June 23 – German Homes: Both of a Possibly Crazy King and Definitely Generous German Families Another early checkout this morning. On the day’s schedule: Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and meeting our host families in Augsburg and its suburb Kissing. After another breakfast of lunch meat and an hour drive we […]

June 23 – Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Host Families

June 22 – Munich / Day 9 Munich was founded in 1158 by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria. For many years it was a focal point in the salt trade. Salt was considered “white gold” in many parts of Germany in much the same way cotton was […]

June 22 – Munich

Coburg portcullis
June 21 – Coburg Castle to Munich This morning we had to be on the bus ready to go at 8AM. Everyone was pretty tired but we were on the road for an hour and a half so there was enough time to get a nap. When we arrived, we […]

June 21 – Coburg Castle to Munich

It gets to that point in our trip where exhaustion sets in, tempers run high, and homesickness rears its ugly head. It also didn’t help that today was one of the more walking-intensive days. In our trek up to the elusive Wartburg Castle. We hiked about a half mile straight […]

June 20 – Eisenach – Wartburg Castle

June 19 Buchenwald There is a massive difference between hearing and reading about something and actually setting foot and seeing it for yourself. The power behind the horrors of the holocaust and concentration camps is tenfold compared to the Holocaust and World War II museums I have visited in America. […]

June 19 Buchenwald – Erfurt

June 18, 2016 Danie Blue The morning started differently than the others. Instead of a breakfast at the hostel, our group had nothing planned until 10:30 a.m., so we went out to different cafes in Wittenberg. It was a good cultural experience to learn restaurant manners and etiquette. Afterwards, we […]

June 18 – Torgau

June 17 – Halle – Leipzig Anna Flowers Today started really early … we ate breakfast at 7 am and were off by 8. After breakfast, we drove to Halle and after a quick look around took a guided tour around the city. We saw churches, sculptures, a cool garden, […]

June 17 – Halle – Leipzig

June 16 – Berlin to Wittenberg Justin Walker Yesterday, after a breakfast of lunch meats, we went to an old cathedral which was pretty cool. There was a giant organ and huge stained glass windows. At one point I was looking for a coffee shop and I ended up finding […]

June 16 Berlin to Wittenberg

June 15 – Berlin After a restful night in the hostel and a delicious German breakfast, our full day in Berlin began with a bus tour. The clear delineation of the Cold War’s East and West Berlin was evident as we wove through the city streets. Some of the Wall’s […]

Berlin – June 15

GERMANY ODYSSEY Monday, June 13: 10:15 AM: We left from the church parking lot at 10:55 AM to travel to Atlanta. That is early when the flight to Istanbul does not depart until 10:45 PM. This day has some ‘firsts’ to it. Thomas and Muriel Irvin had never before driven […]

Arrived Safe: June 13 – 14