Visiting Suan’s castles

Yeah. The name sounds like her castle. Because Neuschwanstein literally means the New Swan stone castle. Or will someone correct us?


There is a saying about ‘building castles in the air’. And in this part of Germany where there once was a Kingdom called Bavaria, a certain King in the 19th century certainly built more than that. For his dreams actually turned reality, though it cost the country a lot of money. Some say he had lost his mind. Others believe he had passion (made possible) heheh… take that STPB!

Of course there is more than this one inspiration for Walt Disney. For the same King also commissioned works on quite a few others too. Bavaria and its capital Munich is literally dotted with beautiful palatial castles that one needs to more than visit. We say that because it was truly a pleasure to do so. Read here all about what we found.

And it is also in Bavaria that Suan met with her long time penpal. Imagine that. Writing and sending written letters in an age of the internet. She might be one of the few these days since our postal service ‘complains’ about falling mail volume and having to look for alternate revenue streams. And so that we can continue to receive dividends too… which btw has been falling…

An old saying goes: the pen is mightier than the sword. Really?

Do you still write on paper or is it all typing away as you read this post now? Do you even remember how to use a pen?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

37 thoughts on “Visiting Suan’s castles”

  1. using a pen ? I do everyday ! But I only have 2 people I send a letter/card in the normal mail. an old aunt and a cousin ( I assume she does not have a computer). Well, I like how news travel fast and now we can even see each other and talk for free ( skype or FB). I used to have pen pal when I was a teenager but I never had the chance to meet them.

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    1. Yeah, soon we will not have many folks to write to using a pen. Everything’s goanna be typed in etc… perhaps that’s why handwriting is getting more atrocious for us. Time to practice writing with the hand!

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      1. But learning to write by hand is necessary. My handwriting is so bad ( as you go to University and have to take notes rapidly you just scribble as fast as you can what your teachers are saying ). I know some ladies who have a perfect handwriting and I love to see it. How is your handwriting ?

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            1. There are few “opportunities” to practice these days… most work are done via the keyboard. We don’t send memos with written paper much these days… heheh. Perhaps you are right – shopping lists…


  2. Peggy and I visited Neuschwanstein. She had lived in Germany once and was giving me a whirlwind tour. It is every bit a fairy castle! When I am backpacking, I keep a journal on paper, so I haven’t totally lost my handwriting skills! –Curt

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  3. Haven’t been to any of the castles you mentioned but I did have the chance to go to Herrenchiemsee which was the largest and costliest of the mad King’s projects. Also his last one. Not as pretty as the new swan castle but had interesting bells and whistles.

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    1. Oh he was certainly a King that literally built castles in the air… and bankrupted the country. We’ve not been in Herrenchiemsee, but that must had been equally stunning. Share it before in your posts?


  4. I just wrote a letter via snail mail to my older son today!
    I envy your time in Germany seeing the castles. What a lovely photo of Suan (not that that is surprising!). I’d also like to see the castles in Spain–very different architecturally since they are mostly Moorish in design… 🙂

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