Exploring a Fairy Tale Castle (EFCB Part 2)

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7/7/16, evening

Today was AMAZING! And very exhausting. I got up at 8, and went down for breakfast. Breakfast in Germany seems to consist of mostly sausages, cheese, and potatoes; not much fruit to be found. It looks like most meals revolve around meat here, but perhaps I just haven’t explored enough yet. It makes me wonder how people stay regular, you know?

We headed out around 9, and got on the bus headed for Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle looks like it is centuries old, but it was actually built in the 1800s by King Ludwig II. Apparently, he used to have tons of orgies in there. He also loved medieval legends and fairy tales, so he built his castle to be a fantastical wonder; seriously, it looks like something out of Narnia!

Ok, I skipped ahead a bit. So, the bus ride wasn’t too eventful. I listened to music and read more of Howl’s Moving Castle. But, we went down “Romantic Road,” and the scenery was so beautiful, I wanted to cry!

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Romantic Road (view from bus)

We stopped at a village at the foot of the castle, Hohenschwangau, to grab food. I had a vegan burger, and gelato. The gelato tasted very boozy; I wonder if spiked gelato is a thing in Europe? I also got some cool pictures of the village, and then hiked up the mountain. It was a bit steep, and the the climb took me about 40 minutes. But, it was so beautiful! At one point there was even a waterfall next to the road. The path itself did stink a littlethough; there were horse-drawn carriages going up and down the road, and there was loads of poop on the ground.

There was a little rest stop partway up the hill, and I stopped to buy a soda. It was orange flavored, and tasted so good! Unfortunately, I don’t remember the brand name. ūüė¶ The soda here doesn’t seem to have crazy amounts of sugar and additives like soda in the U.S.

I finished the club, and waited for everybody else in a courtyard. There was a wall that overlooked farmland, and it was incredibly beautiful. It almost seemed like a painting, not real life. I also stopped by a gift shop, and bought a magnet with the castle on it. I think I’d like to get a magnet at most places that I visit on this trip.

Pics from Hohenschwangau (Slideshow; takes a few seconds to load)

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At 1:15, we headed up for our tour of the castle. Our tour guide was gorgeous, but incredibly boring. I’m glad Fabrice told us all sorts of things about “Mad King Ludwig” prior to the tour; it gave us something to laugh at as we walked through the castle. The castle really was beautiful, and very eccentric. I especially loved the room with over 100 carvings & paintings of swans! (Side Note: Photography isn’t allowed in the castle; I may or may not have been able to sneak a photo or two, but I won’t post them.)¬†

During the tour of the castle, I bonded with one girl: Sarah (Hi, Sarah!). We kept cracking jokes together, and it was an all around good time. The tour was only half an hour long, and afterwards we went back to the bus. I slept on and off the whole way.

When we got back to the hotel in Munich, Fabrice gave us all metro cards in case we wanted to go out for dinner. There was a large group of us who decided to meet at 7 and take the subway out together. We found a cool pub, and I had veal schnitzel! Very outside of my comfort zone, but still tasty.

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Veal Schnitzel

After the very filling dinner, I caught the subway back home with 4 of the girls, and then packed. Tomorrow, at 6:30 a.m., we head for Italy!! Good night. ūüôā

 

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