Alla inlägg den 19 juni 2017

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 19 juni 2017 11:24

The night before could have been better, but since Mom wanted to get a few miles behind us, we stayed on the highway until Mom was ready to fall asleep.She pulled into one of those Auto Hof which really is ok, but this particular one was located too close to the AutoBahn and there was a casino close by. Needless to say, it was rather noisy all night.

We continued on real early and finally made it passed Munich. I guess it was morning rush hour because it was a lot of traffic everywhere, but luckily Alice stayed alerted and guided us through it all.

So far we have traveled about 1085 miles, but that’s the straight route. We have done a lot of turns off the path when Mom thought of someplace worth visiting.


Yesterday we arrived at Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a ski resort in Bavaria, formed when 2 towns united in 1935. It's a prominent destination for skiing and ice skating as well as hiking. The town was the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games


The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak, with a 2,962m summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable car………….I know Mom is thinking about it despite her fear of heights because I heard her asking if I would be allowed to come along, and yes I was.  Looking up Mom discovered someone jumping and flying down. We're definitely not doing that



We made a quick stroll through Garmisch before continuing on to a campsite nearby. Because of the beauty and Mom’s need to do some laundry, we decided to stay 2 nights.That also gives me a chance to catch up on my napping………...What napping Mom says, she claims I nap all the time while she’s driving.


It’s Sunday so all the stores are closed except some souvenir places selling cuckoo clocks. They are very interesting to look at, and some have many moving parts when it coos. The biggest one has dancing people a turning water wheel and a lumberjack chopping wood.When Mom looked interested the lady wanted to sell it to her. Mom tried the excuse it’s too difficult to pack in the luggage, the lady offered to mail it for free to US………...haha. It was 998 Euros and doesn’t really go with the décor in Florida



I was window shopping and found this interesting puppy, but couldn’t get to it because the stupid metal grate and Mom had no understanding for my trouble.


Garmisch is considered the more fashionable section, while Partenkirchen's cobblestone streets retain a traditional Bavarian feel. we may take the free bus there if the washing machine will finish.

Seems to me that all the greatest composers were inspired from this area.


Garmisch and Partenkirchen remained separate until their respective mayors were forced by Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympics Today, the united town is casually (but incorrectly) referred to as Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen's residents. Most visitors will notice the slightly more modern feel of Garmisch while the fresco-filled cobblestoned streets of Partenkirchen offer a glimpse into times past. Early mornings and late afternoons in pleasant weather often find local traffic stopped while the dairy cows are herded to and from the nearby mountain meadows. Too bad we didn’t get to see any of that.

The discovery of America at the turn of the 16th century led to a boom in shipping and a sharp decline in overland trade, which plunged the region into a centuries-long economic depression.The valley floor was swampy and difficult to farm. Bears, wolves, and lynxes were a constant threat to livestock. The population suffered from periodic epidemics, including several serious outbreaks of bubonic plague Adverse fortunes from disease and crop failure occasionally led to a witch hunt. Most notable of these were the trials and executions of 1589–1596, in which 63 people more than 10 percent of the population at the time were burned at the stake or garroted..................much prettier graffiti in this town 



During WWII this was a major hospital center for the German military. After the war, it was used by the U.S military as a recreation center for the military men stationed in Europe and their families

 this is not a bad view to wake up to 


As of lately, we have been very fortunate with the beautiful weather, cool at night and warm and sunny during the day. Hope it stays that way.

Napping time is over, time to go out and explore..................

Tomorrow we will continue over these mountains and enter yet another country until we finally reach Italy which is the goal. So far Mom hasn't waivered too much from initial plan.








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