CASTLES

26th day of the month October of 2014 in the year of our Lord

With the honor and privilege bestowed upon me, I henceforth dedicate this post to castles and the imagination that comes from within. Naturally, as any visitor to, traveler of, or citizen from Europe will tell you, castles are the only exciting aspect of daily life. It’s a fact.

Be that as it IS, Kathy most graciously invited Lizzie and I to visit the internationally ranked number (probably) one castle in Austria during one of our visits to Klagenfurt. The castle, called Burg Hochosterwitz, was just AWWESOME. It was truly such a special place for an American man-child such as myself. On the way, Kathy, as is typical of her thoughtful personhood, planned a quick side trip to a gorgeous and clear mountain lake coupled with a delicious picnic en route to the beautiful Burg. (We also had a second most delicious picnic at the Burg itself after several hard knightly adventures.)

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That’s it, that’s it! Hochosterwitz

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I’m not the only one; castles have that effect.

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We walked this 620 meter-long pathway through 14 gates up to the castle. Incredibly, each gate had a different defense mechanism used to seal that particular gate. So. Freaking. Awesome.

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What is it what is it what is it what is it

What is it what is it what is it what is it

The castle's very own queen on guard!

The castle’s very own queen on guard!

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Kingdom after kingdom was decimated, annihilated, done with hereby and thenceforth, until only knights remained. Onslaught after onslaught, pillage after pillage, village after village, knights stayed to their code and fought the misering gangs of bandits and their like. On only rare and just occasion, might find themselves, the knights, fending their honor, homes, or habit – be that what it may. To exemplify doth stated action most clear, Brother Jarett of Bigej in the following short gif nobly defends his life against Jörg von Burg Hochosterwitz. It is clearly I with the swift and sudden victory.

Click here for the HD gif from the 15 century –> –> –> http://makeagif.com/i/alqiAQ

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(Whistle)

(Whistle)

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Kathy and Lizzie exploring the castle’s garden

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Ah! Ooh! The emotion!!

Ah! Ooh! The emotion!!

Not even an archeological dig could tell the stories from such a great place

Not even an archeological dig could tell all the stories from such a great place

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Adjusting all the armor

Adjusting all the armor

Braveness and courage

Braveness and courage

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Strength

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An elevator for those with physical needs… or modern fatties

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Shh shh... These two castle images are a sneak peak into my next post of our adventure in the Czech Republic: Czech dat Prague

Shh shh… These two castle images are a sneak peak into my next post of our adventure in the Czech Republic: Czech dat Prague

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Myself defending yet another castle. Hashtag, it's a hard life

Myself defending yet another Austrian castle. It’s a hard life

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A most spectacular castle also from our cycle trip along the Donauradweg

A most spectacular castle also from our cycle trip along the Donauradweg in Austria

And so there they be, my fellow guardians of honor and saviors of damsels in distress, a few images of the only exciting aspect of European life: CASTLES =) And I give many, many thanks to Kathy for our terrific trek to Hochosterwitz. I loved it.

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About Jarett Bigej

"It is impossible to eat an ice cream cone in a masculine way."
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