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Day 6 France

We left our farm house this morning and set of for Strasbourg, France. Destination La Petite France, a very quaint, tourist friendly of the city.

Travel was very easy, we crossed over the Rhine river into France. We arrived at the city center and had a bit of an ordeal trying to park.  Once parked we got directions to LA Petite France, which was only two blocks away. All the walking was playing hell on Joe’s knees so we settled him into a cafe while we set out to conquer bakeries and candy stores.

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It was outrageously hot!  90 degrees, we were soaked and in need of some refreshments. We stopped at a cafe, if course.

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Ice cream and desserts were the order of the day. We ended up staying for about 3 hours before returning. 

Back at the farmhouse we set off for a local castle: Burg
Hohengeroldseck. It was very close to the farm, after a bit of trouble trying to read the information signs we decided it was still open for exploring. The boys are loving the castles, being able to get their hands on history.

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We returned to the farmhouse and the kids ended up with frozen pizza.  The adults all went down to the Gruber Hof for an amazing late dinner.

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Cindy and Laurie had schnitzel, Dave, Ingrid, and Joe had the venison goulash; and I had the venison back strap.  Sorry no pictures.  Tomorrow: travel to St. Goar.

Day 4 Castles

This morning we woke up a bit early, and got on the road by 9:00 am. First up was Neuschwanstein Castle.  We were on a tight schedule, and didn’t have time to tour the castle, but we wanted to at least so for a photo opportunity.

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We paid for parking and walked around the village below the castle. We walked around the lower castle and could have easily spent an entire day there.

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Then we were off, headed to the worlds longest Alpine slide in Imst.

We luckily had a malfunction in our vehicles GPS. As we were driving down the road we were told to make a U-turn.  This fortunate mistake took us the back way into Imst, over the Alps.  I’ll add pictures later, as I was driving I couldn’t take any pictures with my phone.  The closest thing I can compare it to is the train ride though Whites Pass between the Yukon Territory and Scagway Alaska.

Long story short, we got to the slide and they were closed.

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They only open 7 days a week starting in July, they are only open Thursday to Sunday right now.

We made up for it by going for a hike in Imst.

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We headed for home disappointed and happened upon Ehrenburg Castle.

What an amazing time! We got to get up close and personal with castle ruins. And bonus: they were open until 10:00 pm!

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We are packing up in the morning and headed through the Black Forrest to our next site.