The feeling was surreal.
Manco Inca Yupanqui, king of the Inca people and general of the armies, looked down the steep terraces on Ollantaytambo at the oncoming Spanish army. “Fire!”, he said to his archers. But the Spanish kept coming. It was January 1537.
In our welcome meeting, our guide promised that they wouldn’t spring any mystery foods on us, then tell us after what we’d eaten.
Suppose I told you there was a place where you could see or experience:
- One of the 7 Wonders of the World
- An ocean and towering mountains
- A history going back thousands of years
- A colorful culture
- Sex, drugs, and rock
- The salt of the earth
- A place where even the youngest children act as guides
- Islands that float 50-60 feet above the ground
Would you be interested?
Inside King Ludwig’s palace at Linderhof, we gazed at the king’s bedchamber. Our guide informs us that back in those days kings often received visitors in their bedchambers, or at least the visitors they were on good terms with. Considering that the throne room in this palace was in an alcove attached to a hallway and the bedchambers were in a room about four times as big, this news is not surprising. What is surprising is how over the top the decor is, especially combined with the outer gardens. But is this enough to justify the moniker “Mad King Ludwig?”