On March 9, 1988 I was still a travel agent and was one of two who were leading a small group to Innsbruck, Austria. There were 17 of us in all with varied backgrounds... a mountain man, a couple of 50 something ladies who liked to be the life of the party, a twenty something with his grandmother and several guys in their 30's. Interests were varied as well...those who had been before and would use Innsbruck as their base to travel elsewhere, those who wanted to shop and sight see and those who wanted to ski. I did not know all of the travellers, but it seemed like a good group. On March 9, we arranged for much of the group to take a bus trip through the Black Forest and visit this castle. Neuschwanstein Castle was built by "Mad" King Ludwig and is set up on a hill for a very dramatic view. Neuschwanstein Castle was was under construction for the last 17 years of the King's life. He only spent a grand total of 172 days actually living in the castle! King Ludwig was declared mentally unfit to rule after 22 years and was deposed as King of Bavaria. Two days later he was found dead in a lake. Hmmm...murder or suicide...the question remains unanswered. Now, look past the kook that BUILT the castle and remember that the beauty of this castle is what Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's Castle on in Disneyland.
It was here... in this castle...just through this entrance... that I was asked by one of the thirty something skiers if he would be stepping on any one's toes if he kissed me. I don't remember anything after that except our first kiss. We toured the castle holding hands (this room is where we were noticed by others in the group as we sat and held hands)... spent the rest of the trip holding hands and will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in May. While we celebrate our wedding anniversary, today is truly OUR day!