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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.

 

 

Grutas Park

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Today we went to a place called Grutas Park. There was loud Soviet music playing while we walked round some statues. The statues were mainly of a man called Lenin. There were also statues of Stalin and other communists. Lenin and Stalin were not very nice.

There were lots of animals, like llama, emu, different birds, camels, goats and bears in a very small cage.

There was also a very big playground that had wooden statues of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, the Little Mermaid and the people pulling up the enormous turnip.

Then we did a very long drove to Poland, but we had McDonalds for dinner.  Daddy said it was the cheapest McDonalds.

 

Latvia and Lithuania

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We had a nice time on the beach. We drew a castle in the sand. Daddy did some work on the car.

Then we did a drive through Latvia, through the Gauja National Park. We had lunch, then walked over a big bridge. The trees were all yellow and orange and red. Very pretty.

The next day we drove to Riga, this is the capital city of Latvia. In Riga we had a yummy breakfast of pancakes with curd, sourcream and jam. We walked around the town and saw lots of pretty buildings and statues. There was a cat house that had cats on the roof. Then we went to a market and we bought a massive watermelon. Daddy really liked the market. (It used to be a WW1 Zepplin hangar). The market was really big. There was one hall for fish – it was smelly. One hall for cheese and nuts, one for meat, and one for bread and veges.

After Riga we drove to a new country, Lithuania. We stopped at the Hill of Crosses. There were thousands of crosses, some big and some small.  We learnt that the Soviets destroyed them and the local people would sneak back and put more crosses up. There were thousands of crosses.

Estonia

After Finland we took a ferry to Estonia.

We stopped at a campsite at the Purita marina that was used in the 1980 Olympic Games. There was even an olympic torch still burning.

We did a walk around Purita, and saw lots of men fishing for herrings. We found a sandy beach and a forest of pine trees. Genevieve pretended to be a wolf. We also found a ruined convent. The crosses were a bit creepy.

Then we went to the old town of Talinn. It was very wet. We walked around the cobbled streets. We went into the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  There was a lot of incense, and gold and silver paintings. We looked at some shops, then we had a pizza lunch!

Now we are camping under some pine trees, near a beach.  It is very beautiful.