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Monaco

Posted by Jen on Jun-30-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out of the Best Western on June 27, 2010.  We stored our luggage at the luggage storage. 

We got the train to Monaco.  We walked around to find a place for lunch.  We sat down at Stars n’ Bars.  The food is very similar to American bar food.  All three of us had a salad.  I ate a good Mexican salad.  

We jumped on the tram for the Monaco tour.  It took us around the city.  On the tram, there’s headphones with 12 different languages to choose from.  Monaco is the second smallest country in the world. 

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We saw lots of things like the Monte Carlo Casino, La Fountain Mirabeau, L’Hotel de Paris, La Tour Sainte-Marie and Le Palais de Justice.  It was a great tour.  Tours on buses and trams are a wonderful way to see the city. 

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Monaco is a really pretty country.

We got the train back to Nice.  We went to bar right away to watch the England vs. Germany match.  At the interval, we went took the tram to the city.  We had a nutella and banana crepe and watched the game.  It was 4-1 with Germany winning – so Ivan thought we should leave.  He knew the match was already over.

We got our bags and headed to the train station.  We took the train headed to Cannes La Bocca at 6:09 pm.  Ivan knew the time we were supposed to arrive in Cannes.  But, we noticed a different station. A lady said that we are on a bad train.  She said we already passed Cannes La Bocca.  We jumped off the train.  Ivan figured that we took an express train instead.

So, we got a train headed the other way.  It was a slower train.  We arrived in Cannes La Bocca train station at 7:15 pm.  We walked to the couchsurfer’s apartment.  We met Lil and his wife Aurelia and their adorable daughter.  We chatted for a short while with Lil and Aurelia.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to La Bocca.  We had dinner at KF du Commerce.   Ivan and I each had a salad.  Ivan got the Nicoise salad.  My Exotique salad came with chicken, pineapples, egg, crab and shrimps.  Lil Dave had a banana pizza.  The food was really good.

We walked back to the apartment.  We talked to Lil and Aurelia about traveling, life and couchsurfing.

We went to sleep awhile later on the pull-out couch.

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Modern Art

Posted by Jen on Jun-29-2010

On June 26, 2010, Ivan, Lil Dave and I took the tram into the city.  We walked to the beach.  The beach isn’t sand, but actually stones.  So, we didn’t sit on the beach.  We sat on the pathway right above the beach.  We tried to eat the pack lunch.  The chicken sandwich wasn’t good at all.  We just drank the water and ate the sliced apples.

We walked around to find a restaurant for lunch.   We sat down at La Favola.  Ivan and I shared an awesome tuna salad.

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Lil Dave had a penne dish with bananas.

We walked along the beach.  It’s was a hot day.  We had lovely views of the beach.

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It was too hot to walk in the sun, so we went towards the shops.  It’s mostly shaded in the shops area because of how close the buildings are.  We got some tasty gelato at Gelati Azzurro.  Ivan and I shared a tub of chocolate and strawberry gelato.

Ivan read about a cool art museum he wanted to visit.  We walked to Musee D’Art Moderne et D’Art Contemporain.  It’s a modern art museum.  It’s free to enter.  We saw a film about people making art from gunpowder.  First they would sketch it on a big piece of paper and then place gunpowder on it.  Next, they would light it up.

The first area was pop art.  I liked the crushed car there.

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There was supposed to be the original Campbell soup by Andy Warhol, but we didn’t see it.  Ivan thought that it might be on loan to an art museum.  We also saw Niki De Saint Phalle’s art.

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Her art is very colorful.  There was also a New Realism section.  It was a fantastic museum.  The artwork is very unique and cool.

We took the tram back towards the hotel.  It was too hot to be out.  We chilled in the room and used the internet.

We had dinner at Le Pilou.  Ivan and I shared the set menu: fish soup, seagream (a white fish) with aneth and dessert.  The fish soup was really good.  We also ordered a nicoise salad, which was created in Nice, France.  The nicoise salad has anchovies, tomatoes, olives, tuna and egg.  Ivan liked the nicoise salad, but I didn’t like it so much.  We watched the USA vs. Ghana match during dinner.  The food was alright.  I was bummed that USA didn’t advance to the next round.

We went back to the hotel and then soon went to bed.

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Nice

Posted by Jen on Jun-28-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 6:40 am on June 25, 2010.  We packed everything up.  We took the bus to the train station.

We bought some sandwiches and bread rolls at Migros Takeaway. We got the train from Bern to Geneva airport at 7:34 am.  It took almost 2 hours.  We arrived at 9:24 am. 

We checked in the airport.  There was a separate area for France flights. Our flight was scheduled for 11 am, but the plane was delayed.  We left at 11:20 am headed to Nice, France.  We arrived at 12:20 pm.  

We got a bus to the Rail Way station.  Ivan checked us in to the Best Western Hotel Riviera.  It was a warm and sunny in Nice.  It was hard getting a hotel since there’s a few events going on this weekend like Ironman.  The hotel gave us a welcome drink.  The choice was either Coke or a water – so we got a water for each of us.  The hotel offers free wi-fi, free breakfast and a pack lunch.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I used the internet in the room.  I worked on the blog.

It was cloudy outside at 4:30 pm.  We walked to the Old Town.  We went to La Banane. 

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Lil Dave read about it in his Lonely Monkey book.  Banane means banana.  Lil Dave got a crepe with a double portion of bananas.  Ivan and I shared a crepe with nutella and bananas.  It was tasty.  Lil Dave found the secret monkey door.  It’s access to the monkey only area.  Lil Dave said he’d meet us at the hotel later.  He wanted to meet some new monkey friends.

It was overcast and it started sprinkling.  We hoped that it wouldn’t start raining harder.  I went in a few souvenir shops.  I saw a few cool things, but couldn’t decide if I should buy anything.

We went to Cave de la Tour for a red wine. 

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Ivan read about it in his Lonely Planet book.  It’s a nice cozy place to have a cheap glass of wine.  It had stopped raining.

We walked around more.  We sat down at Antonia Caffe which is located in a square.  Ivan read about Pastis which is an alcoholic drink with star anise.  It came with a small plate of olives.  Ivan and I don’t like olives.  The Pastis tastes very similar to absinthe.  Ivan told the waiter we didn’t like olives.  He asked if we could get something else.  The waiter said Sorry, we don’t have anything else.  But, a few minutes later he brought us a plate with bread with tomato sauce and vegetables on top.  That was nice of him. 

A band started playing in the square.  They only played two songs.  The police asked for a permit and they were shut down since they didn’t have it.

We walked more.  We saw a big fountain with statues in it. 

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Ivan had set up a dinner reservation for 9:30 pm.  It was 8 pm and he was already hungry.  We stopped by Voyageur Nissart to see if we could get in earlier.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was full at that time.  Ivan talked to a waiter and he said we should come back in 30 minutes.  We walked back to the hotel to chill.  Lil Dave told us he enjoyed spending time with the cool monkeys at La Banane. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to Voyageur Nissart.  Ivan thought we should get one of the set menus and another dish.  For the set menu we got: salmon & avocado salad, grilled sardines with ratatouille and a dessert.  We also got potato gnocchi with tomato sauce.  The best items were the ratatouille and the potato gnocchi.

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Lil Dave got fettuccine with bananas.  For dessert, Ivan and I got a nice creme brulee.   It was a really good meal.

We walked to the beach area.  We sat down and looked at the ocean.  Nice is a very nice city.  We got the tram back to the hotel.  We were both really tired since we had an early start.

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Exploring Bern

Posted by Jen on Jun-28-2010

Ivan and I got lunch at the grocery store below Carmen’s apartment on June 24, 2010.  We had chicken, avocado on bread on the balcony.  Lil Dave made a banana and chicken sandwich.

Later on, we went out with Rachel, Carmen’s roommate.  She was going to show us around the city.

We started walking by the river.  It flows really fast.  We saw people going by in rafts.

We walked to the Bear Park.  There was a male bear by himself.  He had to be separated by the babies and the mama.  The baby bears are so cute.

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They kept fighting each other.  Then, they would follow their mama around.

We walked up to the Rosengarten.  There’s lots of walking up and down in Switzerland.  There’s a beautiful view of the city up there.

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Bern is very picturesque.  Ivan and I got some Movenpick ice cream.  It’s pricey, but it’s very tasty and smooth.

We sat down looking at the wonderful view of the city.

Next, we went to Berner Munster.  It’s a Gothic cathedral.  Inside there’s beautiful stained glass windows.

We stopped at Merkur chocolate.  We got small pieces of Laderach chocolate with cranberries, caramel and a dark chocolate one.

We went into the city centre.  I went into a souvenir shop, but didn’t buy anything.

Ivan wanted to watch the Italy vs. Slovakia match.  Rachel said she knew a good place for us to go.  We went to Turnhalle cafe and bar.  We couldn’t find a seat outside.  Instead, we went inside to watch on the big projector screen.  It was a good game.  Italy was kicked of the World Cup with the score of 3-2.  Ivan and I had some red wine.  We went outside to sit since the football match was over.

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Rachel and me - having drinks

Carmen came to the bar.  We said bye to Rachel.

We walked with Carmen to get some dinner.  We stopped at Migros supermarket.  Ivan and I got sandwiches.  I had a tasty tuna sandwich.

We walked to a bar near Carmen’s apartment.  We had a drink there.  Rachel met us there later on.

Carmen, Rachel, Ivan and I went back to Carmen’s apartment.  Rachel said good night to us.  We thanked her for taking us around the city.  She’s such a sweet gal.  Carmen was headed to bed as well.

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Ivan, me and Carmen

She’s friendly and very cool.  We said thank you and bye to Carmen.  It was another great couchsurfing experience in Bern.  It’s always great to meet cool locals.

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Walking in the Dark

Posted by Jen on Jun-27-2010

On June 23, 2010, Ivan, Lil Dave and I left Gabriel’s apartment.  We got some food for lunch at the grocery store Coop.

We walked to the train station.  We were still stuffed from all that fondue last night.

We took the train at 2 pm from Zurich to Bern, Switzerland.  We arrived there at 3 pm.

Ivan really wanted to see the football match with England playing.  Both England and America were playing at the same time.

Ivan found Roma caffe and bar to watch the match in.  It was England vs. Slovenia.  It was important for England to win in order to qualify.  The players were doing a lot better.  England won 1-0.  USA scored at the last few seconds winning 1-0.  It was great that both our countries made it to the next round.

We walked to the couchsurfer’s apartment.  We met Carmen and her black dog Amigo.  She’s a really cool Swiss woman.  She asked us if we wanted a snack.  We said yes.  She set out cheese, bread, sun dried tomatoes and bananas.  We sat outside on the balcony.  It was a very warm day out.  We chatted with Carmen and ate.  Lil Dave munched on the bananas.  Amigo was trying to eat Lil Dave’s feet.  Lil Dave climbed on my shoulder, so he would be safe.

Carmen left at 7:45 pm for her jazz dance class.  We would meet her later in the city centre.

Ivan and I walked around Bern.  It’s a small city.  We were a little hungry.  We were actually still full from the cheese fondue last night.  We shared a chicken curry panini at Adriano’s.

We met Carmen at the Big Clock Tower at 9:30 pm.  We started walking back to her apartment.  We stopped at the bridge and sat down.

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The sun was going down.  Carmen was telling us how slow things were Bern.  People took their time and didn’t rush things.  We got back to her apartment.  Carmen retrieved her dog.  It was now time to walk Amigo the dog.  It was Ivan’s first time to walk a dog.  Amigo is big black dog who’s super friendly.  He rarely barks.  It was getting dark outside.

We started walking down a dark path.  I wasn’t sure why we were walking in the dark.  I thought maybe we should have brought a flashlight.  I also thought that it could be dangerous.  I was thinking that maybe she brought us out there to kill us.  Ivan thought the same thing because soon after he walked towards me.  He said Where is she taking us?  On three, run.  Of course, he was just joking.  He said to Carmen, Isn’t it dangerous walking in the dark?  Carmen said Bern is a very safe town.  I bet she walks the same route with Amigo every night.

We walked by the river.  It looked nice, but it was pretty dark.  We had to walk uphill towards the end.  I was getting tired.  I don’t like walking up steep walkways.

We got back to the apartment.  Soon after, it was time for bed.

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Lots of Fondue

Posted by Jen on Jun-26-2010

I woke up at 11 am on June 22, 2010.  Ivan was up early at 7 am because he had to do something on the computer.

It was a great sunny day.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked around to find lunch.  We found Mishio nearby.  It’s a casual Asian restaurant.  The dishes were expensive.  Switzerland is an expensive country.  Ivan got the green curry with chicken.  Lil Dave had a satay hot pot with bananas.  I ate the pad thai gun gai (mishio style).  The food was good.  We figured out after lunch that there’s a take-out area that’s cheaper.  The portions might be smaller though.  There’s also seating for the take-out area as well.

We walked around the city to see all the buildings.  It’s a great city to walk around in.

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Gabriel gave us a map that included great places to visit in Zurich.  Ivan thought we should get hot chocolate at Peclard – he saw it listed on the map.  You enter Peclard by walking through the chocolate shop Shober. We walked upstairs to the Salon Rouge area.  It’s really cool with antique furniture and red velvet chairs.  It was way too stuffy and hot to sit there though.

Ivan and I shared a cup of hot chocolate outside.  I thought it was tasty.  Ivan said that Cadbury’s hot chocolate tasted better.

I was trying to find souvenir shops, but I couldn’t find one.  I noticed the other day at the train station the Information center has a few souvenirs.

We explored more of the city.  We sat down by the river.  There are lots of ducks and swans in the river.  Ivan went to a grocery store to buy a loaf of bread.

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Ivan, Lil Dave and I fed the ducks and swans.  We love feeding animals.

We bought a variety of Luxemburgerli macaroons at Sprungli.  They have many flavors like raspberry, chocolate and vanilla.  We were going to share it with everybody at dinner tonight.

We walked back to the Gabriel’s apartment.  Ivan and I shared a very tasty chocolate macaroon.  Lil Dave wasn’t happy that they were out of banana macaroons.  We used the internet.

Gabriel came home later on.  He was cooking fondue tonight for dinner.  Gabriel’s friends came over.  It was a couple from Mexico.  They were the first couchsurfers he stayed with.  They were visiting Zurich for a week.

Gabriel, his friends and Ivan helped out with the dinner.  Ivan cut up bread for dipping.

We found out that people in Switzerland eat fondue mainly in the winter.  I think it would be good to eat during any season.  But, it does make sense to have during winter since it’s cold outside, you would want something comforting and hot to eat.

Gabriel made lots of cheese fondue.  We had bread and potatoes to dip in the delicious cheese.  I’ve never had so much cheese in my life!

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Lil Dave dipped his bananas in.  He thought it tasted a bit weird though.  So, he ended up eating bananas on top of the bread instead.  Fondue is fun to eat with a group of people.

Gabriel told us that we must have a shot of schnapps after eating fondue.  It helps your stomach digest the cheese.  If you don’t, you could have a stomachache in the morning.  Everybody had a shot of strong plum schnapps.

We chatted with Gabriel, his friends and his roommates David and Andy.  Ivan thought David was the friendliest French person you’ve ever met.  I agreed.  The Mexican guy had brought Tequila.  It was a smooth Jose Cuervo.  Almost everybody had a shot of that.

People started going home.  It was just us, Gabriel and his roommates left.  It was 1 am.

David really wanted to be hypnotized.  It was way too late for that.

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Me, Lil Dave, Gabriel and Ivan

We said thank you and goodbye to Gabriel, David and Andy.  We had an awesome time with them in Zurich!  They really made us feel welcome.  It was a fun night filled with fondue, drinks and good company!

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BBQ, Football and Hypnosis

Posted by Jen on Jun-25-2010

On the morning of June 21, 2010, Ivan, Lil Dave and I had the free breakfast at the hotel.

We packed up our backpacks.  Ivan checked us out of Hotel Eurostars Grand Central.

We picked up sandwiches at the train station.  The train left Munich, Germany at 12:34 pm headed for Zurich, Switzerland. The four hour train ride went by pretty fast.  I watched an episode of V.  We arrived in Zurich at 4:45 pm.

Later, we’d be staying with a couchsurfer.  He wouldn’t get home until 6 pm.  So, we walked to McDonald’s.  Ivan and I used the free wi-fi there.

We got the bus at 6:15 pm.  We met Gabriel, the couchsurfer we’d be staying with for two nights.   Gabriel introduced us to his friend Loic.  Loic’s a very talkative and friendly guy.  We chatted for a few minutes in the kitchen.  Gabriel said that they were having a BBQ.

We walked to the grocery store for food.  Ivan bought a Swiss cheese and a Swiss wine that Loic recommended to us.

We met one of Gabriel’s roommate David.  He’s a really friendly French guy who’s Asian.  We also met their friend who’s an Australian guy.

Loic made a pasta salad with Gruyere cheese, peppers, and tomatoes.  Gabriel cooked sausages and chicken.  We also ate tasty bread.  We tried the lovely Swiss wine that Ivan brought earlier.  Swiss wine has a different taste, but it’s good.  The food was awesome.

We watched the football match with Spain vs. Honduras.  Spain won the match 2-0.

Ivan performed a hypnosis show.  Ana, a couchsurfer who was also staying at Gabriel’s house really wanted to be hypnotized.

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Ana smoking a joint which is actually just a piece of paper

She was pretty funny.  I met Gabriel’s other roommate Andy during the hypnosis show.

Everybody was amazed at Ivan’s hypnosis show.  Gabriel and his roommates went to bed.  Ivan and I used the internet and then we went to sleep.

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Munich Bike Tour

Posted by Jen on Jun-24-2010

I woke up at 10:30 am on June 20, 2010.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already awake.

Ivan had eaten the free breakfast buffet already.  He came down with me while I ate.  Lil Dave munched on some bananas.  He took a couple more for later.  The breakfast buffet has lots of good food.

We got the train to Marienplatz.  It was weird that the shops were closed.  The shops all close on Sunday.  Vienna is the same way.

We met the guide and group at the clock tower for Mike’s Bike Tour.  Our tour guide was Will who is from Dallas.

Will is a really funny guy.

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statue in Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz

The tour took us to many places like The English Garden, The Hofbrauhaus, The Residenz, Munich University, Odeons Platz, Chinese Tower Beergarden and Surfer’s Bridge.

It didn’t rain the first 2 hours of the tour.  Then, it started raining.  The group were given disposable ponchos to wear.

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Mayor's House

We went to a Munchner Kindl Biergarden to eat.  I had a spicy bratwurst sandwich.  I try not to eat meat for health reasons, but I wanted to try one of the local sausages.  It was tasty!  Ivan had a good cheese sandwich.  Lil Dave had a banana sandwich.  All our dishes came with a gummy bear.  Ivan and I each got a Darjeeling tea.  Even the tea came with a gummy bear.  Gummy bears were first made in Germany.

There’s a bridge where surfers surf in the Ice River.  It’s really cool to watch since the surfers are great.

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a bold surfer at Surfer's Bridge

The water is really fast.  It would be way too cold to surf in that water – even colder in the rain and cold weather.  Lil Dave thought it would be cool if he could surf on a banana.  He didn’t try though since the water is so choppy.  I think learning how to surf first would be a good idea.

We had a great time on the tour.  It’s always cool to have a funny and fun guide.

We paid for the tour and then started walking towards Marienplatz.  I felt so weak that I had to sit down otherwise I might fall over.  Lil Dave suggested that I eat a banana.  I had a banana in my purse so I ate it.  I felt a little better.  Ivan felt weak as well.  I think we didn’t eat enough and were using so much energy with biking.

We tried to find a restaurant to eat.  There was an Augustiner in the center, but the restaurant didn’t have soups without meat.  We hopped on the tram.

Ivan thought we should head to Augstiner Keller.  Ivan and I shared a tomato cream soup and a potato au gratin with mushrooms.  The soup was too creamy.  The potato au gratin was delectable.  Lil Dave had a chicken stuffed banana dish.  Ivan and I felt so much better after the meal.

We walked back to the hotel.  Ivan and I were really tired.  Our legs hurt from all the biking and walking the last two days.

We used the internet for awhile.  Ivan started feeling very hot and cold.  He was burning up.  He rested in bed.

We ordered room service.  Ivan and I shared a leek cream soup with prawns and grilled fowl breast.  Lil Dave got a banana tart.  Ivan felt a little better after eating.

We hoped that Ivan would feel better in the morning since we’re taking a train to Zurich in the morning.

Everybody went to bed early to get some much needed rest.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted by Jen on Jun-23-2010

On June 19, 2010, we had a very early start.  We packed up our bags and checked out of the hotel.

We got the tram to Euro Youth Hostel.  We were going to take a tour to Neuschwanstein Castle with Mike’s Bike Tours.  We were going to bring our backpacks with us on the bus and after the tour we’d go to our hotel.

We boarded the bus along with a few people.  The bus picked up more people at Mike’s Bike Tours office.  Our group consisted of 43 people and 1 monkey.  We watched a video of our guide Brad.  He’s a magician.  We’d be meeting him later on.

We drove to Schwangau.  Brad hopped on the bus and talked to the group.

The group grabbed bikes for our bike tour.  Brad gave us disposable ponchos to wear since it was raining.  We biked to Swan Lake.

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It’s a beautiful lake.  Three guys decided to jump in the cold lake.  I can’t believe anybody would want to swim when it’s cold and rainy outside.

It started raining even harder.  Brad asked if we wanted to bike around the lake to get a good view of Nueschwanstein Castle and Swan Lake or bike back.  Most people wanted to ride around the lake.  Ivan and I just wanted to go back.  Lil Dave was lucky to be hidden in my jacket, so he didn’t mind either way.

We biked around the lake. The view would have been nice if it wasn’t raining.  Our group headed back.  I was towards the back of the group.  At the end, you have to go up a hill to get back.  I was struggling since I was so tired.  Ivan came back to help me.  He walked my bike back to the shed.

We went to the restaurant.  Ivan and I each had spaghetti with tomato sauce.  Lil Dave and spaghetti with tomato sauce and bananas.  The spaghetti was good, but I wish it was a bigger portion.  Ivan and I each had a nice apple strudel.

The group would have gone on the Alpine Slide, but it was closed due to the weather.

Brad Daynes, our guide, said he’d do a longer close-up magic show.  He did a few magic tricks during an hour show.  Everybody seemed amazed.  Brad is a great performer.  He has a nice smile.  Ivan knew how to do all the tricks Brad did.

We drove towards the Nueschwanstein Castle.  There were two options: either you could walk up with Brad on a 45 minute hike or take a bus most of the way there.  It was still raining, so we didn’t want to hike.  I don’t really like long hikes especially going uphill.  Plus, I don’t think it would be fun in the rain.  I felt weak most of the day.  I think it was lack of food.  I’m used to eating a lot more – plus we were biking and walking so much.

The bus took us to the path to the bridge.  The bridge didn’t seem safe.  It did have a beautiful view of the castle.

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It was foggy, so it made the castle look spooky.  I wish we had a sunny day with a clear shot of the castle.

We walked to the castle which took 15 minutes.  We waited for Brad to give us our tickets.  We got our tickets right before 4:25 pm.

We took the tour with a guide from the castle.  No outside guides can give a private tour in the castle.  Our guide was a young man with a strong accent.  It was hard to understand him since it was echo-y and because of his accent.  You’re not supposed to take pictures.  Ivan thinks it’s because they want you to buy their postcards.  Ivan took pictures without the flash anyway.  An arrogant American guy kept getting mad at Ivan for taking pictures.  He said Why don’t you just buy a postcard.  I overheard him telling his friend that the UV light would harm the paintings.  He told Ivan Mr. Special just keeps taking pictures.  He was just a guy who thinks he knows it all who wants to control everything.  What an idiot!

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It was beautiful inside.  Neuschwanstein Castle was built by Ludwig II.  We learned about his mysterious death.  The doctors wanted to declare him insane – so then they could take him away and he wouldn’t be King anymore.  He was found dead with his doctor in a pool of water that was only 8 inches deep.  Many think that he was shot from behind.

The tour was a bit rushed.  It makes sense since so many people come visit the castle. It just would have been nice to explore it longer.  It’s a wonderful castle.  Nueschwanstein Castle is what Walt Disney based the castle that’s used at as the logo in the films and the castle at Disneyland/Disney World.

We walked down the castle in 15 minutes.  We met Brad and the group.  Then, the group walked down to the bus.  We said goodbye to Brad.

We were really knackered and slept on the bus.  We arrived back in Munich at 7:30 pm.

We walked back to the new hotel.  We checked in to Hotel Eurostars Grand Central.  It’s a great hotel.  The spacious room is very cool and modern.

We were so tired and it was getting lake.  So, we decided to order room service. Ivan and I shared the grilled fowl breast and grilled hake.  The grilled fowl breast was delicious.  Lil Dave got a fried banana.  The room service prices are very reasonable.

We took the tram towards Hofbrauhaus.  The first floor was so crowded and it was really noisy.  Ivan asked if there was a second floor.  We went to the second floor and sat down.  It was a lot quieter there.  Lil Dave ordered a banana juice.  Ivan and I each had a glass of Riesling.  The Riesling was dry and wasn’t very sweet.  Two men started playing music, one with a guitar and the other with an accordion.  I thought we should try another white wine.  I saw that Frankischer Hauswei was sweet.  We ordered two of those wines.  It was a lot sweeter and tastier than the Riesling.

We went downstairs.  The band was playing music.  It was still crowded.  We found seats.  Ivan wanted a pretzel.  He walked around trying to find the lady who sells pretzels.  The pretzels are huge, but expensive at €3.50.

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We were enjoying the band, drinking our wine and eating our big pretzel.  Most of the people were drunk and pounding on the tables.

It was closing time at 11:30 pm.  I couldn’t believe that it closes so early on the weekend.  Ivan thought that if they closed a few hours later that the tourists would be really drunk and might create chaos.

We headed back to the hotel.

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Relaxing Day

Posted by Jen on Jun-22-2010

I woke up late on June 18, 2010.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already awake. 

We took the tram to the city centre.  We walked to the train station restaurants.  Ivan thought Dean & David looked good.  Ivan got a curry chicken sandwich and a tomato soup.  Lil Dave had a banana and vegetable wrap.  I had an oriental chicken wrap.  My wrap wasn’t so good.  Ivan and Lil Dave enjoyed their food though.

We walked around Munich.  It was raining. 

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We went to the New Town Hall right before 5 pm.  At 12 pm and 5 pm, the clock chimes and then there’s a show in the New Town Hall.  It shows moving wooden objects.  The first part depicts a jousting match.  The second part shows men dancing in a circle with one foot on their other leg.  It’s cute to see once, but not the most exciting tourist thing to do.

We got tea at a coffee bar nearby.  I was feeling a bit weak.  We had rioboos tea and a good apple strudel.

We got the tram back to the hotel.

Ivan really wanted to watch the football match between England vs. Algeria.  We walked to Hirschgarten. 

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It’s the biggest beer garden in the world.  We had to wait a few minutes for a table.  We watched the first half during dinner.  Ivan and I shared a tasty clear soup with pancakes and chives.  Lil Dave had a sausage and banana sandwich.  It was his first time having a sausage and he thought it was good.  Our main course was a salmon salad and noodles with cheese and fried onions.  Germans aren’t known for their pasta, so the cheese was good but the noodles needed more of the fried onions.  It was a good meal. 

We walked back to the hotel.  There we watched the second half of the football match.  Ivan couldn’t believe that it ended in 0-0.  I worked on the blog.  Ivan and I used the internet afterwards.

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