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The Musings of a Mule.

This being the thoughts & commentaries, musings & ponderation of said Donkey. A rather irrelevant look at life & its aspects seen through the eyes of someone who finds thistles ........ rather tasty !
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A Bayerische bimble (part 2)

Posted 31-12-2014 at 17:14 by DaveinGermany

Christmas day! It must be Christmas day!

Due to to the fact of a rather empty & crumpled sack, a distinctive lack of festively wrapped objects & the Wittchity one wearing a big bow winsomely & clutching some parasitic plant (more in hope than experience as tends to be the case from my own personal experience ) plus the morning dog breathy, slobbery lick was adorned by a rather jolly crimbo hat! Obviously time to be up & at 'em! Things to do & of course all the jiggery pokery of cooking a Christmas dins for a gang of foreigners with no experience of cuisine "A La Tommy!"

Eventually all & sundry were gathered in the kitchen & some of us indulging in that rather quaint & very ethnic custom of tea & toast for brekky. looked on in mild bemusement while the Bartzies enjoyed their Weißwurst, Weiße Bier & Brezl, "Breakfast"? Ah well, what was it I was saying about customs & folkways? Each to their own & all that, don't knock it until you've tried it (I can go with that one to a point mind, but only to a certain point ). Brekky done, there was actually some proper prezzies to hand around to all gathered within the warm fug of "fahmlee".

Frivolities absolved, it was now into the combat phase! Beer opened & poured, Goose, seasoned, stuff-ed & whacked into oven, spuds pealed & prepped, couple of swigs from brewski (warm work this) tins opened & poured into pots. More slurps, parsnippy things peeled & quartered, glug glug, check on bird (she's fine, slurping with Mother), Goose gets a lathering too! A wee nip, some goose fat over the spuds & snippy things, bang them in the oven as well. Everyone happy & content & the Hounds loyalties are being dragged all over the shop. More heat, more sups, slap, splash, stir! "Can someone take the battery out the smoke alarm please? The constant squawkings getting a tad annoying now!" Looking past the smoke as it wisps out of the oven & my labours appear to be edible, another 15 mins & you buggers best sit down & enjoy this, slurp, what the? Glass empty again? Scandalous! right you lot in here Dinners ready!

An unmitigated success, compliments from the foreigners, the top praise going to the roasties & gravy, those great British standards are apparently deficient in the deep South, same as the snips. As to stuffing & proper peas, exquisite! I suggest you haul your sweet (if somewhat large) tush outta the Kitchen Nigella, there's a new divinity in the Kitchen & it's Moi! After all had had their fill, Mongling included, the pots were scrubbed & it was a case of minceypies, sweeties & flobbing out in the front room, the mind number in the corner was left off & we actually had a great time drinking & chatting for the rest of the day (I know, strange that people still yatter face to face ) & on into the wee small hours. So that, my dear readers, was Christmas day in a nutshell!

Boxing day was a day for getting out & about, at some point during the previous evening I'd extolled the marvels of "Chitty chitty bang bang",(to polite looks of blank smiling incomprehension except Marion who knew but grinningly wouldn't help ) and as it was filmed not far away at the CCBB Castle (which is actually called Neu Schwanstein, put that on your trivia list ) & being also a cultural edifice, design by their very own King, old Ludwig II, should be visited. A day trip there was a must & while we were at it another must was "Kloster Andechs". A site of great religious import, a site of pilgrimage throughout the years, a sanctuary for your battered immortal soul, encompassing flamboyant baroquery & they do some cracking Beers which they serve by the "Maß" for you knowlessmen, that's a 1 litre pot! Paraise tha Lowrd & Glory be, I's a repentin! I can live with the damnation just so long as the Beer keeps pouring.

And so it came to pass, everyone up, out, collected, then onto the highways & byways of Bayern to go do some "Cultural stuff"! Overnight it had snowed too so we were faced with the cold, crisp, clean, white beauty of a Winter wonderland, a bit of sunshine & blue skies to boot, it doesn't get much better (well, maybe if I'd had some skimpily clad beauties wishing to fulfil my every desire & fill me up with Beers & succulent nibbles at my slightest whim .......) Anyways, away from WilliamsWorld & back in the real one, we were bound for Andechs, about an hours drive but through some truly picturesque countryside & chocolate box villages, all sprinkled with a covering of glistening, sparkling snow, all breathtakingly pretty & alone worth the drive out. When we arrived at Andechs it appears we weren't the only ones with the idea of getting out & about, it was absolutely heaving! There were folk everywhere, plus listening to people speaking in tongues far removed from our own showed just how clearly a place like Andechs is a draw for people from far & wide.

Regardless, we'd come this far we were going to enjoy it! Booted & suited, with Hound in tow we headed up the "Berg" to look the Kloster over up close. Ample photo opportunities abounded & we were happily snapping away like your rampant tourist tends to. after about an hours ambling round, a spot of luncheon was decided upon & of course that meant tasting the locally produced fare from the Kloster, along with the sampling of their home made Beer. The agony of decision! I settled for a small "Winterbier" along with nibbling on bits from the other gannets plates, Debreziner a spicy hot paprika sossy, Brezel & Schwarzbrot with Griebenschmalz, marvellous flavours, textures & tastes all bouncing off one another while at the same time somehow blending together, all finished off with a strong, dark flavoursome Coffee.

Suitably refreshed & once again stuffed, it was down the Berg, back to the bus & on the road again, headed for Schwangau & the CCBB Castle. About an hour & a quarters drive from Andechs, deeper into the Bayerische countryside, more snow, lovelier vistas & villages along with an ever growing smudge along the skyline. This smudge, eventually revealed itself to be mountain ranges, vastly different in aspect to the previous scenery but equally captivating. As any traveller knows (And I don't mean the P'key ones here ) some sort of spotting game evolves on longer journeys, like as kids on our way to the "Loomies" at Blackpool you'd be looking to spot the tower first, here it was the Castles Towers & Spires, the prize, a certain amount of self satisfied smugness that you saw it first.

As it was the B.i.L Sepp, had this worthless honour! Then 10 minutes later we were rolling into the village, dodging dumb tourists standing in the middle of the street snapping things, themselves, friends etc. It was about 16.00 in the afternoon & once again, like Andechs, absolutely chokka, but unlike Andechs, the majority were proper tourists, coach loads of Americans & Japanese, the roads were full of folks milling about happy snapping, mountains, castles, friends, themselves all valid subjects, even me! Well actually it was probably the Grimlin that was the object of desire & me just an opportunistic photobomber! We did the hike up to the Castle .... half an hour!, slipping & sliding our way upwards, all for a few piccies, mental, absolutely barmy, but still, when in Rome? Coming back down was somewhat quicker but bouncing on your arse while amusing, is certainly not quite so dignified.

By the by, seeing other folk splayed & sprawled fills one with a certain sense of "Schadensfreud", so your own misfortunes don't seem quite so bad. When everyone was more or less in one piece safely on "solid?" ground it was back to the Charry & homeward bound. A day of adventures & simple pleasures to be rounded off with an evening of cold cuts, leftovers & sufficient "Hoibe" Prost!

Thanks for reading folks, there will be more .....

Andechs old maltings building - Some of that outrageous Baroque - A prime reason for a visit - Kloster Andechs - Neu Schwanstein - Towers & Spires - Frontage - Main buildings - A fairy tale Castle at Dusk.
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  1. Old Comment
    cashman's Avatar
    Not bad at all Dave, love krautland meself.
    Posted 01-01-2015 at 07:51 by cashman cashman is offline
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    Margaret Pilkington's Avatar
    Lovely pictures Son.....I can see me pilfering some of those for next years greeting cards.
    Posted 01-01-2015 at 12:09 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is offline
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    Turtle's Avatar
    An enjoyable read - feeling hungry already, and I've just had breakfast! Thanks Dave
    Posted 01-01-2015 at 12:36 by Turtle Turtle is offline
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    DaveinGermany's Avatar
    Aye it's not bad Cashy, been here over 30 years now. Feel free Ma, if you can use them do so. Aye Caroline, the scoffing was taken to extremes again this year.
    Posted 01-01-2015 at 12:53 by DaveinGermany DaveinGermany is offline

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