Take a train through the Alps…Seriously.

If you haven’t ridden a train through the Alps… Do it. The pictures I took don’t do it justice.. So I’m going to try to explain the best I can. If you want to skip right to my description/photos.. Scroll down towards the end of this post.
Because first, a quick recap of the last few days! The Hawaiian party was a lot of fun.. Even though it was on and off down pouring. What really got me though was that no one (except for one person) had their phones out. People were simply enjoying each other’s company without feeling the need to document the fun. It was extremely refreshing!! 

My final full day in Germany was spent in Munich. I was getting pretty good at the public transportation system! I spent the morning at Schloss Nymphenburg – a beautiful manor and grounds. The gardens and paths complemented the buildings wonderfully.

The entrance to Schloss Nymphenburg
The rear gardens

The afternoon was spent around Marienplatz – a cathedral in town Munich. Again.. Stunning but overwhelmed with tourists. I walked up 299 steps to Peters Alter and had an amazing view of the entire city.

Marienplatz
View of Munich from Peter’s Alter
The evening was spent at a Biergarten (I’m becoming quite fond of those..) with Annika. We rode the bicycles in.. And before Germany I don’t think I had been on a bike in around 12 years! It was, as they say, just like riding a bike.

Last biergarten in Germany with Annika!

Now to the Alps. All I can say is wow. As we were entering from the German and Swiss side, it was a slow progression of flat green fields with larger and larger tree-covered protrusions seemingly just popping up sporadically. As we passed Innsbruck (stunning town), the Alps took true form. Our train snaked through tiny crevasses and followed a river that was an arctic ice blue in color. Little villages were nestled around every corner, with a picturesque church steeple making an appearance or two in each. Houses were perched high on a green hill on one side while vast rock held the opposite side. We would spent minutes at a time going through tunnels, only to come out on the other side of a monstrous mountain.Even if the train ride was 15 hours instead of 7, it would still be worth the trip.

The pictures don’t do it justice.

I’m now in Venice just settling in to my AirBnB. It’s a wonderful 81 degrees at 8 at night. So far it seems like a great location – we’ll see what the next few days bring!

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