Friday, March 26, 2010

Going Medieval

Burg Eltz Castle, nestled in the hills above the river between Koblenz and Trier, Germany

I'd rather slay a dragon than listen to more Washington rhetoric.
I'd rather be a damsel-in-distress than hear tonight's news.
I'd rather view the distant past than look at television today.

So off with their talking heads, I say! I'm slipping away to my picture files and a once-upon-a-time visit to this mystical, magical 12th century castle, unchanged by centuries of what we call progress.

It was built in 1157. If you stop at the Burg-Eltz website, you'll read, "The river Eltz flows around three sides of an elliptical rock crag, the foundation of the whole castle, and on this, towering up to 70 meters above the river, is the fortress...the castle of joint heirs remains in its original unchanged condition." Keep reading and you'll wish yourself away to "a fairy-tale castle come to life...history cast in stone...a past revived."

The castle and the families who own it haven't seen a battle in centuries. Everything remains intact, managed amicably by its heirs. After the tour of the public rooms of the castle, we were invited into the inner sanctum, the round-table room where the castle heirs come together for annual meetings.
Civilized negotiations.
Camelot.

The long enchanting path through the forest back to the tour bus offers a delicious feast for the eyes and ears. I thrilled to the dripping, limey mosses, the unfamiliar tree formations, the sumptuous palette of earthy umbers and viridian greens. The quiet sanctuary of the forest canopy graciously harbors wild things--the birds singing from limb to limb, the low-crawling beasties sliding beneath its moss-covered stones, and the woodland creatures scrambling along the trunks of its black-barked trees.
Peace on earth.
Grace in the world.

13 comments:

lakeviewer said...

A great interlude!

Jeanne Klaver said...

This is magical...I wanna' go!

Dimple said...

I'm with you! When do we leave?
You didn't link the website, will you, please? The best travel is what I do from home!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Wonderful, wonderful post. The photo is total enchantment. Thank you for taking my mind off what you wrote about initially. Yes, peace and grace very much needed.

becky at abbeystyle said...
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Midlife Jobhunter said...

Can you imagine living there in its time? I've been to Koblenz, but not this far east in Germany. So much to see in this world.

RuneE said...

This is a famous castle that I would have longed to visit, walked around, shot with a camera, studied its history...

Thank you for sharing! :-)

Dimple said...

Hi Becky, Thanks for the link.
You can put links in your post like this:
In the new post template, in the menu bar at the top, is the word "Link" underlined. That is the tool you will use. First, go to the site you want to link to and copy its address from the address bar. Then go to your post, select the text you want to use for a link, and click the "Link" button. A window opens with a place for you to paste the address. After you paste it, click the "check this link" and be sure it goes where you want. If it does, then click "OK." Ta-Da! A link is in your post!
I sometimes find that the links break during publishing, so I check after the post is published by clicking them in the post. They can be edited easily, if needed.
Hope that helps!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yes...off with their talking heads...I am joining you on this most delectable tour!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Becky
Beautiful photo.. and beautiful words.. like stepping back into a magical land.. imagine the cost and upkeep of a place like this... luckily we poor tourists just have to visit and enjoy... I've been to the Black Forest but not this castle so thanks so much for the virtual tour.. sorry to hear the news is grim.. i haven't heard in the last few day what is going on... take care Becky and have a lovely week xxx Julie

Robyn said...

no castles here ;)

thanks for this visit.

best wishes for a fun week.

Abraham said...

It does look like a Fairy Tale Castle. Very nice photo of it too.

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