Unfortunately, our tour guide was soft spoken (not a good trait for a tour guide) and she spoke such broken English with a French accent in a German speaking country, that most of what she said was lost on me.
Beautiful hinges and woodwork:
I looked up to beautiful stonework over doorways and passages:
And hey, what about this casket?
Another distraction? These modern business men and women standing beneath important visitors from long ago carved in the walls of the castle.
Some of the Heidelberg Castle is in ruins now so to see a model of it in its glory days made me pause. Do you ever find yourself fantasizing about going back in time in the very spot you find yourself and wishing you could experience the place 100s of years in the past?
Which was it, I wondered. A castle? A palace? And what’s the difference?
I looked it up.
Castles were built mainly for protection.
Palaces for comfort.
Heidelberg Castle/Palace….lets call it a Pastle….had both – walls and towers for protection and large spacious halls with beautiful interiors for luxury.
Castles were to show supremacy.
Palaces were to prove royalty.
Random observations? Maybe.
But if you can’t understand what’s being said and you’re in such a beautiful place so far from home – why not?
And then there was this car on the ride back from the Pastle in Heidelberg….do you think this is a German version of our old love bugs in the states? I wonder if Germans find them funny? But I digress and am distracted again….