April 2011 - Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
Hi Everyone We had a great three weeks with Connie and Steve. They flew home on Tuesday and are safely back on Lake Pulaski, Minnesota. We got a few more projects finished this week, water in batteries, new thermostat sender on main engine, finished side curtains for "the Fort", ran Dutchman and reefing lines on mainsail and varnished the toe rail. It's hard to stay motivated after three weeks of touristing:-) Still lots we should do before we cast off our lines for Cruising 2011.
We hosted Mexican domino's last night. Al always hates to play but this is the game of choice for most cruisers we know. I think it's beginning to grow on him. We're going to Rome for Easter mass in English at Santa Suzanna. Then we're meeting Bob and Cindy on God Speed for brunch. Pope Benedict does a special blessing at noon but we don't know if we'll have enough time after 10:30 mass to get to St. Peter's Square by then. We hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.
April 14 - 17, 2011
Hi Everyone Okay everyone cut me some slack. I reread some of my emails sent while on this road trip and I can't believe some of the errors. Blame it on late nights and lots of fun! Oh and we celebrated New Years 1972 in Munich not 1971.
Thurs. April 1 Our second day in Munich we took a wonderful free three hour tour of Old Town. Our guide, Marcin, was great, and worked for tips:-) He also works for a tour company that he was promoting. Unfortunately it was very windy and colder so we were glad to see the tour end at Viktualienmarkt (Open Market and beer garden). We had brats and then decided to head to the English Gardens. You can't blame us when low and behold we ended up in front of the Hofbrauhaus and needed a warm up and bathroom break 3 hours later and 2 liters each we wandered across the street too The Augusteiner and had another liter and wonderful dinner, pork knuckles.
Germany | Lake Starmberg | Neuschwanstein Castle
Fri. April. 15 On the road again... Poor Al always behind the wheel. Great drive through the Alps. We headed to Lake Starmberg where King Ludwig II built beautiful castles. One of which Walt Disney still pays Munich royalties on. The Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle. Grandpa had to head there so he could tell his girls he was at Sleeping Beauty's Castle. (Now when we told Josie this she informed us she wanted Grandpa to take her to Disney World:-)) You'll have to work on that Josie! We saw no fewer than 15 castles this day and at least 6 forts. The driving was spectacular although at times Al was not as enthusiastic as he was the driver. We drove through Innsbruck and then into Italy. It was a long day of travel but arrived in La Spezia early enough to relax and then head out for a quick bite to eat. Beautiful night and it felt great to be back to warm weather even at night.
Italy | Cinqueterre | Riomaggiore | Sally, Connie, Steve
Sat. April 16, 2011
Happy Birthday Maggie! We had breakfast and then boarded a train to Cinqueterre. We started in Monterosso (last of the five cities) this time to avoid the crowds we encountered last October in Riomaggiore. Unfortunately parts of the trails were closed due to erosion over the winter and spring. We climbed the first 45 minutes of the trail to find it fenced and paddle-locked against hikers. So we climbed to the road and caught a bus back to Monterosso. We still had great views, just didn't get to see Vernazza on the approach from the west. We took at train. We tried some farinata (chickpea pizza)before hiking around. We were able to hike the trail from Vernazza to Corniglia. It was suppose to be closed too but we encountered no problems and had a beautiful 1 and half hour hike (Well maybe 2 at our pace). We sure did a lot of up hill climbing today so the downhill which normally kills my legs was a relief. In Corniglia we hiked down to the train and visited Manarola. Then it was a short, easy walk to Riomaggiore. Great day. We grabbed a slice of pizza to go and caught the train back to La Spezia. We had nice dinner lasagne for Steve, calamari for Connie and seafood pasta for Al and I.
Italy | Pisa |
Sun. April 17
We made a stop in Pisa this morning so Steve and Connie could see the highlights. We took our pictures and headed out for Nettuno arriving back at Artemis at 3PM. Wow safe and sound and we put on about 2,500 miles in two weeks. Where has the time gone. We've had such a great adventure and will miss our travel partners when they go home on Tuesday. Having Sausage/meat rigatoni for dinner tonight. If we aren't too tired we'll finish up with gelato. Love and God Bless Sally, Al, Connie and Steve.