Munich and BMW Open - Tour of the Bavarian Alps

I got an amazing few days to enjoy Bavarian food, culture, and the outdoors. This stop-over trip in Germany was the 2nd European Spring in a row.

Got to fly on the new Luftansa flight from San Diego to Munich direct. On my way to Spain to attend the Madrid Masters 1000 ATP/WTA event, I decided to make the most of this pitstop!


I drove South through the AutoBahn in a BMW 4 Series diesel. Petrol stations are interesting!

Arriving in the Alps, I stayed at an Airbnb cottage in Garmisch with a nice mountain sunset view for a few nights. The warm glow of morning greets you eagerly for nature's adventures.

Winter Olympics of 1972 - this giant Ski Jump now hosts a beer house!

The many outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes of Germany

BMW Open - Tennis and Cars

Enjoyed the tech innovations in Germany! I was hosted overnight by a BMW corporate employee.

 The special guided tour inside the heart of BMW Global HQ factory.

Finished autos are "delivered" onto the carousel platform, rotating on the 2nd-floor center showroom.

Hiking the Bavarian Alps -

Sunrise photos from the town of Garmish and then made the loop around Lake Eibsee.

Zugspitze - home of the World's longest ski lift

Reaching the summit of Germany. Channeling my Jimmy Chin (MasterClass) for this Canon shot.

Welcome to Austria! The International Mountain Pass Border over the Alps.

The Rooftop of Deutschland. More beer.

I also highly recommend exploring the Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its scenic waterfalls!

The short rain made for more dramatic photos! With overcast skies as I hiked down to the valley gorge.

Fussen - a Storybook Fairyland town in Europe with painted walls of magic.

Click to zoom in! Castles of Mad King Ludwig. A great board game and a bucket list to see.

Photo Albums (Tennis & Travel)

Knowing life's red and yellow lights eventually turn green.
May you all discover your life's 2nd Mountain. Good luck!

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey (2021)
This journey was inspired and narrated by Matthew's audiobook
"Catching green lights is also about Timing, the world's timing and ours. 
It can also be about sheer Luck and Fate. 
Navigating the Autobahn of Life in the best way possible. 
It's about getting Relative with the Inevitable at the right time."

Visit to Basil - Railways to Roger: Part 2

Roger's Town - Basel, Switzerland

Back in Europe for the clay-court season, I was returning back to the USA after meeting Rafael Nadal at his hometown and academy.

To make the journey complete I decided to book a detour to see Switzerland again, after the great holiday experience the previous Spring at the Sechseläuten or Sächsilüüte weekend festival.

Visiting Basel via train from Zurich

To complete this European tennis tour, let's go make a tennis pitstop to visit Roger Federer's hometown in Basel!

From here, you can see both Germany and France at the same time!

This is an all-important city for loyal fans of Mr. Roger Federer. Between tournaments, he often flies home to Switzerland to practice and spend time with his family.

Basel Bridge Seal

Just before Madrid, he spent some time prepping with his team to prepare his body for the clay season.

Maestro's Magic

His peers describe him as a funny/silly guy who's still a child at heart. More importantly, he's a very decent, humble human being.

Switzerland's shining superstar - the role model for tennis.

Just like Kei Nishikori from Japan, Roger is a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo.

Swiss Indoors - ATP 500 Event

If you can come here in the Autumn, around October, you can also visit the Swiss Indoor 500 Championships. Roger was once even a ball kid here!

The architecture and history of this city are amazing. You will see a lot of German influences around the town center.

Swiss-German is the language most commonly spoken here. But one can get by with English easily here, too - the Swiss are very multi-lingual!

Laver Cup

Later in the year, Roger welcomed the world to Geneva. Just one of many beautiful cities to visit and explore while in Switzerland.

To lend his support in America, he was nice enough to come by during his recovery to support his friends here in the USA for 2021. Flying to Boston unannounced, he surprised everyone during that Laver Cup.

In his final pro match, he played doubles with his greatest rival and friend, Rafael Nadal.

It was a very emotional ending, filled with tears of joy and sadness. But Roger could go out on his own terms, in his own time, in his own way. Tennis will always remember his career and personality fondly.

At the London 2022 Laver Cup, the Big 4 played together for the last time

See Switzerland and Travel with Tennis

I encourage tennis fans to plan a trip to Europe.
Witness the beauty of the country and explore new continents.
Combine your love of tennis and travel together! I show the way.

Why make our cage bigger? When we can make this World smaller.

Perhaps you, too will meet Mr. Federer in the Swiss Alps!
Hope to see you at the mountaintop. Bon Voyage!

Tennis and Travel:
'Tis not the mountain we conquered, but ourselves.