Luckily my new place is only about an hour and a half from the border of France, which gives us some neat options for taking day trips. Today I remembered I’ve always wanted to visit the Maginot Line. Fort Schoenenbourg and a cool portion of the Maginot Line is less than two hours away. How cool is that? Here is some links for the location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maginot_Line and http://www.lignemaginot.com/accueil/indexen.htm
If you’re a gamer like me or into Sci-Fi and Fantasy, then I expect you’ve seen movies like Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa Valley of the Winds or Castle in the Sky. Hayao Miyazaki is right up there with Mamoru Oshii for me. Mamoru Oshii is the creator of the Ghost in the Shell series along with other fine movies. Anyway, a lot of excellent Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies have taken the Maginot Line and made complete worlds from the concept, aka Castle in the Sky.
Just looking at the fortifications and the concepts behind helps one to understand the world at the time they were created. World Wars, the Industrial Revolution, massive mechanization and weapon buildups. It just gets my gears running in my mind!
Anyway, we might not make it today. Everyone in the family is sick, except for me and the boys (aka my dogs), so the trip might get pushed back until Monday. I just hope that doesn’t mean next weekend I’m sick as a dog too. For now I’m going to link Castle in the Sky & Ghost in the Shell down below. If you’ve never seen either of these films then I recommend checking them out. Awesome storylines and some great artwork. Hayao Miyazaki is more like a cool Disney. Masamune Shirow is a famous artist that did most of the work for Ghost in the Shell, and both of my tattoos are based on his work.