Monday, July 27, 2015

Imagine Aretha Franklin Singing Day Dreaming While Reading This

Hey baby let's get away-- let's go some place far.

Bodiam Castle is in East Sussex, which is in England and not New Jersey. This should be obvious as nobody was building castles in New Jersey in 1385. And, for sure, there was nobody named Edward Dalyngrigge building castles in N.J. or anyplace else other than England. Because, really, have you ever seen a name more English than Edward Dalyngrigge?

I feel that many are not taking my suggestion to heart and do not have Aretha Franklin digging an hole in your ear with this particular worm. Here, play this while checking out the rest of this entry:
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Eltz Castle was built around 1160 and still houses the Eltz family. Next time  you are in the Rheinland-Pfalz area of Germany, you should visit as this castle boasts both guided tours AND toilets.

Hey Elsa, do you wanna build a snowman? Hohenzollern Castle was build during the 11th century. Then again in 1423 and one last time in the 19th century. If you go by this building, it was good to be a ruler of Prussia back in 1020. This castle is just outside of Stuttgart. If you look real close, you can probably see Olaf sunning himself on the ramparts.

Why do people keep referring to this as the Jal Mahal Palace? For the same reason people insist on calling it an ATM machine. Jal Mahal means Water Palace, even though when it was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, it wasn't a palace at all but a hunting lodge. Because this is a maharaja's idea of a simple lodge. If you go to Jaipur in India you can see it but you can't visit because there are no longer gondola tours. There used to be and there may be again in the future. Can you imagine taking a gondola tour of this place? This is a five story building. The bottom floors were meant to be under water. How cool is that?

No, this is not Hogwarts. This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. It was built as a private hideaway for Ludwig II as a homage to Wagner of big-breasted singing Vikings fame. It is also supposedly Walt Disney's inspiration for the Disney Castle. If you ask me, I think Eltz Castle looks much more like the one in Disney World.

In order to be a great castle in my book, the building must be up on a mountain or surrounded by water. Mont St Michel is one of the oldest buildings still extant. Sure, it was ransacked way back in 500, but they just kept building it up again and again. It now houses a commune for monks. There it sits, on a mountain on a tidal island. If I ever make it to Normandy, I will have to visit my very own Mont. Yes, it is mine. It's named for me after all.

80's romance couple are in the den watching Julia Child.