|Munich town square|
Austen's Pride: A Musical: Last night Rita and I joined a friend and her mother for dinner and a show. We ate at an Italian restaurant and I had the hugest bowl of fresh clams and linguine, Rita had chicken and risotto. Everything was delicious but we couldn't linger because we had to rush down the street to make it to the theater on time to be seated for the musical Austen's Pride. The premise of the play was Jane Austen needed to dust off First Impressions, rewrite it, and make it into the book we know today, Pride and Prejudice. She gets help from her sister Cassandra and the whole cast of characters from the book. It was so much fun to see how an author interacts with her text and makes decisions about wording or action. At several points in the play characters would come to Austen and ask what happens next or what they should do. The music part of the musical was forgettable but the singers all had tremendous voices, including the actress who played Austen who was clearly pregnant. We all left the theater remarking on her strong voice and remembering how out of breath we were during pregnancy. How did she do? All in all the evening was a huge success...then we had to drive home and got trapped in the hugest traffic jam ever, which was weird for a late Saturday night. It took us over an hour longer to get home than usual.
Jet lag recovery: It took us at least five days to fully recover from our jet lag after returning home from our European vacation last Sunday. The good part was both of us went to bed earlier every night so our Fit Bit Sleep scores were in the high 80s, low 90s, usually they are in the 70s or 60s.
European vacation highlights, part 3B, Bavaria: After our delightful sojourn in Rothenburg we raced down the autobahn (I'm not kidding about the racing part) to meet up with our brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Becky, in Fussen, the town at the base of the famous Neuschwanstein castle. The next day all six of us hiked up the hill to tour Mad King Ludwig's castle.
|Tony, Tom, Kathy, Becky, Anne (me), Don at the base of Neuschwanstein Castle|
|View of the castle from Marienbrucke|
|View of the countryside from the castle|
|Sweet little country church, the one that can see seen in the countryside in the above photo.|
|Weeping Jesus Statue in Wieskirche|
Munich and Dachau, our last stops in Bavaria: Because of Oktoberfest we were unable to find lodging in Munich so we stayed in Augsburg, not far away.
At the recommendation of several people we decided that we should visit Dachau, the first and model Nazi concentration camp. Like our time at the Nazi Documentation Center in Nuremberg, visiting Dachau was a very emotional and draining experience. To think of the atrocities committed against thousands/millions of human beings. It is so tragic. Yet the museum is also a testament to human endurance and strength. Despite the terrible conditions, some people survived and built the religious memorials now gracing the back of the camp.
|The gate of Dachau with the message "Work Will Make You Free"|
|Part of the artistic memorial, the colors stand for different victim groups.|
|Cross in the Catholic Memorial|
|Dancing figures in the town hall clock|
|View from the clock tower|
|Gem encrusted skeleton in the cathedral|
|Surfers waiting their turn to brave the river waves|
|Highest point in English Garden Park, Munich|
And, yes we made it to the pumpkin patch: And a party was happening at the farm. Ian had fun riding a tractor train, dancing to the bluegrass band, riding in the wheelbarrow, and eating kettle corn...and the photos with pumpkins are pretty cute, too.
|Ian riding in the last car of the tractor train.|
Have a good week. Thanks for visiting my blog.