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    RTW to no-where in particular

    Can I ask what tool you used to create the map with waypoints in the first post?
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    We make another trip up to the glacier, this time for Rodelbahn. This is basically downhill sledding on a long high speed twisting course. Insanity. Steering is with a joystick between your knees and the brakes are your boots. One of the kids has an absolutely epic wipe out! But she...
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    Back from the glacier to the hotel for an afternoon swim, then dinner. Wine is Keringer "Massiv" an unusual blend of Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Ráthay and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's from the Neusiedlersee region near Vienna. 👍
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    Up top, is the border crossing between Austria and Germany. At 3000m. There's a restaurant. We're actually above the glacier here, so we need to catch another, smaller, cablecar down to it. This is the view down to the glacier area, about 400 vertical metres lower
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    Suggestions for a travel destination for September?

    Bermuda. September is the best month to visit. Qantas to JFK and a short AA or Delta flight from there.
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    The following day, it's a bit of an excursion. The Zugspitz Arena, is a circular valley at the base of the Zugspitz massif. Lermoos is on one side, Ehrwald on the other, and there's a few smaller villages around the circumference. A frequent and free bus service circulates the valley in both...
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    Changing flights to Hong Kong - Coronavirus

    I wonder if it’s worth trying the line that you have onward travel arrangements to the US and cannot enter HK for that reason?
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    Next morning it's up the mountain
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    We settle in for the first night's dinner. Accompanied by a Kellerei Cantina Terlan Lagrein, from South Tyrol http://www.cantina-terlano.com/en/wine/gries/2016/
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    Back to the trip report and we've checked in to the Hotel Post. Now a bit about the hotel. The Hotel Post is a traditional Tyrolean establishment offering full board (with 7 course dinners!), very large rooms, spectacular views across the valley to the Zugspitze Massif, amazing spa facilities...
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    First ski trips with the kids can be very exciting. My picks would be: Japan: Myoko Kogen. Myoko Snowsports is the best kids ski school in the world. Simple as that! See the tripadvisor reviews The village is also compact and walkable. Austria: Seefeld, Lech, Lermoos are 3 super options...
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    Holy smokes. I’d imagine it will take the cruise industry some time to recover from this. Coming off the back of all those well publicised norovirus breakouts, this will be the last straw for some.
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    The hotel has an amazing indoor/outdoor pool. A swim is in order on the afternoon of our arrival. I notice a spectacular moon-rise over the Zugspitze, so dry off and grab the camera.
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    Now confirmed as airborne. Also, probably not the time for shared hotpot style dishes: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/nine-members-of-the-same-family-test-positive-for-coronavirus-after-sharing-hotpot-and-barbecue-dinner/news-story/f3341b060dd0afc236e835efb6a9ad3b
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    We get the train out of Munich HB, and take a scenic trip through Bavaria, crossing into Austria just after Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Finally, we are at the main objective of the trip, The Hotel Post, in Lermoos. So why Austria and why here? As a keen skier and general winter/mountain/snow...
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    Thinking of making a QF DFW to SYD reward booking? Currently a large number of available flights in F and J available.

    Thats the point I was making. AU school hold finish around the 20/7 and the good seat availability seems to be after that. This is a huge benefit of being able to travel outside AU school holiday periods.
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    Thinking of making a QF DFW to SYD reward booking? Currently a large number of available flights in F and J available.

    The benefit of being able to travel outside school holidays! They finish on 20 Jul.
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    JFK Transit times

    Early Oct is Atlantic hurricane season, so there can be weather impacts. Laying up at the JFK Airport Hilton is a good option, especially with late afternoon arrivals. I’ve done this several times enroute to/from Bermuda.
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    Bonkers via Honkers - to Austria

    Next morning it's the train ride into the Tyrolean alps and the village of Lermoos, the main purpose of the trip. One thing about the European train stations - particularly the germanic countries - is they have excellent bakeries at the train stations. We grab some supplies for the 2.5 hour...
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