Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Neuschwanstein

Who hasn't marveled at Sleeping Beauty's Castle on a visit to a Disney theme park?  Or, perhaps you saw the movie 'Monument's Men' about the liberation of art works held by Hitler.

The castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein, was the inspiration for the first and the site of the second and it was on my 'bucket list' of places to see ever since my first visit to Europe in 1969.  I finally made 44 years later on day 19.

The castle is located in Hohenschwangau, in the Bavarian Alps of Germany.  I did not walk up the hill but took the tram.  Here are my many views, starting the day in the fog and seeing it clear by afternoon.  (My first picture of the castle from the Marienbrucke (Marie's Bridge) is a great shot of fog.  Just a smudge and fog, lol)

This is not the only castle in the area.  There is also Hohenschwangau castle.  Imagine having two castles in the same town within shouting distance of each other.

And just to prove I was there.

On my Bucket List:  The Netherlands

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M - Montreaux, Switzerland

Before going to Switzerland the only thing I knew about Montreaux was that they had a jazz festival there.  It is situated on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps.

I had never heard of Freddie Mercury.  I know. You wonder what rock I was living under.  He is worshiped here as the flowers at this life-sized statue attest.

I have to say that once I got home I saw two documentaries on Freddie and Queen.  The musical "We will Rock You" just finished playing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.  I now own a CD of his titled 'Barcelona' that also features opera singer Montserrat Caballe.  Here is a video of him and Montserrat performing together:

The promenade along the Lake is filled with wonderful little eateries and art work.  Enjoy the views.

This was day two.

On my Bucket List:  Morocco

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is also for Labor...and Delivery

We interrupt our regularly scheduled posting to bring you this important announcement:

Charles Scott Hammond arrived on April 13, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He weighs 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has what appears to be curly black hair.  Mother and father are doing fine.  Grandma is beat.

I think I was more emotional hearing his first cries than I was when my own sons were born.  Then again, I had other things on my mind during my deliveries.  Like hoping it would soon be over with.  Funny how we forget most of the pain we go through to deliver.  And thank goodness.

I did take some pictures, but I'll wait to post one later when all of the redness is gone from his face (I am not good at Photoshop)

Update:  My daughter-in-law sent this photo: