On Wednesday morning, we set out to begin our adventures!
What better way to begin our adventures than with castles!?
We set out to explore the castles of Manderscheid.
They really are quite a sight in any season. (And I would know, as I’ve seen them in every season!)
Me and my Aunt Betty! Oh how I’ve missed her!
We parked at the bottom of the lower castle and began the long climb up.
What a beautiful place it is…
At this time of year the very walls are blooming!
We climbed into the watch tower.
Look how narrow those stairs are!
The top had it’s share of wild flowers too.
From the top of the watchtower.
Look at those ferns growing out of the wall.
So much to see.
Me, of course!
The climb was so steep that we had to take it in stages…
But I won’t complain because it allowed me plenty of time to take pictures!
Uncle Mike checking out the lower buildings.
You can’t help but try and picture what it would have looked like whole.
And what kind of lives were lived here.
What would it have been like to look out upon this valley from your home?
To see the second castle across the gorge knowing that it was the home of the enemy.
I admit my imagination runs away with me when I walk here.
A place weighty with history…
And so we added a bit of our own!
We stopped for a rest about halfway up…
There was a war memorial there for the first and second world wars.
There was a nice place to sit in the shade to catch your breath.
And when your breath was caught a spectacular view!
Then we were off to finish the climb.
There was an enclosed room still standing on the upper levels.
The last little bit of climbing before we reached the base of the tallest tower.
We have to climb up there?
Oh but what a view!
See those cars? That’s where we started this climb!
The very tip of the tower.
Hey look, there are the benches we just rested on…
After we had drunk our fill of the view we headed back down to street level.
By the time we got down we were hungry! So we ventured into the Burg Cafe for some lunch!
We have no idea what it is exactly that we ate (the top thing on the menu there) but it was delicious!
After lunch we headed home, but took a small detour to check out the woods!
Isn’t my little car so cute? 🙂
I agree Aunt Betty, it’s time to head home!
So we did! We spent the afternoon relaxing and getting ready or our next day’s adventures!