Monday, December 28, 2009

Frauenkirche Munich

 I like visiting Frauenkirche when I visit München. I like visiting churches in Europe.  I think this is the first time I've ever visited the basement here.  I was glad to have taken the time to walk around inside this church again.



In the Frauenkirche there is a small chapel under the alter. This is a painting behind that chapel's alter.







This cross is also in the basement chapel. This is to the left of the painting behind the alter.










This is in the main chapel area of Frauenkirche near the main entrance to the left of the Apse. Very interesting wood work and style.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gilching Haus

We strolled through Gilching and we found this piece of art in what I'm calling 'downtown'. This is near the train station and we were just wandering.









We wandered through the forest on the hill behind the house and there were lots of Christmas trees just waiting. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a photo of them.






We call this Johnny's field. This is were we have many pictures of Johnny playing. Hence the reason why we call it that.








This is the house. The lady asked me what I was doing here and I told her that we used to live in that house. She asked me if we were the Americans. I said yes. We got to go inside and see the whole house except for the basement. It turned out to be a very good day. We had a very nice time visiting and reminiscing.

Kristkindl Markt München

We finally made it to the Kristkindl Markt in München. It has been a while since I last visited it. The door is to the Frauenkirche. We spent some time wandering around inside. It is a very beautiful church. I like visiting here. Right now they are cleaning the towers of the church so it wasn't really possible to get a good photo of it.








We visited also the Victualen Markt and this is one of the fruit displays that was there. I really like this place. Just wandering around looking at all the food and possibilities of things to eat. I haven't got a clue as to what most of the stuff is but it is a real treat to experiment with the different textures and tastes.




Here is a bit of the Marienplatz and the Christmas shoppers on the last day of Advent. Amazing but true I ventured out amongst the shoppers on Christmas Eve! We even rode the train back and forth. Also amazing is that we didn't get lost and managed to catch the right train back. It was a very good day.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Harburg Germany

We made it to Harburg only a slight delay in our train was late leaving Mainz so our connecting train was missed. Strange thing is the train we eventually caught was an express and got to Donauwört earlier than the train we were supposed to take.
We went yesterday to Ingolstadt and Hexenagger Castle for the Christmas Markets. We had fun but it was pretty darn cold. I ended up buying a muffler it was that cold. My leather gloves are falling apart so I'm resorting to the other pair which aren't as warm. We did have a good time though it was a very long day. We caught the bus at 1035 and got home at around 2230 after a beer it was bed time by 2300.
We are still also plagued by a minor electrical issue with the transformers. They don't really fit and get hot and stop working. I am hoping to find a German one so elimate the problem.
We are currently doing laundry and thinking about going to Nördlingen to it's Christmas Market later today.
We are having a good time.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Koblenz

We visited yesterday Koblenz. It was very cold and windy by the rivers Mosel and Rhine. We swung by the Christmas Market and sort of breezed through the place. I did say it was cold right? How cold was it? Cold enough that the doors of the car were frozen shut when we went to leave the apartment. That's pretty cold for sure. We really don't have the clothes or enough of them for this weather. Maybe it was that we wore the wrong clothes for the day but it was enjoyable once we got home.
I again used the Backtrack device and I'm glad that I brought it along. We were able to get back to the train station with little difficulty. Ingrid had taken us by the station before dropping us off at the German Corner so I had a reading. It took a little longer to get a fix but once we were out and about I was glad to have had taken it. So we made it again back without incident. Very nice.


This is a detail of a water fountain that we saw in the Metternich Square in  Koblenz.












This is the monument at Deutsche Ecke, The German Corner. This is where the Rhine and Mosel Rivers meet.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stiehl Cafe Bacharach an internet cafe


Cafe Stiehl
I found an internet cafe in Bacharach. Lucky me.  Here it is Cafe Stiehl.  Sharon and I've walked past this several times already.  In fact we had some hot chocolate her to warm up one day and I asked about the internet.  Unfortunately my German wasn't good enough to understand and the lady I talked to didn't have enough English to make it clear to me.  I saw the next day the sign and went in to get more info.  This time I was able to find out that you can purchase internet time by the hour.  You get a card that has a entry code and Voile you have access to the internet from your regular home page!

I found the people there very helpful.  The coffee, hot chocolate, potato soup and schnapps were all very good.

Not so busy right after Christmas but I was told that in the summer it is packed with students.

I've been able to post some photos taken along the way. I hope to get caught up with things before I leave here. I don't know when the next time I'll find a cafe is but I'm hoping it won't be long. We're good. Snow just a little today. We're planning on having some potato soup and take some photos before we head back to the apartment. Hope every one is well.

Me playing around in the cafe










Alexander Stiehl Cafe
Oberstr.  26 -28
55422 Bacharach
Tel.: 06743/947268

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rüdesheim Christmas market


Here are a couple photos of the Rüdesheim Christmas Market. We drove to Bingen and then took a ferry across the Rhine to Rüdesheim and walked to the market. Rüdesheim is famous for Asbach Brandy and they have a coffee named Rüdesheimer Kafee that is make with Asbach, coffee and whipped cream that is really tasty. Naturally with the Gluhwein things seem to go naturally good after one or two.




vendor display of ornaments

 The Christmas market at Rüdesheim is and international market so there are lots of different things to see and sample.  It was a nice experience for me to have gone there.

Be well travel safe.




Trier Photos




We've been a bit busy visiting places. This is Trier and I put pictures of the Black Gate, Porta Niegra, and part of the Cathedral and an old BMW that was parked on the street advertising for a toy museum.
The Christmas market was nice and visiting two of the forty churches in Trier was also lots of fun. We also visited the cathedral which is famous for having a shirt of Jesus. This was a long day for us. We left Bacharach at about 0800 and returned about 2130. It was a good day. We visited also the town of Bernkastle-Kues and the little Christmas market there. It is an interesting town along the Mosel river. Lots of Fachwerk houses and even a castle. Don't know the name of it. But I did get a photo of it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rüdesheim, Germany Christmas Market 2009


We have made it this far.  We are staying in Steeg not far from Bacharach Germany.  So far the weather has been predictable. It is raining mostly. I am using a borrowed computer with a German keyboard and it is a bit tricky to use. We are well and have been doing good. Our landlady here speaks very good English and has been kind enough to take us around sightseeing. This makes it very nice as we also are introduced to people in the town. It is very nice so far. Missing the folks at home. We are walking a lot. The apartment is very nice and spacious.
This is us in Rüdesheim at their Christmas Market. This one is very International with several countries represented. It hasn´t been really cold yet just damp. I´ve gotten a couple photos you can check out on flickr.