Arrived in Koblenz at 8a. Almost overslept for the walking tour. Cold this morning, low 30's. Shops were all closed for Christmas, but it was still a good tour. Great guide with lots of poems and stories. loved the one about "Peppermint."
|X marks where the boat was docked|
|The Deutsehes Eck (German Corner) where the Rhine and Moselle meet.. From 1953 to 1990 it was also called the Denkmal der Deutschen Einheit (Monument to German Unity).|
|A mural painted on the wall.|
|Pieces from the Berlin Wall|
|Burg Pfalzgrafenstein near Kaub. It was a customs post built in the 14th century.|
Left Koblenz at noon and cruised upstream to Rüdesheim. While we cruised, there was a "Fruhschoppen" lunch and market, with crafts in the lounge. Learned to make paper and ribbon stars from one of the crew, a wonderful lady named Ursula from Slovakia.
|I was freezing!!!!! Only able to stay outside for just a few minutes!|
|Cheesecake! Covered with marzipan!|
Arrived in Rüdesheim too late to see the Mäuseturm (Mouse Tower) I remember from childhood, the one mom painted a picture of. It was a point of taxation built by Bishop Hatto of Mainz and Castle Klopp. It later served as a signal tower to warn the passing river traffic of Bingen Hole and the treacherous reef.
|The picture Mom painted sometime between 1969-1972|
Dinner tonight at a wonderful restaurant called Hannelore's. Mushroom soup, stuffed duck, potato dumplings, red cabbage, a wonderful red house wine, and cinnamon ice cream for dessert.
|Me, Bill, and Ruth|