Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Regardless of the castle's history, it is easy to see why they call it the Disney castle!! The spires and actual facade look very much like the castle from Sleeping Beauty, which is also the trademark castle for Disney's logo and Disneyland. Chateau d’Usse was the castle that inspired the original author of Sleeping Beauty (Charles Perrault), but it is said that Neuschwanstein is the castle that inspired Walt Disney himself. And the murals inside the castle only help support that idea! Some of them look like they are straight from a Disney movie -- curling tree branches, squirrels, sunny glades -- everything. Aside from that, the illustrative style of the other murals was also something I found very appealing. This particular castle was dedicated to the composer Richard Wagner, of whom it is said Ludwig had a very special relationship.
All the furniture is antique, but thankfully it's been wired for electricity. for dinner, we went to the adjacent restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal! KP and I had pork medallions and it was the best pork I'd ever had. I didn't know pork could taste like steak! And the mushroom sauce and small dumplings alongside it were just amazing. Absolutely one of the best dinners from the entire trip.
When it was pitch black out, KP and I wound our way down the stone stairwell and through the large wooden doors. We intended to go stargazing!
Having had our little experience in the woods, KP and I continued our stargazing from the terrace and went to bed once it got too cloudy to peer at the lights in the night sky. Oddly enough, though, there was one light that never stopped -- a constant flash as if from lightning, but with no sound. It continued throughout the entire night.
Snarked by Artist: Andrea Tamme at 4:56 AM