I'm just back from a six-day "long weekend" trip to Munich, a quick turn-around visit with some of my family that included stops at a fairy-tale castle, a fortress overlooking Salzburg, the huge Deutsch Museum and a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial just 20 minutes from Munich. The trip meant sitting for about 26 hours on planes--14 going over and 12 coming back, but at a total round-trip fare of $273, it was worth it. It was one of those "grab-quickly" specials that my son Chris occasionally finds in Flyer Talk, an online blog for recreational pilots. Joining us for this trip were two of his friends and my daughter Kerry Nally, who lives in Pleasanton, and two of her children: Jordan, a seventh grader at Harvest Park, and Christopher, who's in first grade at Walnut Grove. Her husband Jack stayed here to care for 2-year-old Katherine. Most of our frequent family get-togethers are for a week or longer, but--price-wise--this was a trip to take even just for a few days. Actually, we found that by going only to Munich, with a one-day side trip to nearby Salzburg in Austria, we were able to discover more of the city and its highlights than had we just passed through.
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posted Friday, February 29, 2008, 12:00 AM