Moon over Neuschwanstein

Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
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Trip End Dec 18, 2005


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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The last time I visited this fairytale castle, it was nearly 15 years ago. It was end of summer and the fog spoiled the view of the beautiful castle for me. And all I could remember was the walk up the castle which even then was quite a challenge for me.
I could not however, forget the postcard picture of this castle and so I decided to play hooky from the conference I was attending in Munich  and take a trip to Neuschwanstein.  It was cold in Munich and the cottage I had rented in the suburbs had snow covered roofs and after the initial excitement of seeing snow covered roofs and gardens, I thought have seen it all.  But the train ride to Fussen itself was another reminder of God's artistry and magnificence.  The landscape was scenic with snow-covered fields, silhouettes of leafless trees  and specks of  farms houses and sheds against  an extremely clear blue sky. It was cold when I reached Fussen, coldest that I have ever experienced but this quaint little medieval town was all decked in Christmas decor butI didn't have the time to walk around the town as I had to quickly take the bus to the castle.
 I didn't fancy a walk in the cold so I took the horse carriage not knowing that I had to wait for enough passengers before we could set off.  Yup, nice horse manure scent to give the whole setting the ultimate "feel" as they say in Cantonese.
The tour into the castle was informative but I had attended it before. It was probably the last tour and it was getting dark and this time , I decided to walk down as I figured perhaps walking down would be better than waiting in the carriage in the cold and I didn't fancy smelling and seeing the horse butt.
When I reached the foothill, the sky was getting darker but yet you can see the hue and there I saw the perfect white full moon over the castle. That perfect picture moment I couldn't capture because my amateurish photo taking skills only understand auto mode. The Korean guy helped me with the night mode and as I was fiddling with the mode, I tried to take that picture with me in it like a bloody typical tourist and that's when the Korean guy told me "Don't... Take it as it is - that's enough." I stopped to look at that image again and he is right.  I never did get that picture in the camera but for that one minute when I stopped fiddling with my camera trying to take myself in that scene; it was captured in my head hopefully forever or until Alzheimer's take over.
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