There was an excursion this morning to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Instruments in Rüdesheim, but I didn't go, wanting instead to see if I could walk up the river to see the "Mäuseturm," the Mouse Tower castle that I remember from my childhood since we passed it last night in the dark. Unfortunately, I couldn't get that far because the road and walkway ended and was taken over by train tracks, and a very busy train schedule.
At lunch time we cruised to Mainz and took a brief tour of the Gutenberg Museum that opened just for us today. I was able to buy a small (the smallest) hand bound book with the Lord's Prayer in it, in seven languages! I had one once before from when we lived here, but it was stolen from me in the 5th grade in Arizona when I shared it for a "show and tell" day.
|Eisenturm (Iron Tower) was built around 1240 and used to be part of the city wall.|
|St. Martin's Cathedral. Construction began on it in 975AD.|
Christmas Dinner Menu:
Amouse bouche: Gazpacho espuma
Starter: Carpaccio of beef tenderloin with crisp parmesan chips, tomato-onion ragout and truffle vinaigrette
Soup: Zucchini espresso with gin
Hot Appetizer: Turbot and salmon lasagna with béchamel
Sorbet: Rasberry cinnamon sorbet with mango caviar and champagne
Main Course: Gooseleg with truffle and morel on a bed of champagne red cabbage with caramelized chestnuts, Gran Marnier sauce and pommes duchess
Dessert: Poached red wine pear filled with chocolate créme Brûlée with calvados sabayon