Castles and churches and charm..

Trip Start Jul 2008
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Trip End Dec 2008


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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Monday, August 4, 2008

So far, so GREAT when it comes to biking in Germany. We had originally intended to take a train to Prague. However, the biking here in Germany is fantastic, so we are making the most of it and will probably just bike to Prague after all.

We really enjoyed exploring Würzburg, where Bill´s Mom taught school on a military base back in the 60´s. The city is rich with history, but they seem to downplay a lot of the WWII portion of it. And generally, it seems that Germany deals with the dark subject of WWII with a very very subtle touch.

But the rest of history continues to surprise with the sweet burst of a refreshing Reisling. Our hostel in Würzburg was situated at the base of the imposing bulk of the Fortress Marienberg, whose "modern" history as a fort dates back to 1200. Nowawadys it is guarded by ranks of maturing Reisling grapes.

We happened upon a medieval festival of sorts on the castle grounds and decided to check it out. We saw a tounament that included sword fights, hammer battles, jousting, a damsel up for grabs, a jester-hero, and a rather un-cooperative falcon (trying to steal the show from the jester).

We ate medieval wood-baked pizza and sampled cherry beer while feasting our eyes on some serious people watching. While most folks were dressed in street clothes, about 20% of the crowd was dressed in some sort of medieval outfit. The most common accessory seemed to be a cows horn drinking vessel that attaches to one's belt with a leather sling, but we also saw tuncs galore, pointy-toed leather boots, wooden clogs, kilts, chain mail, fur pelts, and a ninja.

Entertainment included a guy playing a celtic harp (who closed with an English medieval-festival-version of the song "I`m too sexy"), then a period group who played pipes and drums, and then a similar group with a death-metal twist. Strangley enough, on a midsummers night under the torchlit ramparts of an ancient castle, heavy- metal-Goth-Celtic sorta worked....but we didn`t buy the CD.
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sounds delightful! I so wish we were there with you! I can't wait to keep reading about your adventures. Glad you are enjoying the wine and beer!

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