Switched planes in Berlin. Airport a madhouse. On way to Munich 2 hours later. Landed in Munich and picked up bizarre rent a car. It had fuel saving option that caused it to literally turn off at every stop. It was very aggravating but tolerated it. Was a VW Golf. The navigation system had an english option but not a native speaker so was hard to understand.
We made it Augsburg. Germany was having a heat wave and it was historic. The end of August and in the mid 90s. Most German hotels have no need for air conditioning and ours had none.
We tried to sleep with no luck. The clerk did find a fan for us so was not sweat box in room. We planned out vacation for a beer fest in Augsburg. We decided to go there because we couldn't sleep.
The morning brought sightseeing in the city of 250,000.
Jan contacted Anna our daughter for us so she didn't think we were dead. Jan also contacted my good friend Suzi Ruff from Nuremberg and set up a meet at the beer fest that evening. We went back to the hotel and napped. Before we left to meet Jan and Suzi at the beer fest made friends with Lukas Moser in the lobby before we went to the fest. Lukas shared a taxi with us to fest.
After a few beer at the fest with the nuts. Lukas took the beer fest selfie and is in the center and Suzie and her husband Werner are on the right. The nut giving the one fingered salute is Jan.
Lukas got his lederhosen full of beer and went back to the hotel by cab. The rest of us closed the beer fest down and walked to a neighboring pub.
Jan was still the devil as always and tried to get Barb drunk so he could laugh at her. Barb had learned over the years to be careful of mixed drinks and refused Jan's wild drink picks for her. We made it back to the hotel late but safe and sound.
More sight seeing was on the agenda.
We toured the Augsburg Rathaus and found a nice place to eat.
We were leaving in the morning to Nuremburg so we decided another stop later in the day to the beer fest was in order. We went back to the hotel and slept a while.
We wandered for a while and hit each beer tent there.
We ate again.
We made more friends.
Off we went to Nuremberg in the morning instead of Prague. We had a hotel room in Prague but thought it the best with the Immigrant Crisis going on in Europe to bypass it.
Met up with Suzi and Werner. They took us to their favorite traditional meal in Nuremberg,
We toured Nuremberg and saw some sights to include the area where Nuremberg's famous Christmas Market is held every winter.
A castle was also toured.
We decided to see a place I wanted to visit all the years I lived in Germany and never went because my German friends did not want to go and going alone seemed too morbid.
There were old barracks turned into museums there.
There were a couple barracks still there.
I now knew why my German friends didn't want to go there. They were ASHAMED.
We had to change course because the tour was just so heavy.
We went back to our hotel room in Munich and slept until late afternoon.
We needed a gear shift so this vacation didn't spiral down hill.
The Hof Brau Haus called our name.
We went back to the hotel and slept lightly as we thought about what we saw today. The morning needed a change of pace.
We toured Linder Hof Castle early that morning.
We pointed the weird VW diesel piece of junk southward towards another castle. Castle Chimsee.
We decided to stay in the small dorf of Gstadt because it was quaint and inviting.
Our view from our balcony in Gstadt.
Our afternoon meal in Gstadt
Waiting for the water bus to take us to Chimsee Castle
View from the water bus
Chimsee Castle Front
Ducks eating plums in the parking lot.
Purchased right around the corner at the store and drink market.
Our hotel room in rainy bustling Salzsburg.
The rain and urban sprawl was more than I could stand.
Barb's first view of Venice this vacation.
Burano had some nice lace and canals.
Murano glass blowing was somewhat interesting.
Barb relaxing on our 6th floor balcony overlooking Venice before our long trek northward.
Back to Austria and Germany. Never take the shortest route over the Dolomite Mountains the navigator tells you.
Cheese dumpling soup
Garmisch was enchanting.
Sweets for the sweet in local bakery