Have you been on a train lately, 2014? Reprise.

I had so much fun on Amtrak

The Amtrak Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, through the vast expanse of the fabled American West.

imgres I decided to take my wife this time. It is August 2014. Our first time Westbound. We decided to visit our son in Los Angeles. We took the Missouri River Runner to Kansas City and then changed to the Southwest Chief with direct service to Los Angeles.  A 42 hour trip in all, following the route of the  Atchison Topeka and Santé Fe, with stops in Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Barstow and San Bernardino. The Missouri River Runner  follows the Missouri river through Jefferson City, the state capital to Kansas City.amk34images Continue reading

100 Interesting Facts About Germany

I could only think of ten things about Germany that are German!

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1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

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2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

8. There is over 300 different kinds of bread

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9. The Wittelbachs ruled Bavaria for 738 years

10. 65% of the Autobahn doesn’t have a speed limit

11. The world’s first Green party was established…

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Bavaria

is one of the fifteen states of modern Germany. Until 1918 it was an independent kingdom. It is the most popular tourist destination in Germany. Some things about Bavaria

  • Oktoberfest
  • Reute-blue and white diamond or lozenge
  • Gingerbread
  • Pretzels
  • Chalets
  • Mountains
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What was that Post about last year . . . . 2014?

The Munich Oktoberfest ends today

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  1. Why do they call it Oktoberfest, when in starts in September?
  2. It all started with a wedding in 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
  3. The Oktoberfest originally included horse races. The horse races are no longer held.
  4. Each Maaskrug of beer weighs five pounds if the Fraeulein carries four in each hand that’s forty pounds!193041531-bier-Mo7p0qBbSef
  5. The most  foreign visitors come from Italy, not the USA.
  6. Six million visitors are expected this year.

Wiesn

The Oktoberfest takes place in a former meadow called the Wiesn. Wiesn means meadow in German.

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http://www.pinakothek.de/en/neue-pinakothek date accessed 10/5/14