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Germany

Danke Deutscheland (Part 3 of 3)

German's Parliament

The best way to get around Germany by far is by train.  Unlike other parts of Europe, Germany allows you to use a rail pass without a reservation.  You simply hop on the most convenient train and hop off when you are ready.  It’s fantastic because you purchase “days”, not trips.  So if you are feeling up to it, you can hit more than one destinations in the same day, or at the very least take advantage of the round trip discount.  Once in Munich, we took advantage of this in a big way.  There are several areas within about a 1-2 hour train ride from Munich that were perfect for day trips.  That way we could stay at the same hostel and not have to uproot ourselves every night and have to lug our packs around.  If you like the sounds of this and want to learn more for your upcoming trip, please check out Eurail’s site here.

So staying in Munich, we got up early and made the trip to Salzburg and spent the entire day…which makes Austria the featured travel destination next month.  🙂  The trains truly made flexibility in one’s travelling possible.  They are fast, efficient and affordable.  The passes aren’t available for purchase in Europe either, you need to purchase them before you go!  This is super important!  Otherwise, you will end up paying per ride which will end up costing a few hundred dollars more (at least) over the course of a 1-2 week trip.  Oh and did I mention that the train rides are so much fun?!?!  The views are stunning so everywhere you go there is something to look at.

View from the Train, Germany

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Arbeit Macht Frei (Part 2 of 3)

Dachau Concentration Camp

As I promised, tonight I am going to revisit Germany.  I’ll be picking up in Munich, where we left off yesterday.  If you wish to start at the beginning click here.

For those familiar with the title of this post I don’t need to explain to you why a shiver runs down my spine whenever I see the phrase…and for those of you that aren’t familiar, please allow me to enlighten you.

Just a short hop on the metro and Gillian and I were off to Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp to open in Germany and less than 10 miles from the Munich city limits.  The gates opened less than two full months after Hitler gained power and Dachau would be the camp that all other concentration camps would be modelled after.  Knowing that much of this camp had been destroyed after liberation, Gillian and I weren’t sure what to expect.

Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany

 

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Dear Germany, I Miss You (Part 1 of 3)

Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Germany

I’ve had posts coming out my ears this month and the short month of February is nearly over already.  I’m not sure where the time disappears to!  But regardless, I owe all of my valued readers my promised travel post.  For those of you new to Eyemasq, you might not know, but I am a bit of a travel junkie.  So although this blog is primarily about nails and make up, travel is still a huge part of my life and more importantly it has been a big part of shaping me into the person I am today.  So every month I choose a country that I have visited and do a bit of a showcase for my readers.  Here we go!

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”

~Samuel Johnson

I’ve been to six different countries in Europe (over the course of two individual trips), which I know for most backpackers is hardly any at all.  With so many countries in such a small vicinity, a great wealth of backpackers will see over 15 or 20 countries over the course of a couple months in this great continent.  For me, I was able to go for just 2.5 weeks during my regular vacation from work.  So I decided on a trip to Germany and the plan was to see just one country and try to see a lot of it.  Rather than experiencing a small taste of a country that has so much to see and experience I would see as much as I absolutely could.  I was out to experience Germany as a whole.

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