Friday, June 19, 2009


After our retreat classes on Friday morning, we headed into Garmisch. I was looking for fun things for the boys to do. I found this "toboggan" ride.

Right next was the trampoline:

And right next to that was the ski jump from the 1936 Olympic winter games. We rode the gondola to the top:

At the top is a small restaurant and bed and breakfast. I'd love to stay there for a night or so.

On Sat, after our classes we headed into Garmisch. It was raining, many of the shops were closed by the time we got there. But we bought new umbrellas...all in different colors. We were like a rainbow!! LOL YOu'll also notice the paintings on the buildings. They're everywhere in Garmisch. From the city's website: Experience the cultural life of Garmisch-Partenkirchen through the simple pleasures of talking a walk through the streets and alleys of the town historically fused together by two alpine villages. The age-old tradition of mural fresco painting on many building façades adorn the streets, making each step a unique experience. Stories unfold one by one, telling tales of yore and impressing local color on the observant observer. Even without a guidebook, every visitor can imagine what the „Bräustuberl“ in Garmisch is and has been since 1933.. The façade of the venerable building has shown strong and hearty mountain farmers and other local characters drinking the unmistakable golden brew for over half a century. Heinrich Bickel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s most famous fresco painter, depicted the well-known brewery tableau along with numerous other murals. The façade of the “Frauendorfer” tavern in Partenkirchen’s historic Ludwig Street boasts the traditional wedding of a farming couple - complete with the person in charge of the nuptials and a colorful wedding party. By the way, there are several theories about the origins of the local expression “Lüftlmalerei,“ which translates into something like “little air painting.” One of them is that since the artist’s work takes place up in the air, the expression is self-explanatory. In any case, mural painting was considered a sign of wealth and prosperity in former times. For that reason it is no wonder that one masterfully painted façade after the other decorate the historic Ludwigstraße - the street was originally an important commerce route. Even the Romans regularly moved their military platoons up past today’s town of Mittenwald through Partenkirchen, proving this market community’s long standing history of being “in the hub” of trade.

Wait! Where's the yellow umbrella??? LOL

Actually this is the lobby of our hotel.

On Sunday, we headed home. We will definitely go back to the Garmisch area. There is a lot more to see and do and it's just beautiful there!


X-Country2 said...

Thanks for swinging by my blog, and wow, what an amazing adventure you're on. Great pics!

Safe travels.

Stacy said...

Well, thanks for swinging by mine. I hope your PF goes away!