This post has two purposes.
The first is inspired by the Experienced Tutor saying he wants to receive Blog of the Year 2013 award. Being the pro-active gal that I am, I offered to create the award for him (and risk the wrath of the WP award police). So, here it is: BOTY13 Award!
The only rule of the award is: tell us about about the most unlikely story you have ever told Written, spoken, sung, oil painting, modern interpretative dance are all acceptable. You can pass on the award if you think the recipient will appreciate its origins. (And people, if this takes off, you saw it here first.)
The second is to share some of our photos from Germany. We saw so many sights, had so many cakes, and drank so much beer and wine. After a while, I got used to the autobahns, and even overtook a Corvette! (ok, so it was stopped at the time…)
My favourite sights were the churches, monastries, and fairytale castles. We loved the UNESCO-listed Maulbronn monastery complex, with the delicate patterned ceilings, silent corridors and dim interiors. Then, there were the castles with their medieval, faux-medieval, and not-so-medieval decorations (check out the dragon from Burg Eltz!). Sadly, we couldn’t take photos inside the castles, so you’ll have to imagine the heavy wooden beams, painted wooden ceiling (in Burg Eltz), armours and shields, heavy period furniture and dark family portraits. Then, there were the famous rivers and mountains, with towns, cities and villages (and more castles!) nestled in between. I still look at a map of Germany, and think the names come from a long-ago story: Rhein, Mosel, Nektar, Lake Bodensee, Black Forest, Heidelberg, Moselkern, and Trier with its Roman monuments.
And lastly, two photos from the Mercedes Benz car museum in Stuttgart. It even won over a non-car nerd like me by the range of Mercedes cars on display. I particularly liked the Popemobil, the Gullwing, the first car engine ever built, and crazy-fantastical first-ever aeroplane.