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July 2019

Paris old school (7/11/19)

Alarm goes off at 6:30 and we are wondering what the hell we are doing.  We all want to sleep, but we got places to go and people to see.  A train ticket to Paris, tickets to the Louvre and the Eiffel tower and dinner with Anais.  First we need to get out of the house.

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Reims in three acts (7/9/19)

Today is one of two full days we will spend in Reims and the director for those days is Anne Marie:  She has put together a full day of activities that take place in three acts. Continue reading “Reims in three acts (7/9/19)”

Attack of the Bridge Players and Reims (7/9/19)

We have had absolutely fantastic travel karma and now that I write that down, our trip will commence to come off the track. Continue reading “Attack of the Bridge Players and Reims (7/9/19)”

I don’t speak German as well as a 4 year old…Mainz (7/8/19)

Mainz is not a huge tourist destination but three things draw us there: We lived for three years across the river in a small town called Mainz-Kastel from 2001-2004; it is a good place to catch a train to Paris; And Toby lives there, so we are stopping for the night. Continue reading “I don’t speak German as well as a 4 year old…Mainz (7/8/19)”

Life in the countryside of Germany with the Reif family (7/6/19-7/7/19)

For two days we spend time with Susanne and her family and check out the Rhine region.  Our original plan was to cruise up and down the Rhine looking at medieval towns and castles.  That plan changes after our first day and we end up spending more time on the Mosel and on the Reif farm.

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(We move) From the mountains to the (Rhine) river (7/5/19-7/6/19)

We have a transition day ahead of us.  Our time in the Austrian Alps has come to an end and we will, over the next day and a half, move from South Central Germany/Austria to the western side of Germany on the Rhine River.  Today we have to drive back to Munich, drop off the rental car, do some laundry, then catch a 0730 train on Saturday to Frankfort Airport, transfer to a regional train and then onto Bacharach. Continue reading “(We move) From the mountains to the (Rhine) river (7/5/19-7/6/19)”

Canyoning. Or “We should have upped our life insurance” (7/3/19)

Our relaxing time in the Alps is turning into a series of life threatening events.  Just yesterday, Jan thought that we were about to die on the cable car on the way to the Zugspitze.  And today we are heading off to a town about 12km straight line, 50 minutes by mountain pass, south of us called Haiming.  We are going canyoning.


Jan gets a nod for the quote of the day when she said (and she wasn’t joking):  “You almost killed me today”

And Jan has a bowel misfire once again. Continue reading “Canyoning. Or “We should have upped our life insurance” (7/3/19)”

Forget the AT, we going to through hike Austria! (7/4/19)

One of the things I want to do before I die (a statement whose time seems more finite than infinite) is to through hike the Appalachian Trail (AT).  I have even gotten tentative buy-in from Jan on both the idea as well as both of us doing the trip, though with some caveats.  After our hike today in Austria, I’m thinking that we may want to postpone the AT forever and spend five months hiking the Alps here in Austria.

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The Zugspitze: We summit, we toboggan and Jan has to change her underwear (7/2/19)

We awake, wander down to our assigned table and chow on some most excellent breakfast.  We have been annoying the snot out of AJ for the past six months, telling him that one of the things we miss the most about Germany/Austria is the breakfast.  Fresh bread, sliced meat and cheese, granola/cereal and yogurt, fresh fruit.  Plus coffee, though they use really small cups which really defeats the purpose of getting large amounts of caffeine into our bodies as fast as possible.  Though it is a hardship, we manage to press through. Continue reading “The Zugspitze: We summit, we toboggan and Jan has to change her underwear (7/2/19)”

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