Ok so the long awaited road trip…
Planned this for like a month. Klarka spent the weekend with her father because it was the Czech holiday to celebrate breaking away from Austria: Oct 28. So where do we go to celebrate? Austria!! Lol.
We left at 6am, had everything packed and ready the night before. A food bag filled with fruits, veggies, bread, and of course, schnitzel!! We eat it cold whenever we take a road trip. So easy to eat while driving… except when you’re Karin and a schnitzel has a pocket of oil that bursts all over your shirt. I thought we’d never make it out of CZ, there was so much fog we couldn’t see more than a car length ahead. I took over driving once we hit the highway. Well, that was interesting. Full day light, but couldn’t see far due to fog. Once we went through the tunnel into Germany, I didn’t see any more speed limit signs. I was obviously confused. Know what that means?? Autobahn!! Now, Karin drives a little Mercedes E250. LOVE that little car!! I worked my way into the left lane and pushed that car to 220kph. It. Was. Heaven. I so love the autobahn. No one cares, just get out of the way when someone faster than you is coming up on your tail.
In the village before Munich, Karin and I switched. I DO NOT drive in the city; it scares the crap outta me. I won’t drive in downtown Prague. I don’t even like driving in Arlington, or hell, even Burleson. We had originally planned to stop in the same place Karin had been with Honza 5 years prior. We didn’t find it. Instead, we got lost accidentally on purpose, lol. Kinda awesome to be lost in Munich. Found some really great looking places and I now know that if I ever decide to go to Munich, there are a dozen hostels and hotels across the street from the hauptbahnhof (main rail station). I even found Thor!! (see pic) 😉 We lost an hour or so doing this, but we were still ahead of schedule.
After we finally made our way out of Munich, we took off in the direction of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle. Gorgeous countryside. Even posted a short video on my YouTube channel showing some of the side villages of Munich. We made it to Hohenschwangau about 1pm which was right on schedule. Found a cute little church surrounded by horses and cows… and pumpkins for sale on the side of the road. HUGE pumpkins!! Karin bought 4 and we managed to shove them all in the trunk. Now we’re still on day 1 of this trip and the trunk was already full!! Funny enough, remember the schnitzel that burst on Karin? Now, she can’t wear that actually in public. So she digs out a shirt and I talk her into just changing in the car… well, the car was parked at the entrance to the road that leads to the castle.. when cars and tour buses drive right on by. All I hear coming from the car was “how the hell do I put this one??” and “where’s the opening?!” Never heard someone have so much trouble putting on a shirt, much less a 41yo woman… then there’s me nearly on the ground crying with laughter yelling at her to hurry up because there’s two tour buses coming our way and can see right into the car!! I offered to hold up a blanket that we’d brought, jokingly, and then she starts quoting a Bridget Jones 2 movie scene. OMG I was crying I was laughing so hard, her as well. We finally calmed down enough to drive up the hill to the parking area near the castle. I took a few pics to add to my collection of European license plates, you’ll see them. You’ll never guess what I heard!! I hear a group of guys from Alabama!! I’ve never been so happy to hear a southern accent in my life!! Ended up talking to them when they were having trouble coming up with enough change to use the bathroom , lol. We waited in line for about half an hour to get a tour of the castle when they posted signs saying that the tours were sold out. Oh well, don’t get to see Schloss Neuschwanstein this time around, but I did get to see the outside. Not as impressive as we thought it would be. We bought our souvenirs, I of course got a purse and a shot glass 😀 We then took a few pics from the road into the village Hohenschwangau.
Next were 5 or so hours of driving through the Alps. Karin wanted to drive this because Honza never let her do it before. She enjoyed it… until we ended up on mountainsides with no protection and a straight drop. That’s when I took over driving. I have a huge fear of heights, but no problem doing this because I’m the one in control of the car. With Karin or anyone else driving, I’m a mess. Karin has a fear of heights as well, so I made her turn, face me, and keep talking to distract herself.. and so she wouldn’t freak me out, haha. At some point along the way, Karin decided that her car needed a wash. Fact, never go to a drive through car wash in Austria. You will have no idea what is going on. We had to drive in, park, Karin get out and punch in the code on the receipt from the clerk. In the process, the door closed, locking her outside and me quickly shutting her door so it wouldn’t flood the car or break the door. Yes, you read that right. I got locked in a car wash. Well, there’s a first for everything, right? I had to crawl over the middle consol into Karin’s seat so I could drive the car out. Well, interesting near end to the day. That poor car has had the seat moved so many times, I’m sure it’s confused. There’s nearly 6 inches difference between me and Karin so the seat moves forward or back A LOT.
We made it into Zell am See around 7pm and went looking for a hotel. Walked all around the square until we found the hotel Karin has been dying to stay out for years. Yup, we stay in a 300 euro a night 5 star hotel just off the square. Had a bidet and everything!! Pics again. Karin says this place use to be THE place to ski in Austria, but now it’s weirdly taken over by Middle Easterns. Restaurants, grocery stores, everything. Seems a large group immigrated in, bought apartments, and took over the town. We were suppose to meet Petra (yup, her best friend, also technically a client. I’m helping with that case, but that’s another story) for dinner with the kids, but supposedly Ani fell asleep and she couldn’t meet us. So we drove the extra time after we were done in Germany for no reason. Oh well, that’s Petra. We ate at a place called Crazy Daisies… seems we had to go all the way to Austria for a bacon cheeseburger, club sandwich, fries, and you guessed it.. more beer!! Good cheeseburger, though I have no idea why there were cucumbers on it Weird, right? We went back to the hotel and my couch had been turned into a bed for me. You’d think that thing wouldn’t be comfortable.. oh it was amazing!! We had a decent sized suite. So comfy 😀 Love that my boss likes to treat herself, and I get the benefits. We took full advantage of the wifi and passed out.
Day 2 next time!!