Germany is known as the land of 10,000 castles. Most of these castles had a lord, and to protect him there were knights. Many of them.

In today’s world, the knights (in shining armor) of yesteryear lived a glorious life. Hollywood has aggrandized these protectors of the realm. The reality of their lives was much more grim.

To get an inkling of their difficult lives while sitting in a comfortable environment one should visit the “Kaltenberger Ritterturnier (Kaltenberg Knight Tournament) this summer. It is the largest Medieval Tournament in all of Europe, and by default, the world. It runs on three consecutive weekends in July,  the 12th-14th, the 19th-21st, and the 26th-28th.kalt05

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Complete with jousting, woodworking stands and other examples of the period, the Kaltenberger Ritterturnier is a great place for the whole family to visit. A mere 40 or so kilometers from Munich, it makes for an ideal day trip. You can get more info directly from its English language website here. 

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Michael V. Owens was born in San Diego, California, but is a product of the Orlando, Florida, school system. This gave him a love of the ocean and its bounty, a rudimentary education, and a great swing for both baseball (then), and golf (now). Michael graduated with diplomas in History and English Literature, which have done little good when “debating” Trump supporters on Facebook, or trying to find a job in America. However, in Munich they have been golden! (Not the swings but the diplomas.) His choice to move here was the best one he has ever made, after coercing his wife to marry him and their having a daughter. He has lived in Munich for about 15 years and hopes at some point to learn German, for as Oscar Wilde said, “Life is too short to learn German.” That is so true on so many levels. Michael can be read with fewer constraints from his editors at He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the name LaptopsAndLederhosen.