2 Jul
2015

06.29.15 Neuschwanstein Castle

At the castle.

At the castle.

 

Pretty Bavarian sunset.

Pretty Bavarian sunset.

Brian, Monika, Bracken (I took the picture).

I guess we should eat these.

I guess we should eat these.

Castle vacation wave.

Castle vacation wave.

 

Castle beer.

Castle beer.

At the gift shop.

At the gift shop.

 

We made it! Now for the hike...

We made it! Now for the hike…

As I said, the sleep schedule is all off. Sunday night we stayed late at the Four Corners. We moved to a hotel practically next-door to the club. I stayed up all night, and at at some point in the wee hours I went to the hotel lobby to write some blog. When I finished that I went for a long walk. Breakfast at the new hotel was a big improvement. Almost as good as the breakfast in Switzerland. I’d say Europe has the USA licked in the department of hotel breakfast food. Easy. Being full of yummy breakfast finally made me a little sleepy so I went down for a nap. One way European hotels do not win over their American counterparts is in the area of air conditioning. None of the places we’ve stayed in has had it, and at times it has been pretty hot – and humid. Adding to that, it would seem that Bavaria has been blessed with a surplus of flies this season… Our host graciously left us a van to use while we were in Untermeitingen. On Monday we used it to go visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The Castle was around an hour or so away. We all packed up and headed that way. On the way we stopped for kebabs at a food trailer in Halblech. It was quite tasty. Once we got near the castle we were able to park, and then had to walk a couple miles or so up the hill to get to it. We passed a few souvenir shops where Scott tried on hats. eventually we made our way to the top. Neuschwanstein was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in the mid 19th century. He had lost his power as ruler, and may have lost some of his sanity. He built the castle with tax money, but essentially lived in it alone. He had big rooms decked out as concert halls, but music was not performed there. It is said that Disneyland based their castle on this one. It’s a grand sight. There were tourists from all over the world there to see it. Once we got to the top we realized that there was a tour but it cost a fee and there was s line. We poked around as much as we could for free and then beat it back down the mountain. Near the bottom we shopped at a souvenir store where a fella insisted we buy some ice cream. We took him up on it, all four of us. It was the right thing to do. Upon our return to Untermeitingen, some of us slept, some of us visited the grocery store, and some of us did both of those things. The prices at the grocery are incredible.

Breakfast in Untermeitingen

Breakfast in Untermeitingen

Supper was had at Four Corners. Bracken, Brian and I stayed at the bar and enjoyed Pualaner Bier from Munich. Bill was going to Switzerland to meet up with the Bellamy Brothers so he wasn’t there. We got to better know his lady friend Marianne (who runs the bar and works about as hard as anyone I’ve seen. We also got to better know Monika, their bartender/server. There was s bit of a language barrier, but we all understood beer and Country Music. After a bit those gals let me run the CD player. DJ Basil: maybe a backup career? Tomorrow will be our last full day in Bavaria. Visit us on Facebook!   Have fun times! Basil