Weekly Photo Challenge – Neuschwanstein Castle

On our vacation trip in Germany, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle. We ascended the castle on horse-drawn carriage. We were given a shot of vodka and a wool blanket on our laps before ascending.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace on a rugged hill top above the village of Hohenschwangau with an elevation of 800 m (2,620 ft) in southwest Bavaria, Germany.  The fairytale castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat and a homage to the king’s favorite composer Richard Wagner.

The construction began in 1869. The estimation for completion was 3 years. In 1884, the King finally moved in, but the palace was still not completed. He only stayed in the palace for 11 nights before his death in 1886.

Had it been completed, the palace would have had more than 200 interior rooms, no more than about 15 rooms and halls were finished. The largest room is the Hall of the Singers, followed by the Throne Hall.

The Hall of Singers was decorated with scenes from Wagner’s opera, which is based on German mythology Lohengrin, the ‘Swan Knight’. Richard Wagner died in 1883 and had never seen the completed castle. The first performance in the Hall of the Singers took place in 1933: A concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s death.

Walt Disney was so inspired by the fairytale architecture of Neuschwanstein that he used it to create Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 animated film, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Peek

When I travel, I love to peek through the airplane windows to see if I could capture some interesting sights. The photos in this post were the aerial views from my recent trips to Portland, Oregon to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and my granddaughter.

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Sunset on the way to California
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Above the rain clouds over the California mountains
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Overlooking Portland area

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

The theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “rounded.” I take the literal interpretation to choose the landmark structures, buildings, and the dancing water that we visited in Spain.

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Fountain in Granada
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Bullring, Plaza De Toros in Granada
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Arts & Science Building in Valencia
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Dancing Water Show in Barcelona

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October – Y2

Paula’s photo challenges with  PICK A WORD theme. The words to choose from are: mountainous, whiskers, crumbling, spanning, and immaculate.

I picked the word mountainous. On our trip to Germany, we took a tour to visit Eagle’s Nest. When we got to the mountaintop, we were presented with a spectacular view of Bavarian Alps. It was the most majestic mountain range with rivers and lakes at the foot of this enormous limestone.

Bavarian Alps (German: Bayerische Alpen) is a summarizing term of several mountain ranges of the Northern Limestone Alps in the German state of Bavaria.  The Bavarian Alps were heavily influenced by the last ice age. Cirques, lakes, and typical U-shaped valleys were formed by the glaciers. Depositions by the ice age, rivers, and glaciers left behind a gently rolling landscape in the Alpine Foreland with lakes and bogs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian_Alps

The Kehlsteinhaus is situated on a ridge atop the Kehlstein, a 1,834 m (6,017 ft) sub-peak of the Hoher Göll rising above the town of Berchtesgaden. It was commissioned byMartin Bormann in the summer of 1937. Paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months but held until a formal presentation on April 20, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday as a birthday gift. A 4 m (13 ft) wide approach road climbs 800 m (2,600 ft) over 6.5 km (4.0 mi). Costing RM30 million to build (about 150 million inflation-adjusted euros in 2007), it includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehlsteinhaus

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Eagle’s Nest, Germany
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Eagle’s Nest area

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Paula’s Lost in Translation: Thursday’s special – Pick a Word in October Y2

Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Haleakalā or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the Western Maui Mountain. The tallest peak of Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakal

We drove to the summit of Haleakalā. The drive was pleasant on this cloudy day. The heavy clouds drifted over the island casting shadow in the ocean and on the beaches. We visited the crater and the volcanic area. There was a “hill” made of lava rocks, and a path was made for people like me who walked to the top and say “hi” to you! I’m now looking at the scale of the hill and me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

SoCS October 6, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: save/safe. Use one or both. If you start and end with either of them, you’ll get bonus points. – Joey

When I was promoted to a school district administrator position in 1998, I began to save my vacation days so that we could take major travel trips as well as mini trips. As an administrator, I had 22 vacation days, 10 public holidays, and 10 personal leave days. Combining the vacation days and personal leave days, there were six and a half weeks for me to travel.

My work schedule was twelve months a year versus teachers being on ten-month a year. I could take off anytime during the year as long as I planned ahead. My husband had his own business so he could go any time of the year also. This was very helpful in our planning for trips. We mostly travel during offseason. The advantage of it was having cheaper airfares, plus the tourist areas were not as crowded.

My husband was born in Walla Walla, New South Whale, Australia. His family went to live in England when he was ten years old. They got a better quota to emigrate to U.S. from England. His family traveled to U.S. when he was twelve on the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. Ever since they arrived in U.S. in 1968, none of the family members had gone back to visit. We were the first ones went back to visit Australia. It was the first visit for me. We went to Sydney, Bandi Beach, Blue Mountain, Caine, Port Douglas, and Cape Tribulation. While in Caine, my husband went diving in Great Barrier Reef. I came home with several pieces of black opals.

When traveling to different countries, it was considered as sightseeing trips. We do take vacations for the main purpose of relaxation. The place for relaxation turned out to be Maui, Hawaii. We got married on Maui Beach in 1996. We had gone back for at least four times. The Road to Hana was one Highway we drove through on every trip. We went up to the top of the volcano a couple times and visited different beaches. There was always time for a morning walk on the beach by the condo we stayed and time to watch the romantic and reflective sunset every evening.

Our last visit to Maui happened during the storm season. The last two days being there was worrisome for me. On a normal circumstance, I wouldn’t worry about extending the stay. But it happened that I was scheduled to pick up Mercy and Will from the airport the day after our return. The following day four of us were going to a wedding. If our flight had been rescheduled, it would have created a domino effect. It was too much for me to think of the possible solution had it happened. I concentrated on praying for the weather instead.

Eventually, the storm made a detour and was diminishing and fading away. Our flight was on time and we had a safe trip home.

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Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 6, 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

This is a re-post I did on January 9, 2017. We went to Spain in August 2016 and visited Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. The architecture of Cathedrals were impressive. The stained glass windows were magnificent. These are several of the many photos taken during our enjoyable visit.

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Barcelona, Spain
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Alhambra, Spain

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows