28.03.2011 - 30.04.2011
I think what made Fussen so special was the amount of time we had to explore. As we wandered some of the more residential streets we began to notice something a bit different.
Many of the houses we went by had the same equation written in chalk along the top of the door. Not only that, hadn't we seen that in Austria? Maybe in Northern Italy as well? Naturally we were perplexed. What could it be... A strange cult? Some sort of religious following? Upon returning to our hotel we noticed that even there it was written above the door.
A few days later we were able to ask our guide around Munich for an explanation to the mystery. It turns out the equation means God bless this house for the year 2011. Children dress as Magi and collect money for a religious purpose. Once they have done so they write the equation above the door, which actually stands for Christus mansionem benedicat. For me it's the little things like this that make travel so enjoyable; finding out how they live in other countries, and what makes them unique. Ideally I like to spend a long time in a place before I move on, but the benefit of this tour was how it introduced me to places I'd like to come back to in the future. Germany was one of those places.
What kinds of mysteries have you encountered during your travels?