Monday, September 16, 2013

Cruising the Rhine River

After a delicious breakfast yesterday at our hotel our tour group boarded the Loreley on a four hour Rhine River cruise. The day was a bit gloomy at first, but the sun eventually made an appearance. While the tour was filled with quaint town after quaint town along the banks of the Rhine, the true stars of the show were all the fabulous castles perched on the rocky hillsides above the river.
The Loreley

We got off the boat at Rudesheim. This pretty little town begins at the river and then makes its way up the hillside towards the grape orchards. Since it was already 1:00 our minds immediately turned towards food. Kathy had selected a cafe off one of the narrow side streets called Quetsch Kommod, so named I believe, for all the accordions hanging in the place. It was a great choice. Then we were free to shop for awhile before heading back to the river where we caught a ferry to take us across to board a train back to Boppard.
We had about an hour after we got back to refresh ourselves before going out to dinner. A reporter with a German television station joined us. She has done stories about Germans researching their ancestors who left Germany, and she thought it would be interesting to interview Americans coming to Germany to look for the ones who didn't leave. She and a film crew with be with us part of today as we do a walking tour of Boppard and visit the archives here.


Linda Austin said...

What? French fries and not spaetzle? I'm living vicariously through your photos!

Mrs. Wryly said...

So cool! I have castle envy.