Saturday, December 07, 2013

Hello from Ruhpolding!

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We made it all in one piece!

Overnight flights are never fun, and I slept off and on, though not very restfully.

But when we began our decent and we dropped below the cloud layer revealing the snow covered terrain – I was giddy! 

We are in winter wonderland!

Baggage was claimed and we gathered for instruction to make our way toward our bus ---and we began our journey  south east of Munich to our first destination, Ruhpolding.

Our group was eager to explore the town, and Jim West, our guide, lead us off to discover shops, and quaint bakeries ---even a late farmers market with stalls for baked goods, cheese, fresh meats and other yummies!

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Our bus in front of our hotel!

It wasn’t a long walk-about – we were just biding our time until the restaurant opened in our hotel so we could be fed and put to bed to catch up on lost sleep!

I hope you enjoy the slide show of our surroundings on our first day.

If you can’t view the slide show on your mobile device, click the image below to be taken directly to the photo album.

Tonight we are meeting for dinner together and we’ll spend our first night tucked in and warm in Ruhpolding, Germany!

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  1. Beautiful! I went to a little town in Washington State, called Leavenworth that was designed like a Bavarian town. I never realized how much so until I saw your pictures - right down to the pretzel sign! Have a wonderful trip.

    1. That was my first thought! I had no idea what a good job they'd done in Leavenworth.

    2. I thought of Leavenworth also. Thank you Bonnie for the tour and letting us come along with you on your trip.

  2. Herzlich Willkommen in Deutschland und einen schönen Aufenthalt.
    Liebe Grüße Hannelore

  3. Did you tell us your are of German descent? Wonder where your family came from over there. Photos are GREAT. And somehow I can tell, you are having a BALL!!!!!
    Smiles, and hot chocolate to you

  4. Willkommen in Deutschland!

  5. Anonymous12:52 PM EST

    Hi Bonnie,

    Welcome in Europe. Here in the Netherlands we do not have snow, but I hope you are enjoying your time in Germany.

    Greetings Dini

  6. Hi Bonnie, welcome to Germany. Enjoy your trip.

  7. I hope you brought long johns, when I was in Germany the temperatures might not be very low as it is here in the states but they kept me warm when I took my walks. Love the photos they bring back so many memories and I can smell the meats as the market. I know you are on a gluten free diet but the potatoes in Germany are wonderful and so is the fish.

  8. Anonymous2:40 PM EST

    Hi Bonnie,
    herzlich Willkommen in BAYERN !!!!!
    Hope you all enjoy your holiday
    Rena from Munich

  9. I am a world traveler through your camera. thanks for sharing and have a great time :)


  10. Oh Bonnie, it looks Vonderbar!!!! How cold is it?? I understand that Jim West is an excellent tour guide...just know you are going to have a blast!!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!! Betsy

  11. I love Germany! When I lived in Munich one summer I used to have a buter bretzen, buttered pretzel for breakfast each morning. I know you will have a great time!

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog write up with your slide show pictures included. I send lots of good wishes for a fun, fun trip!!

  13. Great pictures. Was in Ruhpolding two year's ago but in the summertime. Have a great trip and good of you to keep us posted.

  14. Love what I saw of Germany (mostly Munich) 45 years ago! Enjoy and keep those lovely pictures coming!

  15. Irene Deiter Rose6:29 AM EST

    I am of German Decent, My fathers family were from Germany. Boden Germany. Have a wonderful time there and enjoy yourself.

  16. It still looks like the Germany that I saw when I lived there in 1959-1960.

  17. Glad that you arrived safely! Thank you for saying that you cut fully on the line when using a template/ruler; that answered my question perfectly, thanks. The shops over there look intriguing, have fun!


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