I'm back.....

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Bill Stone, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Well we managed to get back home. The Czech Republic was terrific --- everything we remembered and more.

    I DO NOT recommend the night train from Prague to Munich. Our sleeping compartment was three bunks stacked along one wall, with about a 6 foot x 2 foot floor space, and very little luggage room --- except the floor. (Something close to submarine accomodations, I suspect...) We did manage to sleep, except for the Czech border guards pounding on our door about midnight to see our passports. Just about back to sleep a half hour later and the German guards were pounding on the door demanding passports.

    Munich is as grand as ever, and our first experience of Innsbruck took our breath away. Has to be one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Of course we had a distinct advantage. We were staying with cousins in Patsch, a village about 5 km from and perhaps a couple of thousand feet above Innsbruck. Our guest room had a balcony that looked out at a fantastic view of the Tyrolean Alps across the Inn Valley.

    The food everywhere made us into gluttons --- luckily we did a lot of walking, and even some serious hiking, so didn't gain much weight. And the beer. Hadn't been to Europe for six years, and had forgotten how comparitively worthless is the colored water that passes for beer in the US (except for a few micro breweries.)

    So --- what have I missed on The Gauge?

  2. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    The view from our bedroom in Patsch.....

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  3. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    Austria is just beautiful, isn't it. When I was a kid (moved to US from Denmark 6 years ago) we used to go Austria and Italy for a 2-3 weeks vacation every summer, and my dads favorite place was Kuffstein (at the German / Austrian border), but with trips around the entire Tyrol, so I absolutely loves that area. I have been to Austria probably 10+ times, and I have promised my wife that one fine day we will take a month vacation in Europe and go to Italy, Austria and England (and maybe also stop by Denmark to visit my mom). Never been to Prague though, but have friend who has been there, and they too said it's absolutely beautiful.

    Glad you enjoyed the tip.

  4. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    Oh, and there is a lot of train activity (or used to be) in Kuffstein. I spend many hours at the Bahnhoff.
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Welcome back Bill! Glad you had a good trip...
  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    A trip to remember eh Bill, glad to have you back with us friend.
    Now about that travelling case FULL of beer ya brought back:D
    When are we gonna crack a few open---- licking my lips now:p
  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Sounds like you had one heck of a nice trip! Welcome back :)
  8. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Thanks for the "welcome homes."
    Here's another snap from the Tyrol
    Looking down from the mountain top

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  9. belg

    belg Member

    Hey Bill as you can tell from my nickname I've had my share of that good beer.I was born in Belgium and been back a couple of times after coming to the US in 1970. So I'm definately onboard with cracking open a couple of your cold ones. Hope to take the wife to Europe someday.

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