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Traveling across Germany

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Today was a full day of travel from Austria to the Black Forest region of Germany. Up at 6:30, breakfast at 7:00 and on the bus at 8:00. We rode for about 2.5 hours till we made a potty stop, but the scenery was beautiful and lots of fun stories were told while we travelled…at least in the back of the bus! By the way, the rest stops on the thruways in Germany are spotless with lots of good food (and, of course, McDonalds). There’s always fresh pretzels everywhere you go.

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We stopped in the town of Ulm on the Danube River, about 50 miles southeast of Stuttgart.
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It’s a medieval town, as most are in this region. It is the location of Ulm Minster, a church that began construction in 1377 and was completed in 1890. It is currently the tallest church in the world.

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We found a nice little German “diner” for lunch, and, surprisingly, 6 days into our tour, this is the first time Bill has had a hamburger. Yeah Bill!!
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Our luck with the weather ran out this afternoon, and on way out of Ulm, the skies opened up. Thank goodness we made it to the bus beforehand. We drove about 5 minutes out of town to the cemetery where General Erwin Rommel, the German field Marshall who commanded his troops in South Africa and drove the US troops out of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia. For those who may not know, Bill’s dad fought in that battle in February 1943 with the First Infantry Division - The Big Red One.
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We chose not to get soaking wet, but did find some good pictures on the internet of Rommel’s gravesite and also of the memorial to the spot where he committed suicide, which we also visited but did not get off the bus.
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Our next destination is our hotel in Bad Herrendbald. Bad in German means good health, so towns that have the word “bad” in their name are known for fresh air, spas and are held to certain healthy regulations by the government.

What a beautiful hotel this is…with another beautiful view!
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And it has a pool!!
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It was so relaxing to get into that pool after dinner. I know I’ll sleep well tonight.

Dinner tonight at the hotel was an excellent buffet with lots of delicious salads, entrees and sides. I had trout for the first time…it was tender, flaky and I loved it.

Even though we spent most of the day on the bus, I think everyone enjoyed a bit of down time. Tomorrow, we’ll be on the run again, hopping over the border into France.

I feel so blessed to be on this trip. While it’s a bucket list item for Bill, I’m enjoying it so much. Just wish we had more time for shopping!!!

Posted by pklein9747 19:32 Archived in Germany

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Absolutely amazing! SO happy for you!!❤️❤️

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