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Day Eighteen - Bike Tour in Munich

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So, I woke at 4am & as much as I wanted to go back to sleep, it didn't happen - really annoying. Got a call from Mum, was good to hear from her & catch up on the latest.

We caught a couple of trains into the centre of Munich around 9am & wandered around for a couple of hours - there was an amazing market that sold all kinds of food & other items, it was huge. Ian got a coffee from Starbucks as he was sick of the push button coffee from other places over the past two days. Whilst there we had a chat with two young American guys, like all Americans they cannot believe we can & are allowed to take five weeks off work.

From here we made our way back to the city square to go on a 4hr bike tour - this time with Mike's Bikes, starting at 11.30am. We had about 25 people, so split into two groups - our guide being Tony. Ian became (once again) the Ass Man - meaning he had to bring up the rear all day. We probably didn't get the same history detail as our other rides but Tony was very entertaining. We stopped for lunch at the Chinese Orient Beer Garten, where of course Ian had to try a litre beer!!

Walked around when we returned & then made our way home, very tired. I have put some photo's up, but too tired to search where they all are or what they are - will do that tomorrow.

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Day Seventeen - Vienna to Munich

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So the clothes dried overnight, crisis adverted! Up at 6am & left the apartment at 7am to walk in the rain to the train station for our 8.30am train to Munich. It was meant to be 4hrs & was meant to be direct, however given the Syrian Refugee crisis we had to change trains at the border (Salzburg, Austrian side of the border) - there were numerous police on all platforms, checking trains as you get off & then checking your tickets prior to boarding the next train. After listening to all the news reports this is our first interaction with this tragic event - so very sad.

We were only on this train for about 10min & then had to change again at Freilassing (Germany side of the border) which stopped at quite a few towns before arriving in Munich about 40min later than scheduled - was nice to see some of the more remote countryside. For the first time in a while we saw real sunshine even though the maximum was 8 degrees.

Upon arriving in Munich we walked the 1km to our apartment & the owner let us in. It is located in the heart of Oktoberfest, which only finished recently - they are still dismantling the pavilions etc. We have awesome views & as I write this, Ian is cooking dinner after I have spent an hour in the bath reading my book & having a couple of glasses of wine - what a life... Must say, I purchased Anne Frank's book at her house after visiting it in Amsterdam, cannot believe I have not read it before - so moving & a must read.

We are heading to Stuttargt on Friday, so walked back to the station to purchase the tickets & also got our bearings around this new location. We then walked to Augustiner Brau (pub), where of course Ian had to try their renown brewed beer, we also shared pork sausages & sour kraut.

Found an Aldi shop & purchased food & Ian was disappointed with their beer selection (should I be getting worried about him being addicted to beer??)

Will view more of Munich tomorrow.

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Day Sixteen - Vienna

rain 9 °C
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This morning Ian headed off to do some washing (1.2km) & left me to finish my blog, photo's & go to the supermarket. I got the following text from him "It's so hard trying to wash clothes when all instructions are in German. Wash is done but clothes didn't get a rinse or spin dry - now in the dryer". He returned some time later with the clothes still very wet (heavy load he had to lug back) & we have had them over the oil heaters all day - as I write this they are still not dry!

A balmy top of 9 degrees as we headed out to do City Walk 2 covering about 12 attractions. Weather was cold but fine until around 1pm, it has been a continuous light rain since then - not heaps of fun in this weather but we wanted to see all the planned sites. Some of these sites included:

1. Burggarten - located in this park is a Mozart monument with flowers forming the shape of a musical note (see photo's).
2. Parliament Building - very elaborate exterior.
3. Bermuda Triangle - one of Vienna's most popular places to go out, the Ruprechtskirche (St Rupert's Church) is located in the middle of these clubs / pubs.

We came across an airforce display in Heldenplatze & stopped for lunch at Rathausplatz (a park). Finished off our list of places to see & got back to our apartment around 4pm to get dry. Headed out to a restaurant on one of the side streets for dinner to try the Weiner schnitzel & of course apple strudel - both amazing. Now home to pack as a very early start tomorrow as we head to Munich.

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Day Fifteen - Vienna

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Did something to my neck in the early hours, so couldn't turn it right at all. Ian played physio & I told him he had to get into all the sore & tight points & from previous experience from physio's has to hurt a lot - I think he may have enjoyed this fact!!! He managed to loosen it up a bit.

Skyped Tg & the girls this morning, was nice to have a chat. We only have two full days in Vienna so took ourselves on a tourist City Walk 1, taking in 13 attractions - one of them being a place where Mozart lived from 1784 - 1787. At St Stephen's Cathedral we caught a mass in progress & decided to walk the 373 steps up one of the towers - I got about a 1/4 of the way up & the steps narrowed & got darker, unfortunately it made me feel really claustrophobic & I had to go back down (what a wimp!). Ian continued to the top whilst I froze sitting outside on a step waiting for him.

We came across an Aussie Pub, so of course Ian had to stop for a beer. It was full inside so he had to sit outside in the cold with his Ayres Rock beer. Across the road was a tourist info centre so we decided to purchase tickets to the Opera to see The Tempest at the Vienna State Opera House.

Ventured back to our apartment where I had a nap & Ian watched Aust v Scotland in the rugby (I got to see most of the 2nd half) - very tense match with Ian being hardly able to watch. Headed to the Opera at 6.50pm for a 7.30pm start, it was very close by - I am not a huge Opera fan but this was magnificent, so glad we went.

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Day Fourteen - Prague to Vienna

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We shared a bottle of champers last night & I drank 3/4 of it, told Ian I didn't think it was alcoholic & was asleep by 8.20pm (he tells me it was 11% - had a great sleep but woke very early!!)

So we farewelled Prague & took a train to Vienna which took just over 4 1/2 hrs - sat opposite another Aussie guy from Victoria, the train &'service were fantastic. Arrived in Vienna around 3.30pm & it was only a 10 min walk to our accommodation - once again basic but has what we need. Given shops are closed tomorrow, wandered to the supermarket to stock up. Now watching Rugby being broadcast in German.

We will start touring around tomorrow....

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