In high hopes of seeing mountains after previous visits to Germany largely cloaked in thick cloud cover, I was delighted to find a clear day to venture to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I was able to book with Jake in the last minute, and he so graciously welcomed me to tour the next day. I particularly wanted to see the "Klamm"-the gorge in G-P. Jake checked out the availability and I was set. Jake met me at the train station, and we headed for the gorge. Rich in history and beauty, this easy hike was more than I could have hoped for. Dress warm, with your best treads on your feet. Crystalline water and the ethereal beauty of the icicles in the gorge-spectacular. We wended our way back past the Ski Stadium, and after a detailed description of the merging of the towns and the construction of the Ski Stadium with all its political implications,we went for lunch. We went to a very old Gasthaus and had a leisurely, authentic Bavarian meal. Jake was greeted several times by name by the locals-he is known there. Visits to churches, historic city squares, theatres, and views of the mountains all around us were narrated in vivid detail by Jake. Partenkirchen has the older feel of the two towns. It is easy to imagine ancient travel on the Roman Road, a far different symphony of sounds breaking the quiet of the blue dawn. We walked to Garmisch- still ancient but punctuated by shiny shops: easy to imagine why it is one of the sister cities of Aspen Colorado. By this time Jake was making suggestions of which stores I would like to visit-and he was right.
I did not feel one bit rushed, and was so pleased that Jake gave 100 percent to give one person a tour. The stories I'm sure he has told hundreds of times were still coming out in full colour as he explained the history of these towns. There is no way I could have gotten as much out of touring these towns without Jake leading. Jake is not only knowledgeable, but he continues to research and pursue the veracity of stories about G-P. As an added bonus, Jake took photos for me and even helped me set up my GoPro camera. He got me on the right train back to Munich-it was a perfect day. Thank you Jake! -I sincerely appreciate the wonderful day I had-it was memorable and so worth it. Look Jake up- you will not be disappointed.
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