Hope your weekend was awesome! I know mine certainly was. My little brother Kai turned one today! I can’t believe how much he’s grown. He walked to me for the first time on Saturday and boy let me tell you what…I had to hold back the avalanche of tears.
Onto the next part of the Honeymoon Journal series!
“My intentions for this journal was to record all our adventures on our honeymoon, but it has become clear that it has developed another meaning- a food journal as well. Samuel and I are foodies! We love food. Personally, eating is my favorite part of the day. It makes me so unbelievably happy and I thank God for being able to experience such tasty treats.
Hotel Moselkern, by far, has blown me away for breakfast! They served the typical German breakfast but for some reason, they just nailed it.
I love everything about the German breakfast- the eggs, the toast and jam, the mini cold cut and cheese sandwiches, the fresh yogurt, the selection of fruit, the muesli and of course, the yummy orange juice and coffee. I feel like I get a small taste of everything and never end up over stuffing myself. It’s a wonderful way to start the day off right!
This was the day we would hike up to the Burg Eltz- Rick Steves’ favorite castle. It is still perfectly intact because of its hidden location and its many connections with surrounding families (we later learned this going through the tour). Now in this journal I’m not going to go through much of the historical aspect of things, just a record of the activities we did. However, if you did want to learn more about the castle I would suggest visiting this website: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/germany/rhine.htm
We began our adventure towards Burg Eltz with a stroll through what remained of rural Moselkern. Scattered signs directed us to our destination along a lone, country road. We were held up a few minutes because we stumbled upon a cat that resembled one of the family cats, Scout. We took some photos and then went on our way.
About 30-40 minutes later we arrived at the trailhead. Up and onward we journeyed into the forest alongside the vanishing Eltzbach (creek). We hiked for an additional 30 minutes and were awe-stricken as the castle unveiled itself to us. For being such an old castle, the upkeep was immaculate. When we arrived they had a whole team of workers doing maintenance on the grounds. I even had to dodge some gardeners and leave blowers as I bounded up the castles steps (with Samuel right behind me).
As you can see from the pictures we were ESTATIC!
Because we were still experiencing severe jetlag (more on my part- I was up till 4am that same morning), we decided to get there before all the tourists. Thankfully, they had a guided English tour available. Our tour included a walk through the family treasury and a preview and brief history lesson of some rooms in the castle. My favorite part was the bedrooms and their gorgeous view of the scenery engulfing the castle. At that moment I decided when we get a house I want to balcony!
Our visit was short and sweet and we made the trek back to the hotel and arrived around 12pm. The hotel was a ghost town. A man who I recognized as the hotel’s bartender was waiting outside the hotel…for us. We missed the memo that check out was at 11 am! We explained that we had lost track of time and the bartender was very forgiving. After paying he sent us on our way with HUGE bottles of water. Water can be like gold while traveling abroad. We hopped onto our next train that would lead us to our next destination- Heidelberg.”