Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Where Clouds Rule the Sky

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen the chance of a sunny day is always below 25%. 
So that explains all the clouds we encountered there. 

At the top of the Alpspitze

We had great plans to go to the top of the Zugpsitze, 
but what's the point if you can't see anything once you are there? 
So we went to the top of the Alpspitze. 

The AlpsPIX viewing platform in a cloud. 

We still didn't see much 
but it didn't hurt our wallets quite as much either. 
On one of those rare sunny days, 
the view from here must be stunning. 
And the viewing platforms hanging off the mountain over the valley would be amazing. 

We hiked down through the clouds enjoying what we could see. 

I love German cows.
I love the sound of the cowbells even more. 

And then we went to the baker for bread, 
the brewer for beer, 
the cheese shop for cheese, 
and the butcher for meats. 
I love that. 

We had our picnic lunch in front of our hotel. 
It was a great day, clouds and all. 

Oh, and here's what the brochures and travel guides show you:

But remember, chances of that view are less than 25%. 
I'm not sure I would recommend a summer stay here 
unless you are prepared for perpetual clouds.

Garmisch Partenkirchen is in southern Germany just north of the Austrian Border. 
Alpspix Ausichtsplattform, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Monday, September 18, 2017

Forgotten Dreams

I found this Marina on Long Beach Island, NJ that looked abandoned at first glance, 
but surprisingly there was a little life there.

However, in the yard there were many boats that were clearly abandoned 
sitting on trailers that haven't moved for years.

I can't imagine the reason for so many boats just left to decay. 

I felt it appropriate to edit these images with a grunge texture 
to accentuate the sense of abandonment. 

Here's the active part of the marina...
I can't help but notice the missing planks on those piers. 
You'd need to really watch your step. 

Hochstrasser's Marina
401 W 8th St, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

Ship Bottom is located in Ocean County, New Jersey

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Promise Kept

In my last post I shared the beauty of Ettal Abbey
Today we will visit the village of Ettal which has a population of just about 800 people.  
What really puts Ettal on the map is the Passion Play. 

A Sample of the Lüftlmalarei painted on houses.

The Passion play is performed once every 10 years going back to   
1633 when the villagers prayed for protection from the plague 
during the time of the 30 years war. 

They promised God if he would spare them from the plague
 they would perform a play about the life of Christ. 

Today, the play is still performed by the local villagers. 
Now that is what I call keeping a promise! 
We were not there during the year a of the performance, 
that will occur next in 2020. 

But Ettal has beautiful Lüftlmalarei* adorning the houses. 
*painted scenes on houses
And the area has a strong tradition of woodworking and handcrafts. 
If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. 
It is a good place for souvenirs as well. 

In fact in all our travels in Germany, 
we noted they value handwork. 
I don't recall seeing anything made in China. 
What a welcome change from the USA. 

A woodworker working on Christ. 

Oh...and here is something else you don't see in America...
sausage vending machines. 
Imagine that? 

As beautiful as these places are...
I still haven't shared my favorite location! 
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Beauty of Ettal Abbey

Ettal Abbey
Welcome to Ettal Abbey, 
what a grand entrance 
on a not so grand day. 

Dome Frescoes

But the cold & cloudiness didn't stop us from enjoying the beauty of this 14c abbey. 
In the 1700s the abbey was rebuilt in the Bavarian rococo style. 

Through The Pillars

They 50+ monks here must produce and earn their keep
so here you will also find a brewery, hotel and publishing house.

Looking at the Arched Entry

Sadly all has not been beautiful at the Abbey. 
Since 2010 the abbey has been under investigation for physical and sexual abuses of children. 
So sad. 

Remembering Aubrey Mae Yeiter,
our first grandchild taken to heaven too soon. 

You can visit the abbey at no charge when open. 
Check the hours before going. 

These and other pictures of the Abbey can be seen here. 

Benediktinerabtei Ettal
Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1
82488 Ettal
Telephone: +49 (0)8822 740
Fax: +49 (0)8822 74228

Friday, September 1, 2017

Destination: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Say that 5 times fast....
so we'll just call it GaPa for short 
like they do in Germany. 

All is quiet at 7:30 am. 

GaPa is the location we chose as our base for exploring southern Bavaria. 
I am sooo glad we chose to stay on Ludwigstrasse in Partenkirchen. 
It is so quaint and easily walkable. 
The outer parts of the town reminded me more of a suburban town back home. 

Ludwigstrasse is a little sleepy - since everything shuts down in the evenings except the restaurants.
We stayed at Gasthaus Fraundorfer, 
which was the happening place. 
They offer live music in the evenings and keep a packed house in their restaurant. 

Love the shop signs in the German villages. 

The place is rustic and I can easily see this a skier's hotel in winter. 
In summer, the area tends toward cloudiness and rain 
due to its proximity to the Alps. 
I guess you can't have it all. 

View from our window. 

During our 4 nights there in August 
we were freezing! 
We were not prepared for the cold, damp temps in August. 
That is something not in the guide books! 

Bavarian Details
I can tell you that after visiting these German villages, 
setting up my little German Village at Christmas time 
will take on a whole new meaning.

Fountain on Ludwigstrasse

For more pictures from GaPa, click here