exclusive Adventures are the same exact trip as the one offered by ABD....with some extra things added. ;)

The difference is that we contract for the full Adventure and by doing so, lock in the lowest price. All pricing for this particular Adventure is listed in the first post of this thread.

Because the Dis Exclusive Adventures are contracted, the price does not change from the first person booked to the last. The price always remains the same.

This is not true with other ABD Adventures. The price increases as the trip fills. They work like DCL on a tier pricing model.

It is highly unlikely, that the Dis will repeat the Germany Adventure in 2014. In the past, we have offered Dis Exclusives on the Viva Italia Adventure, the City of Knights and Lights (London / Paris) and this year...Germany's Once Upon A Fairytale. We also offered two Backstage Magic Adventures this year (June & December) both of which sold out very quickly. It's for this reason that booking quickly comes into play.

2014 will most likely offer another two Backstage Magic Adventures and two trips abroad. As ABD doesnt release 2014 itineraries until sometime in May, we are not sure of the trips or the dates. We have ideas, but nothing is locked in until we hear whats available.

If you have further questions or there is any way I can further assist, I can be reached at Kevin@DreamsUnliitedTravel.com. I am the person that books all of the Dis Exclusive adventures.

Edited to add: We still have a couple of spaces open for this September's Adventure!

Thank you, Kevin!!
Unfortunately, we will be elsewhere during this years DIS trip.

How soon after ABD releases dates/itineraries does DU release their exclusive dates?

DisneyKevin
03-29-2013, 10:43 AM
There is not a set amount of time.

Decisions need to be made, contracts drawn and signed etc.

It's not usually long after the announcement is made, but I can't provide an actual date.

HollyMac71
03-30-2013, 08:56 PM
I'm wondering if anyone elses ears were burning tonight. I was talking about this trip with a family friend and he was stating how JEALOUS he was just reading the itinerary! :) He looked at DH and said "You are going to see things, do things, and smell things that you have never seen before."

I told him there were still spaces available but their vacation has already been planned for this year.

Now I have a list of things that I need to get done for the trip. :thumbsup2

NYC MM
04-01-2013, 04:01 PM
Apfelstrudel zum Frühstück heute von einer kleinen deutschen Stadt in Texas.

Apple strudel for breakfast today from a little German town in Texas.

war gut, wie es?:hyper:

JWren1234
04-01-2013, 05:04 PM
war gut, wie es?:hyper:

I'm starting to listen to the Coffee Break German podcasts. They're very good, I hope to know some basic German phrases for the trip!

Less than six months now!

Jason

Methbowen
04-10-2013, 01:21 PM
My parents are wondering if any of you can suggest some good walking shoes for the trip? My father has tons but is always looking for more, Mom needs some, she on the hand has too many purses.

Thanks in Advance for the help,
Nicole:)

SingingMom
04-11-2013, 07:23 PM
I'm starting to listen to the Coffee Break German podcasts. They're very good, I hope to know some basic German phrases for the trip!

Less than six months now!

Jason

Gave our daughter a German phrase book for Easter. We got a kick out of one of the phrases and sent it to our friend who is an ABD guide. We all laughed !

"Der reisefuhrer ist schon". LOLOLOL

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Sarabi's Cubs
04-18-2013, 01:15 PM
Mike -

Are you and Christy going to Fauchon? If so, can you pick up a box of chocolates for Brian and me? I am still steamed that my son wolfed down all of the chocolate we bought in Paris before I got to try any.

Laurie

MinnieGarden
04-18-2013, 08:42 PM
Mike -

Are you and Christy going to Fauchon? If so, can you pick up a box of chocolates for Brian and me? I am still steamed that my son wolfed down all of the chocolate we bought in Paris before I got to try any.

Laurie

Absolutely! It's on our list of things to do. If there is a specific type of chocolate, just let me know. I think we will probably go with a shopping list.:thumbsup2

Sarabi's Cubs
04-18-2013, 11:04 PM
Yay!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1: I will let you know as we get closer. I just need some French chocolate! 5 months to go!!!!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
04-19-2013, 10:25 AM
Absolutely! It's on our list of things to do. If there is a specific type of chocolate, just let me know. I think we will probably go with a shopping list.:thumbsup2

Count me in!

k5jmh
05-06-2013, 06:59 PM
OK Holly,Laurie, John, & Kevin, The Container Store is having it's travel sale...

http://ebm.emails.containerstore.com/c/tag/BRh$HCALaRbyB8yWqpAAAAABWl/doc.html

k5jmh
05-06-2013, 07:00 PM
...and I just noticed we are under 150 days!!

k5jmh
05-06-2013, 07:01 PM
...and someone has been on a "tagging" spree again. TY, TF!

k5jmh
05-06-2013, 07:05 PM
I guess it is about that time...

While this is still fresh on my brain, I thought I would throw out some things we learned from our Recent Adventures by Disney Trip to London and Paris. I hope that this reference will help not only those traveling to London and Paris, but to other locations as well


Understand the Power requirements of the locations you are going.

Check all of your devices and make sure they are capable of dual voltages!
Learn what plug adapters you will need. London and Paris use different power plugs than the ones used in the US and they are different from each other.
Get a dual voltage power strip that uses a universal power connector. If you get into a situation where you need to unplug a lamp to get power, you can plug in the lamp into the universal plug.
Do not use US Power Strips!! They will not work and could cause a fire.


http://terrywhite.com/techblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/universalpowerstrip.jpg http://www.chinawholesalez.com/img/p/n/universal-us-eu-au-to-uk-ac-power-plug-adapter-travel-converter-ceg404-83621-1.jpg
If you have an Ipad and want to avoid costly internet charges at the hotel, find a SIM Card provider that does not require a credit card on file.

I used Vodaphone. They charged £5 for a Sim and 250mb of data. I was able to get an additional 750mb for £15. Very reasonable. I used about 500mb total while we were in London.


Think about the bag you will carry around and protecting your wallet.

Think about using a messenger bag over a backpack. It is easier to keep a hand on a messenger bag. I carried a messenger style camera sling bag instead of my backpack. It is not as easy for someone to take items from a messenger bag.
Watch your pockets and be aware of your surroundings at all times.


If you use the hotel internet, bring a small wifi router (not access point).

When you purchase the hotel wifi or wired internet, you can only use it on a couple of devices. I had my travel router with me. This helped in connecting my Ipad, Blackberry, Iphone, and laptop. The router allowed me to use the wired connection and share that with all of my devices.


If you have free time, plan it out before you go on your trip.

We made reservations at a couple of restaurants several months out. These were small cafes and the space went quickly.


Take time to plan out where you want to wander.

Know that the most popular locations, in Paris especially, are popular targets for pickpockets and scammers. People will also sell "le crap" at these spots. AVOID THEM. We saw a person buy something and then he was then pegged as a "sucker." And was hit by every illegal "le crap" vendor.


XL = Sausage Skin in Paris.

I tried to purchase an XL shirt in Paris but was not happy to find that XL in Paris means body condom in US sizes. They do not sell any thing above XXL, and that was even tight.

Sarabi's Cubs
05-06-2013, 10:21 PM
Yay! I can go on a packing folder spree again! It's coming up fast!

Laurie

HollyMac71
05-07-2013, 10:36 PM
Holy Smokes we are at nearly 4 months! Someone gave me a set of plugs to use but I'm going to need a power strip. I was talking to someone else about cell phones abroad and I was getting a lesson about "unlocking" the phone. I'm hoping someone can assist me with this. :flower3:

DH is looking for a "european" wallet so he doesn't have to do origami with the money. Anyone know of any credit card companies that have the chip in them that you can "touch" the device and pay with it?

I think another trip to The Container Store is in my future and more researching!

k5jmh
05-12-2013, 12:52 PM
Well, one of my Europe bags we bought for the last trip croaked (handle broke in an unfortunate incident with an escalator.)

Just ordered a new Spinner from TravelPro.

http://cdn1.ebags.com/is/image/im1/226801_1_1?resmode=4&op_usm=1,1,1,&qlt=95,1&hei=280&wid=280&align=0,1

http://www.ebags.com/product/travelpro/maxlite-2-29-exp-spinner/226801?productid=10167830

Christy got the 25" and I got the 29".

DisneyKevin
05-12-2013, 01:31 PM
I guess it is about that time...

:badpc::badpc::badpc::badpc::badpc::badpc::badpc:

DisneyKevin
05-14-2013, 06:29 PM
Pleasde help me welcome Sharon and David to our Fairytale Adventure!

Welcome Aboard...or Abroad!

:cheer2::cool1::cheer2::cool1::cheer2::cool1:

k5jmh
05-14-2013, 09:29 PM
WELCOME!!!!!!!

Glad to have ya'll aboard!!

Sarabi's Cubs
05-14-2013, 10:26 PM
Welcome!!! Need to start focusing on this trip again!!!

Laurie

HollyMac71
05-15-2013, 06:54 PM
We were discussing luggage the other morning.:scared: On the other hand our passport appointment is on Friday so that will be done.

SingingMom
05-15-2013, 10:13 PM
Anyone know the weather in July at these Germany locations? (I mean first hand. I know I can also look on the Internet. ;-). )

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JWren1234
05-19-2013, 08:52 AM
Pleasde help me welcome Sharon and David to our Fairytale Adventure!

Welcome Aboard...or Abroad!

:cheer2::cool1::cheer2::cool1::cheer2::cool1:

Welcome!
Jason

HollyMac71
05-21-2013, 09:59 PM
We are less than 4 months away!!!! How is everyone's planning going??

JWren1234
05-23-2013, 08:41 PM
We are less than 4 months away!!!! How is everyone's planning going??

I'm getting in a day early, and am starting to plan what I would like to see in Heidelberg before the tour starts. From what I can tell, it looks like a reasonably easy city to get around in, and is walkable. A friend recommended seeing the old university, that's definitely on my list.

Also starting to make lists of places I want to see/restaurants I want to go to during the time we're on our own, in each city.

I am ready to go on this trip!!

Jason

SingingMom
05-23-2013, 10:37 PM
I'm getting in a day early, and am starting to plan what I would like to see in Heidelberg before the tour starts. From what I can tell, it looks like a reasonably easy city to get around in, and is walkable. A friend recommended seeing the old university, that's definitely on my list.

Also starting to make lists of places I want to see/restaurants I want to go to during the time we're on our own, in each city.

I am ready to go on this trip!!

Jason

Please share if you find some interesting places! We are also arriving a day early. I haven't spent much time in preparation for our July trip, as my mind has been on getting DD19 ready for her fall semester of college in London. She leaves soon after our return from Germany! Only thing I've looked into are the locations of the Catholic Churches in Heidelberg and Munich to get to Saturday evening or Sunday morning mass! ;-)

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Flossbolna
05-24-2013, 05:28 AM
Please share if you find some interesting places! We are also arriving a day early. I haven't spent much time in preparation for our July trip, as my mind has been on getting DD19 ready for her fall semester of college in London. She leaves soon after our return from Germany! Only thing I've looked into are the locations of the Catholic Churches in Heidelberg and Munich to get to Saturday evening or Sunday morning mass! ;-)

"SingingMom" ....Sent from my iPad using DISBoards

Munich has an abundance of catholic churches. One that a friend of mine at university loved to go to was St Michael, it is directly on the main shopping street. They have an excellent choir and the main Sunday mass (9am) is always celebrated with a lot of music. It is also a very impressive and beautiful building. The church belongs to the Jesuits. Munich's cathredral is the Frauenkirche and another very pretty church is the Asamkirche. I think going to a mass would be a great way to experience a church not just as a sight, but for its true purpose - and Munich is a very catholic city, so it is very fitting.

SingingMom
05-24-2013, 10:06 AM
Munich has an abundance of catholic churches. One that a friend of mine at university loved to go to was St Michael, it is directly on the main shopping street. They have an excellent choir and the main Sunday mass (9am) is always celebrated with a lot of music. It is also a very impressive and beautiful building. The church belongs to the Jesuits. Munich's cathredral is the Frauenkirche and another very pretty church is the Asamkirche. I think going to a mass would be a great way to experience a church not just as a sight, but for its true purpose - and Munich is a very catholic city, so it is very fitting.

Thanks for the info!! As practicing Catholics, we always stake out a Catholic Church if we are away over a weekend. Only time we missed mass because of traveling was when we were in the middle of the ocean on the Disney Magic! Lol

We've really enjoyed visiting different churches and meeting the locals. Two visits come to mind:

1. In Bermuda, the taxi that brought us to the church didn't return for us. As we determined our next option, the priest (whom we had introduced ourselves to prior to mass) noticed us and asked a parishioner to drive us back to our hotel! She was so friendly - an American whose husband was working in Bermuda- and we had a lovely conversation about the area.

2. In Paris last year we went to mass, knowing we probably would not understand the prayers in French. As it turned out, the priest was from Ireland, the lector was from Britain, the majority of the congregation was Filipino, and the hymnals were the same from our home parish! Truly the "universal church"!

We are looking forward to seeing the cathedrals in Germany!

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JWren1234
06-09-2013, 03:29 PM
The following are highs/lows (in Farenheit) for September for the places we'll be visiting.

Heidelberg: 70/51
Waldeck: 65/48
Rothenberg: 70/46
Munich: 66/47

It should be very comfortable weather for touring!

Jason

DisneyKevin
06-09-2013, 03:38 PM
The following are highs/lows (in Farenheit) for September for the places we'll be visiting.

Heidelberg: 70/51
Waldeck: 65/48
Rothenberg: 70/46
Munich: 66/47

It should be very comfortable weather for touring!

Jason

This is winter weather in FL.

46...brr.

rkdahl
06-09-2013, 05:17 PM
Just right for those of us that grew up in Minnesota!! :-)

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Sarabi's Cubs
06-14-2013, 10:31 AM
Just paid in full this morning!!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1: Took awhile to remember what password I used. I knew it was something Sound of Music related;) Now it feels like we're really going, and as soon as June ends and work calms down, I can throw myself into obsession mode. Think I can learn German in 3 months?

Also, now that the Dis exclusive BSM trip is done, do we get to claim the chat room on Thursday nights to feed our obsession?

By the way - 60s sounds like perfect weather to me!! Time for some shopping!

Laurie

k5jmh
06-19-2013, 06:22 PM
PIF
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Sarabi's Cubs
06-24-2013, 08:56 PM
Watching The Bachelorette right now (purely for trip research you understand) and they are in Munich. Not only that, they are staying at the hotel we will be at - looks lovely!

Laurie

MinnieGarden
06-25-2013, 08:06 AM
Watching The Bachelorette right now (purely for trip research you understand) and they are in Munich. Not only that, they are staying at the hotel we will be at - looks lovely!

Laurie

I saw that too Laurie and thought that was our hotel! Mike thought I was crazy though, so we didn't watch very much. Munich did look incredible!

Sarabi's Cubs
06-25-2013, 08:23 AM
It sounded familiar to me too, so I looked it up and it was definitely the right hotel. I fast forwarded through most of it. They showed previews that had the castle in it but it wasn't really in the show. Brian walked by while I was watching and said "If you think I will be skipping around that fountain like that, you are crazy." It does look like a beautiful city.

Laurie

k5jmh
06-25-2013, 08:30 AM
I'll skip around the fountain with you, Laurie... :rolleyes1

k5jmh
07-07-2013, 09:42 AM
Are we there yet?

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Sarabi's Cubs
07-07-2013, 10:33 AM
Are we there yet?

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Not soon enough!!

Laurie

DisneyKevin
07-07-2013, 12:03 PM
Okay....the last Backstage Magic group has traveled and John and I are home from our massive road trip.

This can only mean one thing....

As of Thursday, July 11th at 8:00pmish, the ABD Chat room goes GERMANY.

Danke schön for being patient.

Bitte schon come join us.

JWren1234
07-07-2013, 02:48 PM
Okay....the last Backstage Magic group has traveled and John and I are home from our massive road trip.

This can only mean one thing....

As of Thursday, July 11th at 8:00pmish, the ABD Chat room goes GERMANY.

Danke schön for being patient.

Bitte schon come join us.

Can't wait! Looking forward to Thursday night!
Jason

HollyMac71
07-07-2013, 08:38 PM
DH and I spent the weekend at WDW and on the way home I was going over the packing list and what is on the to-do list. I think UPS will be making a few stops at our house in the coming weeks.

Sarabi's Cubs
07-07-2013, 08:41 PM
Okay....the last Backstage Magic group has traveled and John and I are home from our massive road trip.

This can only mean one thing....

As of Thursday, July 11th at 8:00pmish, the ABD Chat room goes GERMANY.

Danke schön for being patient.

Bitte schon come join us.

Whoo-hoo!! Can't wait! I have been stuck at, I mean privileged to watch, baseball games every Wednesday so I have missed the regular chat for awhile now. I spent the holiday weekend poring over Samantha Brown and Rick Steves and that has me really excited to see the gorgeous countryside in person.

Laurie

SingingMom
07-07-2013, 08:49 PM
We depart Friday on the red-eye for this adventure! Arriving one day early in Heidelberg. Hope to wander the city a bit and take a ride down the river before tour starts the next evening! SO excited!!

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Sarabi's Cubs
07-08-2013, 07:17 PM
We depart Friday on the red-eye for this adventure! Arriving one day early in Heidelberg. Hope to wander the city a bit and take a ride down the river before tour starts the next evening! SO excited!!

"SingingMom" ....Sent from my iPad using DISBoards

Have a blast!!!! And don't forget to fill us all in when you get back, especially about any tips for the on your own time!

Laurie

k5jmh
07-09-2013, 07:59 AM
Güten Tag! Maybe I can get an IPad in Germany the has a ¬ symbol on the keyboard instead of a $ symbol. :rotfl2:

k5jmh
07-11-2013, 07:55 PM
First Chat Night in 6ish minüten!!

tardis1029
07-11-2013, 08:18 PM
trying to log into chat and I get this:confused3
Login error: format error of the auth-url response
What an I doing wrong?

JWren1234
07-11-2013, 09:14 PM
trying to log into chat and I get this:confused3
Login error: format error of the auth-url response
What an I doing wrong?

I had gotten that too when I first tried to log-in. I ended up clicking on the Facebook icon on the log-in page and getting in that way.

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
07-12-2013, 09:07 PM
For anyone who hasn't seen it and is not a big fan of surprises, over on the ABD board JacksGirlz recently returned from the Germany ABD and is doing a really detailed trip report. The pictures are amazing, and it's getting me even more excited for our trip!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Laurie

JWren1234
07-12-2013, 09:41 PM
For anyone who hasn't seen it and is not a big fan of surprises, over on the ABD board JacksGirlz recently returned from the Germany ABD and is doing a really detailed trip report. The pictures are amazing, and it's getting me even more excited for our trip!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Laurie

I agree, I'm really enjoying the trip report too. I spent all day debating on whether to do the bike ride or boat ride on day 4 in Waldeck!

Jason

Sarabi's Cubs
07-12-2013, 10:05 PM
I'm pretty sure Brian will want to do the bike ride.

I want to visit this shop in Rothenburg. Looks cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtLcK6WoEXw

Laurie

MinnieGarden
07-12-2013, 11:02 PM
Very cool Laurie!

novafan
07-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Is there any chance there will be a Dis meet with folks not on the ABD trip? Near Munich, possibly? I could possibly make it!

DisneyKevin
07-14-2013, 08:30 AM
Is there any chance there will be a Dis meet with folks not on the ABD trip? Near Munich, possibly? I could possibly make it!

Our time in Munich is limited and pretty full of ABD activities.

I'm sorry to say that there will not be enough time to hold a Dis Meet.

SingingMom
07-15-2013, 06:14 PM
We are currently on this adventure and having a wonderful time! Weather had been gorgeous. We arrived Saturday morning ( a day early ) and thus is out last night in Heidelberg. Tomorrow 9 am departure to meet the Brothers Grimm and stay in a castle!!!

We have a very nice group. Nice mix of ages. Our guides are beyond wonderful! We are blessed to be traveling with Frankie again and his coguide Stephanie is terrific. We are doing lots of laughing!

Looking forward to the rest of the week!

MinnieGarden
07-15-2013, 10:07 PM
We are currently on this adventure and having a wonderful time! Weather had been gorgeous. We arrived Saturday morning ( a day early ) and thus is out last night in Heidelberg. Tomorrow 9 am departure to meet the Brothers Grimm and stay in a castle!!!

We have a very nice group. Nice mix of ages. Our guides are beyond wonderful! We are blessed to be traveling with Frankie again and his coguide Stephanie is terrific. We are doing lots of laughing!

Looking forward to the rest of the week!

So glad you're enjoying your adventure! Can't wait to hear about Waldeck.

JacksGirlz
07-18-2013, 01:14 AM
Okay, I finished up my Germany trip report including a short blurb on our post day in Salzburg. It took me a week but I powered through. ;)

Here is the link if any of you are interested.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3139359

I hope you have an amazing time during Oktoberfest and that you get to have Michael as your local guide in Munich.

k5jmh
07-19-2013, 07:59 AM
Kevin,

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/817135/7-19-2013%206-53-06%20AM.png

http://matias.ca/minitactilepro/mac/

:lmao: