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Sep 6, 2019 - Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhein

Temps went down to the mid 40's overnight, but recovered to sunny and 65. We decided to pass on the Marksburg Castle climb and walked a bit of Koblenz on our own. Its important geographic feature is the Deutschen Eck, the confluence of the Rhein and the Mosel. We saw the statue of Wilhelm the First as well as the Berlin Wall recognition and memorials to the Jews who were deported and murdered. The rest of the day (and night) were spent cruising the Rhein, into the Main via numerous locks. (There are 67 from beginning of cruise to end.) As...

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Sep 2, 2019 - Visit friends and on to the Moselle

One last breakfast in Oberprechtal, and some more visiting with the Kerns, and we were ready to head north as we wrapped up our 3-week trip. Frau Kern was very excited to show us photos of an Easter fest she had created 14 years ago, and we saw a local newspaper's coverage of the castle fest we had attended yesterday. Although this visit had been as a customer, it was far, far more than that, and I think M&M saw that. With the car all packed, we said our goodbyes with some moist eyes, knowing this may be the last time we see one another. It...

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Aug 15, 2019 - Bucket list item: checked off

We all slept soundly, or mostly so. We realized when we went to bed that two rail lines were just across the street, and there were MANY trains during the night. I think the reason they bothered me little is that they were not whistling as they went past. The other train sounds were not a problem, but we'll see how we do tonight. We met downstairs at 0800 for a traditional German breakfast. Linda and I knew what to expect, but M&M were pleasantly surprised. Tomas, the son of the owner's family set out anything we could possibly want. We...

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Aug 14, 2019 - WE ARE HERE!!

Our Condor flight landed about 30 minutes early and that came in handy. The Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has grown into a monster of size since we were here in the 70s and 80s, then again in the 90s, and finally in 2011. Linda actually remembers the airport from the 1960 when she was 12 years old. OK, now I'm digressing, but not too much. The trip from our gate at B43 was easy enough to follow, but it wound around and around. So long as we kept our eyes on "Baggage Claim", we were on track. With our hand-carried stuff only, we got through...

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Jun 17, 2019 - Marksburg Castle and the Rhine Gorge

This morning we visited Marksburg Castle. We were a little concerned because the tour was listed as demanding, but we were fine. The castle was begun in the 1200s. It was built overlooking the Rhine, but it was not built to extract tolls from river traffic, rather it was built to defend a lead and silver mine. A bus took us part way up, then we walked -- up. Going through the castle, the floors and ramps were very uneven stone. We saw the kitchen, with a fireplace big enough for an ox. The lord’s bedroom had a stove that could be...

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May 17, 2019 - Day 3 - Mainz

Day 3 - Friday 18 May 19 - Mainz Slept quite deeply waking at 0545 hrs. Both felt we had a good nights sleep but still lethargic and in need of motivation. We are already feeling as if the wow factor of discovering Europe is fading. We seem to be struggling but put it down to tiredness. Currency research - bought 200€ on credit card which is in debit - cost $333.87. Same $A amount buys 195.67E on TCard Breakfast in the hotel included a sandwich and coffe with pastries. All provided with our accomodation though not advertised through...

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Apr 27, 2019 - Upward then Onward

We sailed thru the night from Cologne to Koblenz, arriving about 8:00. Today’s excursion was to Marksburg Castle on the Rhine, just beyond Koblenz. We bussed about 30 minutes to the Castle and it was amazing. Built in the 1200s, it has been preserved in its traditional state as a museum. It passed thru several owners over the years, not by conquest so much as a result of reversals of fortune. But for the occasional handrail, it remains in its raw historic form, with floors and stairs that can be quite challenging to navigate. Our docent...

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Cruising to 170

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

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 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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