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December 31, 2013

The Magic Of A Castle In the MoonLight (Well, Floodlights At Least)

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Himself and I  have been married for eighteen years and are not big on things like Valentine’s Day: we see it too much as  an over-priced and over exaggerated marketed gimmick, but instead find occasions throughout the year to do something special for one another just on a whim.

Now that we are in the Belle-Vue  Hotel in Vianden, Luxembourg he’s made a lovely surprise for me.

He wasn’t fussed at all about having a room with a castle view, and knowing that my friend “Velvetine”  and I were just drooling over all things “castle” decided to let us wallow in the view for the night.

This was an opportunity not wasted at all… we certainly made good use of the view, staying up late as we tried to get photographs of the floodlit castle in the night.

These were shots to test my zoom lens and amateur photography skills to the limit, the low light produced masses of blurred images that vaguely resembled a castle (if someone had told you it was actually a castle I was trying to take a photograph of in the first place).

Velvetine fared little better, but then I struck on an idea: if you have no tripod with you, then you must find something that could substitute as one, and our balcony had a rail around it that might do the trick very nicely.

It still took me around two hundred shots to get a few decent ones in focus, but we had a ton of fun trying to perfect the art of stretching to maximum zoom and whilst they are far from professional shots we were delighted with our efforts.

I take photographs as the light fades away and the floodlights come on around the castle. Later on, the main floodlights go off and we try to get some more photos of the castle in near darkness. Velvetine and I finish the evening by “chillaxing” on the bed taking photographs of our feet before finally turning in and continuing talking about castles and our fabulous day for a bit longer.

In the meantime Himself and the kids had a peaceful night in the family room and they all woke early to enjoy a swim in the hotel swimming pool before breakfast. After staying up chatting,  Velvetine and I enjoyed a sleep in the next morning so it worked out perfect for everyone. Bliss! Isn’t Himself the best!?

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December 29, 2013

Hotel Belle-Vue: With Beautiful Views Indeed…

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In continuation of yesterday’s post, we have arrived at Hotel Belle-Vue, in Vianden, Luxembourg.

Himself had secretly booked this hotel when he found out from the Mersch tourist office that there was a medieval festival in the town because he knew how much my kindred spirit Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and I would love to be here for it.

He even managed to find a hotel that had a swimming pool as a treat for Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr, and to cap it all off he insisted on taking the family room with the kids so that Velvetine and I could have the suite that had the balcony with the castle view.

The family room has three beds and a very large walk in shower,  whilst the suite has a separate shower as well as a jacuzzi style bath. (naturally we shared so the kids had a bath  and enjoyed the bubbles before bedtime). Being less close to the castle meant it was in a quiet, less busy area of town but the view out of the French doors leading off our suite was still impressive.  I was raised in New Zealand and Velvetine in Singapore, where of course there are no castles, but for Himself, bought up in Europe it was all nothing new so he looked at us excitedly gushing about the castle with sympathetic tolerance. I think he thinks he got the best deal because at least he won’t have to listen to my gushing enthusiasm all night.

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December 28, 2013

Taking the Scenic Route Through A Very Scenic Town…

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Another page out of my travel diary of 2012.  Our summer travels find us in the country of Luxembourg and in a beautiful town with a magnificent castle called Vianden. Now that we have finished our tour of the castle and checked out the medieval festival, it’s time to venture down the hill into the town and find our hotel for the night.  The town lines the valley at the bottom of the castle, follows the banks of a river and is relatively small, but true to Family Kiwidutch tradition we still managed to take the scenic route (i.e. once again we got lost) so we ended up seeing pretty much all of the town as we drove round and around. I naturally took the opportunity to add to the photos’s I’d taken from the castle and ones on the way down, by talking photographs from the car, and very pretty it was too…

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December 27, 2013

The Second Market Is Quite Literally Buzzing…

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We are about to leave Vianden Castle in Vianden, Luxembourg.

Downstairs in one of the lower galleries (or Great Halls, or whatever they all it) is another market, this time of hand-made jewellery, medieval costumes, wood and leather work, local and regional produce.

Some of the vendors were packing up and I was fast reaching maximum pain tolerance after all this walking around the castle this afternoon, so I’ll be honest and admit that I only photographed some of the stalls closest to us.

One of these was a source of fascination to all of us because a lady selling honey and honey related products also had a section of a hive in a box with a clear perspex side wall and there were live bees inside it.

I’m severly allergic to both bees and wasps and so usually the only bee-line I ever make is in the opposite direction of the little beasts, so this provided an excellent opportunity for me to actually see some hive activity up close.

Behind the clear screen the little worker bees were in constant busy motion, and whilst in the low light their movement was hard to photograph, it was amazing to see how intricate and organised the work seemed to be.

After a good chat with the honey lady, we were then attracted to a stall that sold medieval costumes. As I mentioned in an earlier post we bought a simple knight’s tunic for Little Mr. which he was so delighted with that he immediately put it on and in his imagination was instantly transformed into a full blown knight.

He would have slept in it that night too but I was the mean Mama who said “No… let’s save it to wear again tomorrow instead” which once he got over his indignation of not being able to sleep in it, ended up being the next best thing.

He wore it for days afterwards, and at home, and eventually for a special event at school too.

Velvetine fell in love with a medieval gown, it had huge quirky medieval sleeves, but the reality of finding somewhere suitable to wear such a heavy garment in tropical Singapore plus the space such a big dress would take in her suitcase meant that we took photographs, dreamed about it but reluctantly left it behind. Soon we had to leave the castle behind too… so we slowly make our way back into to town of Vianden.

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December 26, 2013

The Magic Of A Most Bewitching Bird…

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Following yesterday’s post we are at the 2012 Medieval Festival in Vianden Castle in north eastern Luxembourg.

We’ve been watching a wonderful display with medieval costumed dancers, and now I find my lens drawn to some owls and falcons in a display one level below the dancer’s gallery.

There was no bird show going on at that moment so the birds were resting. Some of them preferred the shade of their little tents, the others looked content in the sun.

Originally I was going to include a photo of one of each bird, but one of the owls fascinated me and I was amazed at how un-birdlike it was, how effortlessly it turned it’s head in all directions, how every little movement was noticed by it’s sharp eyes, how beautiful the arrangement of the feathers was, the different directions the feathers went in: yet all in harmony.It’s a stubby looking bird that likes like it could never be aerodynamic and yet it manages everything with a grace that has you mesmerised at it’s beauty. At one point it’s eyes half closed and I thought it was about to sleep but the minute it caught a random movement it was all action and the intense stare was back, focused and concentrated. This photo series attempts to capture the magic of this amazing  and most bewitching bird.

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December 25, 2013

Dancing The Night Away: Medieval Style…

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In this page from my on-line diary I document our travels of 2012 with visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and we have been lucky enough to visit Vianden Castle in Luxembourg  just as a medieval festival was taking place.

We enter the castle to hear music playing and slowly walk around the battlements to investigate where it’s coming from.

In a long gallery on one of the upper floors we find a group of dancers and musicians and stay and watch the dancing. There are more “players” in the group but some of them are just leaving the stage as we enter, so we watch three ladies and a man (they are occasionally joined by a second man during the performance) weave their way through medieval dances, with promenades, curtsies, dips and some handkerchief waving.

It’s magical and a little mesmerising to watch, the twirling skirts, rotations of the dance, the richly decorated costumes, all gave an atmosphere that transported your imagination for  brief time into medieval times and how it might have been at grand parties and festivities of the nobility. Apparently we missed a lot by not being here early enough, so if you are ever in the area the next time a medieval festival is taking place, my advice would be to get their early so that you can enjoy the full programme of events. We made do with the last set of the day, but it was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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December 24, 2013

Eyeing Up The Beautiful Brews…

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The 2013  Medieval Festival taking place in Vianden Castle in Luxembourg is in full swing.

Family Kiwidutch and visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” have arrived late to the party, but there is still time to take a look around and join in.In an inner courtyard there is an outdoor market taking place and naturally we stop at a few stalls that catch our eye.

I’m not drinking alcohol because of my  pain medication but even just the beautiful bottles containing the wines and liquors on this stall are appealing to the eye.

The vendors were friendly and chatty which was good because we had plenty of questions and Velvetine and Himself even managed several taste tests of some of the more unusual brews before deciding on a few purchases.

Velvetine loved the little toy hedgehogs at one stall, Little Mr coveted bows and arrows from another (“No”!) but gains a medieval knights vest that he can reuse at an upcoming school play. It was late afternoon and some of the stall owners were already packing up so we could have seen far more if we had been lucky enough to have arrived earlier. Still, you can’t have everything when you stumble upon things without planning.

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December 22, 2013

When You Live A Long Way Up, Some Things Are A Long Way Down…

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Diaries are great, electronic travel diaries are even better. This blog is like a giant scrapbook where I can stash anything and everything that takes my fancy.

A few spare hard drives as backup are all I need and I can access everything from any computer, anywhere around the world. It’s my limitless filing cabinet…

On this page of my diary  of the summer of 2012 we are in Vianden Castle in Luxembourg, taking a good look around.

Mostly inside the castle walls are just bare castle walls, but I do manage to find a few nice stained glass windows and a tapestry to photograph for my artistic inspiration files.

The historical display area is surprisingly small in size but visitors can get a little glimpse into castle life in the middle ages by looking at things like the castle kitchen. The fireplaces are huge, the range of  “technology” of the day limited and the workers here must have been super fit. Take for instance the well to the side of the kitchen:  it’s about now that the idea of placing a very tall castle on the very top of a tall hill becomes a tad less practical,  you have to make your well very very very very very deep indeed just to reach the water source. It’s a shame my photograph doesn’t do this well justice at all, it’s far deeper than it looks in the photo, like a black hole with no end. Needless to say I had an iron grip on Little Mr. when he leaned over to take a look.

There were more stained glass photographs but I appear to have knocked the settings button on my camera and discovered a little while later that it was on the “portrait” setting so those photos didn’t turn out well enough to end up on the blog.  I think that some of the usual displays had been put away or that access to the public was limited on this particular weekend because Vianden castle was hosting a medieval festival the weekend we visited.

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December 20, 2013

A Massive Surprise On A Hill At Vianden…

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As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are travelling north in central Luxembourg along the castle route.

From Mersch onwards we hadn’t actually seen any castles so I had more or less forgotten about them until we rounded a corner and saw across the valley one that we simply couldn’t miss.

This is the castle at Vianden, and Wikipedia tells me:

Set on a rocky promontory, the castle stands at a height of 310 metres, dominating the town of Vianden and overlooking the river Our about a hundred metres below.

The castle and its dependent buildings have a total length of 90 metres.

Vianden Castle (French: Château de Vianden, German: Burg Vianden Luxembourgish: Buerg Veianen), located in Vianden in the north of Luxembourg, is one of the largest fortified castles west of the Rhine. With origins dating from the 10th century, the castle was built in the Romanesque style from the 11th to 14th centuries. Gothic transformations and trimmings were added at the end of this period. 

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A Renaissance mansion was added in the 17th century but thereafter the castle was allowed to fall into ruin.

It has, however, recently been fully restored and is open to visitors.

The building is most impressive… and imagine my surprise when Himself announced that whilst our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and I had been busy taking photographs of the Mersch tourist office tower and the beautiful dragon fountain nearby, he had been busy inside the tourist office arranging for us to stay the night in one of the hotels in Vianden.

You know you have an amazing husband when you also find out that he’s also managed to  book a hotel that has a swimming pool to keep the children happy and has arranged a suite for Velvetine and I to share that has a balcony with a stunning castle view.  Knowing that she and I will drool over the view and love all things castle-y, he’s opted to take the third bed in the kids room, so that Velvetine and I can have a girls night in, castle drooling. He also let us in on a secret that he stumbled on by chance in Mersch:  by a stroke of good luck the Vianden castle was hosting a medieval festival at the same time as our visit. 

I lost count of the number of times Velvetine and I uttered the word “wow”… we were like a pair of excited schoolgirls, and loving the idea of being able to see such a beautiful castle up close. Let’s take a look at  some of the outside views…

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vianden_Castle

December 17, 2013

The Mersch Tourist Information Office Certainly Stands Out From The Crowd…

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Family Kiwidutch and Singaporean friend “Velveteen” spent the summer of 2012 together squeezing in as many new places and adventures as possible.

In this diary post we have arrived in the town of Mersch and stop by a tall tower that also happens to be the local Tourist Information office.

Situated in a large open square, the kids take the opportunity to run around and let off some steam, whilst Himself checks out the Information Office, Velveteen and I get busy with our camera’s…

We start first with the tower itself: it’s made in four sections decreasing in size as it reaches the top, and is capped by a beautiful onion shaped dome.

There is some ornamental stonework but in general ornamentation is  minimal.

Then as we move around the tower so that we can photograph it better in the strong sunshine, something curious  a short distance away grabs our attention that we decide is too quirky not to investigate…

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Down the street is a church…

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