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Day 9 - Schleswig

Stoking the fires of discontent

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Day 9 and we are at Schleswig in the northern Jutland of Germany, near the Danish boarder.

Schleswig is the district where another of Lee-ann’s relatives (Buchbach Family) came from in 1863. At that time they were farmers so they most likely lived in the surrounding farming district or they could have been poor allotment farmers near the then village. I just don’t know exactly where they lived.

According to another family researcher, who happens to be the caretaker at Kingston Butter Factory, their farther Wilhelm Gottlieb Martin Buchbach was the chief chimney sweeper at Schloss (Castle) Glottof. So that was good enough for me and here we are.

The Schloss Glottof (www.schloss-gottorf.de) is another one of those castles that you see scattered around the countryside that at one stage was the home, or seasonal residence of some past prince who ruled over the land in the distant past. So it was here, the Glottof were Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein, an area constantly in dispute between various rulers who represent present day Denmark and Germany. As was the way in those days there was much fighting back and forth, political connivances, and political marriages all with the purpose of maintaining, defending or expending their power.

So we did the tour of the castle, looking for any fireplaces that Wilhelm may have stoked. There were two main fireplaces that still existed. The first being the kitchen, which would have been a big operation, having to feed up to 400 people on any given day, two to three times a day. The second was the Deer Room which was the sort of entertainment room of its day. So obligatory photos were taken and we spend a good 3-4 hours looking at the various exhibitions.

Afterwards we went back to our accommodation - Hotel Zollhaus (www.zollhaus-zu-gottorf.de), which was a big step up from our previous place in Hamburg, for a few hours rest before heading out for now customary pre-dinner stroll. Went to a local pub and had what I thought was the best meal so far.

Tomorrow is moving day and it will take the best part of the day getting from here to Amsterdam. This is made a bit harder by the fact that there is still a train strike going on here in Germany. So while some trains are running they tend to be slower regional trains and not the Inter-City trains.

Posted by Neileeann 17:00 Archived in Germany

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Really enjoying your posts Neil. Painting a great picture of the journey. Train strikes, places not being quite what you expected, all part of the joy of travelling and always makes for good storytelling. Keep enjoying.

by Gail

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