Mood Changer

These clips are guaranteed to turn a bad day into a good one.



Bavarian Oldie Festival May 2016


Perfect weather, gorgeous surroundings, and an astounding collection of classic cars.





Car lovers proceed


Wasserburg in May

DSC_0448Wasserburg is a beautiful little town with a population of about 12,000 that is a scenic 45 minute drive away from us.  The name translated literally in English means Water-castle or Water-fortess.  It is located directly on the Inn River which is especially beautiful in May when the snow is melting in the Alps.


I love the narrow streets and the painted buildings.



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tirollercoasterHere’s a video clip I made a couple of years ago when we rode a cable car in Austria.  This Yahoo story made me think of it.  Starts slowly, but …… :-0

Another Side of Salzburg

crop 454Photo above was take from the bridge in the photo below.

river bridge 1
There are several large hills surrounding the historic city of Salzburg. Centuries ago they built fortresses on them protect the population. Most tourists make their way to Mirabell Palace and walk through the park and then cross the river and make their way to the famous Getreidegasse (English Grain Lane / Grain Alley.) Some will continue on and climb up to the castle and museum (seen at the top of the photo below.)  You can, however, take this bridge up river from where most tourists cross, and then hike along a ridge overlooking the old part of the city.

moving up vertical

You’ll need to be fairly fit, have a little extra time, and good walking shoes.  You’ll see a different side of Salzburg and take a path less travelled. Above is the view you will enjoy along the way.  To give you some orientation, here is a google map and I’ve put red circles along part of the path.  If you want, you can continue all the way to the Castle shown at the top of the photo above.

google map salzburgThe hike will be a bit more demanding than the map capture photo might lead you to believe.  Here are a few photos of the trails itself. (more…)

Neubeuern, Bavaria

Today we programmed our navigator to chart a scenic route to the historic little town Neubeuern, about 2o miles to the East of us.  It is very close to the Inn River and only 5 miles from the border to Austria.  It has a small but very beautiful and historic market square with typical Bavarian facades and a castle (now a high end boarding school) on a hill above it.  CLICK ANY PHOTO FOR FULL SIZE









Chiemsee Country Festival

We dropped by the Chiemsee Country Festival yesterday, bought a cowboy hat and checked out the American cars and the trucks on display.


Guitar Rig 5 — No Sound with Behringer Guitar Link

Update after Windows 10 update — I give up, no solution in sight, but the post below may help you if you still have Windows 7.

What I ended up doing was buying a small Blackstar ID Core 10 amp that I can play with headphones and connect to a laptop.  Here is a video about the software I found on YouTube.


Guitar Rig 5 is a great piece of free software that allows you to play guitar through your laptop with emulated amps and effects, but getting it to do this caused me hours of frustration.  I looked through forums, YouTube clips, and general searches to no avail.  Finally I stumbled upon a solution, and after rebooting my laptop Guitar Rig 5 worked like a charm.  While it is still fresh in my mind, I thought I would share my experience in the hope that I will save someone else the frustration I had. (more…)

Oldtimers in Kössen, Austria