Churches and Castles.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Well the rain kept us all dreary for a couple of days as we haunted the outskirts of the famous town Fussen. The traffic was a disaster the first day because a freeway tunnel had been closed off and everyone seemed to be using the town as an escape route.
Us on the other hand, were just looking for a nice place to sit out the rain until better weather would let us see Neuschwanstein, the fantastic disney'esque castle of the mad king Ludwig!

Sunday came finally, and as irony would have it, it brought with it sun. The chaotic traffic of the day earlier had fizzled down and we got free parking in the city to parooze the streets in search of rad things, oh and of course internet.

When we at last we came down the 'Romantique Stasse’ (Romantic road, the route we are traveling here in Bavarian Deuchland) we came through the forest to finally see it! The illustrious Neuschwanstein, complete with its personal army of headless chicken tourists. We denied them parking money and pulled up a couple of hundred meters out from the lot and just footed it in. Later when we left, we realized that we didn’t spend a single cent at this place! Good old cheapskatey Turners.

We spent several hours marching in and around the 2 castles there, both looking much better from a distance. When you are close you really are reminded that these are very modern castles. But some of the viewpoints we found were just amazing. Oh and that sun! it was like being born again.
When we were traversing the steeps in a wooded path, Jena May had the misfortune of falling over twice in her slippery boots. The first time, Joel was in the process of taking her photo as she fell. She was not impressed to look up and see a camera. Joel is still learning to be a good husband, but sometimes he is just simply unlucky.

We eventually hit the romantic route again to found ourselves at our next site; the UNESCO old church Wieskirche. It’s humble exterior did not let us prepare for such a mindblowing inside. When we stepped in we were blown back by the sight of it. Our book describes this place as being a complete artwork and "music turned to stone"!
Fate had it that there was an orchestra concert in there that evening, and while we were there we were able to watch the musicians rehearse several of their songs. The sound and the monumental art came together and rushed up into us with tears of joy. The music felt like it was making fire plume out from our hearts! We stayed there until the German dude told us to vamoose, but it was well worth being an inconvenience that night.

Joel bought from them a figurine of Saint Christopher for Bigwig. They say he is the patron saint of traveling. And that suits us just perfectly. I think he wanted us there that night.
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