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In a narrow mountain valley of the Bavarian Alps, we stopped
by a small village called Ettal. There we toured the large, castle-like
grounds of the Baroque-style monastery of Ettal Basilica founded in 1330.
In addition to its church services, it maintains as its main activity a private
high school with boarding school with approximately 420 pupils.
Artistic view of the main dome inside the church
One of the wall views inside the church
The world's best-known passion play is presented in a village of
Oberammergau that nestles in a Bavarian alpine valley about
50 miles south of Munich. It's in an area that draws thousands
of Germans and foreigners year after year, not just for the
Passion Play once each decade. Picturesque -- A village that has
remained true to itself. Farms in the middle of the village, cozy pubs,
renowned hotels and fine shops, nooks for dreaming, proud
patricians' houses, quiet gardens. Craftsmanship with a long tradition.
Native Bavarians love to drink beer by a pitcher -- not by a glass.
We stopped briefly on the way to Neuschwanstein Castle
and took pictures of the local nature.
Beautiful lake on our way to cross Austria briefly.
John Coggins-Peckham is proud of his new Bavarian hat.
Our tour guide pointed at him as a true Bavarian in the village
by mistake. Actually, he is one of us. As an avid fisherman, he
is looking out for some unique fish on the lake thru the bus window.