They arrived in Munich a day early and stayed in the Tauck-recommended Bayerischer hof hotel. Alan showed a photo of a very old monument to composer Orlande de Lassus newly decorated with Michael Jackson memorial candles, posters and photos. He and Joan enjoyed sausages with liters of beer in the HB Hofbrauhaus. The building looked historic, inside and out, and the band sounded great.
Next stop was Salzburg, where Mozart lived. Tourists enjoyed a musical mime performing on the street and visiting the apartment of Mozart. Alan noted that Mozart was not killed by Solieri, but died from primitive medical care, including excessive bleeding.
Next stop was Innsbruck, where Alan and Joan saw interesting Rococo architecture. Alan showed a photo of the Maximilian-I cenotaph in Hofkirche (Court Church) and described its history. A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honor of someone whose remains are elsewhere.
Next they went to Bolzano, Italy where they stayed in a very nice hotel. After that, they went to Limone. The town is built into hills beside a beautiful lake. The scenery depicted in the photos was very nice. The people of this area are known by their long lives (many over 100 years old) - the result of excellent genes.