While I was in Munich took the U-Bahn from my Hotel to Marienplatz which was a short distance from the Holiday Inn Munich Leuchtenbergring.
The Hotel is very good value and when I stayed in late April the rooms were about 72 USD a day.
After taking a walk around the beautiful Marienplatz I took a short ride on the U-Bahn to the Deutsches Museum.The Museum has a strange name since it is a Science and Technology centered exhibition. It includes every aspect of Science and Tech that you can think of and is worth your time.
The Marienplatz area of Munich is a geographic and cultural center of Munich and is a good starting point to any visit to the area.
You take the Train from the Main Train station in Munich……. the trip takes about 2 hours.The trip is pleasant not spectacular but a nice way to spend 2 hours.
When you arrive at Fussen the closest town to the Castle a Bus is waiting for you outside the Train station it is about 3 USD but included if you have a Bayern ticket.The ticket can be purchased online or at the train station it is about 28USD and can be used anywhere in Bavaria including Saltzburg for almost 24 hours for any type of public transportation.I used the Bayern ticket to go on the U-Bahn to the
Munich central station………. it was used to go to Fussen and then showed it to the driver for the 30 minute ride to the Castle.You arrive at the bottom of a hill to get to the Castle which has its own shuttle to the top……. are you tired yet ? This is a long trip and a lot of people are making a buck from this Castle especially Disney.
But you get your reward when you start to get a view of the Castle and of course you pay again if you decide to go into the Castle.Although the views of the area are nice I think just walking around the area and getting a view of the Castle and the area is more interesting.
My suggestion is to arrive early and try to come in off season.Even though it was late April it was still busy.Also it was about 45 F or 7 C not a Beach day.
Now’s the time to get your name on NASA’s next mission to Mars
It’s that time of the year again, when NASA gives you
the opportunity to “ship” your name to another celestial body. This
time, the destination is Mars, and the shipping service is NASA’s future
Mars 2020 rover, which will be headed to the Red Planet in — you
guessed it — 2020.
The rover’s primary mission is to get us closer to
answering that fundamental question: did Mars ever host alien life? The
robot is equipped with tools and instruments that will help scientists figure out if the planet may have hosted life in the past.
On top of that, the rover will also be drilling and collecting samples
of Martian dirt. It’ll then leave those samples on the ground, where
they could potentially be picked up someday by another spacecraft and
brought back to Earth.
And while the Mars 2020 rover is doing all of this, your name could be along for the ride. If you send in your name sometime before September 30th,
NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will etch it onto a
silicon chip with an electron beam, and then the rover will carry it on
its journey. The names are going to be pretty teeny, though — about
one-thousandth the width of a human hair. That’s small enough so that
more than a million names can be included on a single chip as big as a
dime — but big enough for any Martian microbes to read (only kidding…
Martians can’t read).
NASA has provided this opportunity for members of the public before, when it landed the InSight lander on Mars in 2018 or when it sent the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the asteroid Bennu. And just like any seasoned traveler, you’ll get a boarding pass and “frequent flyer” miles. Seeing as how the InSight travelers got about 300 million miles from their trip, the Mars 2020 folks are poised to get some serious points, too. Unfortunately, it seems doubtful Delta airlines will accept them.
After going back to London made a quick trip to Oxford.It is a great day trip from London since it is only about a 1 hour journey from Marylebone train station.
When you arrive at Oxford there are many buses stopping at the train station.Since I needed to get back to london in a short time decided to take the tourist bus that covers the entire city in about 70-80 minutes.It costs 20USD but you can save about 10 percent by using a Viator promotion code that you can find online.
The bus makes about 20 stops and you can get off and return whenever you want.
I paid about 17 USD for a return ticket from London so it was not an expensive trip.
Took the Train from Marylebone Station in London which takes about 2 1/2 hours
It was not a pleasant trip since that day on May 6 had many delays on this route.Every time a Train was cancelled I got off at a new stop and then a new Train was cancelled.At that point I made many new friends who faced the same issues so it was not a totally negative experience.
When I finally arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon after making some good bets on where I should get off and which Train I hoped would actually arrive I was greeted by old style English hospitality.
The Taxi driver would not take a tip and even carried my bags into the Hotel to the Reception area which was not easy to find.
I chose the Arden Hotel since they recently joined Hyatt and as a result I could use Hyatt rewards to get 2 free nights.
The Hotel was old and very charming that charm of course comes at a cost no Elevator.
I was taken to a room with a short group of steps with the wonderful lady at reception taking my bags to my room.
It had a great view of the Avon river and the Royal Shakespeare Company right across the street.
In the Bathroom was a old tub that is larger then many rooms in London or New York City.
It was late afternoon so I quickly went to take a walk to get a feel for the area.I also had booked 2 shows at the RSC so I had very little time to take a quick view of the area.
All in all the 2 Days were great I got out of London got some fresh air visited a lovely and charming city with people who are lovely and charming.
This is not only a great day trip from London but a nice place to stop for a few days.