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Friday, November 02, 2018

Shanghai

A quick visit to Shanghai!

I had an almost 24 hour layover on my way to Cambodia, so decided to stay at the Westin Bund Center and explore Shanghai. From the airport, we took the Maglev Train into the city -- a 'magnetic levitation' train -- the first commercial high speed Maglev. When we took the Maglev back to the airport the next day, we hit maximum speed at 431 kilometers/hr (about 268 miles per hour.)

Getting ready to take the Maglev
Max Speed!
After we landed and checked in the hotel, we walked around the beautifully lit Bund. Across the river, we could see the Oriental Pearl Tower and and other tall sky scrapers in the Pudong new area.



 The next day we explored the beautiful Yu Garden, built in 1559 and now a national monument.









Eating a Crab Soup Dumpling 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Garmisch - September 2018



After a lunch at Augustiner Keller in Munich, Mark, Lisa, Mitch, Martyne, Mike, and Peggy and I boarded the train to Garmisch -- my first time there.

I stayed at the BioHotel Bavaria, which was very reasonable and charming.

The breakfast room at the Bavaria

My balcony
Most of the others were staying in the Edelweiss which was also a place I'd recommend. Garmisch was so cute with stunning views.



That night we had a wonderful dinner at a cozy little restaurant -- Bräustüberl. I couldn't resist having Wienerschnitzel again.



 The next morning, we left early for a hike through the Hollenthalklamm Gorge. After we walked up through the winding gorges and through the tunnels and waterfalls, we hiked up to the Hollenthalklammhutte for lunch. Then, we kept climbing along the mountain face until we got to the Kreuzeckbahn cable car. Over all, we hiked 14 miles and climbed over 3960 feet. Scenes from the hike:


Getting Started























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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Munich -- Oktoberfest 2018



This year marked my 13th Oktoberfest in Munich. I flew into Stuttgart on Friday evening, arriving Saturday morning. That night, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Munich - Leuchenbergring, just east of the City, as I had originally planned to stay in Stuttgart if I arrived on Saturday, but found a last minute room in Munich a few weeks before the trip.

After checking into my hotel, I dressed in my Lederhosen and met Mark, Lisa, Mitch, Martyne, and their friends Peggy and Mike at Augustiner Keller Biergarten before going to dinner at Königlicher Hirschgarten. This year, there was a band playing at Augustiner Keller - I had not seen that before.

Augustiner Keller

Beautiful day, Beautiful Music

Steckerlfisch cooking over the embers
Wienerschnitzel at Koeniglicher Hirschgarten
The next day I moved hotels to the Aloft across from the main train station, and headed to the tents! I spent most of the afternoon at Pschorr-Braurosl and then off to our Sunday evening tradition, the Hacker Festzelt.

Pschorr Bräurosl





Inside Hacker Festzelt 


The next morning, I bought my 2018 Stammerlkrug then walked around the fairgrounds,  sampling the sites of several tents:







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