The road driving home

The road driving home

The weather forecast was predicting rain for today (8/4/13), so we planned to have a day of rest and catch up. We watched the video cast from my home church, did some laundry, and tried to catch up on a few things, all the while realizing it was a gorgeous day. We tossed around the idea of driving out to Herrenchiemsee–another Ludwig castle–but, with the anticipated drive time (plus the assumption that the drive time would not be accurate) and the hours it closed, decided to stay around town. We headed to Fischbachau, a quaint little town near-by, only to discover our lovely morning was quickly turning overcast with the predicted rain clouds.

We made it to Fischbachau and found the recommended restaurant just as the sprinkles were starting. We opted to go back home where we had left all of our umbrellas and raincoats (and my clothes drying on the clothes rack.) Back at home, we decided to make our own dinner (to use up groceries before we leave.)

We set out later in the evening to explore the town around us (and grab a gelato.) We found an amazing gelato shop called Veneto Eis, which sells gelato for a Euro a scoop. We had thought we would be frequenting there over the next week, but there’s another one around the corner which looks just as good–updates to follow :).

Simple elegance

Simple elegance

Incorporating history

Incorprorating history

Playing on the shutter design

Playing on the shutter design

More elaborate

More elaborate

Advertising your business

Advertising your business

Medieval

Medieval

Multi-colored

Multi-colored

And the ever popular God giving the 10 Commandments

And the ever popular God giving the 10 Commandments

Which one? One thing that is unique about this area is all the painting on the buildings. As we were walking, I contemplated all the variety of styles. I wonder if there is someone who paints these as his/her business. How does that work? Do you just walk in and say, “I want this design in these colors,” or is it like a tattoo parlor where you can bring your own design or use a standard one? Either way, they’re magnificent. I’m including several of the ones we took out and about, so you can be the judge of which design you would choose.

The "sea"  from Schliersee

The “sea” from Schliersee

We also passed a number of interesting people in our trek. Finally, though, we made our way down to the lake (“sea”). This is an amazing area to bring kids, since, in addition to the lake (“sea”), which is clean and shallow enough for children to swim in, it also offers an incredible playground complete with short zipline, water pumps, and a variety of climbing equipment. We opted just to enjoy the beauty of the lake before trying to find our car and head home. Tomorrow, our plan is to head to Dachau, which I am looking forward to seeing, as strange as that sounds. I have wanted to do a Holocaust tour for a long time, but this will be the first concentration camp I will visit–and I actually know people who had relatives there.

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