The Undergraduate Center

Germany and the Alps
March 21 to March 30, 1997

Well, the trip was great! A large group of Triton students and staff had a TREMENDOUS time in Europe! We replaced some of the "canned" pictures here with shots taken by people on the trip, so you can see a bit of what we saw.


Day 1: "Overnight flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany."

[Heidelberg walking tour]

Day 2: "Private motorcoach transports us to Heidelberg, where we begin with a guided tour of the oldest university city (dating back to 1386)." John Wager dragged Bob Palmer up the hill to the PHILOSOPHENWEG, the "philosopher's walk," where Hegel and Jaspers used to stroll. So Bob Palmer (shown here) dragged John Wager to the local eating establishment where Mark Twain used to celebrate student life. (Unfortunately for both Bob and John, Twain's old hang-out was closed Sundays.)

[Triton-on-the Rhine]

Day 3: "Travel through the Black Forest to see the Rhine Falls, then on to Lucerne Switzerland." Here we are at the Rhine Falls. The photo shows almost the whole group, from left to right: Todd Upchurch, John Wager, Gina Sabella, Katie Meyer, Hilda Meyer, Diane Kannaby, Tamara Kannaby Taylor, Mary Ann Pereckas, Vic Pereckas, Julie Albert, Norma Taylor, Naomi Taylor, Lena Sabella, Bob Palmer, and, kneeling, Allen Salzman. (Ed and Marilyn Fink were off exploring on their own.)

[Lucerne flower stall]

Day 4: "Guided sightseeing of Lucerne, and an optional excursion into the Alps, up Mount Pilatus." O.k., so that day it was snowing and foggy, and you couldn't tell if you were on the top of the mountain or in a white closet. But the air was great, and the guided tour of Lucerne was fun.

[King Ludwig III's castle in Bavaria]

Day 5: "Journey through tiny Lichtenstein to Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps, then on to Munich." That's what it SAID, but we changed our minds. Rather than spend time in Austria, we went to see King Ludwig's castle in Bavaria. He wasn't nearly as mad as some of the Triton group who not only walked UP to the castle, and DOWN from the castle, but also walked UP more to the little bridge and then DOWN from the little bridge. We did stop in Lichtenstein, and Diane and Tamara ran into the crown prince in the bank.


Day 6: "Guided walking tour of Munich, capital of the German state of Bavaria and famous for its Hofbrauhaus, Glockenspiel, and the annual Oktoberfest. Optional trip to Dachau." Munich was a great city! But the trip to Dachau was sobering. Such suffering and death, all in one small place! I don't see how anyone could live there, but a fairly new suburban housing development is 20 yards from the gate of the concentration camp.

[Munich Glockenspeil]

Day 7: "Stay and explore Munich, or go on an optional excursion to Salzburg, city of Mozart and the Sound of Music." The group split up on this one, with half going to Salzburg and half staying in Munich to explore several great museums. The photo is of the local landmark, the Glockenspeil.

[Rothenburg Inn]

Day 8: "Take the Romantic Road to Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, Germany's best preserved medieval town." This lived up to the billing. The town was full of tourists, but still had so much to offer that it was worth the time spent there. The photo shows some of us relaxing in the hotel at Rothenburg.
The accommodations were all very good, the food was always edible (and sometimes even quite good--Ever tried white asparagus?), the company was great, and the whole trip will be remembered for a lifetime.

[Return home]

Day 9: "Travel from Rothenburg back to Frankfurt for the flight back to Chicago." We all made it, and many of us said we're going to Italy next March!

[Photo of Dr. Wager]
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Music: "KLAR," from
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