Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Berg Eltz

We made the journey to the Berg Eltz castle this weekend, for no other reason than this was the last chance for us. We'd failed to see it so far, despite various other attempts. The Berg Eltz was truly impressive and worth the trip. We had intended to hang around for a fall hike and dine on the banks of the Mosel, but we changed the plan up a bit. We found ourselves in a pizza joint in the Netherlands instead. Why not?


We went along with another family who happen to be new to the area. This was their first castle visit and perhaps our last.  With 7 kids in tow, we opted for the English tour and wandered past artifacts, swords, armor, amid dishes that were thousands of years old. No photos were allowed inside (despite that warning there was some irritating American dude who followed behind in the tour with his humungo ipad and snapped shots once the tour left each room. Why is it that people have to go and make such bad examples of themselves? Seriously dude, put your ipad away and just follow the tour next time!)
 
 The Eltz family built upon the site about 1,000  years ago and still owns it. Amazingly, despite attempts to siege the castle, and various wars in the region over time, the castle has remained protected. The castle was said not to be protected by landscape or barriers, but instead, secured by the wide reaching political and social influence of the family and their social networks.
Key to happiness and longevity- friends and family eh? 
 
However, on the day of our visit, it was certainly under attack by children coming from every direction. They were peeking in doors....
 
Sword fighting on the terrace....
 
Sulking by cannon balls.....
 
 
And waiting to find out what we were going to do next....
 
So,...what do we do next? Where to this week? Stay tuned.... 

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