Friday, May 26, 2017

Munich...., the home stretch! Day 14 continued, June 8, 2016

After our day in Burghausen, we continued on towards Munich. We made one additional stop in Altötting. This town is Bavaria's spiritual center and Germany's principle pilgrimage site. Every year, over one million pilgrims and visitors come to see the "Black Madonna" statue in the octagonal Chapel of Grace in the town square. The chapel also houses a silver urn that hosts the hearts of Bavarian kings and prince-electors. Although to be honest, I think we missed both of those things. I don't believe we actually got to go into that Chapel. It's quite a spiritual town.

Our luck had still held out with the weather, but we didn't want to take our chances much longer.  We decided to get some ice cream, and take a quick break here, and then move on before the rain really came down!

Nearly everything being sold in every shop was a religious statue of some sort. They were waiting for the millions of pilgrims to come to shop!

And this kid is wiped out!  We're on our way now to our hotel....

Just had to take a picture of the road sign.  Thought it was cute. 

Our driver dropped us off at our hotel, which was perfect for us.  Just outside of the city center, but also right near a metro stop.  The rooms were plenty big and very clean and modern. 

After a quick break, we found a place within walking distance and went to dinner.

The restaurant we ended up at was definitely one frequented mainly by locals. The four of us were having a bit of a difficult time trying to decide what to get and the couple at the table next to us overheard us trying to decipher the menu as it was written only in German. They asked us if we would like any recommendations. We ended up talking to them for the remainder of the evening. Alex and I have found that throughout this trip, when dining it is so easy to strike up conversations with locals. We met so many wonderful people and exchanged so many stories! While seeing the beautiful sites on this trip has been so wonderful, meeting so many people and talking with them has been an added bonus!

Today was a great day in Germany, and tomorrow would be our last day. It's hard to believe we'd already been traveling for two weeks! Tomorrow we head to the fairy tale castle!

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