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Goggle-eyed with amazement [Aug. 14th, 2006|01:20 pm]
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I've only been in Bavaria for a couple days, but I have learned one sure and certain fact:

Everything you want to get to is uphill from where you are.

The only exception is when it is downhill.

England was a series of long walks on pavement, leading to very tired legs. Germany is bootcamp. We climbed up to a castle ruin today, then back down into a valley, they up the next hill to another castle ruin and a standing castle (which was, alas, closed on Mondays - as were several other of our destinations). The views were astounding and worth the pathetic puffing and wheezing our way up the hills. Then we worked our way back down into the village and had lunch at a small tourist trap of a beergarden that nevertheless had good food and a pleasant atmosphere. After lunch, it was off to another ruin (I love ruins, and wolflady26 and Wolfgang are happy to indulge my addiction.

It's really hard to describe how cool the ruins are. Unlike well-kept castles, where for a fee you are rushed through a few select rooms, in the ruins you are pretty much free to clamber about investigating every nook and cranny and you're on your own if you break your neck. You walk along trails that suddenly reveal chunks of castle wall and fortification, and even the odd pottery shard. The sense of age hangs heavily about them, as you peer into moats filled with ferns and moss or out windows where a tree now grows. They were fabulous.

After we came dow from the final ruin of the day, we wandered into the charming village of Essing. German villages are most remarkable to me for their coblestone streets that lead right up the to edge of the house, and the clean and neat feel of their lines. Tiny, neat gardens and bright flowers decorate these houses, and the whole thing really does feel like a movie set. We walked out on a bridge that spanned an abandoned channel of the river and was now a long lake, and watched ducks and swans paddling about with their young. The best were the coots. Coots are sort of an odd-looking bird, but their babies are adorable, and we watched as four...cootlings?...practiced their diving. The sun was shining and sparkling off the water, and it was the most relaxing moment of this whole trip.

Then we hiked uphill back to the car.

[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-08-14 05:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds a little like the Shire. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 07:07 am (UTC)
A bit more densly packed and cobbled, but yeah.
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[User Picture]From: saffster
2006-08-14 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oooohhh....sounds heavenly. Right now I am stuck at home with my leg in a cast and bored to tears, but your posts about your trip have been entertaining!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 07:09 am (UTC)
Feel better soon!
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[User Picture]From: the_grayling
2006-08-14 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious about something, and it's driving me nuts - - - How do you keep up with 34 communities and 632 friends on your friends list. I have 20 friends and 10 communities and it's driving me nuts!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-14 07:01 pm (UTC)
Honestly, of late I haven't been keeping up with anyone. But usually, I have a filter of close personal friends that I read daily, and I catch up on the lengthier version of it on the weekends or when it's quiet. But a lot of people are friended more so that they can read the rare friends-only post (such as my fitness filter) than for me to always be reading them.

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[User Picture]From: shezan
2006-08-14 06:25 pm (UTC)
Pikshers of cootlings?

*is a sucker for baby birds*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-14 07:02 pm (UTC)
Alas, we were enjoying watching them too much to actually photograph. Pictures will be going up sometime, however.
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2006-08-14 07:44 pm (UTC)

hiked uphill

Aren't you two glad you started expercising a while ago?...Can you imagine this trip a couple of reals earlier?...Glad you both have the stamina....I'm cheering you on from the comfort of my couch...lol
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-08-14 07:55 pm (UTC)

Re: hiked uphill

We think of that a lot. This would have killed us two years ago - eep!
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2006-08-14 08:20 pm (UTC)
Perfect icon. :D

Glad to see you're having fun!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 07:12 am (UTC)
I was glad to remember that I had that icon!

Missing you.
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[User Picture]From: chaosdancer
2006-08-14 10:31 pm (UTC)
"Essing"? Isn't that Yiddish for eating? I'd love to visit a village called Eating, if it was so. :)

BTW, I don't know if you are interested in tie-dye undies, but I've started a shop for them here. You said you hadn't been reading your friends list lately, so I thought I'd mention that. :)

I am so happy for you guys. It just makes me want to go there more and more. When you get done with your trip, I want to ask you a question about languages. I have to pick one to study, and apart from Latin, I'm wondering which one would do me the most good if I ever were to wander about Europe for a while. I'm thinking French, but then I like German too. Which do you think would be the quickest to pick up?

Have fun storming the castle!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 07:19 am (UTC)
If it is, I wasn't aware. That would be great. It was a sweet little village.

I think that German, even though it is complicated, would be really useful. This part of the world is beautiful, and clean, and German doesn't have all those damned silent letters!

(And, yeah, we've made the "stormin' the castle" joke innumerable times, but it never gets old!)
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[User Picture]From: ruka_
2006-08-15 04:48 am (UTC)
Haha, I know what that up hill down hill up hill down hill feeling is like. I live in it! Yay for living on the leavings of glaiceirs and rivers and swamps and tidal flats! :D Okay maybe not exactly the same.
but I feel for the never ending burn of leg muscles!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 07:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, one of the disadvantages to living in Ohio is that it is very flat. I need to work more hill training into my workouts.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2006-08-15 09:46 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Glad you're having fun! (Fingers still crossed that yours isn't one of the flights cancelled from London to the States.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that by Friday things will be relatively calm and back to normal. Glad we aren't traveling yet!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-08-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm glad you guys were in shape for this trip!
My legs are rubber today because we did five hours at the Aquarium in Boston, walking up and down the concrete ramps. We walked across a half mile of cobblestone and brick sidewalks, stopping at the Fanuiel Hall Marketplace for an expensive ice cream. We continued and climbed three flights of granite stairs past the Boston City Hall to the MBTA. Plus we took a ride on this cool 'bike' thingy that has six seats and sets of pedals in a circle and everyone helps pedal while one guy steers and provides commentary!! It was fun, but not exactly "vacation"!
Hope your trip continues to delight you and that you have a reasonable time with the whole airport thing coming home.
My condolences to you and Ferrett on the loss of his Gran.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 08:05 pm (UTC)
Walking on concrete and looking at exhibits is actually a lot harder than jsut plain hiking! My legs get much more worn out by that. Thank you for your good wishes and thoughts. We're getting through it; as soon as we get back, Ferrett leaves again to go to his mother's, so we're hoping the plane flights go smoothly.
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[User Picture]From: libco
2006-08-15 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like Germany. I loved it there!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-15 08:00 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful! I love it!
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[User Picture]From: anthon1
2006-08-18 01:09 am (UTC)
I loved Germany, when I was there (Berlin and somewhere called Luneburg, both of which were lovely), and I have to agree about the bread - it is absolutely incredible...

Just a quote that I thought you might appreciate: 'Ruins are the most enduring form of architecture.' (Actually, I think it's a misquote - but I like it all the same.)
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