May 3rd

After 4 days and 5 nights of amazing learning experience and some bit of craziness, the group checked out of the hotel in Munich to move to the next leg of the journey, France! All of us were excited to go to the land of romance, crepes and wine. The Munich stay had been amazing with some great lectures and sightseeing and off course how can we forget shopping and partying. From asking a lot of great questions to moving only our hands on a crowed dance floor, we had done it all in the German style.
All 30 of us boarded the bus for a long day. The weather was threatening rain, but that was not enough to dampen our spirits. We were on our way to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, a nineteenth century Romanesque Revival palace which is located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.

The area of the castle was marked by beautiful scenery with a scenic lake. Although the weather was foggy and raining, some of us took a walk along the lake. After that we walked up the long steep road to reach our restaurant: Schloss-Restaurant Neuschwanstein. The food was top notch. The warm soup was perfect for the weather and the desert gave us the extra energy to walk up the castle and then down to our bus. As we got out of our restaurant it started raining again. The group stopped just in front of the castle gate to see the astounding view from the various viewpoints. Cups of hot spiced wines were ordered by some people and tasted by many.

We started our tour of the castle at 2 pm. This castle was commissioned by the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II (King from 1864 till his death). This palace was meant to be a retreat/personal refuge for the reclusive king and homage to Wilhelm Richard Wagner, a German composer and theatre director. The completed section of the castle was amazing.

After finishing our tour we got on the bus for our final journey to Strasbourg. We reached Strasbourg around 8.45 pm and every one was assigned their rooms. Some of us went out for dinner to have some ‘German’ Doneir. We all looked forward to our time in Strasbourg.IMG_4135IMG_4116IMG_1315IMG_1344

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