I know we all say it, but I’m baffled at how fast time goes by the older we get. It seemed like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant, but that actually happened a year ago this week. How is that even possible? Do you know what also happened a year ago this week? You probably don’t since I never wrote about it at the time. Well, we went to Germany! I was really looking forward to this trip for two very specific reasons: 1) I couldn’t wait to gulp down some German beer and 2) the hotel we were staying at had a fantastic hot tub that people told me about and I couldn’t wait to relax in it with a cold beer in hand. Go figure that I found out about the baby a whopping week before this trip. No beer or hot tub for me.
I’m not going to say much about the photos below, because if I do then this post will never actually get published, and I think we’ve waited long enough already. So here’s the long version summed up in several bullet points followed by lots and lots of photos.
- Germany rocks my socks off.
- I actually had a sip or two of beer and it was delicious, especially since it was scorching out.
- I also dipped my pinky in the hot tub. It felt wonderful. No baby was harmed in the two events above.
- The yellow-hued castle is called Hohenschwangau Castle and it’s where King Ludwig II grew up. We toured that castle and it was pretty cool inside. Cool as in “interesting,” not cool as in “chilly.” It was so hot I felt like passing out.
- The Neuschwanstein Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Cinderella Castle.
- I’ve actually eaten inside Cinderella’s Castle. I have not eaten inside the Neuschwanstein Castle.
- I almost cried when I saw that
Cinderella’s Castlethe Neuschwanstein Castle was under construction.
- On the flip side, it was very, very cool. Seeing the Neuschwanstein Castle in person has been on my bucket list for years!
- Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone” and it got it’s name from Richard
Wagner’s opera character (a favorite of King Ludwig), the Swan Night.
- There aren’t any photos from inside either castle because A) the first one didn’t allow cameras inside and B) the Neuschwanstein Castle was completely empty inside—also, I was hot, had morning sickness, and didn’t want to wait around to see an empty castle. Sorry, I’m not sorry.
I had a lot of fun playing with my wide-angle lens on this trip, and it still wasn’t wide enough to get everything in the shot. These castles were pretty huge! Okay, ready for a lot of photos? Here ya go: