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April 1

Students say good bye to their host families!  
Tamara and Ellie didn't end up with a Jewish family, but they had a really special family, who liked the gifts they brought for them.
More hugs and then we're off.
Next stop, Munich!  Munich is the 3rd largest city (1.3 million) in Germany, and home to 100,000 students.  It is 852 years old.  60% of the city was destroyed during World War II.  It is also famous for its Oktoberfest (which is actually held in September).  The first Oktoberfest was in celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I and Theresa on October 12, 1810.  This year will be the 200th anniversary of this event.  Interesting statistics:  8,500 tents are put up during the festival.  6.5 million people visit during the three week festival, and 6 million liters of beer are consumed.
Bus tour in Munich took us by area where Hitler took power and King's Square where the Nazis held those parades, deployed troops and made speeches. Also where Munich Agreement was reached in 1938 which gave Czechoslovakia to Germany.  
Palace in Munich.  We thought the one in Ludwigsburg was big, but this might be bigger.  Home of King Max who was crowned King of Bavaria by Napoleon in 1806.
Site of the 1978 Munich Olympic games. Cool, overcast day, but rain held off.
Walking tour of Munich.
James Hanford in front of the Munich Opera House.
Inside shopping center, designed by the Swiss architectural firm that did the Bird's Nest for the Olympics in Beijing.  Munich is a blend of old and new and enjoys just 5% unemployment (vs. 8.5 percent in all of Germany).  
Model of old City Centre.  
Group in front of City Hall. 
Street musicians.  
Old artisans market.
No trip to Munich complete without a visit to the Hofbrauhaus.
Inside the famous beer hall.
A little music, of course.
On to dinner.
Jazz combo made the dinner very special that evening!
Then back to the hotel.