A long held travel ambition for Gorgeous Man was to see Neuschwanstein Castle. So when he was to present a paper at a conference in Germany, we knew that we had to make the journey to get there.
We had to fly a number of legs to get there… PNG to Brisbane. Stop overnight to drop off Gorgeous Girl with some relatives. Then Brisbane to Hong Kong. That flight was the most ‘interesting’ I’ve ever been on. On the approach to Hong Kong it was so rough that they had to stop meal service three times and refused to serve any hot beverages.
Gorgeous Man and I were sitting near the wing. Suddenly there was a flash, a bang and the whole plane shook. For a split second I thought that the engine had exploded. The plane had been struck by lightening. There was no damage, but it certainly gave me a fright. The turbulence also meant that for the first time ever I had to get out the little travel sickness bag. I didn’t need to use it in the end. I have never been so glad to get on the ground in all my life.
The weather meant that our connecting flight out of Hong Kong was delayed as all planes waited for the weather to clear and then we had to wait for a space to take off. I got to enjoy some local cuisine (hand pulled noodles and vegetable soup) which made me feel much better, the anti-nausea pills from the airport chemist also helped. The flight into Munich was much smoother much to my relief.
Because we only had a few days before the conference began, we headed straight from the airport to Neuschwanstein. We drove through amazing scenery.
The first castle that we spotted was the castle that the builder of Neuschwanstein had been born in, Hohenschwangau. However, because our time was limited we didn’t tour this one, just admired it from afar.
Here it is from another angle.
Our first view of Neuschwanstein.
Not the best photo in the world… My little camera is great for taking craft photos, not so good with the tourist stuff.
Up a bit closer…
Some details of the castle.
One last photo.
It is impossible to get the photos like you see on the postcards from land. To get pictures from that angle it needs to be done from a hot air balloon.
We caught a horse-drawn cart back to the bottom of the mountain, but I’ll save you the photo overload and spread the trip out over a few posts.
(Love that blogging allows me to inflict my holiday photos on people 😀 )
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