The Day before the "Egg Search Feast"

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue April. 23, 2019 698 views

It was a bright and sunny day - only Snoopy prefers to write "it was a dark and stormy night". Indeed, it was almost like a hot summer day. I desperately wanted to photograph something more interesting than flowers in the garden. So I was nagging until I could Roland motivate for a little sightseeing tour. I drove - maybe 50 km - to Stadtschlaining. It’s a little town with a big castle: Burg Schlaining. No it’s of course the other way around: it’s a castle with a little town attached to it.

The castle is today also called the Peace Castle, because of its Study Centre. First mentioned in 1271 it was called castrum Zloynuk. After 500 years of Babel problems as well as bad spelling and a lot of dialect speaking people with bad teeth and severe strokes the town got the name "Schlaining".

Once upon time the place where chosen because of its strategic possibilities. It was an outpost with a perfect view far into the countryside, especially to the east and south. Its many owners through time collected taxes – a good example for the fact, that taxes are nothing but organized robbery – from everybody, who used the roads nearby. After a long time and many other owners the castle belonged to the Batthány family for a longer period of time. Btw., I already posted pictures of the Batthány crypt (2).

There is a path around the castle and through the former moat. It seems the city is proud of this route for walking, because it has some attractions like benches and information points. I wasn’t impressed, because nature and beetles already munched down most of it and it seemed in a long time nobody looked after it.

I took a picture of the map for tourists, which includes a hiking trail – sadly the named website is as uninformative and fragmentary as I expected. So I added to the picture some turquoise symbols around Stadtschlaining, because I posted pictures from this villages on Photoblog. (1) the church (outside, inside) in Mariasdorf, (3) the sanatorium Hirschenstein, (4) the granary of Rechnitz and (5) the roman grave stones in Neumarkt.

When we drove back we stopped at (6) the sightseeing point "Gugelhupf". Btw. "Gugelhupf" is the Austrian word for a ring cake as well as a madhouse. If it would have been a cake, I would have climbed up the artificial hill, but it wasn't one and I wasn't crazy enough ...

The day ended with a visit to the Easter fire in Lutzmannsburg. I actually thought, the boys had for the first time two large Easter fires. I saw a second one in the middle of the vineyards. No, there was no fire, it was the rising moon – large as a gigantic pizza. Sadly no pizza waited for us at the "hot spot" itself. The last day of Lenten season ended for us with empty stomachs.

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Antonio Gil 4 months ago

Love the open windows detail in #4.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months ago

I danced around until I found the perfect spot to photograph the windows. At first, it didn't work out. At home I saw the "dirt spots". I'm still very unhappy about it.

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David Swatton 4 months ago

Love the bridge in #9. You've got to love castles, especially if you live in Europe.

The Easter Fire is interesting - I'm not aware of that tradition here which is surprising considering we share a lot of Celtic, pre-christian tradition.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 4 months ago

Yes, this bridge is really gigantic. 
Castles ... It seems in Austria robber barons were invented. 😉
Easter fires are burning all night long. They are visible from far away. It's nice to see a lot of them at once. 
I think the basic idea was to clean up and burn the trash, but it had to be wrapped up in some religious ritual to force people to do it.

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Jennifer Raknerud 4 months ago

These are great!  I would love to tour castles someday, for now, I just have to enjoy my dramas from that time period.

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Some are really interesting with a lot of history going on. Some were founded as castles and ended up as palaces. Others are ruins (without any history at all!). And some are almost gone and are the most interesting castles of them all.

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Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

Like #9,a lot going on in that one

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

I love this bridge. It's a monstrosity.

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Camellia 4 months ago

Some very nice captures of this huge castle. BTW were trying to get back at Roland for taking photos of you last it was his turn?
I love Felix's expression in#12, almost says" HuH??? How did she get down there?

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia 4 months ago

Yes, my turn ... I'm very glad he didn't make face as usual, maybe Felix helps him to be relaxed in front of a camera! 😉
Did you see the dark spots in #1. I'm not happy about the fact I found during changing the lens dirt inside. I have no idea how it happened, especially because I'm VERY careful and systematic - at least with my camera.
As soon I will have a calm and undisturbed moment, I have to check it again.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months ago

Maybe it is no dirt,can be oil of the shutter. I have this problem to and have to let him clean every 6 months. Be sure not to get water on your sensor. Just go to a shop and let it clean

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Camellia Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 months ago

Sigrid, I was going to mention the spots in my response. I did notice them and I too had the same problem. Actually the first few I had were extremely big. Took it o the camera store and he showed me what to do. It happens no matter how careful we are, dust is dust. 
If you have a blower similar to this, it will take care of most of the spots.

I also ended buying some swabs and gently used them after seeing a video on utube and cleaned my sensor and mirror. Mine it back to normal as I know yours will be as well. It just take some time and patience.
Also the camera does have a "sensor cleaner" function in the menu in case you did not know.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia 4 months ago

THANKS!  I will go to the shop tomorrow ... First Ihad to calm down. weary

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