Childhood Memories Friday: Visiting Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle

I’ve been sorting through things around the house, trying to determine whether items “spark joy” or not. In this effort, I came across a stack of fading photos. I wasn’t sure where they’d come from, but I soon realized that they were mine — ones I’d taken during an early-1990s trip to Germany. Ones that hadn’t made the cut when I “scrapbooked” the trip.

Neuschwanstein Castle

I spent about a week on a bus tour of Germany, and another week living in Munich with a German woman who had a room for rent. It was a wonderful experience, and the photos bring back such good memories of a happy time in life. I still remember how awesome it was to look up and spot Neuschwanstein Castle, there in the mountains — for real! There’s something so wonderful about seeing something in person after reading about it for years.


Neuschwanstein Castle entrance

I think maybe I like this photo most of all. Yep, that’s me laughing. I admit I’m embarrassed by the Mickey Mouse shirt, but it seemed fashionable enough at the time. I’d forgotten the guy talking to me, as well as the couple in the background, but looking at this photo brings them all back again. They were on my bus tour. I took a few “solo” trips to Europe in my 20’s, and always had a lovely time. The trips were mainly filled with older couples, but they were always friendly to me — the older guys were always especially nice.

If not for photos like this, it might be easy to forget that I’ve ever actually visited Neuschwanstein at all. Yet here I am in the entrance. Oh, how I’d love to climb back into this scene! Isn’t it too bad that there isn’t some way to capture moments in time so that we can re-live them later? I know, I know, there are photos — but wouldn’t it be wonderful to actually be able to re-visit scenes from our past?

What is a moment from your past you’d love to experience again?


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4 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Visiting Neuschwanstein

  1. I’ve written a long comment on this once before, and then couldn’t post it, so I’ll try again.

    I too visited the castle and enjoyed it, although the afternoon that I visited it with a friend, she was sick, so that was a downer. I’ve never been able to figure out how you enjoyed doing these things solo. I never would take off on a trip like that by myself. But I’m glad you enjoyed them and you obviously did, based on the picture of your laughing heartily.

  2. What a wonderful experience to see Europe in your 20s! Everyone should try to do that. I got to go to England when I was 34, on a Huntington College J-Term trip. I will never forget it.

  3. It is wonderful that you did such neat trips when you were young and not yet bogged down with a husband and children, although I know that they mean much to you, too. My best trip ever was a great trip to all 4 of the British Isles! I loved England the most, but Ireland was neat since I am part Irish. While there I did a little genealogy in the short time that I had. During my life, I have been very blessed to have traveled to all 50 states of the USA, to several countries in South America with the main emphasis on Brazil, to Scandinavia, Germany, Canada and Mexico over the years! About once a year I go back over the many scrapbooks that I have made over a lifetime. Doing that does make those big trips come alive once again, which is always a good time.

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