Somehow, I completely forgot to post about this castle last month. We stopped by Steinsberg Castle on our way home from Burg Hohenzollern during questionable weather, but despite the rain clouds, it was charming. To access the inner areas, you have to climb a spiral staircase. There is an adorable little restaurant inside, and the tower can be climbed for a 50 cent donation.
Wikipedia says: "The castle was first mentioned in the year 1109. In the thirteenth century the owners of the castle were the Counts of Oettingen. Later the castle became home to the Counts palatine of the Rhein. In 1517 the castle was purchased by the Lords of Venningen. Shortly after this purchase the castle was burnt down during the Peasants' revolt. The rebellious peasants had to pay 5000 Gulden for the rebuilding of the castle. After heavy damage in 1777 by a strike of lightning the castle was left in disrepair. Since 1973 the castle has been owned by the Sinsheim council, who had large parts of the castle restored. The keep, the moat and the towers may still be viewed today."
We went out for dinner downtown over the weekend, and I couldn't help but take the opportunity to snap a few more photos of the Wasserturm (Water Tower). The tower marks the center of Mannheim, and now that I know we're moving away in the fall, I try to appreciate its beauty every chance I get. The evening sunlight was stunning on the water, and the fountains were finally flowing again now that Spring is in full swing.
Recently an old email account of mine was compromised. It took me hours to unlock the account, and when I finally managed it I found my "sent" folder full of insane emails to everyone in my address book. (This might include some of you. If so, sorry!) While it was annoying to hear that my friends and family were spammed, I have to say it was entertaining going through the messages. They are completely ridiculous. So ridiculous, in fact, that I thought I'd share a few with you guys. Some of them are made to look like quotes, but I'm about 99% positive they were made up by an idiot. Original punctuation, spelling and grammar is included:
"Packardsays, in a low voice:All ready--shove off!I couldnt hardly hang on to the shutters, I was so weak." (c) quinton addy
That was to keep witches off. keneth visszatrek
It was apicture of a young woman in a long white gown, standing on the rail of abridge all ready to jump off, with her hair all down her back, andlooking up to the moon, with the tears running down her face, and she hadtwo arms folded across her breast, and two arms stretched out in front,and two more reaching up towards the moon--and the idea was to see whichpair would look best, and then scratch out all the other arms; but, as Iwas saying, she died before she got her mind made up, and now they keptthis picture over the head of the bed in her room, and every time herbirthday come they hung flowers on it. leiann wincel
"Well, anyway, maybe youd better tell some of the neighbors." (c) honey wyndell
there wouldnt a been no Son of Saint Louis,ascend to heaven! wrote down in HIS biography; no, sir, wed a whoopedhim over the BORDER--thats what wed a done with HIM--and done it justas slick as nothing at all, too. vashae aethelmaere
But he said I didnt need it to get outof prison with; theres where the difference was." (c) malcolm visszapattant
She was a bigone, and she was coming in a hurry, too, looking like a black cloud withrows of glow-worms around it; but all of a sudden she bulged out, big andscary, with a long row of wide-open furnace doors shining like red-hotteeth, and her monstrous bows and guards hanging right over us. natalyn winslowe
I see Id got to invent a bar, or forget the name of theone we got aground on--or--Now I struck an idea, and fetched it out:It warnt the grounding--that didnt keep us back but a little. irwin wyligby
She was smiling all over so she couldhardly stand--and says:Its YOU, at last!--AINT it?I out with a Yesm before I thought. androcles withypoll
" Den I swum to de stern uv it en tucka-holt." (c) ifor visszajaro
Of course when they got to snoring wehad a long gabble, and I told Jim everything. larine wyciyf
Something was a-brewing, sure. tyrone aldn'd
Clearly someone had far too much time on their hands. Thankfully, I don't think anyone was duped into following any of the spam links, and honestly, reading through these gave me a much needed laugh. So, auf wiedersehen, Email Hacker. Better luck next time.
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We've been to the Neuleiningen Ruins once before, back in January of last year. We wanted to see them again in warmer weather, but got a little lost along the way. It turned out to be a good thing, as we happened across the Altleiningen Ruins before we made it to our destination. I'll take two castles over one any day. Both castles are named for the family Leiningen. The prefixes "Neu-" and "Alt-" simply mean "new" and "old" in German. The Altleiningen Ruins have been converted into a hotel, and the Neuleiningen Ruins are open to visitors (free of charge), and sometimes host plays/events on the stage inside the castle's shell.
First up are the photos of the Altleiningen Ruins:
And here are some photos of the sunset and moonrise over Neuleiningen: