This morning we had a fairly quick (albeit hearty) breakfast before the seven of us (Mr and Mrs V., three children, a friend, plus me!) embarked on our journey to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort town in Bavaria that borders Austria (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garmisch-Partenkirchen).
It was absolutely gorgeous driving through the villages as there had been very low temperatures overnight as well as a fog, which had frozen the trees giving them a white appearance. Magical!
We drove via the Ammersee (Lake Ammer) which we could barely see because of the fog which was still hovering over the water.
It was fun driving and I really enjoyed being a passenger for a change. I was entertained being between two of my cousins (technically something like fourth cousins once removed, or something similar!) and almost perfected some German words like Österreich (Austria). I really do struggle with the pronunciation of some vowels and am adamant I want to enrol in German classes again (hopefully my language partner in crime Mrs A will join me!).
It was quite busy approaching Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as the town was hosting some of the downhill skiing events in the Nordic Combined World Cup (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIS_Nordic_Combined_World_Cup) which is held annually. Garmisch also has a ski jump which was used in the 1936 Olympics.
We walked around the town for a while and it was extremely pretty and felt so much like a ski town. People were walking around with their ski gear on and bright coloured Polaroid sunglasses – some of them sitting outside on comfy chairs catching some rays, possibly after a morning on the slopes!
I was a bit cold so we stopped and had some Gluhwein (mulled wine) – it was delicious although rather potent! Interesting fact I which I have been informed of by word if mouth – Gluhwein first came to Germany via Augsburg (a town I visited on my 2014 holiday) and the person who made it was fined. The next year though, everyone was making it!
After checking out some more of the shops and village we bundled back into the car for our drive to the Walchensee ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walchensee) which is one of the largest and deepest lakes in Germany. It was spectacular and I can imagine in Summer with the sun shining it would be even moreso. Interesting fact: there are three plane wrecks at the bottom of the lake!
We drove back via the Kochelsee which was also spectacular but by then it was getting very cold!