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S: Germany and Austria Trip ~ Summer 2006

FC: Jackson Family | Summer 2006 | Germany and Austria Trip | !

1: We arrived in Munich, Germany after a 19 hour flight - boy were we exhausted! We rejuvenated ourselves with cheese, sausages, and beer at the Hoffbrauhaus - the most popular beer hall in Munich! | Munich | Germany

2: The Sound of Music Tour | Salzburg Austria | The gazebo where Rolfe and Liesl sing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" | Schloss Leopoldskron - the back of the Von Trapp family household where the children fall out of the boat when meeting Baroness Schreider.

3: The Jackson family in front of the fountain around which Maria and the children danced singing "Do-Re-Mi" | Lake Wolfsgang - a neighboring town where some of the scenery from "The Sound of Music" was filmed. This was also where Mozart's mother was born. Mozart was born in Salzburg. | The church in Mondsee where Maria and the Captain are married | While at Lake Wolfsgang, I was able to purchase Edelweiss, Austria's national flower. Edelweiss is a white flower that grows only in the highest parts of the Alps. It is said that when an Austrian man wanted to prove his love for a woman, he would climb to the tops of the Alps to pick this valuable flower for her.

4: Salzburg Austria | Hanging out at an Irish pub after a delicious deer stew dinner! Imagine . . . a family of 8 in their California garb coming to "hang out" in a crowd of young Irish Austrians! | While exploring and shopping in the streets of Salzburg, we found a market selling basketfuls of these huge pretzels!

5: Hohensalzburg The Salzburg castle built by the prince archbishop around 1039 AD.

6: Schladming Austria | Schladming was beautiful - a small town surrounded by tall green mountains with a river running through it. | Seeing that this was "the perfect place," Wes took this opportunity to propose to Jodi as they sat on the porch outside the hotel room. | Congratulations Wes and Jodi! We celebrated their engagement with a toast of cedar/tree bark flavored Schnapps. | We were practically the only ones staying at the hotel so it was very quiet and peaceful!

7: One evening we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Perner, who owned the hotel. We conversed in our broken German about where we were from. and how he opened the hotel. | George, who had lived here for 3 months while attending the Christian "Torch Bearer" school of Taurnhoff, took us on a hike along the river into the town. | Some of our favorite times were spent sitting around eating, talking and playing card games such as "Don't Peak" and "Slimelicker."

8: Schladming Austria | in town . . . | One of my favorite meals on the trip - Schweiserschnitzel!! | As we were eating lunch, we were surprised to see a marching band proceed through the middle of town. | The band seemed to be part of some sort of funeral procession. How amazing it was to see the whole town quiet down as they marched through the street.

9: the Dachstein . . . up . . . up . . . up . . . | The gondola ride to the tips of the Dachstein mountains was quite steep! We huddled to the middle of the gondola so we we wouldn't have to look down!

10: The small German town where Marilyn's father (Opa) was born and where her great grandmother lived. | Our waitress at the hotel, Helga, was the ideal picture of a true German woman - a bit heavy set, hair in a bun, hospitable, witty, and not afraid to scold us for not eating our vegetables! | Eisfeld | Possibly Marilyn's great grandmother's house? | The landscape Opa painted and gave to Marilyn | Germany

11: Regina and Helmud took us on a premium tour of the Eisfeld museum - we were the only visitors at the time! | The museum tower was almost 900 years old! | The view from to top of the tower! | The skinny wooden steps creaked as we climbed to the top of the stone tower! | Eisfeld is known for making beautiful porcelain sculptures.

12: The Rhine River | We took an hour long cruise up the river and passed at least four castles along the way! | A ferry took us across the river - cars and all! | Germany

13: A memorial possibly commemorating peace between France and Germany after the war in 1871. | We found a ski lift uphill a bit which brought us to some beautiful views of the Rhine River and this breathtaking statue. | Brothers

14: The Rhine River | Germany | Marksburg Castle Lived in for over 700 years, dating back to the 13th century AD

15: The wine cellar underneath Gasthaus Stahl | Gasthaus Stahl Our hotel on the Rhine provided amazing service and delicious meals! | It was here that us Jacksons fell in love with the sweet Reisling white wine of the Rhine!

16: The Black Forest Germany | Some of the greatest attractions in the Black Forest are the handcrafted cuckoo clocks. Marilyn and Willard bought Kurt and I a clock here as an early engagement present! Our clock has a beautiful bird carving and dancing German couples, and it plays Edelweiss or Happy Wanderer on the hour.

17: Grainau Germany | We stayed at the amBadersee Hotel in Grainau for four days - a beautiful hotel surrounded by thick forest and sitting on a lake. | We found a room at the end of our hotel hall where we hung out to play cards each night. At one point when we were all pretty enthralled in our game - Marilyn grimaced as she took a drink and shouted, "That's not an Almdudler!" She had taken a drink of Willard's liquor which was the same color as the apple Austrian drink - an Almdudler - by mistake. We all laughed until our stomachs hurt! | Just as were cleaning up to go to bed - Wes accidentally knocked over the ash tray and spilled sand all over the floor!

18: Neuschwanstein Castle | Built by King Ludwig II in the mid 1800s as a means of bringing to life Richard Wagner's operas - those most loved by King Ludwig.

19: Due to King Ludwig's death, the castle was never completely finished (though under construction for 17 years). King Ludwig actually lived in the castle for only 6 months before he died. | In order to get to the castle, we had to hike up the steep mountainside on stairs and switchbacks for about half an hour. The journey was quite tiring! | The castle was like walking through a fairy tale - ornate carvings and paintings, humongous brass chandeliers, painted swans from Ludwig's favorite opera, an endless number of rooms, and a throne room!

20: Zugspitze | The gondola ride to the top was incredibly steep! Much of the way, the only thing we could see around us was clouds! | Beautiful snow-covered sights at the top! | We played a "HUGE" game of chess that night back at the hotel! | The tallest mountain in Germany - 2964 meters

21: Engaged | ! | Once Kurt had casually "corralled" me over to a more private balcony of the lookout point, he suddenly turned to me and started spouting a poem that he had written. | Before I knew it, he was down on one knee with an open ring box in hand, telling me he loved me, and asking me to marry him! Guess what I said . . . :) | After Kurt had proposed, his family realized that the balcony we were on was right on the border of Germany and Austria! Kurt and I could very well have been in different countries when he proposed!

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