Sunday, August 13, 2017

Heidelberg on a Peaceful Sunday

DAY FIVE, June 25, 2017

Sunday morning was a great day for visiting Heidelberg.

We headed for the castle with our guide.

Heidelberg Castle keeps watch over the city.

The Heidelberg Castle was mentioned in Mark Twains travel book A Tramp Abroad.

The earliest structure was built before 1214.
The castle has been added on and destroyed numerous times since its beginning.
Fire and war have taken a toll over the centuries.

Castle clock tower

We continued on to Altstadt or Old Town with our guide.
Here you can see the castle in the background.

Statue of St. Mary

After the tour we were on our own to walk about the quiet city streets.

Each home displayed a bit of whimsy.

Sweet little cupid announcing the street number.

                                                           Church of the Holy Spirit

View of Heidelberg with castle in the background taken from the Old Bridge

With my travel companions on the Old Bridge.

I hope the couples are as happy today as they were on the day they placed their locks on the old bridge and tossed the key into the Neckar River.

Strasbourg, France next!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dinner in Rudesheim

After a visit to Marksburg Castle, followed by a relaxing cruise on the Rhine, we were ready for dinner in Rudesheim.

Walking along the Drosselgasse in Rudesheim on our way to Rudesheimer Schloss.
The 15th century Drosselgasse is a narrow pedestrian street with shops, wine bars and restaurants.

Wonderful outside seating on a perfect June evening.

German cuisine
I failed to get a good photo of the soup.

The meal was tasty and the wine excellent!

Riesling is my wine of choice.
I was very happy in this area of Germany!

It was a fun evening. Lots of audience participation. Marching bands and bells.
The duo played everything from Elvis to Willie Nelson.
Of course there were some German tunes in the mix.


After dinner we walked back to the ship.

Good memories of Rudesheim!

Say what?

The next day we took the motor coach to Heidelberg.
Come along with me to Heidelberg Castle and walk the streets of this beautiful old city.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Marksburg Castle and Cruising the Middle Rhine

Marksburg Castle is the only castle in the Rhine Valley never to have been destroyed. The 13th century castle overlooks the town of Braubach.

This fairy tale castle stands proudly, high above Braubach, keeping watch on the Rhine River.

Up a steep, ancient, cobblestone pathway is the castle entrance.
You may notice the doorway has been altered keeping up with the times when horses were no longer entering the castle.

Just inside the doorway, on the very uneven and difficult terrain, our tour guide gives an introduction to the castle history, 

Getting about the castle was difficult but definitely worth the effort.
Fascinating tour.

A view of the Rhine from the castle

The wine cellar.
From start to finish, winemaking was an important part of castle living.

Kitchen utensils

The master bathroom.
With no septic tank or sewer system the toilet operation was pretty simple!

Wonderful old wooden doors throughout the castle.

The hardware is amazing!
Just look at the details.
Of course there was a blacksmith in the castle.

Glad the tour buses took us (almost) to the top of the hill.

Back to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of cruising the middle Rhine.
I spent most of the afternoon in the lounge and on the sun deck enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Castles and pristine villages along this section of the Rhine.


Castles and Vineyards!

                                  A demonstration making Rudesheimer Kaffee in the lounge.
                                    It is a brandy coffee drink served in these pretty cups.


Next post - a traditional dinner in Rudesheim.