We arrived home from Paris after midnight and fell straight into bed… we were so tired!
The next morning we got a bit of a slow start but when we got moving we headed out for a day of exploring!
We took a long drive through the forest and got a few pictures!
Here’s Lynne soaking it all in…
Can you just hear it?
“If I were King of the Forest, Not queen, not duke, not prince.
My regal robes of the forest, would be satin, not cotton, not chintz.
I’d command each thing, be it fish or fowl.
With a woof and a woof and a royal growl – woof.
As I’d click my heel, all the trees would kneel.
And the mountains bow and the bulls kowtow.
And the sparrow would take wing – If I – If I – were King!
Each rabbit would show respect to me. The chipmunks genuflect to me.
Though my tail would lash, I would show compash
For every underling!
If I – If I – were King!
Monarch of all I survey — Mo–na-a-a–a-arch Of all I survey!”
One of the things I love about The Land of Fairy Tales is that there is always an unmarked road or trail… begging you to find out where it goes!
Lynne says this picture is here giving thanks that she’s not at work… and that it’s too cold for this tee pee to be full of spiders like it is in the summer!
Wether you are a trained photographer or an amateur enthusiast… sometimes a long arm is all the equipment you need!
This picture has a story… We were driving through some scary switchback roads when we came upon a little bridge… Lynne begged me to pull over on the shoulder so she could get a picture… Doesn’t sound scary right? Well in Germany there really aren’t shoulders… this picture was taken at a dead run so we didn’t get knocked off the road! Pretty though huh?
At the end of our journey we found ourselves at the castle.
Lynne had to have a picture of this… a lonely light pole in the middle of the field… She’s right, it does remind one of the lamppost in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
Except… this is Manderscheid and I didn’t dream about it…
Lynne on the bridge to the jousting fields.
The upper castle of Mandershceid.
Me on the bridge…
Lynne in front of the Manderscheid castles…
Aren’t bridges wonderful things?
Lynne using her telephoto lens to see every detail of the castles!
And get a few amazing pictures of them…
Another great “professional” shot!
We took about 15 pictures before we got this one… Do you know how hard it is to get two people AND two castles in a picture from the end of your arm?
On the way home from the castle we passed through some pretty country and saw some cute little villages…
After going home and warming up a bit we decided to head to Dirk and Nichole’s for dinner. We arrived about 45 minutes before they opened so that we could hike around the area and I could show Lynne some of the places I haunted when we first moved here to Germany.
At one point in our walk we crossed a bridge that went over the train tracks…
…and we had the great luck of being there when a train passed under us!
This is the gate to an old house tucked back in the hills… There is quite a bit of superstition from the villagers about this place… They say it is haunted!
After we had finished our walk it was on to The Landhaus Biehl and dinner!
When you order dinner here the meal begins with a bowl of soup… A broth made from wild game that is heaven!!!
The soup is followed by a lovely salad of fresh greens and a homemade dressing that is to die for… we of course ate it before remembering we were taking pictures…
And of course you must have something to drink!
After you finish your soup and salad out comes your main course! Lynne got Puntenschnitzel Formosa, it’s a steak of turkey breast schnitzeled, topped with white asparagus and smothered in hollandaise sauce. It is then broiled over to brown the sauce. This is one of my favorite dishes!!!
And of course every meal comes with some kind of potato dish… these are Nichole’s famous home fries!
It was a wonderful dinner to finish out a day of fun!