Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The castle...sortof.

This past weekend we went to see the castle. Schloss Neidstein (schloss means castle) is only located 30 minutes from us. It was recently owned by Nicolas Cage (he sold it in april 09) We were so excited to see this:

So imagine our surprise when instead we saw this:

Hmmmm...big difference there...so we asked around, "Wo ist der schloss?" All hands pointed right to the big red building that maddie described as "It looks like a barn." We just happened to be there on the same day as the town's blumenfest - or garden walk. Town residents had opened up their gardens for people to walk through and admire. We walked through a few and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and then went to the castle. A pleasant surprise...they were doing tours!

Eric in front of a bee hive building...bees were buzzing all over the place.

Maddie in front of a beautiful rose bush

So inside the castle we went...still wondering why google images displayed such an impressive castle while the one we were in was anything but... We did see some incredibly beautiful things...

Eric was just a little disappointed...he thought this castle was boring. "I expected more armour and axes...there were only one of each!" John especially loved the door handles and locks. I loved the twists and turns and hallways that led to nowhere. Maddie loved the trinkets and knicknacks that she found all over in every nook and cranny and bella loved matching one of the fireplaces...it was as green as her sweater!

When we got home I looked up Schloss Neidstein again on google...oops...you mean its one more town down the road? So, we went to a castle...but it wasn't THE castle. I think we may try to get to THE castle again this week.


TricotChico said...

It looks like you all had a great time at the castle and gardens. I have to admit, though, that my favorite pic is Bella in that super cute sweater! ;o)

Cothran Family said...

How cool though! The kiddos look like they are having fun and I love that picture with you and Bella. I think she looks like her mamma!

The Hansen Family said...

I guess some castles are overrated. At least you got to hang out together! Yay!