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Back after 50 years to Garmisch Germany

Updated on February 26, 2017
painting by Delia (C) acrylic wash 5" x 5"
painting by Delia (C) acrylic wash 5" x 5"

In the Alps...Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch nestles in Germany's Alps, a famous resort town and the capital of Alpine Bavaria. Situated at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain (2,962 m). Close to the border of Austria making it a short trip by train or car...

Originally Garmisch - Partenkirchen were merged in 1936 for the Winter Olympics...these two towns were founded by the Romans (1100-years-old).

Of the two original towns that make up its name....Garmisch is more upmarket, with many boutiques, restaurants and a Casino. Alpine skiing which the area is renowned for is at its best, and of course in the summer the mountains are wonderful for hiking.

Above all this is a dream like town to visit, going back in time for its never ending or changing beauty...I came back after 50 years and it seemed as though I never left. Too bad my visit was so short, I hope someday again I'll be able to go back for a longer visit, I certainly left my heart and childhood memories there.


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Childhood memories in photos - from days gone by ~ Personal property photos -all rights reserved Delia Pacheco (C)

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Mrs.Schnitzler, sis & meYearly photosNewspaper photo mom & usCollection of timesNeighbor kids & us
Mrs.Schnitzler, sis & me
Mrs.Schnitzler, sis & me | Source
Yearly photos
Yearly photos
Newspaper photo mom & us
Newspaper photo mom & us
Collection of times
Collection of times
Neighbor kids & us
Neighbor kids & us
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by Anton Doll
by Anton Doll
by Anton Doll

My Trip

Back to Garmisch after 50 years

Garmisch a town, or call it a village in the Bavarian Alps, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I was lucky enough to have lived there after the war, until 1950 when my mother, sister and I immigrated to America.

Amazingly 50 years later my husband and I visited Germany and went to Garmisch, and it actually has not changed, even the cows still have their bells around their necks coming into town at 4:00 pm from the valley hills to be milked, knowing with instinct which is their barn...for years I told my husband the story about the cows and how they found their way back every day to the individual houses/barns, he had a hard time believing me, till he saw it for himself.

One of the highlights to my visit there, was to show my husband where we lived. While parking on an off street, we started to walk towards the church that sat in the background, knowing I lived across the street from that church.. we proceeded walking in that direction. Without realizing it, I started to walk quite fast leaving my husband Al and cousin Trixi behind...I had transcended back into my childhood I was walking in familiar alleyways'... then all of a sudden there was the street, straight ahead to the building I once lived in. We walked through the breezeway of the building and immediately went into a Jewelry shop which was on the street floor of this building. The man that owned the store gave my sister and me going away gifts, gold necklaces with Angles on them ... in my excitement I was not thinking about the man already being old when we left, so obviously he would not be here anymore...I asked the woman in the shop if she knew anyone that was familiar about this building, she said, "yes, the clothing store owner next door knows everything"

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I brought a photo along to find "the boys"

L. to R. my sister Alex, the boys sister, me Delia, the two boys and the rest their cousins.
L. to R. my sister Alex, the boys sister, me Delia, the two boys and the rest their cousins. | Source

The reunion was like a dream

As we walked next door, we passed the arched doorway to the entrance of the house/building where we had lived...someone was going inside and I could see the stairs, I wanted to run and go inside...I had a flashback! (New Photo of the arched door below)

In the alleyway both sides had windows to the shops, the Jewelry store and across the Isle the very trendy Ostler shop. We went to the front entrance and with my copy of the 50+ year old photograph in hand, we walked in. A young man approached us and asked if he could help us. I explained to him in my broken German the situation, showing him the photocopy of the boys, and that I was looking for them because I lived in this building and knew them when I was a child. He looked at the photo and said, "why that's my Father and my Uncle!" Oh my Gosh my heart was pounding, I was so excited! Within minutes I was reunited with Karl and his brother..."the boys"...who now where grown men my age. Karl Ostler (in New photo gallery below) owner of the clothing shop and the other one was the city architect. They both remembered me and my sister, even our nicknames! Ironically they had just recently talked about us, wondering what ever happened to the twins.

Continued to the next day

An invitation

Then the next day we where invited back to the shop, this is when I found out that he owned a large portion of the building if not the the whole. We where invited upstairs to his place for breakfast, this was next door to where we once lived, which he also now owned and incorporated into his living quarters...it was absolutely beautiful, the breakfast room was just as it was 50 years ago, very authentic Bavarian, beautiful beyond description. I had coffee and cake and got to spend the morning with the brothers.

Karl who owned the building once was the Mayor as was his father at one time. He made arrangements for me to go and visit my fathers grave site which was not there anymore, but dad is still in the same grave only 6' deeper. I found the spot where my dad is, now just grass, that's because you have to pay yearly to maintain a grave, if no payment is made, they bury someone on top. I even found my way to the cemetery and even the area my dad was buried...the trees had grown large over 50 years and made the appearance different, but my instinct told me where the grave site was...I actually had only been there a few times as a young girl, but the memory was ingrained.

This was a day to remember and one of the happiest days of my life, because I got to relive a memory, even though painful it was so cathartic....I never thought of it at the time, but wished I had visited my grandmother's grave (dad's mom) at the same cemetery...she died a year before him.

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A friend visiting Garmisch

A friend named Gary Wachter whom I met on Facebook was going to go back to Garmisch Germany where he also once lived with his mom...he asked me if he could look up anyone or do something for me while there. I was very surprised, because I have never met him...I thought, what a kind gesture!

He took photos of the building (X) balcony where I lived and went to the Ostler Clothing Shop (X) street level, to say hello to Karl Ostler for me (Karl is one of the middle boys in the photo around 8-9 years old.)

Gary also went to the house he use to live in...and would you believe it was right across the street from our house! What a small world!

I'm very thankful for Gary's kind gesture and going out of his way not to only say hello to a friend, but to take these photos for me.

New photos and old ones to compare

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Karl Ostler and Gary WachterLeading into the apartment building the door as I remember...stores on each side, Ostler Shop on the leftfront view nowfront view 1949 when we lived there1949 camera shop where my dad worked with his photographs camera shop now a different storeOstler ShopWhere Gary lived, looking from our building
Karl Ostler and Gary Wachter
Karl Ostler and Gary Wachter | Source
Leading into the apartment building the door as I remember...stores on each side, Ostler Shop on the left
Leading into the apartment building the door as I remember...stores on each side, Ostler Shop on the left | Source
front view now
front view now | Source
front view 1949 when we lived there
front view 1949 when we lived there | Source
1949 camera shop where my dad worked with his photographs
1949 camera shop where my dad worked with his photographs | Source
camera shop now a different store
camera shop now a different store | Source
Ostler Shop
Ostler Shop
Where Gary lived, looking from our building
Where Gary lived, looking from our building | Source

Through time and seasons - our view across the street

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Visiting - during special celebrations

"Folklore Weeks" (Heimatwochen)

A fun time to visit Garmisch and Partenkirchen in July or August, you will celebrate "Folklore Weeks" (Heimatwochen) Including performances by local groups and colorful processions, featuring traditional costumes and music....Beer, Schnitzels and lots of Umpa music.

Winter and Spring have many holiday celebrations as well...always Festive with all kinds of costumes and things to eat and drink.

Oh, and you get to see the Cows come home!

It's all about the cows!

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cows coming home in front of our building! Click photos to enlarge.
cows coming home in front of our building! Click photos to enlarge.
cows coming home in front of our building! Click photos to enlarge.

Paintings by artist Oskar Schultz - shared with me by his son Siegfried Schultz

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Thank You Siegfried Schultz for sharing your father's beautiful paintings!

It's wonderful to hear from someone who has a connection from my past, and contacting me through my webpage.

A nice gentleman named Siegfried Schultz who lived in Garmisch when I did, kindly supplied me with information about the past in Garmisch, including about the building I lived in. His mother had an art Gallery that stood were the building Is now. Siegfried also sent diagrams of his moms gallery and the now building. Also photos of the paintings (above images) These paintings are by his artist father Oskar Schultz...

I also was contacted through this page by a lady who owned one of Oskar Schultz pastel paintings. I passed this on to Siegfried, making him happy and intrigued.

I'm very happy to keep an open line of communication with him....Again, Thank You so much my friend Siegfried!


The world is small with Internet connections...

I've had the pleasure of receiving information from other contacts as well, mostly on my family story pages...From those who knew my mom, as well as her relatives in Germany that I never new existed. Even my father's family side connections that I never knew about. They all have given me enough information to try to finish my 40+ years search.

I'm always excited to be contacted...it shows how small this world is with the Internet.

Snow in the mountains - Viewed through paintings

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Because I'm an artist I have saved for a long time images of paintings, these pertain to the mountains in Bavaria. So here I get to share them with you.

Mountain paintings ~ a popular & beautiful subject

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Murals on Houses and Buildings - Look up Luftlmalerei ~ Luftmalerei on Google Images

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(photo by Bond)
(photo by Bond)
(photo by Bond)

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Winter Olympics 1936

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GAP known for the 1936 Winter Olympics

If you are a snow skiing buff this place is a must for you, besides the beauty, it has so much history.

As a little girl I use to go to this Olympic facility, my dad lived there part of the Winter. He also lived up in the mountains teaching skiing.

I have photos of us there...even photos of my mom having dinner and watching a skating show with US Army generals.

In 1936 the Nazi Olympics where held three years before World War II, Adolf Hitler turned the Berlin Games into a tense spectacle designed to showcase 'Aryan superiority'

This was the fourth Winter Olympics that Hitler opened. Although not as politically charged as the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. The event was manipulated by the Nazi regime, which suppressed unfavorable press coverage and staged lavish celebrations to mark the openings of new facilities. The IOC had forbidden Germany to exclude Jews from its Olympic team.

To this day the Olympic Ice Rink is still used as venues for many competitions, and visited by other interested sports groups. As far as the Olympic ski jumping stadium and hill, I believe that might have been taken down.. Part of the Olympic bobsled course also remains well preserved. On a walk around Lake Riessersee you can still see the finishing area, bobsled lift, and bobsled shed, and a keen eye can detect the route of the former bobsled run above the lake, near Forst Street...I have a painting that was done for my dad of a bobsled team.

At Lake Riessersee they performed Olympic speed skating events and ice hockey matches. That year also was the Combined Alpine Event when it first became part of the Winter Olympics. Slalom races were held on Gudiberg Mountain and the downhill races on Kreuzeck Mountain.

An efficient bus service allowed 500,000 people to attend the final day's events. For the first time Alpine skiing events were included, this led to a major controversy. The IOC, overruling the International Ski Federation (FIS), declared that ski instructors could not take part in the Olympics because they were professionals. Incensed, the Austrian and Swiss skiers boycotted the events with the exception of a few Austrians who decided to become Germans and take part. The dispute carried on after the Games and it was decided that skiing would not be included in the 1940 Olympics. Sonja Henie earned her third gold medal and Karl Schäfer his second.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Olympics

The Armed Forces

Interesting note, the United States forces moved into the valley in April 1945 and immediately established a military post and a recreation center. The Armed Forces Recreation Center, AFRC has run a vacation and recreational program to support the US military in Germany for over 50 years. The facilities include hotels in Garmisch and Chiemsee, with accommodations for over 500 hotel guests per night. Not only that, Garmisch is the headquarters for the Area Support Team (AST) that provides community support to the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies and the NATO School in also nearby in Oberammergau.

My mother worked for the Army Base, teaching German and also working in the PX, all this because she spoke fluent English...we met many soldiers and all were so nice, they use to come to our house after a play that mom was performing in, having a nice celebration, my sister and I were always included. One of the soldiers helped us to come to the United States by finding us a sponsor.

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George C. Marshall Center10th armor building (my school)
George C. Marshall Center
George C. Marshall Center
10th armor building (my school)
10th armor building (my school)

Places to visit ~ things to do

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My school straight ahead, now a radio stationFruhling Strasse, I walked there many timesKurpark ~ music and foodTrain Station we came inhere I learned about cows & horsesnow turned into quaint restaurant
My school straight ahead, now a radio station
My school straight ahead, now a radio station
Fruhling Strasse, I walked there many times
Fruhling Strasse, I walked there many times
Kurpark ~ music and food
Kurpark ~ music and food
Train Station we came in
Train Station we came in
here I learned about cows & horses
here I learned about cows & horses
now turned into quaint restaurant
now turned into quaint restaurant

Cross on top of the Zugspitze

Cross on top of the Zugspitze
Cross on top of the Zugspitze

Partnachklamm - Partnach Gorge

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I can't remember going there, but I'm sure we visited this Gorge.
I can't remember going there, but I'm sure we visited this Gorge.
I can't remember going there, but I'm sure we visited this Gorge.

Once in a while ~ painting a day

My sister and me
My sister and me | Source
Sleigh ride
Sleigh ride | Source

My blog!

The painting shown is from one of my blogs for my art. It's a series of miniature paintings of my childhood memories...

once in a while...painting a day is just what it says...when I have extra time I paint, even though I wish I was painting everyday.

My Memories

during Garmisch Winters

painting 'sleigh ride' by Delia (C)

Few of the memories that I still have, come back in flashbacks or dreams. Many sounds brings me back in time...one of them is the crunching sound of snow beneath my feet....I remember pulling a little sleigh, hearing the scraping sound from the rails that's caused from the small pieces of coal spread for traction. The heaviness of the air and how hard it was to breath. I also loved hearing the bells on the horses pulling a sleigh, breathing heavily, the rhythm of the beat of their hooves pounding, all this in unison...and the added beauty of it all...maybe this is why I paint winter sleigh scenes like the one here.

The memories I Cherish the most, are the walks up into the mountains, stopping and having cake and drink, or going to Riessersee...the lakes, the flowers, trees and berries. It's amazing that these little memories have always had an impact staying in my memory bank.

Created 08/13/08

What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb

Garmisch and the beautiful painted buildings

Did you learn something about this charming town in the Alps...Comments?

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      Delia 2 years ago

      "Tom, Thank You for sharing your comment!" I'm so happy you got to experience all those areas including Garmisch. I'm glad the war did not destroy these places. Best Wishes to you and your wife Gretchen on a Wonderful memory trip back.

      I pray someday soon to be able to visit Garmisch again.

      By the way, I have photos of my mom and soldier friends eating dinner and watching the ice show at the Casa Carioca..

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      Tom McClelland 2 years ago

      In the winter of 1955,  army pal Pasquale “Pat” Ruggieri and I had a few days in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area, site of the 1936 Winter Olympics. We stayed at the Hotel Eibsee on the lake of the same name. Since the Americans operated the swank resort, we paid only a dollar a night to stay there. In the days of the occupation, meals, skiing and all amenities were priced accordingly—dirt cheap.

      Skiing on the slopes above the hotel was limited to a rope tow offering a short schuss back to the hotel. Ruggieri and I were new to the alpine sport and concentrated on beginner’s snow-plowing, moving slowly and trying to stay upright. A young boy named Otto showed us a trail toward the city below. It was a scenic fun run. We would ski to a little lodge, enjoy a hot-buttered rum and catch a regular scheduled military bus back to the Eibsee.

      Otto lined us up with dates with young German gals to go to the  Casa Carioca, an ice review sponsored by the occupation forces. We tried nothing other than awkward communication with the young girls who spoke no English. The nightclub was where the military forces would go for vacation and take their leaves. In addition to the splendid ice-skating show, drinks and dinner were available. The ice rink, surrounded by seating and tables for onlookers, had a retractable roof. It was a fun night despite the awkwardness of dealing politely with the lasses, who were about 17 years old.

      We dedicated one whole day to visiting the three King Ludwig castles. Riding in a taxi that we hired for the day at the cost of one carton of American cigarettes, we drove through beautiful Bavaria. Our driver took us to the Andechs Monastery—famous for its pilgrimage church and its beer.  We drank monk’s beer in their traditional Bavarian pub, and dined in the monastery restaurant “Klostergasthof,” enjoying more beer and Bavarian dishes.

      Another special visit was made to the sanctuary of Wies, a pilgrimage church preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine valley. The church is a masterpiece of Rococo art and a masterpiece of creative genius. The interior was unbelievably bright with light from the windows diffusing directly and indirectly. The magnificent church was built in the early 1720s.

      these paragraphs are from my memoir. Wife Gretchen and I are returning next September for a nostalgic visit. We have a lodge near the tourst office.

      —Tom McClelland, Sacramento, Calif.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Garmisch looks like a lovely place to visit!

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      CoolFool83 2 years ago

      Wow, thank you for sharing. I'm actually one fourth German, and I've always wanted to go visit the country. These are some very nice images.

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      Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your Garmisch memories and images. Garmisch is one of our favorite places in all the world. We've been away for over 20 years, but will happily return later this year. Your lens made me even more excited about our upcoming trip.

      Onward!

      Guy

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      QuiltFinger 3 years ago from Tennessee

      What a charming story and how lovely to return to your hometown this way. It reminds me of the time I spent in the Black Forest. Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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      skakati 3 years ago

      An artistic story telling lens in true sense. Most enjoyable!

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      What a lovely place and enjoyable story. There's something magical about returning to childhood haunts, I would love to return to mine in Africa one day.

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      GreatGazoo 3 years ago

      I had never heard about this place. Thanks for sharing.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      @winston-fox1: Hi Winston...thanks for stopping by. I agree the beauty is hard to beat!

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This is a very enjoyable article. Love how you talked with your childhood friends and the place you once lived. I feel a relief that some places can remain so rustic and traditional.

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      winston-fox1 3 years ago

      Baroness, your lovely commentary was 2nd only to a fresh renaissance of revisiting Garmisch again. My memories are mostly in the '80s and '90s of Ski trips and Tennis Tournaments. No other towns compare to the extreme beauty of Salzburg or Garmisch.!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @delia-delia: Hi Delia,well, it really is a small world - Hans Stuck sen was a customer in my mothers artshop. He was a famous driver of racing cars and for many years a champion on racing courses on mountainroads. His son ''Hansi'' followed in the footsteps of his father and was also very successful. Gruesse von Siegfried

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      Dan & Yollie Bunag 3 years ago from Oahu, Hawaii

      We loved our trips and vacation at Garmisch. Brings back wonderful memories from our tour in Germany. Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      What a beautiful place, it remembers me when I was kid and I spent Summer vacations near Vipiteno (in Italy but very close to the border). Great lens

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well that's interesting, my dads best friend lived in Grainau, his name was Hans Stuck...I hope you will be able to go back... I also want to visit again.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely, Delia. I especially enjoy the family portraits where your mother proudly posed with leg forward and tilted head, twins on her arms, consistent every year. My mother's family lived in Grainau during this time, Likely you were all acquainted. Now I must go back. Thank you.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      We went to Garmisch once when I was a child, for winter holidays. I'm originally from Denmark, but have lived in the US 30+ years... these trips back feel a bit like "time traveling." Beautiful lens!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: You seem to have a fair share of synchronicity going on in your life. Me, too, actually. I suspect we welcome it. Thanks for pointing me back to your reply here. I might have come back on my own, but I'm glad you didn't "chance" it. :) Thank you, too, for the blessing, of course. You're very kind.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @MiaMusement: How interesting that you where in GP during this time. In 1985 we lived in KC and remember the Royals win the "World" Series ;-) small world

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Your painting is gorgeous, by the way!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Another fun lens that shares your loverly memories! I have fond memories, myself, of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We were touring the area in October 1985, when our home city baseball team at the time -- the Kansas City Royals -- was competing in the World Series. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is where we were when we found out they won, and the proprietor opened up the lounge for us so we could enjoy a celebratory cocktail. We shared some good laughs with her re "World" Series and how "Royals" has a much different meaning in Germany. :) Thanks so much for sharing your story and for reminding me of mine!

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for bringing us all to the Alps

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love Germany and the paintings.Wish i can afford to go back when we were station in Hanau and Frankfurt when my husband was in the service back in 1984. Is there any paintings from Kasper Konig

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      WBJanitorial LM 4 years ago

      Very well done. I've been to Germany in 2001. I didn't visit Garmish sadly. The pics look amazing. Germany was a very interesting place to visit. Very friendly, not just friendly, VERY friendly, social, and scenic. I was fed very well, alcohol was abundant, the views were spectacular, and the Autobahn was a blast! Thanks for the great lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! Interesting to read and i have enjoyed reading this lens from A to Z. You have shared your memories here that makes this lens unique. I wish for you good luck. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your blog. Congrats on finding lost friends. How awesome is that?

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      RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      Beautiful Lens - of course I enjoyed it, history (especially first-hand) is one of my 'things'! How wonderful that you were contacted by family and others because of the things you write.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @ramonabeckbritman: I'm so glad you also were able to experience the cows this way...people don't think a cow would know it's way back to the barn or house...yes indeed the bells sounded like music.

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      ramonabeckbritman 4 years ago

      This Lens also brought back many memories for me. Especially about the cows walking through town at 4pm. When I was a small girl my Oma worked in a town called "Obersdorf". It was in the mountains and every morning I would look out the window waiting for the cows to go to the field. The main Cow with the Largest Bell was up front leading the rest. Then the next cows behind also had bells and the music they made as the bells would sway back and forth is just Wonderful. I am glad I was blessed to have been able to experience this. I love your Lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I never knew anything about Garmisch until I googled it. I have aq small pin shaped like a ski and ski pole with a starburst. A scrol reads "Garmisch." I wonder if it was a souvernier from the olympics?

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Sigi! I'm back from our trip and will email you soon! Vielen Dank for being a visitor on my squidoo lenses

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You see I'm a constant visitor to your lens and it's always bringing back those good old memorieis of my hometown Garmisch. Best wishes and greetings ''Sigi''

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your story and your pictures. I lived in Germany for 3 years when I was a child and I remember visiting Garmisch - we camped beside a very cold river in the summer that was fed from ice melt. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank You for commenting! I'm happy you are able to experience Garmisch, it's hard to explain to someone that never has been there, it's like a beautiful fairytale...I dreamed about it for years until I went on my first trip back and the dreams ended because it answered questions I had. Are you in the Military?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the painting of back road to Grainau from Garmisch! Itake this road to and from work at GCMC every day, and every moment of the way touches me in very special way - it is magnificent! Thank you for adding historical meaning to this jurney, it will never be the same again (and it never is!) I will travel these roads and see the beauty through tour eyes, hoping I can share with you the magnificence and.. Garmisch lives.

      My best,

      Aleksandr.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a lovely story and photos and paintings. Thanks for sharing these!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank You for the comment! I wonder if that painting was done by Ernst Kaiser...I'd love to see it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved your family story. I was researching a 1947 oil painting that came into our family 194749 while my father was stationed in Mannheim - a young artist in need of money. E. Kaiser. Thanks to your article/paintings, I am sure it's a scene of the Bavarian Alps near Garmisch.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Fantastic images. Good old memories are enjoyable.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Such an amazing and charming story of your life growing up in garmisch germany and it was so cool to learn how you were able to actually see the boys in your photo again and share your experience with your husband. That is so awesome. I love the photos too.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this wonderful lens - thanks again for sharing. :)

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      raelcalu 4 years ago

      great pictures...really enjoyed reading it, would like to visit this someday...simply amazing.

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      infiniti99 lm 4 years ago

      You poured your heart and soul into this lens and it shows.Excellent work I enjoyed every word and picture.Thank you for sharing.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I thoroughly enjoyed going home with you to visit the land of your childhood. How amazing for you to not only once again find your childhood friends, but to be invited back into you old home! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Travel & Places » Western Europe" neighborhood.

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      great lens. pictures are beautiful and well written, a good treat to read d-artist :)

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      Delia 5 years ago

      @Monica Ranstrom: Oh yes, Schorndorf the "Daimler-Stadt" (Daimler Town) thanks for stopping by!

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      So beautiful! My mom is from Schorndorf and I've been able to see her childhood home and school. I really love Germany!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      "Happy International Women's Day" -- My husband and I were in Garmish in 1968 on the way to our honeymoon in Birchesgarten (he was in the service)--what a truly picture postcard area - love your lens and the fact that you made it personal-lived in Germany for several years and would love to return for a visit. :>)

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      TravelDiaries 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I love to read personal stories. LOVED the old pictures, the writing, all great.

      Happy Travels

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Ausgezeichnet! Sehr Schon!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      I loved all the photographs of the area as well as the family pics. I really enjoyed visiting this area of Germany during my trip to Europe several years ago.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      coming back to share some squidangel *blessings* for your coming-home lens.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank You so Much!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Wonderful story and really nice learning something about the history of this lovely village. You have done a great job telling and presenting it. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

      I loved this lens!!! I was lucky enough to visit Berchtesgaden in the mid '60s. I immediately fell in love with that area. Has to be one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Garmish is nearby, thanks for the memories.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Gorgeous! Just the kind of place I could imagine myself living. Thanks for sharing your memories and for the beauty.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      @ionee251: I hope you do! you might be able tell people about your past, but pictures enable the memories to come alive again.

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      ionee251 5 years ago

      I'm a big fan of old photos and memories. Yours are all inspiring. Now I'm inspired to take pictures for simple memories. Thank you for this lens.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Your stories are so compelling and beautiful. I can't wait to read more. You are such as talented artist too! I am happy to have found you here on squidoo. I owe that to Nicki (Word Custard) who suggested I take a look at your work because our interests are very similar. Thank you Nicki!!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      hello from vienna, austria. you really deserved the purple star. i was touched by your story. i am glad you can express your memories thru your paintings. as i read your story, i was there too, watching. bavaria is really the best state of germany.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Delightful tour of Garmisch Germany, many thanks! :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful, fascinating lens - thanks for telling us your story, as well as your fantastic pictures! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Thank you.It is so moving to look at this picture and to read your story.Thank you.

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      i also came from Germany and moved to Australia some 30 years ago. I went back after 20 years and it was a funny feeling go back to where you grew up.

      love your lens

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      It's been quite a while since I visited your lenses. I'm not sure how I happened to visit this lens first .. I guess it was because I am interested in different places. I want to congratulate you on receiving the purple star .. but I can see that it very well deserved. This lens, like your little town of Garmisch is beautiful! Well done!!!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Beautiful area -- I love Bavaria.

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      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful Paintings ! Wonderful Lens, Thanks for sharing.

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      MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Thank you for sharing!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Delightful ... what a beautiful story!

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens... I loved the pictures and the paintings. I liked the part where you met those two little boys who were grown ups now!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This is such a fabulous lens. Thanks for the story. This place looks does look beautiful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great lens, and the quiz was fun...missed one question...smile. The old photos and oil paintings are beautiful. Perhaps Garmisch is where the saying "when the cows come home" started. Very interesting and you are lucky to go home after 50 years, amazing story!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      It looks like a very beautiful place. How wonderful you were able to connect with those two men that you knew years ago as a young girl! Very interesting story.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I think it is so important to save family memories. You've done a wonderful job with this!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      sehr schoen. Wonderful memories and beautifully presented. Yes, this was an obvious purple star recipient.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks like this would be a lovely place to visit. I have always wanted to go to the Alps!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      beautiful!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Glad I stumbled upon this page on squidu forum! Very nice and I love your pictures. It looks like an amazing place to see, filled with history as well. Well worth the purple star you got for it.

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      cloudiosify 6 years ago

      Your lens is so beautiful! I love it really much.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      I am half German! My dad is German :)

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      I've been there..it's absolutely gorgeous.

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      AmateurAtHTML 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful! This reminded me of my own experience in immigrating to the U.S. as a young girl 51 years ago! Loved all the pictures and photographs.

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      Jenn Dixon 6 years ago from PA

      Beautiful lens! I love Germany and have been there a three times.

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      sabinamiller 6 years ago

      Great lens and good info...

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing your lovely story! great lens! cheers

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Garmisch is breathtaking and your story took my breath away as well. Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      What a wonderful story and amazing pictures!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Now you gave me the need to visit Garmisch... it looks like a marvelous place and I really enjoyed to learn that these persons didn't forget about you and your sister! What an interesting life you had, Delia...

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      Marijoyce 6 years ago

      Breathtakingly beautiful and absolutely marvelous lens. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Congrats on Purple Star!

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      What an enjoyable lens! I always say you can tell a good lens by the amount of time you spent on it, and I spent a good long time here, reading everything (it's a very good story!) and enjoying all the beautiful pictures! *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. What a great lens. Your story and images are amazing. What a fabulous area. I would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This truly deserved a Purple star, I loved reading the story of this magnificent town and the beautiful images, it just reminded me of the old simple way of living country life.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your purple star, I'm so glad this great lens was nominated.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      A grand visit and wonderful reunion! Congratulations on your well-deserved Purple Star!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      CONGRATULATIONS on a very well-deserved PURPLE STAR!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your story is very touching. I had been away, too, from where I lived as a child but I try to go back each year. Still, seeing people you have known in your earlier years especially when you have not seen them for a while is very touching.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      What a fun vicarious journey this lens was! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos which brought words to life. Blessed and sprinkling angel dust your way.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I really like the old photos. Garmisch must have changed a lot over the years, but it is still as charming as 50 years., the same time as my first visit. I live in Europe and have been back since.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Garmisch is very beautiful. I love mountains and nature, really awesome lens. My first time I've heard for Garmisch was when I watched skiing on TV.

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      Blonde Blythe 6 years ago

      Wonderful & beautiful lens! I love your story, and the pictures! I lived in Butzbach for one year, and Stuttgart for two. Garmisch is gorgeous in the winter! :)

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      JimDuke 6 years ago

      This is great! I lived in Germany for 3 years from 1967-1970, and we went to Garmisch one summer to visit. Such beauty in the Bavaria region of Deutchland!

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Wow, thank you for sharing your fun story! it truly is a small world! angel blessings..

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I would love to visit the Alps! What a wonderful lens! Squidoo Angel Blessed :)

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      Mariosart 6 years ago

      Very beautiful place for a holiday ,never even thought of going there but your story inspired me ,maybe one day we will go for a holiday there.God bless you

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Liebe Delia,

      Einen ganz herzlichen Festtagsgruss sendet auch der Achim. Moege das neue Jahr viele schoene Erlebnisse bringen! :)

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      Classic LM 6 years ago

      Hello Thanks for this highly inspirational lens! Excellent job, very personal yet so universal - one can not go HOME because everything will look different; yet we all desire in our heart to do so, and to bring some closure to the joyful and painful memories, so we can accept change. I, too, lived in Europe for a long time. Thank you for visiting my lenses! Best of Holidays

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Oh wow, this is just a wonderful lens. I so enjoyed your story and all of the lovely pictures.

      You always bring a smile to my face, I know it has been a while but I am so glad I stopped by.

      Robin :)

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @anonymous: OH WOW! I am excited too! what a small world indeed...yes I believe your are, ein echta Garmisha...you can contact me at artbydelia "at" charter.net make sure the word "at" is made into a @

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh Boy, I am so exited I don't know how to start-don't know what to write. I've read your Website on Garmisch and now.......... the surprise will be on you ....... I am a native of Garmisch, ''a echta Garmischa''. I was born in 1927 on Bankgasse No16 right behind the building (''Zugspitzhaus'') where you've lived after WW II. I am so happy that I've found your Website ( by sheer coincidence),believe me, every picture is telling me some story - the breezeway in the house, the Jewelry shop, the Clothing Store at the corner ( it used to be or maybe still is Ostler). I am telling you all this to proof to you that I'm not making up some story but that I'm a true nativ of Garmisch. I would like to tell you some more and maybe you have some questions about the time when you have lived on Bahnhofstrasse. But this would be far more than just a comment and would be of no interest to other visitors of your Website. If you are interested,and I hope you are, please send me an E-mail so I can tell you more and add some pictures for you.

      Hoping to receive a reply from you I wish you a Merry X-mas (Froehliche Weihnachten) and a Happy Newyear ( ein gutes Neues Jahr) With greetings Siegfried Schultz

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      TheMuseumArtistsfromAroundTheWor 6 years ago

      My first time to see die Zugspitze was at Christmas 1964 when I was with US Army - breath taking - next in 1986 took the family up on the cable - forgot to tell them it could be cold in July - Our son was into hiking - when he saw the people down below on the slops he said, "Let's hick down there" - had to smile and replied, "They are over 5 miles away" - the air was so clear that day - just joyous time in Germany - Health, Happiness, Peace and Positive Prospective

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      RuralFrance 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment on my lens. I love this one - I went to Garmisch in September. A beautiful place even in the rain.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Always love your lenses. Angel Blessing!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, it was wonderful reading your story ~ I can imagine how awesome it felt going back and reconnecting after 5 decades! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. This is a part of Germany that I don't know very well, yet. It certainly look beautiful.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks so much for your kind words and blessings. I'm delighted to return to this wonderful lens about Garmisch and leave a well deserved ~*~* Angel Blessing *~* before we flutter off over the horizon. Also blogged about here back in February: http://mountain-crazy.blogspot.com/2010/02/growing...

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I often wonder... do you sometimes miss your home country and hometown? In all honesty, I couldn't live in a place where customs are so different from mine, so hats off, baroness!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      What a good idea to make a lens about a place from your childhood with so many memories to go with it. Enjoyable.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Great lens and story. Love your photos. It must have been a wonderful experience to return after all those years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How wonderful for you to be able to visit where you grew up! Beautiful story & gorgeous pictures, thank you for sharing it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A great lens - thanks for sharing pictures of the beautiful paintings.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I love your personal accounts that bring history to life as you look back on your own and your family's past, and it was wonderful too to learn more about Garmisch in the Bavarian Alps. I'm lensrolling this one to my Alps lens.

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      Natalie W Schorr 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens, so nice to read such a beautiful story!!!

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      casamonika 7 years ago

      Bavaria is eternally beautiful. I'm happy to hear that the cows are still coming home like they used. I live in America too but grew up in Berlin. I have fond memories of visiting Bavaria as a child.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Happy New Year my dear! May you have a rewarding and remarkable journey this year.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I visited Garmisch and loved it there. It was in my youth, 78,79 or 80. An American serviceman noticed us in Munich and took us there where we stayed in a barracks. Went to the winter olympics stadium of 36 as well. In and around was the first time I had ever seen snow, even though it was early summer. I'm so glad you were able to go back and have such happy memories. Blessed by an Angel.

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      CXpressions LM 7 years ago

      Just spent 11 days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen... well, it was our base and we toured the region from there. You did not mention the absolutely stunning gorge/waterfalls that are on the way to Grasek (sp) when hiking behind the ski jump/stadium (which is still there and is still used for a variety of events).

      Thanks for sharing how it was back then - I don't think it has changed much and that is a wonderful thing!

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      Tom Fattes 8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      What an amazing story. I was in Garmisch during the winter in the late 70's with my parents while we lived in Frankfurt. One of my foundest memories is my mom standing under a snow covered tree and saying "I love snow", and on queue, the tree dumped its snow on her. I also remember learning how to ski around Garmisch and sledding. Thanks for the trip back to memory lane.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Hi Delia! How are you?! Well it sounds like you had a nostalgic and wonderfully memorable trip. Loved this lens with the fantastic pics and vivd descriptions.

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      ratso 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, I love the variety of images of this beautiful country. 5*

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      Wow, this is a great lens. I love all of the pictures!! My husband and I went to Germany last year for vacation and it was my favorite place (even though I didn't think it would be). We loved Rothenburg the most!! 5*s!!

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      RobinForlongePa 8 years ago

      Excellent. But spelling may need another look, e.g. "where" for "were". 5 stars.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great pictures :) [I suggest you read up on tags - for instance on my page on SEO or the one on keywords. This page is lovely, but your tags aren't even close to optimized.]

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      I have been to that part of Germany several times in my life and that area, along with some parts of nearby Austria, are some of my favorites. Thanks for doing the lens.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Great lens and great photos! I loved visiting the Bavarian Alps and municipalities like Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberammergau. It is a lovely area with fantastic Bavarian architecture. Would definitely go back for a visit!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      Nice pics.

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      billco1 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Love the photos. 5 Stars!

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      TrixiJahn 8 years ago

      Hey Kiddo...this one brought back memories...what a great experience it was to be with you in Gramisch. It was fun to be at your side and experience it all with you!

      Great Lens! I really enjoyed reading it...wont be the last time I read it!

      Love you

      your cousin Trixi

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      editionh 8 years ago

      A very touching story and great images of a beautiful landscape !

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      JasonE 8 years ago

      You have provided a wonderful homecoming story here! My wife and I will be visiting Munich soon. We hope to see Garmish-Partenkirchen also someday too.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Wunderschoene Lense und Story. 5*s and SquidAngel Blessings!

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      I lived in the small village of OsterMunchen (near Bad Aibling and Rosenheim) for 2 1/2 years, and would regularly visit Garmish-Partenkirchen. I loved this beautiful place. I also loved Chiemsee, which you mentioned. Thank-you for taking me back...5 stars and lensroll to my Living in Bavaria lens.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      OMG! I want to visit Garmisch SO BAD. Your lens is captivating and very inviting. Awesome pics!!! 5*****

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