On June 20, Jim’s nephew Jonathan Steen arrived at our place in Munich after driving the short distance from Simbach Austria with his wife Jolene and son Jolin. Jolene has very strong connections with Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen as she attended a year of high school there and learned to speak German fluently. She subsequently took her four boys there in 2019 as she wanted them to learn German also. Their stay was cut short by the pandemic of early 2020 but their eldest son Elden had been smitten by an Austrian girl and they were married on August 1 of 2021 in Austria. We flew to Munich for a four day weekend and attended the wedding in spite of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We are very close to this family and have welcomed them to our homes in Boston, London, Sevilla, Madrid, New Orleans, Denver and now Munich. They also recently hosted our youngest son Geoffrey and family at their home in Elizabeth Colorado.
That was all background. Since Jon and family had a rented car we decided to do a few day trips out of Munich while they were here. One of the day trips was to Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is on Germany’s southern border with Austria. It used to be two separate market towns which were forced to be combined into one by Adolph Hitler on January 1 1935. The 1936 Winter Olympics were held here. Nearby is Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres (9,718 ft).
One more blog on our day trip to Dachau up next, plus we are returning to Garmisch to spend time with Ruby and Will who we met in Japan. They have a home in Garmisch and we will be spending time with them there and also in Munich.