January 19, 2009

Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge)

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 1:26 pm by Jenn

My favorite parts of this trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen were my two trips to the Partnachklamm, or Partnach Gorge (in English). 

My first trip was a guided night time tour of the gorge.  Scott wasn’t interested so our friend Kay Burn said that he’d go along with me, hoping for some great photo opportunities, as the information about the tour promised there to be magnificent ice formations illuminated by the light of our torches.  Kay and I bundled up in our warmest clothes and off we went for the tour.  There were about 30 of us, and we started the tour at the Olympic Ski Stadium.  The big ski jump was really something to see at night, it was all lit up and looked HUGE!   We lit our torches outside of the Olympic Stadium and then set off on about a 25 minute walk to the start of the gorge.

I must admit I was a little disappointed in the night tour.  We marched so fast through the gorge that it was really difficult to see anything at all.  In addition to walking so fast, we were carrying the torches which made it easy to see the walking path, but hard to really truly appreciate the gorge itself.  The ice formations were actually frozen waterfalls within the gorge.

Kay Burn and I decided that it would be great to come back during the day to walk the gorge at our own pace and really get to see the gorge.

Scott and MarieAnne and Emre decided that they’d like to join us on our day trip so the five of us took off and went back to the gorge the following day.  I’m really glad that we decided to do this because what we saw was magnificent.  The gorge with the frozen waterfalls is truly something to behold.  In total from the Olympic Stadium, through the gorge and back is probably a total of 2 miles, not a bad walk and definitely more enjoyable in the daylight.

The gorge used to be used as a way to get logs down to the mills.  I can’t remember the number, but many workers lost their lives in the gorge whether by being struck by falling logs, falling or being struck by lightning.  I saw three memorials to individuals on my walk and there was one monument to all of the victims at the beginning of the walk.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy and if you are even in Garmisch-Partenkircken I highly suggest you not miss seeing this.  I would love to go back in the summer or fall to really get a true appreciation of just how much water flows through the gorge, it’s impressive in the winter, but in the summer the water is probably REALLY flowing.

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January 7, 2009

What to do?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 9:37 pm by Jenn

I spent the day today surfing the internet trying to decide what to do on our vacation.  Scott will ski…I don’t ski.  I know that I am going to go to the yarn shop one day, but I have 4 other days to fill.  One day will obviously be to the top of the Zugspitze, because it’s so amazing up there.  One day Scott wants to do the cheese factory tour and then visit the Monks for some of their homemade beer.  That still leaves two days.  The resort has several tours offered each day but I don’t know if I’m interested in doing any of them.  I don’t want to see the concentration camp.  I really don’t need to be any more depressed.  With that crossed off that leaves the Deutches Museum, Linderhoff Palace or the Innsbruckand Crystal World.  I’m leaning maybe toward the Innsbruck tour because of the crystal factor, although the Linderhoff tour has a stop in Oberammergau for woodcarvings…any suggestions?

I’m so confused!  LOL

December 29, 2008

Gearing up for Garmisch

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , at 11:30 pm by Jenn

Scott and I are going to Garmisch in a couple of weeks and I CANNOT WAIT!  One week away from Baku…there is a God.

We are staying at Edelweiss again.  We’d be crazy not to.  It’s an awesome resort and everything you need is right there, or right across the street at the base.

Scott plans to do some skiing.  I plan to take a few tours, do some geocaching if I’m able and of course hit the yarn store. 

I’m hoping to have a new hat and mittens whipped up by then….we’ll see.  The hat that I chose is the Unoriginal Hat designed by the Yarn Harlot and I’m still undecided on the mittens.  Something with a cable because the hat has cables, and something quick and easy because I’ve never knit mittens.  That shouldn’t be too hard to find…

Now I just need to stop all of my other little projects and focus on the hat and mittens.  That shouldn’t be too hard…I hope.  I really don’t want to take my bright red leather gloves to Garmisch, but hey, if I must they at least match my Maryland Terrapins hat…no, that doesn’t scream TOURIST at all.

November 1, 2008

4 Movies and a Castle

Posted in Journal tagged , at 5:35 pm by Jenn

I’m back in Baku after a nice relaxing visit to Germany.  The weather in Germany was typical, cold and rainy, but it was still refreshing just to breathe the clean air and to just chill.

I did a little bit of sightseeing while I was there.  I stayed in Landstuhl and visited Burg Nanstein.  What a great old castle.  It is pretty much in ruins, but I was able to walk through most of it and took some pretty awesome pictures.  Of course I’m not able to upload them today for whatever reason so that will have to wait for another day.  I also made a trip in to Kaiserslautern or K-town as it is commonly referred to in the military community there.  I had hopes of finding the fair that was in town, but instead got sidetracked in the shopping district…oh darn!  LOL.  I bought a new wool coat and a few winter sweaters.  They even had a store that sold MAC so I was able to get a few items that I needed.  I also managed to buy a few Christmas gifts.  K-town was worth the trip.

Other than that most of my time in Germany was spent either shopping at the base or going to the movies.  I love staying at the Hotel Rosenhof, because right next door is a movie theater that plays movies in English.  I took advantage of the opportunity and saw four movies. 

The first night I saw Nights in Rodanthe with Diane Lane and Richard Gere.  If I’m not mistaken parts of this movie were filmed on Topsail Island when I lived in Sneads Ferry., or maybe Richard Gere just staying in a house there while filming down in Wilmington.   I can remember there being a lot of talk about Richard Gere being on “the island”.  The movie was just ok, nothing earth shattering.  I’m sure the book by Nicholas Sparks was MUCH better.

The next movie that I saw was Burn After Reading and while I did laugh at loud several times (at the pure stupidity) the movie was probably just about the stupidest thing I’ve seen other than Borat.  Brad Pitt and George Clooney were in this one and I’m just going to go out on a limb right now and say they won’t be winning any awards for their performances here.  The roles they played were better suited for Will Farrell and Owen Wilson types. 

Now I’ll admit that I was pretty lame for even thinking about seeing this third movie…High School Musical 3, but I saw it and since I admitted that I saw it I will also say that it was FAR better than either of the previous movies.  I will also say that I when I purchased my ticket the girl said, “One for High School Musical?”….”yes, just one”….that was my first clue that I was lame….the next clue was that I was surrounded by 8-10 year old girls who were wearing glittery t’shirts that said things like “I love Zach” and “High School Musical”….yeah.  Then the guy who announces that it’s time to go to the theater almost got trampled to death when he said, “High School Musical…..at that point I was the only person left in the concession line…um, yeah.

So, I purchased my popcorn, nachos and a diet pepsi and figured I may as well go all out.  If I’m going to be lame I may as well let everyone know it.  I walked in the theater and sat all by myself in the front row!  LOL.  The movie was great, I really enjoyed it and if that wasn’t sad enough I watched the credits all the way to the end.  I was also the last person to leave the theater.  Yep, definitely pathetic.

I thought that would be the end of my movie watching for the trip, but then my trip was extended for a few days.  Hmm, I was in town for discount night….the only movie left that I hadn’t seen was Pineapple Express.  What the hell, it’s on sale, I’ll bite.  This movie was stupid, but it was very entertaining and I laughed so hard I was crying at one point.  Stupid movie but WELL WORTH the sale price.  I will say this, seeing Seth Rogen in tighty whities has definitely left an impression that will probably scar me for life.

September 22, 2008

Trip to Germany

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 9:17 pm by Jenn

Our trip to Germany was wonderful.  My parents came and spent a week so it was really nice to see them and to visit my birthplace – Wiesbaden.  The apartment building we lived in was still there.  It was neat to walk around and see the area and to listen to my parents tell various stories about their life there.

Here’s a picture of Mom and Dad in front of the building. 

I bet they didn’t realize that this building would become so popular.  Apparently a celebrity lives here now -

There were so many things to see and do in Germany.  We had a great time walking around and exploring.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our walks.

  This picture was taken from a footbridge that we walked across to get from on side of the river to the other.  I’m pretty sure this is the Rhine River.

In the city center of Konstablerwache on Saturday and Thursday is a neat little market where you can find wine, fresh fruit, veggies and brats!  Other days of the week they sometimes have other fun things to see.  One day we watch people bowling on a portable lane.  Another day we saw an antique car display.  Here is a picture of a tractor from 1952.  The tractor still runs.  In fact we met it on the street later on in the day.

 

The first day we arrived Scott and I went up to Wiesbaden to the military exchange.  We were really hungry and decided to grab something in the food court.  This is what we chose. 

 

The Popeye’s is mine and the Taco Bell is Scott’s.  I must say I was really disappointed.  After really not having access to fast food for over a year and being thrilled to see a “food court”, the mashed potatoes were rubbery and the biscuit was just a big old grease ball.  The soda on the other hand.  I hate to admit it but I drank 3 of them.  This was the real deal Diet Coke, not Coke Light like we have been drinking for the past year.  REAL straight up honest to goodness Diet Coke.  There really is a difference.

While we are on the topic of food let me just go right ahead and post this picture.

This is the remainder of the 30cm hamburger that the First Sergeant was unable to finish.  30 cm…that’s 11.8 inches folks.  Yes, that’s one hell of a lot of burger.  I wonder where they get those buns?  The restaurant was the Waldgeistand yes, the do bring new meaning to the words Super Size It.  I ordered the 1/4 Wiener Schnitzel and couldn’t even finish 1/4 of it.  Just the size of the thing and seeing the size of everyone else’s food portions just made me want to vomit.  What’s even worse is the waste.  I just sat there thinking of all the people that were starving in the world and how much food must be thrown away at this place each and every day.

Another day we went to Heidelberg to see the castle.  Heidelberg Castle is basically in ruins today following WW 2 following the Thirty Years War and surprisingly the castle sustained no damage from WW2.  It is quite a, sight to behold.  The area is absolutely breathtaking.  Here are a few pics from that day.

    The fam.

  My favorite picture from the castle.  The walls outer walls are 7 meters thick and this chunk  “fell” off  as a result of attacks on the castle.

  This picture was taken from the castle patio and is a beautiful view of the river and village below.

  There are lions all around the castle.  This one is my favorite.  A little mossy, but still my favorite.

One interesting site at the castle was the HUGE wine vat…it holds over 220,000 liters of wine.  This is where you would have wanted to be in times of trouble.  The wine cellar!

This is also where we learned about Ice Wine.  Ice Wine is a specialty wine…a sweet dessert type that is made in limited quantities each year.  Apparently the grapes have to be harvested at a specific temperature when they are frozen and then the juice is pressed from them and processed in to this super yummy, super expensive, but worth it treat.  YUMMO!

Ok.  I have a ton of other pictures but I don’t want this post to be too picture heavy.  I have all the pics in my web albums.  If you are interested, leave a comment and I’ll  - they are public albums so feel free to visit.  I have only had time to put captions on a few of them…..

*edited to correct information about the castle as pointed out by a few readers

September 19, 2008

Geocaching – Frankfurt, Germany

Posted in Journal, Overseas tagged , , at 9:20 pm by Jenn

Scott and I just returned from our trip to Frankfurt where I tried to squeeze in as much geocaching as he would allow!  LOL.

Of the 10 caches I had on my attempt list we were able to find 5.  Not bad for rookies.  One cache had actually been muggled (stolen/missing) so I’m not counting that as a DNF (did not find) because it wasn’t even there to be found!  That didn’t stop us from looking for it though!  LOL

So here’s a run down of the finds:

Gotteshäuser – Dreikönigskirche (Frankfurt) – GC1EDD4 – This was our first find.  Scott and I together with Mom found this one.  Here’s a picture of me and mom near the cache location.

Das Garenthaus – GC10XK8 – I think this was my favorite of the caches because the area where the cache was is so beautiful. 

Watching You #2 Der Christliche – GC1DHBH – this was a fun cache and thanks to the hint we were able to make a very educated guess about the location of the cache.  We narrowed down the possibilities and BINGO!

Jüdischer Friedhof – Frankfurt – GC1533X – Great fun.  A bit tricky, but fun.  You really have to be tall or willing to climb to get this one.  I’m a climber!

Finding Max Horkheimer – GC1BW3A – This one was tough at first, but after reading the hints and a little help from Max we were able to locate it in no time.  VERY TINY!

      

Baroda – We tried this one twice with no luck.  After reading the log of someone who found the cache after us it seems that when the cache was replaced by a previous finder it was placed just out of fingers reach….maybe on my next trip to Germany I’ll be able to locate this one.

Eagle Eye -  This cache is probably in one of the busiest sections of the city…the bus stop in the center of the city.  We were able to do several brief searches but no real deep searching because of all the people.  I will be attempting this one on my next trip as well.  I know it’s there and now I’ve GOT TO FIND IT!

Industrial Wasteland Frankfurt Ost – this was probably the most disappointing of all the caches.  Not only did we not find it the area was absolutely disgusting and dirty with trash.  It is near an old/abandoned factory of some sort and there is a lot of construction going on in the area.  I wouldn’t try this one again, in fact I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Simon says: Zum Wasserpark – This one has me puzzled.  I looked twice on the same day with no luck.  The park is beautiful and the buildings here are really interesting.  The cache is very well concealed because I gave the place a THOROUGH check.  Until I saw the mouse that is.  Then I didn’t stick around very long.  The mouse sighting was on my second attempt though so I’d guess about an hour was spent looking altogether.

Coo Coo for Caching Geocoin – this is the first tracking item that I’ve placed.  I placed it in my first find  GC1EDD4, and by the time I got back to the hotel to log the drop someone had already picked the coin up.  The coin is now in a new home, it’s second cache and hopefully on it’s way to reaching the goal.

And here’s a picture of the Bull and Bear or the real name Simon Says: rauf und runter – GC143X8
 - in Frankfurt just outside of the financial district area…fitting given the recent crisis in the US.  We suspected the cache was muggled, but we looked for it anyway, and it was a great photo op.

All in all it was a good trip.  Germany has THOUSANDS of caches waiting to be discovered.  I’ll be heading to the Landstuhl area in a few weeks and plan on putting a new set of batteries in my GPS for that trip.  What a fun sport.

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