We are all on the stairs, my friend; some of us are going down, some us are going up.

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Stairs, another feature I cannot resist taking photo’s of. The older, the decrepit the slightly creepy the better, and I have a particular favourite with stairs that curve and ones that lead to seemingly nowhere.

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Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?

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It’s not often that you come across a castle that isn’t a ruin, I know, I’ve visited many, and it’s also rare to find one intact that is more than a few centuries old.  So when I heard about Burg Eltz I had to see it for myself.

We, my brother and I, missed the turn to Wierschem and the car park where there’s an easy and quick walk to the castle, and that’s what I was dressed for, I was wearing converse trainers. However, we instead went to Moselkern, and to the Hotel Ringelsteiner where we began the trail to the castle.  It at first appeared to be an even easier walk as we stepped upon the paved path, it would be a longer walk, 2.4km, but that was nothing even as the pavement ended and we now walked upon a slightly muddy path.  

It had been raining for the past few days, and had been also that day, but still no worries until we came to the true start of the path to the castle.

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We managed to get past this with minimal mud damage on our decidedly inappropriate footwear, and while the trek to the castle is an easy one, it can be a very slippery one.  Also, there are a few areas were the path is so narrow you have to pass it very slowly and carefully.  Parts of the path have been torn away by fallen trees.

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At times it seems it felt like we would soon cross paths with something out of a story from the Brothers Grimm.

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At last, the condition of the path improved and through the trees we finally saw the castle.  Despite the mud, I have to say that taking this path was a better idea, coming across the castle this way is far more dramatic.

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On the road

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So I’m recently back from another visit to Germany and thought I’d share some views from road trips along the Moselle, and Rhine Rivers as well as some from the countryside.

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…we took the road past Alkener Bergburg…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I took these photo’s using the sort-of HDR mode on my Olympus.  I knew the photo’s wouldn’t come out clear and besides I wanted a somewhat distorted look.

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