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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Friday, October 05, 2018

Another Oktoberfest in the Books

By now most Oktoberfestians have returned home safely. The others have extended their European visit to include London and Bordeaux. I guess they needed some R&R after Munchen.

I declare the visit a success. No one was arrested and no one got lost. We left with the same number of people that we arrived with. I personally enjoyed two key aspects of this visit; above and beyond the usual joyous friendship and delicious golden nectar.

  1. While the group was larger than normal, many Oktoberfestians "did their own thing". As we always say, you do not need to follow the crowd. Several days had people off doing their thing; a good thing.
  2. As usual, we visited some new places.

I have already been asked (even before we left), "what's the plan for 2020?" It's too early to commit, even for me. One good thing, though. By then, both Designated Walker and I will be retired. That means we can spend more time, either in Munchen or before/after Oktoberfest. Maybe a long road trip like Barbus and Schlumberger Lady.

Tell us your thoughts on this year's excursion.....

Prost !

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

First Bier at Hotel Alfa

Keith ...
Sent from my iPhone

Getting close

Sunrise over the North Sea!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Final Training. My buddies are flying in tomorrow.

Final training pictures.  My buddies are flying in tomorrow.  The first photo my reward from walking from Berchtesgaden to the world famous Eagles nest today.  Patti holding my bier and she actually had a sip!  The second photo is our lunch.  More pork product so the digestive system is now in high gear!  The last photo is Patti and I at a great bier garden in Salzburg.  Augustine Brau. Great bier and great setting!


More pictures from opening weekend here...

Who's flying Lufthansa?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I still have coupons!

Chugger,  do you still have any left?

Training the not yet traveler's.

Einfahrt (make way)

Final Training

Just for Dan...

Keith ...
Sent from my iPhone

We have added Live people for our training

Fellow Oktoberfest participants.  Live training in Salzburg!  I finally got to talk to someone other than Patti! 

Prost!   See you guys and gals in a couple of days. 

Another wonderful venue to look forward to...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Additional Training for Patti

Look at this a baked spaetlzle cheese dish with a Stiegl.  Oh know!  Looks like I had a weisse beer for dessert.  Patti in heap of trouble tonight! Ha ha

More training in Salzburg

The Weather is Looking Great

Starting in Salzburg. More training ........

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Out in the hills of Vienna at some of the wineries today!  Patti had a niece who passed on this date last year.  She was special needs so she carried painted rocks and left this one in the hills of Vienna at a wine.  Statue was dedicated to the vineyards.  Hope the person that finds the rock takes the time to learn about the disease .

Guess what?  In Austria you can still get a Pork Meatball and of course Schnitzel.  Keith it is pork, pork, pork.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Leaving tomorrow for Vienna and Salzburg

Well the packing is done and Patti is cleaning the house so it must be time to go!

Guys we will have our cell phones but not turned on for calls.  If you have an I Phone and we are connected to the local free Wi-Fi send us a text.

Henk my number is US 513.236.6246.  Patti US 937.271.0969  Try to text us and we will try to meet for a wine and beer Salzburg.  We are arriving Monday afternoon  from Vienna.

See you all Thursday we are getting into Munich on Thursday around 12:00  Dropping bags and heading to the market for lunch.


Something to strive for

Not sure I’ve tried  all these. Obviously more research is in order.

On my way pt 2

Augustiner Brau : “ein prosit from Leipzig”

O' Zapft is... Part II

The ceremony of tapping the first barrel of beer has become one of the most popular traditions at the Oktoberfest. It was founded by mayor Thomas Wimmer in 1950, making it almost as important for the reputation of a Munich mayor as getting elected in the first place, as people started counting the number of strikes needed to drive the spigot into the barrel with a wooden hammer. During his first Oktoberfest, former mayor Christian Ude kept bludgeoning the barrel with a seemingly endless 7 strikes. But Ude kept on trying and soon managed to tap the barrels with a stunning 2 strikes only. His successor Dieter Reiter needed 4 strokes on his first try.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On our way!

Warm and sunny in Bremen. Tomorrow heading for Leipzig.

Extended Forecast

If you believe anything this far in advance, looks like arrival day is the only day that might be wet....