That’s me, “Old building fetish”.
When i stopped at Pisa, Italy to see the famous leaning tower, i found that the city it self much more impressive than the Tower. Ok, the tower was great, lots of history, miracle, and beautiful somehow, but, it doesn’t mean that we can forget the rest of the city, and focus only on the tower. That would be a shame. Pisa city have been marked in the earth even before 5th century BC! That’s really old! I wonder if there are still some reminds from that days, i’m not sure.The Pisa city are old, rustic, and charming at the same time. I love to walks in narrow alley between building, I can almost hear the building whispering their stories on my ear!! *Yuck!TooPoetic!*
I walked from Centrale train station to the tower, it took me around 40 min to get there. Not that far actually, but i stop to have my breakfast on a cafe, stop to make pictures, well, thousand of them, checking interesting alley, got lost…. and finally, the Tower! I had goosebumps when in one turn, suddenly i saw the Tower peeking up in between old buildings!
Well, i didn’t spent much time there, just a couple hours. I took a train from Rome to Pisa early in the morning. I was arrive at Pisa around 9 am, left my bag in the locker, and started to find my way to the tower. If i’m not mistaken i saw “bagagli” sign (locker) in every train station i stopped in Italy. It cost around 5 UER for the first 5 hours. I left Pisa to Florence by train after lunch. I booked the train from Rome to Pisa via Trenitalia, before i left Indonesia. To be more flexible, i bought my ticket from Pisa to Florence, on the spot. No worries, there are plenty of trains from Pisa to Florence.
The same reason, “Old building fetish”, brought me to Strasbourg, France.
Some friends asked my why the hell i want to visit that city? The name, are sooo not popular, not even listed anywhere in tour packages. How did it get to my itinerary?? Well, i googled “must visit place in France”, and they gave me this beautiful city name, together with Colmar. They’ll called Alsace area, the vineyard and winery center. Strasbourg and Colmar looked similar, both beautiful, charming, and……. of course, old! I choose Strasbourg at the end, coz it was easier to get there, as it is the capital of Alsace.
All pictures in the net suggested that this city is absolutely fairy tale look! Wood framed houses lining in the riverside, meandered cobble stone path under the trees, arches stone bridges stretched across the mirror-like canals…… My brain screamed, “That’s definitely an experience i want to get!!” So, that’s it, i skipped Belgium…… The persian born NZ guy i met in Rome was a bit surprised to know that i would visit Strasbourg. He said the city was kind of disappointing. I told him, i wanna visit it, cos it is fairy tale looks. He agreed, that it is fairy tale looks, but still, he didn’t like it. He said the city is kind of fake…….
So….. what did i get? I got…. beautiful experience! I met great CS host, and the old city was truly great! I love it! Those old houses in Petite France are so cute and photogenic. In fact, the whole old city part are photogenic! It was really hard to remove my index finger from the shutter button! Something else, Strasbourg apparently not just “old-charming”, it is also “contemporary-artistic”. In some part of the city there are some modern, or i could say ultra modern looks, and it was blending beautifully with the old one.
Visiting castle is one of my dream. Why? Because i’m “Old building fetish”
At the fist time i saw Neuschwanstein in a photography book, i fell in love with that Bavarain Castel. I even draw it in watercolor, and put the tittle “dream” on it. That’s how much i love that building. For me, castle is one of a kind architecture. It have been standing tall in a really long time, they’re strong, and yet aesthetic. I believe it was no autoCad when they planned it. They didn’t use 3Ds max, to do presentation. They have no ready mix pile, when built it. But, that building standing longer than modern houses…… That’s impressive!! These castle usually using special technology to maximize the limited source they had at that time. Such as, how to warm the rooms during winter without electric heating, how to keep the study room lit up without bulb, how to keep fresh fruit vegetable without refrigerator, bla bla bla….. that is, once again, awesome!!
So, I didn’t go to Neuschwainstein, i went to Burg Eltz instead. Why? Because, Mr. BB *my German friend* brainwashed me that Neuschwainstein is not so old, it is tourist trap, it is really cheesy so it could possibly turn me into a cheddar cheese, if i visited it! So, I googled more burg and castle in German. Actually, there are lots of castle there, almost every city have it. Some of them are ruined already, some are well maintain, and mostly, it is a touristic spot. Usually burg/castle also run a good restaurant, so, people come to eat
fancy good food there. Important things about visiting burg is, their opening time are seasonal. Lots of Burg closed during winter.
At the first time i saw this Burg Eltz in the net, i feel in love with it! It is cute, romantic, surrounded by forest, and it is calling me! Mr. BB agreed that Burg Eltz is beautiful, and he would happy to take me there. The outside part of the castle are more or less free, no admission fee. They run 2 restaurant in there, where we can eat fine cake and good steak. Get inside the castle have to be in a guided group, it cost 9 EUR. They provide some guides with choices of language, too bad, bahasa Indonesia are not available. My English guide have a “medieval looks” heeheehee!! At the first glance i saw him, i feel like have been seen him in Robbin Hood movie scene, in his Pastoral robe! Mr. BB frowned when i told him about it. But…. after a few minutes watching him on front of the old burg door, waiting for the group to get in, Mr. BB started to agree with me. Heeheehee! While i was wandering from room to another room, i started asked myself, do the Germany people less tall in the old time? Because, all the doors are quite low and narrow. I can get trough easily though, but the other Caucasian have to bent a bit. Well, generally i could say that burg Eltz is cute, i mean…..in dimension ways. There have no halls inside, well, they have one hall only, and it was not big. All rooms are narrow, and so with the stairs, and…. doors. It was a bit crowded inside, since we have to stay together as a group, and i really wanted to hear the explanation from the “medieval guide”.
At the end, I was so grateful that i visited Burg Eltz. It is really as beautiful as the pictures on the net, it is really a fairy tale! Too bad, no pictures inside the castle. They’re impressive rooms, anyway!