Sunday, 30 November 2014

Hohenzollern Castle.

Burg Hohenzollern, Germany,
November 30, 2014.



Honestly I didn't expect to visit another castle in Germany especially when I had my thesis submission deadline on the next day, plus, I will leave Germany in a few weeks.

It was kinda last minute decision when I coincidentally met our program coordinator at the train station, and she persuaded me to join the christmas excursion, the more the merrier (or the more the cheaper we pay for bus and entrance fee hahaa). So yea, I stayed up till 4 in the morning to prepare my last minute poster for submission, just because I want to join them! After all, this would be my last get together with fellow coursemates, I guess. Sobs.

So, my #misimencariistana continues here, Hohenzollern Castle, located approximately 50 kilometres south of Stuttgart, on top of Berg Hohenzollern, at an elevation of 855 metres above sea level, 234 metres above the towns. And now lets get to the castle's history.


First castle: The first Medieval castle of the House of Hohenzollern was mentioned for the first time in 1267. However the castle appears to date back to the 11th century. In 1423, the castle was besieged for over a year by troops from the Swabian Free Imperial Cities. On 15 May 1423, the castle was finally taken and totally destroyed. Of the first castle only written records still exist.
Second castle: In 1454, construction on the second castle began. While this castle was much stronger than the first, during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) it was captured by Württemberg troops in 1634. Following the Thirty Years’ War the castle was under Habsburg control for about a century. During the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748), the castle was occupied by French soldiers during the Winter of 1744/45. Following the war, the Habsburgs continued to own the castle, but it was rarely occupied. When the last Austrian owner left the castle in 1798 it began to totally fall to ruins. By the beginning of the 19th century the castle was a ruin, with only the Chapel of St. Michael remaining usable.
Third castle: The castle was rebuilt by Crown-Prince (and later King) Frederick William IV of Prussia. During a trip to Italy in 1819, he travelled through southern Germany and wished to learn about his family’s roots, so climbed to the top of Mount Hohenzollern. Construction began in 1850, and was funded entirely by the Brandenburg-Prussian and the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen lines of the Hohenzollern family. Seventeen years later construction was completed on 3 October 1867 under Frederick William IV’s brother King William I. The castle was damaged in an earthquake on 3 September 1978, and was under repair until the mid-1990s.
Obviously this aerial view photo is not mine. credit photo: healthytravelblog.com
It was such a lovely evening, though a bit colder since we were above the cloud! But it was fascinatingly beautiful. I was in awe.

I just couldn't get enough of this. I was posing behind, and the boys in front were passing by like they are at Beatles Walk LOL!
credit photo: Aziza

The nice blue sky turned into grey and dark, and freezing COLD! So we stayed in the church, but didn't take long until we get back to the bus.


It was very unfortunate that they were having Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) at the castle area, and the guided tour inside the castle was not available in the meantime. Ohh dear.

Nevertheless, it was great to join and have fun with coursemates I haven't met for quite a long time (5 months perhaps?) since I didn't attend any class for this final semester.


P.s. Did I mention tomorrow is the deadline for my thesis report submission??? OMG.



with love,

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Schillereiche.

Schillereiche, Germany,
November 20, 2014.


A not-so nice evening weather, strolled around at another park near the city, with loved one. Well, it was supposed to be a date at art exhibition, but yea.. blame him for waking up late that day :p


내. 남자.

Though it was only a short date, I still had fun. Thanks my love! 


P.s. Every single photo I took has its own meaning, from where I stand looking down, or I lay back staring at the cloud; the kind of photos I want to keep it in my memory beautifully, especially because I was with you :)


with love,

Monday, 3 November 2014

Birkenkopf.

Birkenkopf, Germany,
3rd November, 2014.


"This mountain after the Second World War, piled out of the ruins of the city, stands as a memorial to the victims and as a warning to the living." 
Birkenkopf is a hill that was built by rubble from World War II. This hill grew by over 40 meters between 1953 - 1957, with over 15 million cubic meters piled up from destroyed buildings in the area. It is the highest point in the area and offers great views overlooking the valley below including Stuttgart. 
Strolled through the woods covered with dried leaves. Another great place to capture fall colours. 
It's written "This mountain piled up after World War II from the rubble of the city stands as a memorial to the victims and a warning to the living."

Thank you for bringing me here, you know who you are ;)


P.s. I know I should have expected this long-walk-at-the-park and hiking-to-the-top kinds of date. But honestly, I prefer this than walk in the mall, eat at fancy restaurant and watch movie at the cinema.



with love,

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Feuersee.

Feuersee, Germany,
November 2nd, 2014.


So, our days these days were kind of dull and colourless with unpredictable weather; sudden rain at the evening after had lovely morning. Nevertheless, we tried to spend our precious time left to discover Stuttgart even more, before we, or I at least, bit farewell to Germany for good. Yea, face it, ajian japirah.

Well, Feuersee is located only about 2-3 stops from Uni, but didn't realize it would have such a lovely place like this! Ohh I'm so glad that we discovered this place before I go back home, or I will forever regret it.

Magnificent Johanneskirche am Feuersee nearby the lake, and perfect weather with lovely golden leaves. Oh, HELLO AUTUMN!




P.s. Isn't it fascinating to see people are enjoying their reading everywhere? I mean, everywhere.



with love,

Saturday, 1 November 2014

First Love.



“Before I fell
in love with words,
with setting skies
and singing birds—
it was you I fell
in love with first.”


First Love,
from “Love & Misadventure” by Lang Leav.




P.s I love you too, you have my words.


with love,