Colditz Castle

Yesterday we went to Colditz Castle. This castle was a prison in World War 2, used for soldiers that were either high ranking or because they had escaped from other prisons. Lots of people tried to escape. Some soldiers made a glider (but it wasn’t used because they didn’t finish it before the war ended). Some dug tunnels. One soldier dressed up as a woman. Some people escaped, but lots didn’t make it.

Then we did a very long drive to Cologne. The first campsite was closed, but we saw Daddy’s friend Christian. So we went to another campsite on the river Rhine. We walked along the river to a restaurant, where we met Daddy’s friends Michael and Gabi. Michael is actually a real giant. I had chicken nuggets – but it was called Donald Duck!

Then we drove back to England. There was a big storm and it was very windy. We went on the Eurotunnel. We parked the car on a train. It was fun.

In England, the car broke down about 1 mile from our house. Daddy had to crawl under the car and he took off the broken bit. Then we got home.

It is nice to sleep in my bed.

The Bone Church

After Austria we drove to the Czech Republic.  We had a campground under an apple tree.  The apples kept falling on our tent.

Then we went to a Bone Church. Inside there were the remains of 60,000 people. Most were from people who died in the plague – it was called the black death. Some were warriors, and you could see holes in their skulls where they had been whacked with arrows, swords or maces. Lots of the bones were piled in pyramids. Some of them were arranged in a chandelier of bones. It was a bit creepy.

After that we drove to Goerlitz and had lunch with Raik and Julia. I had a yummy pizza.

Austria

After the German castles we drove to Austria. We went on a very steep, twisty, turny mountain road. The Taniwha did not like it. We had to stop because we could smell burning, and when we stopped the front brakes were smoking like a dragon! But it was a good place to stop because we could see a big waterfall. They are called the Krimml Waterfalls and are the highest in Austria.

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Then we drove to Kaprun.  This is Mummy and Daddy’s favourite place.

The next day we had pikelets for breakfast. Daddy said to eat lots because we were doing a big walk. We took a bus to the bottom of the mountain. Then we took two ski gondolas up the mountain. We were so high we even went through the clouds! Then we took the Gipfelbahn right to the top of the Kitzsteinhorn. We were at 3029m. We had a hot chocolate and a yummy chocolate cake. You could see lots of mountains and people skiing on the glacier.

Then we took the Gipfelbahn back to the alpine centre, (2450m) and we started our walk. It was very slippery on the snow, then we found a path. In the sun the path was narrow but easy to walk on. But in the shade there was lots of ice.  We had to slide on our bums to get over the ice. Daddy helped a lot. It was a bit scary.

Then we walked along a razorback ridge. There was one handrail and it went straight down on both sides.  Then we walked in the trees and there was a dirt track. We walked all the way back to Kaprun. The whole walk took 6.5 hours! I was very tired and hungry and my legs felt like jelly.

We went for dinner at Hilbergers. It had dried corn hanging above our table. We had a big dinner. I had cordon bleu, it was schnitzel with ham and cheese in it. Then I had the biggest ice cream for pudding.  It was vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce.

It was a good day. The mountains were very beautiful.

 

 

Castles

Yesterday we drove to Schwangau. That means swan in German. We went to two castles, and they both had lots of swan pictures.

Yesterday we went to Hohenschwangau. The castle was yellow. The queen had her own guest room, reading room, writing room, dressing room and bedroom. The king had his own rooms too on the floor above. There was a spiral staircase hidden in the wall connecting them. The rooms were all painted with beautiful pictures. Every room had a tile stove and the servants could heat them from inside the walls. So the king would never see the servants. I liked King Ludwig’s bedroom because there was a picture of a tree and the ceiling had a painted night sky.  The king put holes in the ceiling, and the servants lit oil lamps above to make it look like real stars. King Ludwig’s mother liked to climb mountains.

Today we went to Neuschwanstein.  This is the castle that King Ludwig built, but he died before it was completed. This castle was white stone. We went through the King’s rooms. They all had lots of paintings on the walls. Genevieve liked the throne room and the mosaic floor. I liked the singer’s hall, because it had a big painting of a forest.  King Ludwig even had a fake cave in the castle. He was a bit crazy!

The castles were incredible, but we could’t take photos inside, so you will have to see yourself…

Salzburg

Today we drove to Salzburg, one of Mummy and Daddy’s favourite places. We took a bus into the old town.

First we walked in the Mirabel gardens.  There were flowers laid out in pretty patterns and lots of statues. This was in the Sound of Music film.

Then we walked along the streets under the fortress.  There were lots of shops, my favourite was one with thousands of eggs.  The eggs had the inside blown out and were painted lots of different colours. Some had glitter and gems, and some had pictures painted.  I am going to try blowing eggs and painting them in England. We also saw nutcrackers and there were lots of shops with Mozart chocolates. Mozart (a composer) was born here.  We have listened to his music in the car.

Then we walked up to the fortress.  It was a long way up! The fortress has never been taken by force. We saw murder holes in the entrance way, where the soldiers would pour boiling water or oil on the people underneath. Then we went inside. There were displays on the military, which Daddy liked.

There was also a puppet museum. I liked these best, my favourite was Papageno and Papagena from the Magic Flute.

Then we took the cable car down back to the town. There were horses and carriages in the town too.

We also went into the Cathedral.  It was huge.