Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
51Trip End Dec 17, 2008
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The town was having its annual 3 day festival, when as legend has it, during the thirty year war in 1631 a bloody catholic General Tilly and his troops stormed the town. He was going to burn the whole place down and kill everyone but someone begged for mercy. The General thought about it and said if anyone could drink the giant mug of wine (apparently it held 6 litres) in one go he would spare the town. So the mayor said righty ho and succeeded so the town was spared. Now every year on the 7th Sunday after Easter they basically reenact the entire thing and get drunk for three days.
I don't think I have ever seen drinking vessels as big before, I honestly believed some of the steins they were drinking from we only meant for ornamental purposes but no they use them everyday
We ended up staying here for the entire festival and had fantastic weather to join in the beer drinking celebrations. While we were here I finally convinced Grant to dye my hair as the girls had been calling me the silver bullet for some time now. And he made a damn good job of it too.
Then the romantic road took us to the bottom of Germany and we hit the Bavarian Alps and lakes. We felt like we were back at home. This is the most beautiful part of any country I have seen so far. Our campsite right on the lake just out of Fussen was 5 star and we met up with Simon and Claire from Christchurch and Stacey and Andrew from Tampa. We even got told off from an old man in the caravan opposite ours for talking loudly after 10pm (quiet time)! But it was great to catch up with English speaking people and have a bit of a laugh.
The castles here were amazing and Ludwig's Neuschwanstein, the one Walt Disney copied for the castle was a real fairy tale. The inside was just mind blowing with opera and religious paintings and dripping in gold, the views from it were also spectacular.
The romantic road finishes here so we are now heading for Lake Constance and the town of Uberlingen where Beth was born before heading back to France and a luxury holiday home in Megeve (near Chamonix) for a couple of days of 6 star pampering!
Uberlingen was just as Robbie and Barbara had described, right on Lake Constance and surrounded by mountains, even more like home! It greeted us with a massive thunder and lightening display and torrential rain.
The next day was glorious however and we crossed on the ferry to Wallhausen and biked to Konstance! A thirty km ride return...Cam was amazing and Spud got fried to a cinder. He seems to be the only one who burns out of all of us. Our campsite was again right on the lake and the girls enjoyed just walking twenty metres for a swim on our return.