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We drove from Merano, Italy, which is just like Austria in every way (language, food, architecture, etc) to real Austria. One big difference we noticed was the way people drive. While in Italy speed limit was not even a guideline, once we crossed the boarder (which at this point is easy to miss, due to shengen visa rules) everyone slowed down to exactly the speed limit. This was painful.
Anyway, we arrived at Salzburg and parked here’s

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While this may look like a mountain in the middle of the city, I am convinced it’s hollow by now with the parking, hotel, other businesses all inside it.

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We did some sightseeing on the first day

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Interesting bench on the street

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We walked into this church (st peters)

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And got invited to a free concert

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I managed through about 1 hour of it. Seating on church benches is painful
Today we had a guided tour to eagles nest. Hitlers residence, where he apparently only spent about 13 days. It was built for a cool 50m DM ($200 mil in today’s money)

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It’s pretty high up

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But we climbed all the way to the top

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The views from there are great

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Could not resist

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I expected this place to be a museum… But it’s a restaurant.. For some reason it does jive well with me

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After eagles nest we stopped by an old German town, and found this grave.. Impressive

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Finally, we also climbed to the fortress of Salzburg (Hohensalzburg)

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Sveta found her skiing gear

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And yet another kings bed.. This one is more like it

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And some cool views of the city from there

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One more picture… A postcard.. Or it could be one

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Tomorrow we are going back to Munich to drop of a car.. And back home to US.. I guess this will be my last near-real-time post from this trip. I will be posting some more individual reflections about the places we visited. More words.. fewer pics, once get to my laptop.

Drop a note if you like anything specific ๐Ÿ™‚

The last couple of days were more driving and relaxing vs. exploring and sight seeing. On the way from 5 terre to Milano to drop off our friends we stopped by this place

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It was recommended by a local and it did not disappoint. The only problem was.. Menu only in Italian, and not a single person spoke english there.. The food was great, and an interesting experience.
From Milano we drove close to 300km (180miles) to Merano.. Driving 100mph became a habit.. 2 hours with a stop to refuel.. How will I drive in US again?
The drive was amazingly picturesque with many castles on the way..

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The nature was pretty cool too

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Aside from where it was spoilt by the modern constructions.. Those high rises just don’t fit here.

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The hotel is amazing, with beautiful grounds , views, and a spa.

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Today in the morning we walked to Trauttmansdorff castle and botanical garden. It was good, but a bit crowded for Monday..

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As its on a hill, great views of the surroundings

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One more day here and off we go to the final stop of our trip at Salzburg.

Yesterday, after another great breakfast at Muller

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We took one last look at the hotel

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And the lake next to it

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Before going on a 300 km drive thru the Alps to lake Como (Varenna). I fully expected this to take under 4 hour… Well… Maybe not..
Some pics of the scenery

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We made a lunch stop in Switzerland.. 2 salads in 2 glasses of coke for $50,.. Wow
The town kind of looked like Colorado Rockies resort towns

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After lunch the fun road started

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We finally make it to a hotel.. The views are stunning

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A nice dinner

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And we explorer the town in the twilight

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More from lake Como to follow

After a nice breakfast at hotel Muller we had a tour of neuschwanstein castle. We made a trip up by a horse carriage

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This was included in the hotel package… But in general I would recommend a hike up instead.
The castle is under construction, which takes away from the views

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However, there are amazing views from the castle, and trails surrounding it

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The castle looks pretty cool too

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The tour of the insides is really lame.. Besides pictures are not allowed.. No idea why.. I still took a few

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It really does not stack up to the palaces of St. Petersburg
Skip the tour, and go for a hike around the castle. The trails are great

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Later in the day we toured a castle of Hohenschwangau

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Some verboten pictures from the inside

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Wagers piano

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Kings bedroom, with what looks like a double bed

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Overall, same thoughts as before: the nature and the views are more impressive vs. the lame tours of the castles
We did get a nice dinner at Fussen.. Our water was a scholar of Russian language.. Which was interesting

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And for todays moment of zen… Saw this in Fussen ( small German town, on a busy touristy street )

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Driving to lake Como tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Today we took the car out into the city of Fussen.. It got a LOT of looks.

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Yesterday was the day of my European delivery. We started out in BMW welt premium lounge

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After a nice breakfast

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We went off to explore more of the welt

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We also took a factory tour. It was very educational, and pretty amazing. Unfortunately pictures were strictly verboten :(. For example 98 per cent of body creation is automated. There are literally no people in the building
When we got back there was a sign for us

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We look down and tada…

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A few more minutes anxiously awaiting for the actual delivery, and they take us down to our baby

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An overview of some new features

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And we are off to see the castles. The road was winding through some picturesque areas, which means I could not drive over 110mph ;(

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Until we saw the castles.. Sadly under some reconstruction

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There was a nice 5course dinner awaiting at the hotel Muller to conclude the day.

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The view from the dining area helped too

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Tours of the castles and more pics of the car will follow ๐Ÿ˜‰

This morning we took a nice walk through the English gardens towards Marienplatz

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On a way we saw some surfers on a river.. Pretty neat

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The architecture is very interesting.. Much older vs. Odessa or st. Petersburg

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We had an amazing breakfast at cafe Glockenspiel

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Their cakes looked good too.. But we did not try..

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The plan called for a walking tour, but it started to rain very hard

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So, we took a bus tour instead.. Pictures are not as great from a moving bus

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The tour took us to BMW welt.. More of it tomorrow (a lot more) but the museum was open today and is closed on Mondays.

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I wanted to take one for a spin.. Denied

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On our way to dinner spotted another nice ride

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And for today’s moment of zen.. Just meditate on this!

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