August 10, 1971: Munich: Letter from Margaret Mary Stephen to Her Mother-in-Law

At last we are in a civilized country. We arrived  in Munich from Bled after a 9-hour train trip and both Robert and I are exhausted. We both had showers and I washed our clothes. The water was black. The train had started in Athens. No food and the toilets were sickening. Our friend took us on a tour of the Olympic grounds. We then went to the famous beer garden where Hitler started his speeches. The band was fun but I came home with a big headache. I awoke at 5 with a horrible cold and sore throat and had breakfast with eggs the first time in two months. Robert went out for breakfast. We are going to a hunting lodge in the Black Forest. The scenery in Austria on our way here was spectacular but I would not like to live there. I can imagine how solitary it must be in the winter. We saw so many Austrians in Tyrolian clothes.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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