The Moon King

Today I traveled by bus to visit the castles built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. He was a strange dude. With no wife and no family, Ludwig lived alone. He slept during the day and rode horses at night (hence his Moon King nickname). He lived in a lavish castle, where he entertained no guests and played the organ (badly) when he wasn’t riding his horse. So he wouldn’t have to see any servants at mealtime, he had his dining table constructed so that it could be lowered into the floor (like a dumb waiter). Every time he finished a course, the table would lower so that dishes could be cleared and the next course could be loaded. Oh, and he ate peacocks. Ludwig died at 40, before his big castle, Neuschwanstein, could be finished. But not before he had a cave room constructed right off his bedroom. So that was my day – I learned about an agoraphobic king and saw a few castles.

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About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at tim_fry@hotmail.com.
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