From Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany
May 29, 2018
READY, SET, GO – TOMORROW MORNING FOR A QUICK TOUR OF KING LUDWIG’S CASTLES, STARTING WITH THE NEUSCHWANSTEIN WHICH INSPIRED DISNEY
After one of my friends in Vienna had to leave suddenly on a business trip out of town, I also quickly shifted gears. Instead of a dinner at his house in Vienna, I drove to Berchtesgaden, Germany, where Eagle’s Nest is – Hitler’s favorite hangout in the Alps.
I have been to Berchtesgaden once before, but never to Eagle’s Nest. The only way to do it, I found out, is to drive to within 20 minutes of it, then park your car and take a buss to the top.
There were a lot of people there today, but everything ran smoothly, “with a German precision.” 🙂
The whole drive was supposed to take 6.5 hours (non-stop), covering 550 km (344 miles) according to Google Maps. In my case, it took 9.5 hours, with a 2-hour break at Eagle’s Nest, and several others along the way.
Here are some photos I took, starting with that of the beautiful Mondsee (Moon Lake) outside of Salzburg.
Here’s the first of two video clips I recorded:
Before heading down the mountain, I had a scrumptious dessert and coffee on the terrace where Hitler used to entertain various dignitaries, including the British King Edward VIII who abdicated from the throne in 1936. Edward was a fan of Hitler’s.
Here’s the second video, recorded at the mountain top, slightly above the Eagle’s Nest building, at elevation 6,150 feet. This one includes Alpine music by an accordion player.
DRIVE TO FÜSSEN, GERMANY
After another 3.5-hour drive, which I could have never managed on my own, without the help of the GPS, I came to within sight of my tomorrow’s destination, the Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig of Bavaria in the late 19th century. The . building inspired Disney to create Disneyland and his many cartoons and movies.
On a spur of the moment, I turned right and found myself in front of a 4-star hotel and spa – King Ludwig (https://www.koenig-ludwig-hotel.de/home.html). Which is where I am spending the night
How fortunate can you be, right? Here are some pictures I took while thunderbolts were rolling off the Alpine peaks in the distance. The first photo is the view from my room.
|15||SAUNAS, STEAM BATHS
AND RELAXATION ATTRACTIONS
UPDATE May 29, 2018
FASCINATING CONVERSATION WITH A NAKED LADY IN THE SAUNA
Of course, I was also naked
Just got back from a steam bath and a sauna at this amazing “Kurort” – Healing Spa. I actually sat in the very same “throne chair” in the steam bath where that brunette is sitting. Unbeknownst to me at the time, of course. I only looked up these photos at the Hotel and Spa Koenig Ludwig website after I came back to my room.
Relaxing in a steam bath and sauna after a long drive is just “what the doctored ordered.” But the most fascinating thing that happened took place in the sauna.
When I walked in, a naked woman was lying on her towel. “Do you mind company?” I asked in English.
She evidently did not understand me. So I tried to mumble something along those lines in German.
“You English?” she asked in English.
“Where are you from?”
“Well, actually I drove today here from Vienna. But my home is in Arizona.”
That’s how the conversation started. Naturally, I was also naked the whole time. I knew from my past trips that Europeans are not squeamish about their bodies like the “puritan” Americans (who are actually the world’s biggest porn users). Hypocrisy.
Anyway, what this lady from Stuttgart told me was that she was here on “rehab.”
Of course, like most Americans, I immediately surmised she must me an alcoholic or a drug user.
Not so. She explained that her health insurance company is paying for three weeks of “rehab,” meaning treatments in this healing spa as part of their “wellness” program. She has been here two weeks and has one more week to go.
“This is the best spa I have ever seen,” she raved.
I could not agree with her more.
Can you see a day when the American health insurance companies might start paying for something like this?
Sure. When hell freezes over.
It gets better, though. The naked Stuttgart lady told me that her boss, also a woman, got her insurance company to pay for two weeks for her at this spa as bereavement healing.
“Bereavement?” I repeated. “Who died?”
And that is no joke, folks.