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

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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 🙂

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 😉

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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For the last day in Odessa we decided to take a tour of criminal Odessa, which turned out to be a lot of fun. We heard a lot of cool stories..
The day before we saw where “likvidacia” movie was shot

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Today we went to see the famous двор on moldovanka

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But they were so sick of tourists we got yelled at by this woman

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A quick drive by the jail, where most famous criminals were spending time at some point.. Like Leon Trotsky . He actually took the nickname Trotsky as that of his guard in this jail.

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This is where Misha Yaponets grew up and lived as an adult. The building has been untouched in over 100 years.. People still live there

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A lot of it on the Jewish street, as most crime in Odessa was jewish

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Thru this arch was a famous pickpocket academy

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The statue of Gotzman

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After the tour a quick lunch and a flight to Munich. Here we were taken to our hotel by a nice mercedes taxi, going over 100mph most of the way.. Wow… Welcome to Germany.

I did not blog last night, as we got in very late.. Also the day was not too eventful. We did make it to the beach: and here is the whole team

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After the beach and a nice kosher dinner we went to explore more suburban Odessa. It’s not very glamorous.

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We did track to some friends apartment, and spent the rest of the evening there.
Today was a new day.. Not too hot and not humid, a great day for a city tour. We signed up for the tour of Odessa palaces.
The first palace was actually a museum.. Great art in the inside, but the building is falling apart, both inside and outside.

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This was the case with most palaces, aside from this one: it was leased to a bank under condition of complete restoration

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The next palace had the owner incorporated in the design. Some chutzpah

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This next building is beautiful, but it’s been empty for five years, and a complete mess. It’s also in a prime area of town. If it was not for total corruption it would be a great hotel project

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Putin is overlooking the city

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The shopping center

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they rolled out the red carpet

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Possibly for my wife? Or international film festival.. Either way

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We also visited the April first museum.. The statue of me was the first exhibit

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Some others included Odessa mama

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Ilf and Petrov and more

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And for today’s moment of zen.. Commercials telling to wash yourself

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