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Apr 18, 2019 - Marks burg Castle and the Middle Rhine River Sights

2019-04-18.Marksburg Castle and the Middle Rhine River, (aka ABC) I had been looking forward to visiting Marksburg Castle and it did not disappoint. It was never conquered by any opposing force and there is a reason for that. Just getting up the sheer cliffs high atop the hills above Brauberg, Germany, would have tested even the strongest warrior and then, there were the various traps set for the unwary. Only a small force of men guarded this castle but this is where the villagers living below came to avoid invading armies. It is an...

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Dec 23, 2018 - Mainz and Wiesbaden

Sunday 23rd: The ship set sail this morning an hour or so up the river to Mainz. Heather has joined the city walk and visit to the Gutenberg Museum while I decided to stay indoors out of the cold. It is a very quiet Sunday morning on and off the ship and a good chance to catch up on the journal and watch the passing parade of people and dogs walking, jogging and cycling along the river. For Heather the highlight of Mainz was the Gutenberg Museum named after the man who invented the printing press. A demonstration showed how each page was...

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Dec 22, 2018 - Koblenz 2

We started the day later than usual and the plan was to take the tram up to the fortrests to view the confluence of the Mozel and Rhine rivers . As we left the ship the rain started so we changed our minds and went back to the ship. After about a half an hour the renovated so we decided to go into the Christmas market. It was a day to try a number of different things so we had the fried potato pancakes and I would say and again ate them before we took a picture . Once again we ate before we photoed. He also had to have the french fries and...

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Dec 21, 2018 - Koblenz

We set sail for Koblenz this a.m. Crossing the most beautiful part of the Rhine with the river much wider than it has been and with castles lining the banks and the hills above. While cruising a local glassblower came aboard and gave an awesome demonstration of glass blowing. Glass blowing has been in has family for generations and he - at Chihoulys request, flies to Seattle and teaches for him for some months each year. We of course were able to purchase and he would engrave anything you wanted on your items while you waited. We bought...

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Dec 21, 2018 - Koblenz

Friday 21st: The ship had sailed during the night and by morning we were in Koblenz which is situated on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. This morning’s tour was to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which is perched above the city on the opposite bank. As the coach wound its way up to the fortress the views over Koblenz and the two rivers were quite stunning. The fortress was constructed in the early 19th century on the site of a previous fortress dating back to the year 1000. At the end of WW2 when Germany was ordered to destroy...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Speyer Germany

Today we walked into Speyer for a brief walking tour. We visited the cathedral in the town which is absolutely huge, both in overall size, as well as in height. What is even more amazing is that it was built in 1029 and completed in 1061. Quite a feat of architecture and quite beautiful. We then walked on to the Jewish section. Apparently back in the day the Archbishop of Speyer was very progressive and welcomed the Jews into the city. They built housing and a synagogue back in 1105. By 1195 the synagogue was destroyed under accusations of...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Marksburg Castle near Koblenz

The long valley cruise from the last stop was taken up with narration spoken over the ships announcement system, no one missed a shore bound feature. We planted ourselves on the bow and took it all in. Then we landed near the city of Koblenz, actually the town of Braubach. Medieval Life Perfectly Preserved -- We visited this, the only castle in the Rhine Valley to have never been destroyed. We met our guide and the coach drove to Braubach, where the incredible Marksburg Castle watches over the town as it has since the 13th century. Because...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Free day in Cochem

Today was a free day in Cochem, Germany, a small village on the Moselle River, about 10 minutes from Cochem. My cousins were going to Luxembourg today, so I just planned to wander around this charming tourist center, take a short cruise on the river and visit the Reichsburg Castle, perched on top of a hill overlooking the town. Cochem is full of tourists this time of year, but closes down almost completely in the winter. So people who live here really have to make hay while the sun shines. Their friendliness rivals any place I’ve ever...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Alflen Cousins

So the whole reason I wanted to come to Germany was to visit Alflen, where our Irmen great grandparents immigrated from in 1891. I had been able to locate a 3rd cousin named Walter through an internet search. He and his family are now the only Irmens left in Alflen, a town of only 600 people. I sent Walter a snail mail letter last spring and his son Tim responded that his dad, Walter, did not speak English, but he said Walter would welcome a visit from me anytime. I explained to Tim that I wanted to meet their family and to learn anything I...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Driving in Germany

Sept. 14: Driving from Strasbourg not Germany Eleanor Roosevelt once said that you should do one thing that scares you every day. Well, I did the Segway tour a couple days ago and conquered that fear. And I have sort of overcome some of my fear of derision for trying to speak French to the French. But nothing compares to the terror I experienced today, having rented a car and tried to drive out of Strasbourg in the pouring rain, in the dark of morning, in rush hour traffic, with a manual shift, not realizing that I really didn’t understand...

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Jun 29, 2018 - Marksburg Castle & Koblenz, Germany

This morning we docked in Koblenz and the Deatz/Rineharts left to see Marksburg Castle. It is a medieval castle and has been perfectly preserved (furniture and everything) as it was in those days. The steps inside are rough and uneven and carved right from the mountain itself. These steps were carved with a rough surface intentionally to keep the Knight's horses from slipping on rainy days. Originally named Burg Braubach, The Marksburg rises high above the right bank of the Rhine River, crowning a cone-shaped hill overlooking the town of...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Schloss Vollrad, Rudesheim & Boppard, German

We had a full day today visiting a winery, going through the Rhine Gorge with all the impressive castles and the two small villages of Rudesheim and Boppard, Germany. The Schloss Vollrad is a castle and a wine estate in the Rheingau wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine for over 800 years. The Riesling grape is the only grape variety used in the wine. Today the core building of the estate is a substantial tower house surrounded by a square pond and is only reachable by a bridge. This keep can be traced to the first third...

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