Lichtenstein Castle

imageSo they gave me a brand new Audi. Crazy fools. I maxed out on the insurance so I don’t have to pay anything when I return it if there is a dent or I smash up their car (my fault or someone else’s).

I barely got out of the driveway and it stalled on me…at least that was what I thought. But actually, it goes all quiet when you stop the car and starts up again when you take your foot off the brake. Very strange.

imageDriving along the highway was beautiful as all the colours of the leaves are changing. Reminds me of the Don Valley Parkway, but it’s miles and miles of fall colours as far as you can see. Mountains full of yellow, orange, and red leaves. And the best thing is that you can drive as fast as you want in some lanes (or 120km in others). I was averaging 140 in the middle lane. At one point I was going 160, and cars were still passing me on the left side. Yet I felt completely safe.

Feeling a bit like Thelma minus Louise. Brand new car that smells new, driving, driving driving FAST. I got some amazing pics of Lichtenstein. I wish I could post them but the wifi is not working at all in this room. And I had to let the water run for 15 minutes to get hot water for a shower. Bummed out about the wi-fi. Can’t watch The Truth About Cancer Series #4 and I wanted to see it. Not sleepy yet either. Only thing I can do is write my notes to you.  Oh look a TV. Maybe it works (mine at home gets one Italian station). Wouldn’t have survived the Middle Ages or anything pre-pioneer.

Backs feeling much better. No horrible pain when I wake up. It’s been 5 months of pain every morning. Thank you little piggy stem cells. Keep up the good work.

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There were three enormous pictures of the Duke who had an uncanny resemblance to my cousin Pina’s husband Frank.  In fact, I would say he was a dead wringer for the Duke.  He should go up there one day and tell them he’s an ancestor and I’m sure they’d let him in for free.  Jeepers, dress him up like the Duke and he could even lead the tours!

 

imageWhile I was there, a lovely damsel and a gentleman were being photographed.  So I asked them if I could get a pic with them.  I thought that was pretty neat that you could get all dressed up in medieval attire for photographs.  At first I thought it was a professional photography session, then I thought it was engagement photos, and then I realized they were actually a bride and groom about to get married in a little chapel off to the side.  They changed their outfits…she was in a red dress, he was in black/white…kind of looked like an Octoberfest outfit.

Wonder if Bobo would go for it on out 25th Wedding Anniversary?   Remember that clause about I was never allowed to take a photo of him again after the wedding?  Think after 25 years he’d forget?  Not bloody likely.

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imageAnyhow, I saw the bride being escorted by her father to a little building/chapel where all the guests were sitting, as I peeked through the windows.  I took a picture!  And entertained a lovely young couple (who I got to take pics of me, and I took pics of them).  We had a good time coming up with where would be the best shots!  Nice couple.

 

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imageHad lunch at a cafe across the street.  Had some bizarre meal…looked like fried long thin gnocchi with sauerkraut  on top.  All the other dishes had meat and I’m trying to abstain from eating pork (free radicals).

 

 

I found my car and told the GPS to go to the hotel and it took me to the middle of no where (trees/mountain…and said you have reached your destination…NOT). Fortunately my little GPS in my brain managed to drive in the right direction until I found a nearby town I recognized from a Google map I saw the night before. Stopped the car and painstakenly put in the hotel address once again (I had the guy at the rent a car place to do it for me initially and I thought I was all set). Wrong. Got a bit concerned because there were trees everywhere, and many, many deer signs, and it was starting to get dark.

imageimageWhy does this always seem to happen to me?

 

Then I remembered if I got into a collision with a deer, it was paid for by insurance and it wasn’t even my brand new car…so I went merrily on my way (smirk)!

 

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There was another wedding awaiting me at the hotel Jagerhaus in Esslingen Au Neckar.  Each guest was given a white balloon to release in the air while the bride and groom got red heart shaped balloons.  It was neat to see them all float away.

I ate dinner with two young guys drinking beers and their dog.  The dining room was completely packed for the wedding and seating was limited so I got to share my table in the adjacent restaurant.  Another dog came in and the one under my feet yelped and everyone in the restaurant jumped.  The waitress gave the dog his own water bowl.  Too funny!

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imageimageMy room was on the top floor and had beams running across the ceiling.  I liked it but was upset I didn’t have wi-fi and it took 15 minutes to get the water running hot!

Oh well, at least I got some much needed sleep!

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