I’ve always been in love with the sea and yet I don’t swim. The sight of water evokes romance in my mind; whether a babbling brook or the waves of the ocean, it makes my heart happy as a woman in love.
A dream come true: Jean and I stayed in Possenhofen for a few days with my cousin and her daughter to relax by Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See) near Munich in Bavaria.
This is the summer place where Princess Sisi (Elisabeth) once lived. Before my trip to Germany I watched the trilogy of her life the Sissi Collection (three 2 hour DVDs in German) and the movie Forever My Love which is a condensed version (two hours) in English. I highly recommend watching the 6 hours with English subtitles FIRST.
This castle was once her childhood home and favourite vacation retreat. Empress Elisabeth was an avid horsewoman, possibly the best female equestrian in her day.
Unfortunately, the museum was closed but Jean enjoyed a Bavarian pretzel …
And I had my picture taken with Sisi …
I love history and although Sisi’s sad life came to a tragic end, she lived being loved immensely and completely by her prince, the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Perhaps the movie romanticized her life somewhat and felt more like a fairy-tale, her real life was miserable without a happily ever after.
Have you seen this classic movie from the 50s? If not, be sure to put it on your list!
My suggestion: watch the movie first before you read the true story.
Thank you for joining me on my Germany travels and please come back as I take you to Munich next time!
Note: Sisi was her nickname originally spelled Sisi and later Sissi.