Day 10… Munich. Saturday, June 20th 

 Today we left Salzburg and traveld to our last city of the trip, Munich. We had a great day enjoying a walking tour, the glockenspiel and Hofbräuhaus. 

 
We enjoyed our final dinner tonight at a reasturant close to the Oktoberfest grounds.

 We traveled for 12 days… Visited 3 countries and we are tired🙂 but had a great time with lasting memories. Thank you for following our blog as we close another great glee club tour. We will see you in 2017 in IRELAND!   

 

Day 9- Salzburg- June 19th, 2015

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Today was our last day in Salzburg and in Austria.   After Breakfast, we loaded the coaches and went out of the city to go to a couple of different places where the Sound of Music was filmed.

Singing in the Rain was the theme from the day!  It was very rainy and chilly today and it is so strange to have this weather and the word from home is that Cincy is HOT!  But we sure know how to rock rain gear!

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Our first stop was the Hellbrun palace, the summer residence of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.  The grounds had trick fountains that were built 400 years ago. The group was already wet with the rain so getting a little more hit wet with the water on the tour didn’t really matter🙂

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Following the tour, the gazebo from the Sound of Music film is located at this palace… The boys sang a couple of songs including Eidelweiss and Do Re Mi🙂  There were also a lot of people wishing they were 16 going on 17!

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After our visit at the palace, we traveled to Mondsee, where the wedding church from the movie Sound of Music.

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The boys were able to sing a few songs in the church.  They sounded great!

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After a quick lunch in Mondsee, we traveled to the Lake District and the boys gave a 4:00 p.m. concert at the Music Pavilion in the park by the lake.  The boys loved the playground!

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Following our full fun day, we traveled back to Salzburg for dinner and free time for the evening.  Tomorrow morning we will leave Austria and travel to Munich.  This will be our last day in Europe as we all travel home on Sunday!  What a fantastic trip it has been so far in Swtizerland and Austria, we are looking forward to going to Munich for the last day!

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Day 8- SALZBURG!- Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Today was all about Salzburg!  What a historical and unique city.

We left the hotel and went to the Old Town part of Salzburg for a guided tour and a trip up to the fortress.

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The Hohensalzburg Castle (Fortress) sits a top a small hill in Salzburg and is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

A room that everyone enjoyed was the torture chamber in the castle… and you could re-enact being held captive there.

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After the tour of the fortress, it was lunch time in the city…  it is amazing how many stands of delicious food that they have on the square.  A popular choice was a hot pretzel.  There were many different types, including a chocolate one.

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At 2:00 p.m. the group reconvened at Mozart Square.  What a perfect opportunity for a few songs at the busy square. The surrounding crowd enjoyed the few songs we sung for them…. We even got an 8 Euro tip!

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Our next stop was a short drive into Germany to visit Eagles Nest or the Salt Mine.

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While the majority of the group was up at Eagles Nest, we had a smaller group enjoy the salt mines…. DSC_1577

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After our full day of touring we enjoyed a nice dinner at a local restaurant.

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We would like to wish this guy a happy birthday (a day late :-()  We forgot to post yesterday.  Thank You Father Seher for all you do for the glee club!!

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Day 7- Travel Day to Salzburg- Thursday, June 17th, 2015

Greetings from Salzburg Austria!  We have made it!

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Today we said goodbye to Innsbruck, of course after a wonderful breakfast, and started our travels to Salzburg Austria!
Always on a travel day we will break up the time with different activities.

Our first stop was in Wattens, Austria at the Swarovski Crystal World.

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The tour beings with a modern art exhibit using Swaroski Crystals.  Of course every tour ends up in the gift shop where you can purchase these beautiful crystals.   There was damage done and the Austrian Economy was very happy today🙂

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After the tour of the art exhibit, you could tour the grounds and the boys of course found the playground!  Even though they are in high school does not mean they would hold back. This playground had trampolines, which was the huge hit…. Some were even brave to do a flip….  and of course even some of the adults got in on the fun!

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After our visit at Crystal World we stopped for a quick lunch and then drove to Salzburg!

We arrived in the city and directly went to the Mirabell Gardens in the center of Salzburg.

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We took a group picture of all 240 of us!  The photographer said it was the biggest group he has had in a while and set up extra scaffolding just for the picture!🙂

Following the picture, we had an outdoor concert in the gardens…

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We had an incredible audience and the boys enjoyed singing in this beautiful space!

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After the concert we checked into our hotel and went to dinner at a local restaurant where we had Wienerschintzel and Apple Strudel!  Delicious…

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That is all for today!  Touring Salzburg tomorrow, Eagles Nest and the Salt Mines!  Thanks for following!

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Day 6- Innsbruck- Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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INNSBRUCK!  Today we enjoyed the city of Innsbruck, Austria!  After a wonderful breakfast in the hotel, the group enjoyed a walking tour of Innsbruck and learned the history of the city.  On the tour, we visited many historical buildings and churches

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After the walking tour, we had free time in the city for shopping (our group knows how to shop!), lunch, and taking pictures.
It was a rainy day again today but that didn’t stop this group. For those who are back home… You have some great gifts coming your way!

We were scheduled for an afternoon concert under the golden roof but because of the rain we had to switch to a different venue.  We were able to sing at St. Mary’s Basilica in Absam. In the church, displayed on the wall in in a side altar is a portrait of the Virgin Mary, which appeared in a window pane in a farmhouse on January 17, 1797.

The boys gave a great concert tonight before dinner.  We have been so lucky to have such great opportunities to sing in some pretty spectacular places and are looking forward to our final performances in Salzburg and Munich.

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After the concert, we enjoyed a Tyrolean Evening with dinner, dancing and music.  It was a fun night taking place inside the family-run Sandwirt Restaurant. We had such an enjoyable evening and boy could they yodel and dance!

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We will leave Innsbruck in the morning and travel to Salzburg!  Till tomorrow!

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Day Five- Travel Day to Austria… June 15th, 2015

Today we said goodbye to Switzerland and began our travel to Austria!

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We departed from our hotel super early this morning and started our journey to Austria. We were sad to leave Switzerland but are excited to see what Austria has in store.  We had a day of travel to Austria but the tour group does a great job breaking up our trip with a few stops along the way.

First stop was at the Einsiedeln Abbey which is a Benedictine monastery in the town of Einsiedeln.

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The group had a fantastic presentation of the history of the abbey and unfortunately they would not allow us to take pictures inside.  They boys got to perform three songs after the presentation and we were lucky to be able to take one picture from the church with permission. Please enjoy.. It was an incredible place.

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After our visit to the Abbey, we continued to travel towards Austria and stopped for a quick bite for lunch… What a great opportunity for some pictures🙂

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After our lunch stop, we were able to stop in the country of Liechtenstein.  This country is bordered by Switzerland and Austria.  This is a very small country and is headed by a Prince!  We did not see the Prince but we for sure got a stamp in our passport…. The next time you watch the Winter Olympics check for skiers from this country who are competing.

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It is now time to tell you that it rained most of the day today… We all looked good in our rain gear… Below are some pictures of the group enjoying Liechtenstein and looking our best in the rain!

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After our stop in Liechtenstein, we traveled into the country of Austria and the town of Innsbruck.  This town was the host of the 1964 and 1976 Olympics.  When we arrived at the hotel we ran into an Austrian celebrity, Tony Innauer!  In the 1976 Olympics, Tony became the first person to achieve perfect marks from all five judges and has only been matched by five others since.  He has also trained the Austrian Ski Jumping Team and is the ski jumping expert for the German TV Channel.

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After Check-in to the hotel, we enjoyed a nice evening on our own for dinner.

Tomorrow, we will tour the city and another concert is planned!

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Day Four- Engelberg!- June 14th, 2015

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Greetings from Engelberg!  What a great last day in Switzerland! How cool is this cow?  The cows are all over the hillsides and are all wearing their cowbell!  There have been many selfies taken with many cows🙂

This morning we got to sleep in and after breakfast we had a few different activities to pick from.

There were 81 of us who decided to go to the top of Mount Titlis… at an altitude of 10,000 feet!  They road 3 cable cars to the top and quickly found that it was 10 degrees and snowing!  It was a great trip with many different views!

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Another group stayed in town and hiked for 2 hours on the trails in Engelberg to see a beautiful waterfall!  It rained a little on us but the mountain fresh air and the sight of the waterfall at the end was well worth it…. It was not 10 degrees where this group hiked🙂

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The others enjoyed a visit to the cheesemaking facility that belongs to the Monastery here in Engelberg.

In the afternoon, we celebrated mass at the beautiful Monastery.  Very close to our hotel, all 240 of us walked up the street to tour and celebrate Mass.

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Thank You Father Seher and Father Umberg for celebrating mass today.

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Following the Mass, the boys stepped outside and performed the Elder Alma Mater with the beautiful views of the Swiss Alps!  Altiora!  If you would like to see the video, please check the link below.

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At 4:15, we performed our second concert of the trip at the Monastery.  The boys sounded great and we had some of the locals join us for the concert.

After the concert, we had some free time to enjoy this Swiss town and then had dinner at the hotel.

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Thank You for following our adventure… We are excited to always check out how many hits the blog gets per day and we are getting about 1,000 a day!  So thank you for following.

We have an early departure time in the morning to leave Swizerland and head into Austria…. We will post tomorrow from Austria!

We have heard through the grapevine that the workers at Price Hill Chili are following the blog so we wanted to give a shout out and post a picture of Bonnie and her husband Don…. They got caught in the rain after dinner…. We have not found any Greek fries in Switzerland but the chocolate is great!

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