Spending the night in a castle
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So after our trials and tribulations we finally popped out at a small lake with Castle Lockenhaus on the hill above us. One last decision awaited us. Which way do we go around the lake to get to the castle? Again group concensus made the right decision and we found a short steep climb up to the parking lot. What is it with castles being built on the highest most easily defensible spot around. I mean what were people thinking hundreds of years ago. Didn't they realize that tired bike riders would have to pedal up those hills to get to the place. Sheesh!!
Klara and Renata were waiting for us with the van. I think they mentioned a problem with the ignition that they had someone take care of, but I think we were just wearing Renata out and she didn't want to ride with us anymore that day so at that last stop she told Klara to wait five minutes or so and then call her back to the van.
If the reader hasn't ascertained it yet we were actually staying in Castle Lockenhaus. The castle had been converted to a hotel and restaurant several years before and this would be our evenings accomodations. If anyone is interested perform a google search on Castle Lockenhaus and you can find that the castle has had a very interesting and sometimes bloody history over the centuries. It was definitely different wandering stone corridors to find your room and opening a heavy wooden door to your room.
I enjoyed my first local beer and/or local wine this evening (I can't remember now what I had to drink, is that a good thing or a bad thing?). Regardless the drinks and the food were excellent. While I did not partake, those that had the pumpkin soup here claimed it was one of the best dishes of the trip. I had garlic soup (I think) and a skewer of various meats and sausage which was delicious. If there is one thing I wish I had kept better track of it would be the meals that I had while travelling.
The evening passed quickly at dinner and since we had a long day on the morrow, everyone slowly retired back to our rooms. Sleep was difficult in coming as a wedding party was celebrating in the courtyard and other areas below my room.
In the morning we had the opportunity to explore the castle proper a bit more fully. Several of the accompanying pictures show recreated rooms from various locations in the castle. And one final story from Lockenhaus: as I was exploring the castle, I accidentally wandered to the wedding suite at the top of the castle. The aforementioned wedding couple had stayed here overnight. Thankfully the newly married couple was getting ready to leave and not engaged in any other activities when I tried to open the door (that was only latched and could be opened part way).
Another day of cycling was upon us as we finished packing up our bags and headed down to the van. But that is for the next entry in this blog...