Hey there! Still trying to get back to normal life in this house. Well, as normal as it can be when no one has to work and you live in a town where kids congregate outside the grocery store for fun.
Needless to say... Today has involved sleeping in and a ton of Netflix watching.
Last Tuesday when Hubby's parents were here, we left Rothenburg ob der Tauberearly in the morning to start off a busy day.
Day Two: Tuesday. Schloss Neuschwanstein and Dachau Concentration Camp.
The day started off with us giants cramming into one of those awesomely tiny German cars for the 2.5 hour drive to the castle. Neuschwanstein is in the mountains of Bavaria, minutes away from the Austrian border. Once we arrived and parked the car, we found a couple of things we weren't expecting - 1. The side of the castle was covered in scaffolding (see picture), and 2. The castle didn't open until 10 a.m. (even though the website clearly stated 9:00 as the opening time).
Since we were there an hour early and it was snowing like crazy, to kill a little bit of time (and keep our toes from freezing off), we went and ordered some hotcocoa, and Hubby's parents bought the tickets for the tour. Hubs and I opted not to go (I'd been there a few times and he doesn't care about the inside of castles, only the outside), so we hung out inside and waited for their tour to start before we hiked up the side of the mountain to take some awesome pictures of the castle. Fun fact: this is the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty's castle.
After the tour ended, we headed back to the car for the drive north to Dachau Concentration Camp. Obviously the atmosphere there was a bit different than that of a beautifulcastle on a snowyhill. We arrived around nightfall, just as snow started to fall and the majority of people were leaving. The mood was eery, and we all felt a bit somber as we walked through the gate that read "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free).
We arrived at the crematorium with minutes to spare, and the guard was following us through, turning the lights off after us. Words cannot express the feeling as you walk through the rooms in which thousands of people were murdered without reason or cause.
Room where the dead bodies were piled.
As soon as we left Dachau, we piled back into the car to head up to Nürnberg.
Overall, Tuesday was a pretty good day. Happy morning, a little more serious in the evening, but we got a lot in. Stay tuned for Wednesday!!!