Hello. This is Dave with a few more photos.
Before leaving Munich we hit the famous Hofbräuhaus for a few beers served in mugs as big as my head. And with the size of my Buckley noggin that's saying a lot.
Chug, chug, chug....
Things got a little fuzzy for Lynette after she finished hers. But don't worry, she did not have to use the "throw-up sink." Which is fortunate because there is only one located in the men's restroom. - Seriously.
We took a bus trip up to Neuschwanstein, Germany for a tour of the castle there. My Disney mates back in Florida can correct me if I'm misinformed, but this is the castle that was the main inspiration for Disney's U.S. park castles.
Isn't this a magnificent photo?
That's because its a photo I took of a postcard. (Just to avoid any copywright issues I want to reiterate that this original photo was NOT taken by me. It was on a postcard.) Our view when we visited wasn't nearly as spectacular because when we got there we found half the castle shrouded in scaffolding for repairs! Oh the humanity!!!
Nevertheless we did get some great shots.
Our last stop in Germany was a relaxing week in Schopheim at Lynette's Great Aunt Hannah's place. It was a delight to spend time with her and to experience a small German town. Other than accompanying Aunt Hannah to a fun "party with the old people" as she put it, our days were spent lounging around eating fatty foods like bratwurst, pastries, candy, and beer.
At the party:
Here's Lynette and her aunt fixing up something good in the kitchen...with lots of butter of course.
View from Aunt Hannah's before the snow:
View after the snow:
We are now in Switzerland and WOW is it beautiful here. It is worth putting up with the cold to experience what a winter wonderland this is. The city of Lucerne where we are now is one of the most, if not thee most, beautiful cities we've seen so far.
There is no missing the fact that its Christmas time here in Europe. Germany, Prague, and now Switzerland sure don't hold back on the Christmas spirit. Decorations, and little Christmas villages are everywhere. Here's a few shots:
After Switzerland we are off to London. If anyone knows someone who lives there and could put us up for a couple nights let us know. Its expensive there!
Can't believe our trip is almost over. Just 3 more weeks. We'll try to get a few more blogs in before the end.
dave and lynette