Hello and welcome to the second and final part of my trip to Germany this past winter. I visited with a group from my University for two weeks of sightseeing primarily focused in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Given that It was Christmastime, there was plenty of markets to visit and plenty of Glühwein to drink. The experience is one that I will never forget Before I get to the flying portion though, I'd like to share some highlights of the trip.
My first Glühwein
oldest surviving globe map
Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände - on the former nazi party rally grounds
Das Gleis - 60,000 namecards representing 100 jews each who died in the holocaust.
The place of the Nürnberg trials
Bamberg Altes Rathaus (Old city hall)
View of Bamberg
Käthe Wolfart store in Rothenburg o. d. t.
View from the top of city hall
Stadtkirche St. Jakob
The church across the street from my hotel that woke me up promptly at 7 every morning in Stuttgart
Well this isn't a car. Still had an engine produced by Karl Benz
View of Stuttgart from the TV tower
Esslingen am Neckar
Statue of Bach in Ulm Cathedral
one of the 700 steps in the Ulm belltower
The view from the top
Some reading for the train
Icebow in the Black forest
A group of us who hiked all the way to the top of Feldberg. (I'm in the red and black flight team jacket)
One of many mosaics in the sidewalk in Freiburg. This, along with the [i]Bächle[/] are some of the quirks of this city.
I wonder if I'm related to them
Decided to go to Switzerland on a free day...
Here is where the journey home begins. after 15 days, This epic Journey had to come to an end. It was time to head home, which was journey all itself...
Before I even set foot on the airplane, I had to get to Munich. Freiburg is on the opposite side of Germany from Munich. Given that this was a holiday weekend, the ICE tickets were around 200 euros pre person and we were travelling with 6 people. So instead we took the much cheaper, but slower regional trains. I had to wake up to catch a 5:15 train to the German side of Basel for train #1. As soon as I sat down, I fells asleep and didn't wake up until Basel, where we got on train #2 towards Ulm. This train was about 4 hours long and I kept going in and out of being awake. It was an older train that wasn't powered by electricity as I was used to.
We got to Ulm and boarded train #3 that was supposed to take all the way to Munich, but for some reason, was stopping in Augsburg and all the Munich passengers would have to board a different train to Munich. Eventually, our weary and haggard bunch made it to Munich, where it was just a short S-bahn ride to the airport. Since some of our group were leaving on an earlier Lufthansa flight directly to the United States, there were 3 of us who had to sit and wait for about 10 hours in the airport. After having a lunch of Leberkäse and Potato salad, I still had 9 hours to go.
We found a spot to sit down and just relaxed for a bit. However, I was a man on a mission. There was still one final Christmas market to explore: the one right in the middle of the Munich airport. So with my friend watching our stuff, I set out for one final Glühwein.
Obviously a beer fit for me
one final Glühwein
With that adventure over, it was now only 5 hours until we departed. Time to relax
Check in finally opened and I got my bags checked for my flight to Dublin. .1 kg under the limit.
passport stamped. Officially on my way home.
I passed security and waited in the boarding area for the flight to arrive. Our flight arrived on time and I was soon on my way out of Germany for the second time.
Dec. 23, 2017
2 hours, 19 minutes
Aircraft age 10.4 years
Flight route courtesy of foreflight and my iPhone GPS receiver
I walked down the jetway and we all found out just how low the load factor was. Practically everybody had a whole row to themselves with room to spare.
Boarding competed and we went away well ahead of schedule.
I spy an A350
After a short taxi, we were on our way to Dublin... 15 hours and counting after I woke up.
turning on course
Since I was feeling hungry and had a few euros to spend, I purchased a ham and cheese sandwich. While this sandwich did cure my hunger, I don't think the cold "hot ham and cheese"was worth the full 5 euros.
I finished my sandwich and dozed off and on for the rest of the flight. I woke up right as we were about to cross the English Channel...
...and again over Liverpool just before initial descent.
We descended into and landed on runway 28 in Dublin and had a decent taxi back to the terminal.
Naturally, being someone interested in aviation, I went up after the flight and had a nice chat with the crew and got a tour of the cockpit.
After disembarking and getting my passport stamped, it was time to get my bags and catch the bus to my hotel for the night. Hilton Dublin Airport.
Once at the Hotel, I was told that I had been upgraded to a King size room, which was the icing on the cake in this saga and i had the best night's sleep in about 2 weeks on that bed.
Thanks for reading part 2 of my Germany saga. Sorry if I had too many pictures at the beginning bu it was hard to put only highlights when the entire trip as the highlight of my winter break. Stay tuned for part 3, the finale