Back to our regularly scheduled program. After this, two more Europe posts: the top of Germany/Austria, and Munich.
So, when last we left off, we'd left Aoife in Luxembourg and taken a bus to Frankfurt.
In Frankfurt, we'd arranged a car rental. Autobahn, you know. The plan was for a little Audi hatchback and D had spent a lot of time looking at the various cars before picking that one. So when we checked in for our rental, they gave us a German SUV instead. Ein Opel Mokka.
Since D doesn't drive a manual with any frequency, it fell to me to drive. We were already a wee bit stressed out and those first few miles of driving a foreign car in a foreign country weren't exactly the most enjoyable. (Sidenote: stressed Beka is a ginormous bitch. File that away somewhere.) D had already programmed our GPS for the German maps and added all our stops.
After getting the car, we almost immediately pulled over and parked. Got a nice breakfast in Frankfurt before wandering the marketplace and a clock shop. Frankfurt was a beautiful little city and I'm so glad that I made it a priority, because I was born there. We didn't live in Frankfurt, I think we lived in Wiesbaden, but I was an emergency cesarean and Frankfurt had the closest military hospital. Mom likes to tell stories about how it was under attack at the time. Anyways, it was important to me and I'm glad we did it.
|Saw a dude legitimately sweeping the sidewalk with this broom.|
|This cuckoo was out of our budget. By a lot.|
While we were there, they were celebrating and had a little festival going on. Tried some local Apple wine, Apfelweine.
|I'm just gonna retire here, thanks.|
|The river Main.|
|Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Jupiter, leading ponies?|
The point of going to Füssen was to go to another castle, Schloß Neuschwanstein. I'm not into history, but this castle was amazing. Unfortunately, photos aren't allowed inside. I can tell you that swans are a big fucking deal to Ludwig II and that this castle is the famous "fairy tale" castle. He designed it with theater in mind and it showed all over the place. Also, it had flushing toilets.
|It was about a thirty minute walk up this hill and some people would take the carriages instead. Ponies had little studs on the back parts of their shoes.|