Life in the 13th Century

As luck would have we stumbled on the the last evening of a medieval festival in Meersburg, a sort of German version of the Renaissance Faire, when we arrived here yesterday. Many people were dressed in period clothing. There was a street faire with music, jugglers, etc. Apparently folks came from as far away as San Gimignano in Tuscany. We watched a medieval drum and bugle corp complete with flag twirlers, a fire eater, street dancing and more.

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I had my Bratwurst and sauerkraut experience in Heidelberg, tonight it was Kay’s turn. Her comment after the delicious feast was “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” Groaning and promising to eat nothing but salad for the rest of the trip she led me home to our B&B for a well deserved sleep.

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To continue the medieval theme today we toured the Burg Meersburg. According to a reliable legend, a fortress was first constructed here by the aforementioned Dagobert I in the 7th century. The first historical reference is from 1334 when the castle successfully resisted a siege. The current fortress has features from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Many of the staff wore period costumes like this fellow who stamped our ticket by stabbing it with a dagger! I kid you not.

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The place is pretty cool with rooms filled with antique period furniture, armor, weapons, kitchen utensils and mannequins in period dress.

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After lunch we were beat and opted for a siesta back at our room. We’re in the home stretch now. Tomorrow is our last day of site seeing before beginning the long slog home.

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2 Responses to Life in the 13th Century

  1. Lekim Z says:

    I see the authorities finally caught up with you…