Saturday, September 10, 2011

neo-victorianisms of eastern europe

Unfortunately most of the history or fashion items encountered during my travels were of the medieval or modern sort.  But there were a few rare gems during the trip.

The first was Neuschwanstein, the 19th century "fantasy" castle that Bavarian king Ludwig II built as a tribute to his favorite composer, 19th century contemporary Richard Wagner:




Although we were not allowed to take photos inside the castle, we did see a few "modern" conveniences that were included, including a telephone.  The only other telephone that the king could connect to, however, was located at the post office in the nearby village of Fussen.  On the train ride back to Munich I depicted the king's use of this new invention with a drawing:

LUDWIG: Hallo? It's me, Ludwig!
Why did the groundhog cross the Alpine meadow?
Is your icebox running?  Then you better go and catch it!
What is white and blue and expensive all over?  My castle!
POSTMASTER:  My God, SHUT UP!
Also, medieval knights were WAY ahead of their time in helmet fashions.  This one from Prague Castle's perimeter walls looks like it's straight out of a steampunk scenario:


"A Scandal in Bohemia?"  Perhaps Sherlock Holmes has had to take permanent residence in the Czech Republic to ensure that no scandal does occur:

Tobacco/pipe shop in Prague's Old Town
The only real neo-Victorian merchandise we came across was in Riga, Latvia.  The street stalls there had plenty of goods to offer:


CAMEOS!
A lace umbrella.  Too expensive for a poor backpacker like me.

1 comment:

  1. Love the depiction of Ludwig ii using the phone to make prank calls!

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