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  • Day25

    Romance town

    September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    So last night wasnt great...
    I think we can safely say that will be our most expensive but easily the crappiest accommodation for our trip...
    Everyone had a pretty average (and very sweaty) sleep...

    Anyway- early start (in the dark) to catch a train in to Mainz and we were on our way...

    Illy and I headed off as the sprint team to beat the heat...
    Whilst I was standing with the bikes outside the supermarket in Etville, waiting for Illy, I was chatting to a lovely older German man. He had asked if we were touring and where we were going etc. I told him that I had found the last few days a bit boring scenery wise and he said "thats ok- because you are just about to ride the most romantic part of the Rhine, the scenery is fantastic"...
    Which was right but also was especially funny due to fact that Illy and I were riding alone today (after getting the pleasure of sharing a bed in the weird craphole apartment the previous evening)

    We rode along a path on the Rhine for most of the day, and it was pretty nice scenery!
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  • Day14

    Oct 3 - Rudesheim

    October 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We left about 3:00 p.m. on a little tram car train to go the Seigfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett for a tour led by the effervescent Rita. This is a museum containing the world’s best collection of self-playing musical instruments - from tiny music boxes to street organ grinders to a huge “Mighty Wurlitzer” pumping out carnival calliope-type music at full volume. We have been to this museum before, but it’s easy to visit again. There is no other museum like it.

    We took the nearby cable car that skims over the vineyards and goes to the Niederwald Monument. Made of 32 tons of bronze, this 35-ft tall symbolic figure of “Germania” was completed in 1883 to commemorate the unification of 25 small states into the country of Germany in 1871. The sweeping views from the hill top gave us yet another look at the beautiful Rhine River.

    We came back down on the cable car (had to stand in line in light rain for 15 minutes) then checked out the great Christmas store and then Drosselgasse - one of Germany's best know streets. This street is only about 10 feet wide and is packed with wine-bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. From lunchtime onwards, it’s full of traditional music and songs that follow contain only one theme - "wine, women and song”.

    We walked back to the ship rather than wait for the tram. Had dinner with Jane and Phil again - lots more laughs. Tonight’s after dinner entertainment, in keeping with the party theme in Rüdesheim, was a traditional Germany folk music band - think oom-ph-pah - done with an accordion, a clarinet and and a trumpet. The band played for about an hour, and 5 minutes after they were off the ship, we set sail. Next destination - Mannheim.
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  • Day14

    Oct 3 - Cruising the Rhine

    October 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This morning and the early afternoon are all about just looking. We sailed all night back up the Moselle to Koblenz and back onto the Rhine River. The Middle Rhine Valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Here, the river forces itself into a narrow, winding valley where the scenery is spectacular with its ancient fortresses, many castles, tiny villages with half-timbered houses, jagged cliffs, old growth forests and hillside vineyards. We’re traveled this stretch three times now and it’s just as enchanting as it was the first time.

    After breakfast, we donned several layers and I added my trusty scarf, toque and gloves, and went to the top deck. We weren’t navigating under any low bridges so the back deck which sits three feet higher than the front deck was open. I walked three miles, around and around, but with ever-changing delightful scenery. Doug chatted with new friends.

    Kilometre 555 marks the location of the 430-ft. high cliff, known as at the Lorelei - it is one of the most famous sights of the Rhine Valley. The river narrows to just over 100 metres, and the treacherous currents and underground rocks have often caused ships to founder. Legend has us imagine the existence of a beautiful maiden sitting on the rock, combing her long hair and singing a sweet song that lures distracted sailors to their destruction. The modern bronze “Lorelei” statue near St. Goarshausen is from 1983.

    I retired inside after 3 hours because my phone battery was almost done - have used only my phone for photos on this trip. Doug had bailed earlier because he was cold. We continued to enjoy the fabulous views from the comfort of the lounge. Then I lost him - again. Found him in the gym working out. He may have been the first person to use that miniature gym on this cruise.

    About 2:00 p.m., the ship arrived in Rúdesheim, a town of 10,500 residents that plays host to over three million tourists per year. We are double-bunked again. We watched with amazement as the captain and his crew nudged the ship to within mere inches of the other ship without so much as the slightest bump. The crew ably hand loaded provisions onto the ship and garbage off the ship.

    More about the day in the next footprint.
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  • Day30

    Siegfrieds Music Museum

    April 24, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    With the strech of castles in the Rhine Gorge behind us, we arrived in the lovely little town of Ruedesheim It is in a wide and very calm section of the river and high on the hills around it are many vineyards.

    We hopped in a little train-tractor that toured quickly thorough the narrow streets to the Music Museum. This was housed in an old building that had paint friezes from the 16th century. The museum was filled with various mechanical musical instruments that had been restored to working order. Some had hundreds of moving parts and some used etched drums to play the music. Our guide set them playing and it was quite magical to see the one with violins hiding in cubbyholes of a piano playing (a violino).
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  • Day20

    Siegfred's Mechanical Music Instruments

    July 8, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The largest collection of working mechanical music instruments and cabinets in the world. Some instruments are 300+ years old. Siegfried started the collection and still lives at the museum even though nearly 90 yo. Quite extraordinary. Just a few featured in these pics...they played about 20 for us, some not exactly perfect, but incredibly engaging nonetheless. There's not a digital control in the place, everything is purely mechanical.Read more

  • Day3

    Rüdesheim und die Drosselgasse

    June 20 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Um 13:30 ging's pünktlich weiter Richtung Rüdesheim. Auch hier konnte ich in die Stadt spazieren. Einmal durch die Drosselgasse, mit vielen Besuchern. Wir haben tatsächlich beim durchlaufen die Maske angelegt. Am Rathausplatz gab's ein Gläschen Riesling.Read more

  • Day8

    Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

    June 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We disembarked in Rudesheim Germany and went for tour to the Siegried's Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. It was amazing some very interesting large scale musical instruments and some very weird and scary looking. The tour guide was very informative but a little scary.Read more

  • Day8

    Rudesheim History and Coffee

    June 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Rudesheim is a wine-making town in Germany's Rhine Gorge. It lies on the bank of the Main, at the foot of the Rhine and belongs to the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region, one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions.
    The Drosselgasse Lane, the heart of Rudesheim's old town, is full of beautifully decorated restaurants, shops and live entertainment that plays all day and all night during the summer months. Built in the 15th century, the Drosselgasse was quite busy and a lovely town.

    After walking the streets and taking in all the history of Rudesheim it was time for coffee.

    Rudesheim has its own style of coffee invented by a TV chef in 1957. Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar cubes are added to a specially designed mug . The brandy is flambéed and stirred for a minute until the sugar dissolves. Strong coffee is added, followed by a topping of thickly whipped cream sweetened with vanilla sugar. Chocolate flakes are scattered onto the cream as a garnish. It was yummy.
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