Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Garden, Oak Tree Letter and Eutin Castle, Sept 18, 2018, Kathy H

Marty is dropping off her note in the Bridegroom's Oak

Unbelievable Garden, Oak Tree Letter and a Castle

Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 21 of 24, September 18, 2018
By:  Kathy H

Private Garden

Our beautiful fall day began with a tour of Fenna Graff’s private garden.  She has enjoyed creating her piece of paradise for over twenty years.  She took us along many walkways and paths with lovely surprises around each corner.
Every space is designed for beauty and enjoyment

So peaceful and serene

There were numerous water features in the garden

Along one of the pools of water

Their farm house was built in 1630

Our amazing home hosts and day hosts from the Kiel FF club

Stunning displays in pots and planters

Water feature with a weeping willow

Bridegroom’s Oak 

There is a famous old oak tree in the Dodau Forest near Eutin called the (Bräutigamseiche). People write letters and put them inside the tree for others to read. Our host coordinator-Inga has a cousin that wrote a letter almost 50 years ago. That letter was found by a man who became her husband and they have been married for 48 years.  Could this be the original Match.com?

Bill posting a letter

Marty is dropping off her note

Inga is telling us the story about her cousin

Eutin Castle

Lunch was an elegant affair as we ate inside of Eutin Castle.  The castle was a former residence of the prince-bishops of Lubeck and later the grand dukes of Oldenburg.  It is separated from the city by a moat and the castle plaza. 
After a delicious lunch we had a tour of the castle museum and then a private organ concert at a local church.

Beautiful historic bed. It was used by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film ‘Cabaret’
A cabinet? No - a private area for ‘powdering your nose’
Originally there was just a chamber pot inside

Beautiful 300 year old tapestries

Elegant sitting areas for entertaining

Walking up to the front gate

Side view of the castle and moat

Organ Recital

 Local church built in early 1300’s

We were honored with a private organ concert in the church.

Honestly, we have been treated like royalty today!  Thanks to Inga and the Kiel club for sharing some local lore and great historic sites with us.

In Friendship and Peace

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