Monthly Archives: March 2011

Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

Share Over the past four or five days, I have seen more castles, palaces and cathedrals than most Americans will probably see in a lifetime. And all of them were at least 100 years old, of course. It is hard to imagine living in a place with so much history, walking by these things every…

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German nuts

German nuts

Share Walking down the pedestrian street of Munich, I suddenly screeched, frightening my companion, Brooke.  I had seen the German nut kiosk.  I ran over and began scanning the six or so types of nuts they glazed and sugared.  Macadamias, walnuts, peanuts, every type of nut you can imagine was sugared.  I was in heaven.  I…

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Bakery in Dachau

Bakery in Dachau

Share After we got off the plane in Munich, and made it all the way back to our hotel with all of our bags (and we brought a lot of bags) we had to hike back to the metro to head towards the city of Dachau. We road a metro and a bus, and by…

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A day in Fussen

A day in Fussen

Share Sunday we traveled to the small town of Fussen, Germany to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, which worked out great because all the shops in Bavaria are closed as it is a Catholic state. Some of us were also able to tour Hohenschangau Castle while we were there. These castles are a MUST SEE while…

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Market shopping

Market shopping

Share As it started to sprinkle, I figured I should make my trip to the market quick if I wanted to get done before a downpour, so I headed in what I hoped would be the general direction of the famous market area of Munich, called Viktualienmarkt from the Latin word for food. As I…

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If You’re Going To Hamburg, Take the Train, and Other Lessons…

If You’re Going To Hamburg, Take the Train, and Other Lessons…

Share This is a preview post for a longer one tomorrow… but here’s a picture of Hamburg’s City Hall to tide you over. -Alison Smith

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Second Day in Berlin: Holocaust Memorial and McDonald’s

Second Day in Berlin: Holocaust Memorial and McDonald’s

Share When approaching from behind, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe does not look impressive. Small slabs of concrete. Still. Emotionless. Then, you walk through it, down the slightly sloping passages until you are alone, surrounded on everyside by the suddenly massive structures. It comes on slowly. With virtually no markings or engravings,…

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Video Blog: Landing in Germany

Share Alpine Living made it to Munich!

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City tour of Munich

City tour of Munich

Share Did you know that the German word for Munich, which is Munchen, means monks?  Neither did Brooke and I until we were sitting on an open air bus in the middle of Munich listening to information first in German and then hearing the key words repeated in the English translation. Brooke and I began our day…

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Sachsenhausen

Sachsenhausen

Share Today Megan and I went to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. The camp first opened in 1936 and was originally planned to hold political opponents, but as tension escalated and the Nazi party came to power the camp held all who were considered social misfits. These people were not only political opponents and Jews, but…

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