We woke up groggily after yesterday's super adventure which we had brought upon ourselves. Bhaiyya had already gone for his jog. Raj and I decided to walk around and explore the place. The place was fairy tale like. Next to our hotel was a 'tabela' with innumerable jersey cows and middle aged farmer was attending to the cows giving a feel of a real village. There were many open meadows where the crop had been harvested while some places the crops were still standing. At a distance were the majestic Alps as if protecting everything beneath them. There would have been not note than 20-25 houses in that village each prettier than the other. All were wooden houses with sloping roofs and big windows decorated by white lacy curtains. As if by law, outside every window were flower pots overflowing with multicolored flowers. Each house has an open space in front and back where we could see tree houses, patios, baby pools etc. Also trees which were bearing fruits like apples plums pears etc. Few of the trees had so many apples/pears that the lawns looked like it had a carpet of apples. The village reminded me of my childhood story books of Heidi, Pinocchio and the likes.
As we were here for only a day we needed to be at the hotel for check out. We met Alex on our way to the room and asked her if she knew what went wrong with our booking. In reply we just got more apologies as the lady who spoke to us over the phone yesterday was in leave. Retrospectively we had a great time yesterday and didn't want to make a fuss of it so left it that. The breakfast there was also one of the best till date so it kind soothed our anger even further.
Well fed we packed or VW and of we were for our today's destination of chiemsee lake. It's a big inland lake at the foot of the Alps. As we were driving through the monotonously beautiful hilly roads, suddenly at a bend the scenery opened up and lay in front of us, a little below, the shining blue waters of chiemsee lake. The scene called for a halt on the road even though there weren't any halt zones. Breaking the famous German rules we clicked till our hearts content. As we parked near the lake we could see innumerable sail boats making most of the beautiful sunny day. We settled on the pebbled banks of the lake mixing with the many locals who were barbecuing, canoeing, rafting and having a gala time with family. Bhaiyya couldn't resist the temptation to swim, girls went for a walk and to get some drinks from the small cafes that dotted banks while I lay by the lakeside with cool pure breeze blowing over me. We all had beer and some theplas at the few places in the whole trip where we gave ourselves the luxury of idling our time away. By afternoon we somehow tore ourselves from that place as we set the navigator for the town of Garmish, from where we were to visit the partnach gorge. By the time we reached Garmish it was 1800 hrs but worse the clouds were back. Garmish was another fairy tale town, convincing Sid and Raj that there was no point pursuing going to the gorge, we explored the town and had some I've cream and Sundays. Not wanting to repeat yesterday's mistake of reaching our night halt late, by 1900 we left for the town of Fussen on Austrian border. Crisscrossing the German and Austrian borders, recognizable only by the sign boards it started getting dark by 2100 hrs. Half an hour away from Fussen it started raining and became really cold. As we crossed the bridge over a river to enter the town if Fussen suddenly the car density took a nosedive. Halting outside our hostel we came to know that the town is vehicle free and no cars are allowed but for just pick up and drop. So offloading the luggage with the girls, bhaiyya and me went in search of car park. There are paid car parks close to the city while a free public car park outside the city, across the river. We parked in the public car park outside the town which could hold around 50 cars. There were whole of 5 cars including ours as we started our hike back to the hostel on a cool , wet night. 20 min later we reached the hostel and immediately went out for dinner as everything was getting shut. Somehow managing a pizza we decided to call it a day as the rain refused to let, arousing within us all a crave for warm, cozy bed.