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Old 12-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #496
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Whoa! Did anyone else just hear someone shout:

WHADDUSHE MEAN "NUMBER 4"?!?!?!?


Honestly, I did think the same thing...
"Oh, oh. She's gonna think she's not worthy.

But I decided a while ago that no matter what, I'd respond to TRs in the order they were posted

But you know what? With all the different writing styles out there, when I do chose to read a TR, it's because I want to.
So picking one over the other would be difficult...

My only rule, I guess, would be to keep up with my own and answer people who post before moving on.




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Then became dinner at 6pm.
I'm not making this up. After I posted that chapter, the next time I turned on the TV, I watched MASH.
The episode? The one where everyone's reading "The Rooster Crowed at Midnight"

With 251 episodes of MASH, what are the odds that that one would be on that particular day???


1 in 251 of course....
Still, pretty big coincidence.


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I always keep score. Need to know whom I need to get revenge on later.

Did I ever tell you much I really, really, REALLY like you, Mike?

(He owns guns people! I... do not.)


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Well yes and no. Depends on the time of the day. Once it hits midnight over there, the date will change to Friday August 9th. Over here, it will still be Thursday August 8th. Depending on where you live, it wonít be Friday for at least another 6 hours or so. So the date does change, but youíre right I donít really care.
Sorry, what? Wasn't paying attention.
Didn't have time.


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I think we all learned from your mistake. Way to take one for the team.
I am nothing if not a team player, especially if it benefits me.

Don't know why, but that reminds me of my favorite line from Team America:

"Remember, there's no "I" in Team America!"
<off camera in a quiet voice> "Yes there is!"


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Did you raise your eyebrow back at him?
No. I was too busy bursting into tears.

In an extremely manly/macho way, of course...


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We'll be walking in the streets
With our children in the heat
And the morals that I worship will be gone
And the German who spurred us on
Sitís behind his desk all day long.
Cracks a smile and sings his victory song

My hips will hurt as we walk to the station
Bow my head to think of a solution
Smile and grin to everyone all around me
Carry Kayís bag one more day
Just like the other day
And when I fall on my knees Iíll pray
I wonít be fooled again
Won't get fooled again


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I bet I can guess what Kay is getting for Christmas this year. Call it a hunch, but I bet she gets a new rolling suitcase.
You'd be wrong.
But we have an alternate strategy...

Ruby and I will travel by ourselves.


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Personally, I wouldíve had the elephant carry them. Just saying.
He didn't have room in his trunk.

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I think at this point, while Ruby was directing everyone on the best ways for us to navigate the stairs, I sprinted up and down with almost all the bags.
Once again, my idea of letting them slide, tumble, fall down the stairs would be sounding pretty good about now.
Hey. Donít be stealing my ideas NOW.
Ya just might wanna go back and re-read that last chapter again...

That part, "Once again, my idea of letting them slide, tumble, fall down the stairs would be sounding pretty good about now."

ummm... that's not in the chapter...

You typed that!


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Nope. Itís more ďGet that camera out of my face before I go over there and bust it over your head.Ē
Actually, he tried that.
I shoved him away from me.

Too bad it was right about the same time the train showed up... :


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Or Canada.
Nope, I know everyone in Canada... and he's not one of 'em.

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I think itís more so they donít have to listen to your history lesson. You know, tune out dad.
I see you know my kids well.

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Then she probably wouldnít like Expedition Everest.
You'd think that, wouldn't you?
And you'd be wrong.

Still.....


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Kinda cruel of you to turn her neck and head that way with your hands isnít it?
Well considering I frequently beat them with sticks,
a little head turning is comparatively pretty mild.


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They have lockers that big there?

Four large suitcases and two carrions... into three lockers.

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How long was the train ride? You just ate at the train station.
Four and a half hours.
We probably ate at the train station in Cologne around 9:00am and by the time we ate in Munich it was probably somewhere around 3pm or 4pm.


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Around here, we call that Mac & Cheese. At least it looks like Mac & Cheese.
Actually you're not far off.
I think that the sauce on this one was in fact a cheese sauce.
But the noodles are fried in butter first and that does change the taste somewhat.
Or at least, the noodle texture.


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If you finished eating, and then ordered dessert, wouldnít that mean you really havenít finished eating?
Not if dessert was milkshakes.

Of course then we'd be drinking.
And if you spill your shake, you have a drinking problem.

Oh, all right.
We had dessert, dessert.
With forks to EAT it with.
Happy now?

Don't answer that.
I already know you are.


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Our waiter took our orders.... and was never seen again by man nor beast.
How about women?
Oh, yes.
He's now a male stripper over at the Munich Male Revue Club.


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Or could be out back having a beer and a smoke.
Actually, I suspect it was his break time...
I suppose his customers were just supposed to fend for themselves during that time.


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I told Lady H last night that thanks to you, I have an idea how to keep the birds our of our Christmas wreath this year.
Thanks.
But I patented the idea for North America.
Send me a cheque for $23.11 and I'll let it go.


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And we will never get the 5 minutes back that it took for us to read about you telling us about the cocker spaniel, or whatever it is you called it.
5 minutes?

I'll type slower for you

from


now



on.


Okay?


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Whoís the fool now?


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I donít know about ďoom-pahĒ but I did find IHA, IHA IHA-HO music. You know how long it took me to find an appropriate link to post? Although I fairly enjoyed the other videos I came across.
Something like that.
I'm at work, but I do have a link.
It's probably (more like certainly) the most famous German drinking song there is.


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Well I could see how this could be a problem. Theyíre in barrels. Barrels are made of wood. Back in 1589, Iím sure they didnít have fire engines like they do today. So theyíre left with 2 options.

1. Give the Duke his beer and spare the building so they can continue making beer in the future.

2. Donít give the Duke his beer and use the beer you have to put out the fire. Which would require lots men and/or women/children on top of the building pouring beer over the building; in hopes they donít die in the process and are able to put out the fire to save the building. Take it the barrels donít catch fire themselves.

I think I wouldíve chosen option 1 myself. Either way, theyíre going to be out a lot of beer.
True.
Either way... many a tear is shed.


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Full? Really? What about the 2 empty chairs (possibly 3) and table in the bottom right hand corner of your picture? Looks empty to me.
Funny you should say that.
When I was posting that picture, I stared and stared at those two empty chairs.

I don't remember, but the table was either reserved (there were a few) or had people sitting on the other side of the table.

I think it was the 'people sitting' option.


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No beer? You couldíve stood around to drink it. Oh man. I hereby revoke your man card yet once again.
Dang it! I just got that back!
Actually, I'm not really much of a beer drinker.
I'll try one once in a while (like in Cologne), but... meh.


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Shouldíve bought them a beer. I think itís legal. Iíll Google it after Iím done here.
It's legal for Elle to have one. You have to be 16 to drink beer in Germany.
Well, 14 accompanied by parents or guardian.
Kay has to wait.


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Well isnít one of the reasons we go on vacation is to have fun?
ďLadies, weíre going on vacation but its forbidden for anyone to have fun.Ē
I'm sorry, I don't understand your confusion.
And how did you know I used those exact words?


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On our trip to WDW in 2010, we actually had to do this. We even had a full size car. Next time weíll need to go with a mini-van or something that can hold more bags. Iíll post pics and talk about this a little more later if you donít mind my talking about it.
Please do.

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So how much overtime have you had to work to pay off the credit card?
Paid off????

Paid. Off????




Oh, Gawd. That's hysterical.


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Let me guess, it was Kayís bag that you put in between the girls?
I honestly don't remember...
but, probably.


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Everyone have their seat belt on? Some cars are starting to be made that way. They wonít start unless everyone has their seatbelts buckled. Pressure sensors built into the seats.
Huh. Didn't hear about that one.

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Shouldnít it be in park? Another safety feature in most cars now-a-days. Unless this of course is a manual transmission, then you did this right.
D'Oh! Yeah, you're right.
Most rental cars in Europe are standard, but this one was automatic.

It was in prak.

park.


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We donít have the money to afford this luxury. Well we do, but then that would mean we eat bologna sandwiches for the rest of vacation.
We're still eating bologna sammies.


still worth it.


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Iím still waiting for this day myself. Hopefully tonight. If I win, Iíll buy you one of these cars. Iíll fly up there, weíll drive to the nearest toy store where they sell model cars and Iíll buy one for you.
Heh. That's what we did for my Dad on one of his birthdays.
He's always said he wants a Mercedes, so we got him one.


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I thought you said they were really really friendly? I donít understand why they would beat you for no apparent reason.
It's a tradition.
Ever see National Lampoon European Vacation?
Where Chevy Chase is getting slapped around?


That was it.


Pretty sure this is the link, but I can't tell for sure since I'm at work.

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


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Yeah, but was this cool fresh alpine air?
Nope.

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You sure it wasnít the neighbors? Did you throw an old boot at them like they do in the cartoons?
Welll....
Family board and all....

The neighbors also had their window open.

And they were pretty noisy (and repetitive) too... :


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Thanks for another great update.
And thanks for all the comments!


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Forgot to say thank you for these. Wow. Will catch up soon. Your TR has been such a lovely distraction for me. Grateful.
Well, I'm glad you liked the pics and that the TR could be such a distr....

Squirrel!!!
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Swan song

Big day today.

Today is our big 'Disney' day.

Well, at least it's the closest connection to Disney we'll have on this trip.
(If you don't count being physically closer to Disneyland Paris.)


But first things first.

When we arrived at our hotel, it was late in the evening.
I got a chance to take pictures later, so here ya go.



Our rooms were side by side and at this angle, are obscured by the reddish tree you see in the middle.

The view from our balcony:



Now, it's confession time.
Both those shots were taken two or three days after we arrived.

Because on this day... the weather was crappy... carpy? pracy?

It was humid and foggy and drizzly and generally miserable.
It wasn't going to stop us from going out, but I was really hoping for a nice sunny cloud free day.
Especially today.

You'll see why later.

Our destination was about an hour and a half drive away.
We had to be there for 10:55am so I knew I wanted to leave at 9am to give us a little lee way in case we got lost or had other trouble.

Breakfast was included in our hotel stay and... well...

I could go on and on about how amazing it was, but how about I just show you?

When we all arrived downstairs at the dining room, our hostess met us with a big smile and a warm greeting.
I'm pretty sure it was her husband whom we had met the previous night,
and while I was impressed with how friendly he was,
his wife certainly tried to outdo him in the charm department.

She really couldn't speak english and since I couldn't really speak german, we got along just fine.

She guided us to our reserved table where carafes of coffee were waiting for us.

When you walk in, this is the first thing you see.



On the left are three types of juices and on the right are fresh sliced fruit.
If you walk around to the other end of this table, you'll see...



Several different flavours of yogurt, jams and more kinds of grains and oats and who knows what that I knew even existed.

When you walked in, a glance to the left revealed another table.
(note the metal contraption in the middle)



On that table you would find boiled eggs, crusty breads...



A multitude of different kinds of buns and croissants...



And a selection of meats and cheeses.



I swear, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Easily the best breakfast spread of the whole trip.

Who cares that the rooms weren't air conditioned!
Did you see that spread????
Just look at it!
And it's included!

The metal contraption that I asked you to note was basically a glorified miter saw.
I think my favorite part was grabbing a fresh crusty loaf, chopping off a couple of slabs and piling on different spreads, meats and cheeses.

Oh, cheeses it was good!


Every day after breakfast, Ruby and the girls would ask to borrow an old wooden wheelbarrow to wheel me out of the dining room.

I would be too full to move.


Unfortunately, even in my advanced state of pig-outishness, I would have to move since we had an hour and a half drive in front of us.

We freshened up, which consisted of the girls doing what girls do and me groaning about how full I was.
Ruby gave me no sympathy.

She can be heartless sometimes, ya know.


Eventually we hopped into the car...

Okay, OKAY!

Ruby and the girls hopped and I rolled ponderously into the car.

I programmed in our destination and we took off.
We hit some traffic, but we still managed to arrive at our destination around 10:30.

What?
What's that?

You wanna know where we're going today?

Gee, I guess I never mentioned that, huh?

Today we were going to Neuschwanstein.

Now a few of you are going
While the rest of you are going

Neuschwanstein, actually Neuschwanstein castle, is the fifth most visited attraction in Germany.
It is however probably the most well known and recognizable.
(We've already visited #1 - Cologne Cathedral and #3 - Hofbrauhaus)

Not my picture, but you might recognize this shot from the Bavarian Palace Department.



So does it look familiar?

If that shot isn't familiar to you, it's probably ringing some bells.
Neuschwanstein is the main inspiration for Snow White's castle in Disneyland.

I first visited Neuschwanstein when I was about 10 years old.
Ruby and I visited it in 1994.

Oh. My. Lord.
Things have really, really changed since then.

Back then, all you did was show up, walk (or take a horse drawn carriage) up the road, buy a ticket and take a tour of the castle.


In my research, I found that you had to purchase tickets in the little town of Hohenschwangau which sits in the valley below the castle.
You could reserve them in advance online, but had to pick them up one hour before your tour time.
If you didn't pick up your tickets on time, then they were gone and you'd have to buy another set.
If you didn't make it up to the castle for your tour time, then you'd have to go back down and buy another set.
Or come another day.


Okay, no problem, right?




When we arrived at Hohenschwangau, there were cars and people everywhere.
We drove slowly along looking for a place to park.

We passed the ticket office and saw a long line of people waiting to get tickets.
I pulled over to the side and told Ruby I'd run back and grab our tickets and then we'd find some place to park.

I approached the ticket office and my heart sank.
There was no way if I got in that line that we'd have enough time to get our tickets and make it up to the castle for our tour.

I looked around and saw an entrance for tour guides.
I walked over and asked a man if I had to stand in line if I already had a reservation.
He directed me to a lady wearing a reflective vest.
She told me that there was another line for people with reservations.

She pointed and <phew!> what a relief!
There were only about twelve people in that line.

Once I got in line, I grabbed the camera and took a picture of how busy it was.



Does everybody recognize the gentleman with the cap who's looking at the camera?

You should. You've all seen him.
Or at least, you've seen that look.

You know, the "why are you so special that you can skip the line?" look that you get as you use your fastpass.



Anyway... It's pretty packed, huh?
Not too bad?
I forgot to mention that the line extended outside under a covered awning.



Yep, all those people are standing in line for tickets.

You're still not impressed?
Boy, tough crowd.

Okay, here's my last shot.

The line snaked through the building, outside and under the awning where it wound back and forth for a bit before...



stretching about a quarter mile or more down the road!

Thank goodness I'd done my research and pre-ordered!!!

Once I got my tickets, I scurried back to the car and we headed off to find a place to park.
We had about an hour to get to the castle for our tour.

I knew from my research that there were a few parking lots
(and I knew which one was closest to the castle)
but I was hoping to grab a spot for free on the street.

I saw an empty spot in front of a hotel and stopped.
But I wasn't sure if it was legal or allowed.

I went into the hotel and the lady at the front desk told me that's where horse drawn carriages stopped.
She wasn't sure if I could park there or not, so I decided to play it safe and try the parking lot.


There was a lineup for the parking lot but we got in fairly quickly and managed to squeeze into a space after having to do a six point turn.

Quarters were a trifle cramped.


We got out of the car and looked up.
This is what we saw.




There are three ways of getting up to the castle.
1. You can walk. Walking takes about 40 minutes... all up hill.
2. You can take a carriage. Also takes about 40 minutes... them horses ain't runnin'. But it's less strenuous.
For me at least. I can't speak for the horses.
3. You can take a bus.

The bus doesn't take you to the castle.
Instead it takes you to near a bridge which has a scenic overlook of the castle.
From there, it's an easy ten minute walk (downhill!) to the castle.

So that's the plan. Hop on the bus. Go on the bridge.
Take pictures. Time permitting, climb a little higher up for even better pictures.
Stroll down to the castle at our leisure.

Remember when I mentioned the lousy weather?
You couldn't see the castle from the bridge today.

PRAC!

We'll still take the bus, 'cause it's the easiest and quickest way to get there.

We head to the bus stop and... well.... see for yourselves.



Maybe not quite as bad as the ticket queue, but there was no way we were going to get on a bus in time to make our 11:55am tour time.

We stood around for a while debating on which of the options would be better.
We decided that taking a horse drawn carriage was our next best bet.


Right.


We made our way over to the nearest pick up point and saw a short line of people waiting for carriages.

Short is good...
not so good when it still means about a twenty minute/half hour wait.

It was now about 11:15am.
Or about forty minutes before our tour time.


So! Who feels like walking???


With a forty minute up hill walk in front of us...


We decided that Elle and I would climb up the mountain as quickly as we could.
When we got to the castle, if time was tight, we'd plead with whoever was running the tour to delay just a couple of minutes.
Ruby would walk more slowly with Kay, who's feet were still a little sore from our first day in Paris.

So Elle and I set off up the mountain with Kay and Ruby in slow pursuit.



As we made our way up, the fog turned into a light drizzle.
We kept plodding on and found out we were right not to wait for a carriage as we easily passed one by on foot.

About half way up, it suddenly occurred to me that Ruby had the tickets.
I sent Elle back down to retrieve them.

That's what kids are for, ya know.
To get stuff.

Eventually, we rounded a corner and were greeted with this view.



Phew! We still have a good 10 minutes before tour time!

I told Elle to wait for the others and I ran ahead, to see how much farther it was.
It was only about another minute or so walk to the castle.
I took a couple of snaps as I got closer.





I ran back to Elle to tell her it wasn't much farther, then set off downhill to see how far back Ruby and Kay were.
I was pleased, and surprised, to see them just a hundred or so feet away.

We got to the castle courtyard with about 5 minutes to spare.


It turns out it probably wouldn't have mattered that Elle and I ran ahead.

Inside the courtyard is a big electronic sign.
On the sign is the number for the tour that is being admitted.
When the number changes, there is a surge for the turnstyles.
You have to swipe your ticket in order to get through.
I don't remember exactly how long you have to go through, but I think it's about 10 minutes.
Once the time is up, the number changes again and if you didn't enter on time, you're out of luck.
Go straight to jail, do not pass Go, you just blew it.


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Swan song (continued)

Neuschwanstein castle is actually the third castle built by the eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

The foundation was laid in 1869 and construction continued until 1886.
Ludwig spent an inordinate amount of money on his castles.
Despite pleas from his cabinet ministers, he did not curb his spending.

Ludwig's younger brother was supposedly insane, so his ministers seized on that as an excuse to have him removed...
Without even having him examined by his doctor.

The very next day the King and his doctor were found drowned in waist high water.
Construction immediately stopped on the still unfinished castle.

Ludwig had lived a grand total of 172 days in his castle.


Ironically, Ludwig used only his own private funds and money that he personally borrowed to fund the castle.

After Ludwig's death, his uncle became regent and six weeks later visitors were paying to see the castle.

In another ironic twist, Ludwig's castles were the largest source of income for the royal family up until WWI.
To this day, Bavaria is the wealthiest State in Germany, in large part thanks to Ludwig's castles.



Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the castle.
I'm not really sure why.

Could be the flash from the cameras is causing damage to the paintings.
Could be they just want to sell picture books in the giftshop.

You'll just have to settle for these pics from wiki.
Please note that these pictures are almost 100 years old.
The rooms haven't changed much, but now tapestries, fragile items, paintings, etc. are behind glass or roped off.
The first main room you see on the tour is the throne room.
This shot is taken from the throne.
Because there isn't one.
It was one of the items that hadn't been finished when the king died.



The drawing room...



and the study.



In the dining room, you'll notice a swan prominently displayed.
It's made of porcelain and is one of several swans that you'll find throughout the castle.
In fact the name 'Neuschwanstein castle' translates roughly to 'New Swan Stone castle'.
There are swans carved into benches, in wrought iron, faucets... you name it.
They're everywhere.



I don't have a good photo of the ballroom, but it was quite impressive.
Google it if you want to see it.

My favorite two rooms coming up, although I only have a picture of one.
The first is the bedroom.



Two things that stand out.
If you look above the bed, you'll see ornate carved woodwork.
It took fourteen artists more than four years to carve.

Also, you'll notice on the far right there's a large door, but a smaller door is shown open.
That's a secret door. It's indistinguishable from all the other panels in the room.
And yes, they lead to different rooms/hallways.

It was in this room that Ludwig was arrested.
Which begs the question: If you have a secret door, why don't you use it???

My other favorite room... isn't a room.
Between the study and the drawing room is an artificial grotto... or cave.
It's built right into the castle and even has an artificial waterfall.

It's pretty jarring to walk amongst all this splendour and then suddenly find yourself in a cave, seemingly deep underground.

Sorry, again I don't have a picture and everything I saw on Google didn't do it justice.

After passing through the grotto, I took this shot of the view from a window.
(pictures were allowed from the castle, just not of the inside.)




The entire tour lasts about 35 minutes and eventually you are spewed out into...

Yeah.

The gift shop.

We browsed around for a bit, and I'm pretty sure the kids bought some souvies.
Afterwards, we stopped at a little restaurant where we sat by a window, overlooking the valley and had torte... or cake.

That's one German tradition that I really, really, really enjoy.
The English have their tea time, but the Germans have coffee and cake time.

I pick cake.

Every.

Time.

It was a surreal experience to be sitting in a fantasy filled gothic castle while munching on cake.


When we were done, we headed outside only to discover that the light drizzle had turned into a torrential downpour.
We had brought ponchos, but we were still going to get our feet wet.

We made a dash for a nearby... what else?... gift shop, and huddled under an awning.

Kay, being the brightest of the lot, bought an umbrella.

We continued our descent down the mountain and Kay spotted a shortcut.

I guess it was shorter, as the crow flies...
but we weren't crows and we weren't flying.

This trail switchbacked all the way down the mountain.

To be honest, it probably wasn't any longer or shorter then taking the road,
but we were on holidays and it was a minor adventure that just begged to be taken.

By the time we got to the car, our feet were soaked and we headed back to the hotel.


Arriving back at the hotel, we dried off and went back down to the dining room for dinner.

Kay had her beloved spaetzle as did Ruby.
Elle had weinerschnitzel which I'm pretty sure she thought was a hot dog since it was labeled 'weiner art'.
She enjoyed it nevertheless.
I had the mix grill and it was very good.

We then headed back up to our rooms where we relaxed for the rest of the evening before calling it a night.


Which is what I'm going to do to this update right now.

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2 posts tell us about a castle that's not even finished being built. Must have been some castle. I can't wait to get my hands on your chapter.
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First time chiming in on this report. Loving it. I lived in Germany back in the late 80s when it was still West Germany. Dad was military so we spent three years over there visiting any spot that wasn't Communist.

The picture of the Alps from your hotel window had me in tears, so beautiful. Kinda miss that place.

We visited Neuschwanstein many times. In fact family history says that my great-great grandmother had family who worked for the King.

One day I will be back.

And a couple pages ago someone mentioned the BMW European Delivery program. My parents did that a couple years ago. They loved it. You don't have to worry about emissions standards because I think Europe's is tighter than the US. All I know is they had to get a sticker from each country they visited. Dad wants to do it again. Mom says no way. Whatever.

Oh yeah... *waves at Thumper Man* Hey neighbor.
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Oh no! I AM two behind. Drat. Drat. Drat. I've only looked at pictures and boy are they pretty. You should have heard me gasp as I was scrolling. Okay, I'll be back. So much to catch up on.
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Happens to me all the timje; I';ll be walking downt the strret with a big smile n my face, and people can't refuse noticing and taking part in it.

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Cute.

So someone explain to me how you all know each other so well. Pretty please.

From a previous TR? Have you met in person?

Yes, I'm very nosy.

And this is a prettier purple! It's late, ignore. I need sleep.
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Cute.

So someone explain to me how you all know each other so well. Pretty please.
Back in the beginning of time, God created man and woman... On second thought, we'll skip this part and get straight to the point. That will take me years to write. Plus there's already a book written about this.

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From a previous TR?
TR's (plural). Well I guess you can say TR. Then it evolved into more than one. It started with one of Nebo's TR's. If you ever get a chance to read them, I highly suggest you do.

From there it has gone to Ponzi's TR, to mine and Lady H's TR, back to Ponzi's TR, back to Lady H and mine. Nebo had some in there as well but abandoned them after his injury (broken wrist). We have one going at the same time as Ponzi. Other people posting her have TR's going as well.

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Have you met in person?
Lady H and I have met Nebo and Smidgy. We recently went on vacation with them and that is what our current TR is about. We met a few other Disers as well.

We've yet to meet Pkondz and his family. We've become really close friends over the internet, mostly through here. Ponzi has yet to call me but often calls Nebo. Come to think about it, I think I was supposed to call him sometime last year. Oops. My bad. Anyways, we've sent each other postcards back and forth. We hope to get to meet him some time in the future.

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Don't you know the saying "Mind your own business." That doesn't happen around here. We all want to know the gruesome details.

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And this is a prettier purple! It's late, ignore. I need sleep.
Actually it's early for me, but too late. Get some sleep and come back tomorrow (which is actually today).
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I'm guessing you either live here in NM or somewhere close like FL.
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Back in the beginning of time, God created man and woman... On second thought, we'll skip this part and get straight to the point. That will take me years to write. Plus there's already a book written about this.



TR's (plural). Well I guess you can say TR. Then it evolved into more than one. It started with one of Nebo's TR's. If you ever get a chance to read them, I highly suggest you do.

From there it has gone to Ponzi's TR, to mine and Lady H's TR, back to Ponzi's TR, back to Lady H and mine. Nebo had some in there as well but abandoned them after his injury (broken wrist). We have one going at the same time as Ponzi. Other people posting her have TR's going as well.



Lady H and I have met Nebo and Smidgy. We recently went on vacation with them and that is what our current TR is about. We met a few other Disers as well.

We've yet to meet Pkondz and his family. We've become really close friends over the internet, mostly through here. Ponzi has yet to call me but often calls Nebo. Come to think about it, I think I was supposed to call him sometime last year. Oops. My bad. Anyways, we've sent each other postcards back and forth. We hope to get to meet him some time in the future.



Don't you know the saying "Mind your own business." That doesn't happen around here. We all want to know the gruesome details.



Actually it's early for me, but too late. Get some sleep and come back tomorrow (which is actually today).
Nosy is very fulfilled this afternoon. Thank you, Thumper_Man.

Lovely. For all of you.

Though I was REALLY disappointed that you didn't share how women and men were created and such.
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T-Man, I totally missed that you started a new TR Heading over there now.
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T-Man, I totally missed that you started a new TR Heading over there now.
Me, too. Been reading when I can today. Been busy with the snow.
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First time chiming in on this report. Loving it. I lived in Germany back in the late 80s when it was still West Germany. Dad was military so we spent three years over there visiting any spot that wasn't Communist.
Welcome! Don't mind the insanity that occasionally breaks out around here.
Nobody bites.

much.


I was there in the mid 70s. I stayed with my Aunt while my Uncle, Mom & Dad went to visit my Uncle's brother in Berlin... East Berlin.

I remember my folks saying how nervous my uncle was the whole time.
Worried that they wouldn't let him back out.


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The picture of the Alps from your hotel window had me in tears, so beautiful. Kinda miss that place.
Thanks!
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We visited Neuschwanstein many times. In fact family history says that my great-great grandmother had family who worked for the King.

One day I will be back.
That's cool. According to Wiki, about 300 people per day worked on the castle.

I don't plan on going back again.
a.) Way too crazy busy now; and
b.) Been there three times already.


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And a couple pages ago someone mentioned the BMW European Delivery program. My parents did that a couple years ago. They loved it. You don't have to worry about emissions standards because I think Europe's is tighter than the US. All I know is they had to get a sticker from each country they visited. Dad wants to do it again. Mom says no way. Whatever.
hmmm... Now I'm more curious. I'm gonna Google that and see what's what.

Plus, gives me another excuse to visit Europe.



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That's okay, the prose ain't so poetic.
So I use the pictures to cover up my inability to... to ... say stuff rite.


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and boy are they pretty. You should have heard me gasp as I was scrolling. Okay, I'll be back. So much to catch up on.
Thanks for the compliments on the pics!

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So someone explain to me how you all know each other so well. Pretty please.

From a previous TR? Have you met in person?

Yes, I'm very nosy.
I'll leave that since Bunny Boy has already so eloquently answered your query.



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Title?

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We've yet to meet Pkondz and his family. We've become really close friends over the internet, mostly through here. Ponzi has yet to call me but often calls Nebo.
You heard it here first folks!
He called me a 'close friend'.

wait.... does this have something to do with "keep your enemies closer"????

And I can't say I call Nebo 'often'. More like once in a while, I'm ashamed to admit. I did call him on his Birthday, but he wasn't in.
I must, must, MUST call him soon.

And try as I might, I've tried calling T-Man, but no matter how hard I yell, he either can't hear me, or ignores me.

Probably the latter.

Still, if he ever gives me a phone number, I could try that too, I suppose.


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Oh, Gawd. So true.
We have Nebo to thank for that, I think.

It's kind of an "Oh, boy! What has he done to himself this time" kind of thing.


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Neighbor? Are you the one's that are going to rent the house next door? Or the house across the street?

I'm guessing you either live here in NM or somewhere close like FL.
Didn't you read the location?
Middle Earth?
That'd be close to everyone wouldn't it?


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Though I was REALLY disappointed that you didn't share how women and men were created and such.
Oh, that's easy.
A man and a woman get together.
They hold hands and either pray or wish really hard.

Then this:




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T-Man, I totally missed that you started a new TR Heading over there now.
He refused to advertise...
I think it was a stealth thing or something...
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That kills me!
Here it's, "What? Snowing again?? I just finished shovelling!!!"
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