BAVARIA, GERMANY. October 20. Reunited last night with my sister Linda McTier Carrier in Munich. Spent most of today on a bus tour of “Mad” King Ludwig’s castles in the mountains along with a visit to Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play. Then returned to city center for a big meal and beer at the Hofbrauhaus. A beautiful and tiring day, but well worth it. Tomorrow we day trip by train to Salzburg.
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA. October 21. We took the 90-minute fast train (RailJet) to Salzburg this morning and returned after supper. Overcast and rainy almost all day and not enough time for the salt mines or Sound of Music tour, but we still had some wonderful sightseeing, including the castle, cathedral, and Mozart Museum. Tomorrow, we will sleep late and spend the day in Munich.
MUNICH & DACHAU. October 22. Today, Linda and I had different missions and took separate paths (at least until supper). This morning, I took the 25-minute S2 train to Dachau, where I visited the infamous prison camp. I returned in the afternoon to Marienplatz in central Munich and visited several landmarks, notably the cathedral, the Residenz Museum, and the small but reconstructed court theatre (that I teach in theatre history and now have my own photos to share!). Afterwards, I wandered into a nearby demonstration in which the flag-bearers were protesting AGAINST a recent decision/law to begin deporting some refugees. I salute the concern and compassion of the protesters as well as the calm and civility of the police. This has been a lovely reunion weekend, but we must leave tomorrow morning: Linda back to Albania and me to Romania.