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    • Day 1

      Moseltalbrücke und Blicke

      May 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Hinter Winningen gehts zum Rastplatz und unter die Brücke hindurch. Etwas weiter ein schöner Aussichtspunkt auf die Moseltalbrücke. Danach gehts über steile Pfade hinab ins Brolbachtal und auf der anderen Seite gleich wieder hoch. Im Anstieg rettet mich ein Getränkestand, denn mein Wasservorrat neigte sich dem Ende zu. Danach meisterte ich mit neuer Energie den Restanstieg, wo ich Mal wieder mit tollen Fernblicken belohnt werde.Read more

    • Day 1

      Moselsteig Zuweg

      May 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Nach 4 Stündiger Zugfahrt erreichte ich um 11 Uhr Kobelenz. Doch der Moelsteig liegt noch 8km entfernt, also heissts den Zuweg Schildern folgen. Der Rheinpromenade folgend vorbei am Kurfürstlichen Schloss mit Blick auf die Ehrensteinfestung erreiche ich letztendlich das deutsche Eck und somit die Mosel. Ab hier dem Moselufer folgend bis Güls.Read more

    • Day 55

      Schloss Stolzenfels

      August 13, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      The Rhine really is "filthy with castles" (thanks to Elaine for this quote) but this is our favourite and we have a great view of it from our apartment windows and balcony - we have loved watching the late afternoon light and sunset colours falling across this beautiful shimmering white castle.Read more

    • Day 17


      October 6, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      A cold and showery day as we cruised from the Main to the Rhine river. Woke at 5am and watched the lights of Frankfurt through our cabin stopping here as we sailed on to Braubach.

      The top deck was finally opened after being closed for the last few days due to low bridges...amazing how everything folds down including canopys and handrails, even the wheelhouse is lowered to deck level.

      Spent half an hour up on deck, but it was bitterly cold and wet, so retreated to the lounge for the morning...beautiful towns and castles lined both sides of the middle Rhine as we sailed past.

      Had a guided tour of Marksberg Castle, perched high on a mountain behind Braubach. Amongst the better tours we have done! An 11th century castle with all the trimmings...torture chamber, blacksmiths room where they made the swords and armour, chapel, kitchen, dining rooms etc all set up as they were in medieval times.
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    • Day 47

      Fünf Fotos- Rhine Cruise Day 6

      May 30, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Happy Memorial Day, and I'm holding gratitude to all those in service who gave their lives for our country, our democracy, and our freedoms. May we all honor their sacrifice and strive to embrace "... and justice for all."

      It's a little disorienting being abroad for Memorial Day and the attendant traditions. We typically gather friends and family for a BBQ, and I carry my mother's tradition of baking a strawberry-rhubarb pie to welcome the informal start of summer.

      We did decide to go into the town of Koblenz for dinner. I had a steak and Jim had a pasta dish. We did go to High Noon, a western-style bar decorated with U.S. licence plates, to have a beer and play darts. We guessed that we hadn't played in a few decades. Jim C went 2 for 3 in the win column. So we did manage to salvage a bit of American culture for the holiday.

      We began the day in Rudesheim by going to Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a museum housing a massive collection of musical contraptions ranging from music boxes to gramophones to automated mechanical machines playing multiple instruments. The town of Rudesheim offered Siegfried the medieval Brömserhof buikding to house his collection. The building was an additional treasure housing this marvelous collection.

      After the tour, we stopped for locally made and decadent crepes and "kaffe" before returning to the boat.

      Our destination today was to the town of Koblenz, and this was a trip that was definitely more about the journey than the destination. We journeyed through the Rhine River gorge that highlighted many castles in various conditions as well as towers and beautiful riverside villages. This is also the area boasting sine of the best vineyards in Germany known for their Riesling and other fine white wines

      Our cruise director Jane provided narratives about the castles as we watched from the chilly and windy deck. Most of the stories seemed to revolve around key themes- well, at least the tongue-in-cheek ones that I internalized:

      1. Karma is a bitch.
      2. Love interests can cause more trouble than their worth.
      3. The French destroy everything.

      One of the highlighted aspects of the gorge was a rocky cliff known as Lorelei (Loreley) a siren-like character who when betrayed by her lover lures sailors to their deaths. In 1824, a German poet, Heinrich Heine, composed a poem to honor the story of Lorelei.

      I don't know what it may signify
      That I am so sad;
      There's a tale from ancient times
      That I can't get out of my mind.

      The air is cool and the twilight is falling
      and the Rhine is flowing quietly by;
      the top of the mountain is glittering
      in the evening sun.

      The loveliest maiden is sitting
      Up there, wondrous to tell.
      Her golden jewelry sparkles
      as she combs her golden hair

      She combs it with a golden comb
      and sings a song as she does,
      A song with a peculiar,
      powerful melody.

      It seizes upon the boatman in his small boat
      With unrestrained woe;
      He does not look below to the rocky shoals,
      He only looks up at the heights.

      If I'm not mistaken, the waters
      Finally swallowed up fisher and boat;
      And with her singing
      The Lorelei did this.

      In further researching the author, I learned that during the Nazi regime and World War II, Heine became discredited as author of the lyrics because he was born a Jew, in an effort to dismiss and hide Jewish contribution to German art.

      It was good to know that his recognition was restored.

      We arrived in the town of Koblenz, a city found on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, later in the afternoon. We moored on the banks of Altstadt on the Moselle River. Before dinner, we strolled along the two rivers and noted the aerial tram to a fortress on top of a hill and a massive monument dedicated to the unification of Germany.

      Just before dinner, we noticed an unusual sculpture centered in a fountain. The artist created a tower representing the 2000 year-old history of Koblenz from the Roman Empire to present day. I was intrigued by the artist's view of history as reported on the placard: "History for him is not a progressive 'improving' development, but is always a new beginning that eminates from a demolished past on which it is based, but it is essentially something different."

      I wonder what our history tower would look like. I think it would be interesting to invite artists to create a similar concept in the U.S.

      We enjoyed our night in town, and we look forward to our final leg of the cruise to Köln tomorrow. Guten Nacht!
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    • Day 76

      Von der Abtei Sayn nach Koblenz

      September 23 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      Heute 23km

      Von der Abtei Sayn in der wir gut genächtigt und zu Abend gegessen- und gefrühstückt haben. Sind wir aufgebrochen. Wer ist wir?
      Hixe ist da! Ein lieber Freund seit Kinderrasen aus Rissen, jetzt mit seiner Familie in Bremen lebend.
      Wir haben uns gestern in Sayn getroffen und sind heute ambitioniert aufgebrochen. Der letzte Teil Richtung Koblenz stand an und wir konnten bei zunehmend sonnigem aber windigen Wetter den ganzen Tag gut durchlaufen. Wir haben uns unterwegs mit dem Verschönerungsverein Sayn (VVS) beschäftigt, die uns alles um den alten Römerturm erklärt haben, auch das mit den Wespen, den Hornissen (Im Turm) und das mit dem Pallisadenturm am Limes (am Turm), des weiteren mit dem Blick auf Koblenz, mit der Pflasterritzen-Gesellschaft bestehend aus Silbermoos, Vogel-Knöterich, dem niederliegenden Mastkraut, dem einjährigen Rispengras und dem großen Wegerich und einer Frau, die ihrem Kind antwortete: " Ich hab so eine grosse Zunge, ich kann nicht klein-lecken".
      ..Bezogen auf das Eis, was das Kind in der Hand hielt und die Mutter gebeten hatte, nur ein wenig abzulecken. Nur, das hier keine falschen Vermutungen entstehen.
      Schliesslich landeten wir auf der Festung Ehrenbreitenstein, die eine Jugendherberge beherbergt und in 1817 gegen irgendwelche Feinde hochgezogen wurde. Ein Moloch. Allerdings mit phantastischer Aussicht auf Koblenz. Eine Seilbahn haben die auch zum ehemaligen Bundes Gartenschau-Gelände hinauf, was ein wenig wie ein hochgelegener Stadtpark für die Koblenzer zu funktionieren scheint.
      Und natürlich das Deutsche Eck gegenüber. Ja. Die Mosel kommt hier ja auch an. In Koblenz. Nett haben die es hier.
      Und damit entlassen wir Euch in die Nacht. Wel te rusten.
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    • Day 10

      Koblenz wo das Wasser sich vereint

      August 19 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Naja, auch an einem entferntesten Ecken an der Mosel wo Enten um das Zelt grasen kann es keine ruhige Nacht geben. Es wurde ein 40er Geburtstag gefeiert, ich war froh einen Platz zu haben und wollte daher nicht undankbar schimpfen. Als aber die Kaffeemaschine nicht lief und es ein Frühstück nur auf Vorbestellung gab das mir nicht gesagt wurde, stieg diese Platz auf unter Null im Ranking ab. Daher auch heute wieder früh los auf die letzte Etappe mit guten 70 km. Es lief bis auf ein paar Meilen auf einer eher MTB Strecke sehr gut. Im Nu stand ich vor den Toren von Koblenz am Ziel meiner Radreise. Es war eindrücklich mit dem Rad an der Spitze des Festlandes zu stehen, dort wo die beiden Wasser zusammenflossen. Leider hatte ich den Platz nicht für mich alleine aber ich liess den Moment trotzdem auf mich wirken und blendete das Umfeld einfach aus, legte mich danach eine Zeit lang in den nahen grünen Park und streckte zu Jimmy alle Viere vor mir aus und genoss die Aura und das Universum von dem ich etwas teilhaben durfte. Etwas fehlte aber noch, es war das Gelati welches ich umgehen bei La Gelateria genoss, es wird nicht das letzte heute sein. Mein MSR stellte ich gleich gegenüber der Mosel- Rheinmündung auf dem Knausplatz ab und begab mich nach einer schönen Dusche in die Altstadt. Es wurde ein absolut feines Abendessen im "Saubar" das sehr zu empfehlen ist, nicht fehlen durfte der feine Moselwein, der erste und letzte auf meiner Reise. Der letzte Abend entwickelte sich hervorragend daher auf zum zweiten Gelati aber nicht bevor ein feines Creme brule vor meinen Augen erscheint. Ich sende meinen Dank aus Koblenz an das Universum und die Welt ...Read more

    • Day 12


      July 31 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      … Antje & Tom sind jetzt 11 Tage unterwegs - ich 10 Tage …
      … vor 8 Tagen (24.07.23) starten wir gemeinsam an der Mosel-Quelle in Bussang …
      … und heute (31.07.23) sehen wir wie die Mosel bei Koblenz in den Rhein fliesst …
      … die Mosel ist 544km lang - 313km in Frankreich, 231km in Deutschland …
      … unser Weg von der Quelle bis Mündung ist 650km lang … 🚴🏻‍♂️
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    • Day 4

      Day 3 Nurnberg

      September 2 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Both had wonderful sleeps and were ready to go at 8.30. We walked down to the square. There is a rather big hill between our hotel and the main train station and the old city area is in between. So good that we are close to it, but always have to walk that hill.

      Breakfast was an apricot, fig and nectarine from the market. The nectarine was divine! Trish had a coffee from the cart, which had long life milk, guess they didn’t have a fridge handy.

      Then it was off to the information centre which was very useful. We bought a train ticket, was 13 euros which is normally for 1 day, but will cover Sunday as well. Also it is a family ticket so will cover both of us for trains, trams and buses.

      Then we wandered around the old town for a while checking out a few shops, visiting a McD's for a pit stop and then had an awesome chicken salad and roast veges plate from a kebab shop.

      Then it was time to try out the trains. We got off one stop early to start with but easy to get back on the next train. Then caught a tram to very near our hotel. Off to the local supermarket for some fresh food. And then for a wee rest for a couple of hours. We have a mini bar fridge which we have emptied out to put salad stuff in.

      Then it was off to check out the castle which was great to walk around with stunning gardens and good views. The wall around was around 2m wide at the top. It took a while to walk around but we had to leave to get our tickets for the dungeon tour - ie we had to walk down the hill again, and the castle was up a big hill too. After getting the tickets we wandered around for a while and checked out a big church.

      The dungeon tour was pretty good. They were actively used for 500 years until the 1800s. One of the executioners had documented his life thoroughly in the 1500s which gave a good insight as to why people were incarcerated there, why they were tortured and the good dinner before they were executed.

      Then we waited a long time for a band to start at the top of the old city area. We initially had seats but the smoking drove us away. The band were pretty good and we stayed for a few songs.

      It was nice to prepare our own dinner at the hotel with some lovely fresh veges and bread.

      20,300 steps and about 24 degees. A shorts and t shirt day all day.
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    • Day 6

      Rudesheim, Rhine Gorge and Koblenz

      May 14, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Started day in Rudesheim and went on the walking tour while the boat was being resupplied with essentials. Moored close to the town the initial issue was crossing the railway line, at this part of the Rhine there are railway lines along both banks of the river, with goods trains and the occasional passenger train going by every few minutes. Not a large town, quality wine and tourism being the commercial activities. Boasts an active night life in Drosselgasse which is almost totally pubs apparently each with a separate style of musical entertainment. The Niederwald monument at the top of the hill above the vines was not accessible as the winter work on the chair lift station was running late. Leaving late morning to sail down the Rhine Gorge, the most picturesque with strep wooded sides sometimes vines when the geography allowed and more castles with associated small villages than I could count. Arriving Koblenz, where the Moselle joins the Rhine late afternoon we took another walking tour. The “German Quarter”, the point where the 2 rivers is converge is a monument to the unification of the original states to form a united Germany and a huge equestrian statue of the first emperor. Another town along the Rhine which alternated with being French or German, one of the unusual statues is one of a young French fathered boy ( apparently they were all named John!) which randomly spits trying to soak unsuspecting tourists. One of the “robber barons” who lived in a castle along the gorge was tried and sentenced to death there. At his execution he rolled his eyes, put out his tongue and cursed the city, they have built a clock with an image of this face which repeats these actions every 15 minutes. The town was mostly destroyed in the war, the oldest remaining house started to lean so a new house has been built alongside to support it and to commemorate the history of the town another monument depicts the different stages of the town from Roman times to the post war rebuild. After dinner we were entertained by a local “folk group” with clarinet and accordions.Read more

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