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The Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim

Day 3

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We had arranged to have breakfast delivered early and were up and about very early, as we were passing through the famous Rhine Gorge. Drawing back the curtains we were treated to amazing views of the river and the valley.38E5E04E-FA1D-4FF3-B282-95BC79587028.jpeg331B6BF0-22B1-4A20-9CBF-E98E0C67C490.jpeg1BA7715A-E96F-49BB-91E5-EA528D4E21E7.jpeg We passed by numerous castles, vineyards and tiny postcard worthy villages. As we were sailing upstream we had lots of time for pictures. After breakfast we made our way to the sun deck. It was a cool morning and there was a stiff river breeze blowing down the river valley. Nevertheless we stayed up top and marvelled at the scenery. We passed many castles and eventually made our way past the famous Lorelei Rock.38954977-9083-4C92-AF17-75A6637845D7.jpegBBE02760-1886-4AA6-85E0-AE9B30D14951.jpeg54CA87B6-CE64-42AB-8841-F26198A20E9F.jpeg Legend has it that a beautiful siren lived on the rock and enchanted sailors so much with her beauty that their ships ran aground on the rocks and were destroyed.19C885A0-6F46-4CBA-A4C3-154EEB3A2D75.jpeg We continued to sail until we reached the town of Rüdesheim . We had lunch as the crew docked the boat.
While in Rüdesheim we had the option of hiking up out of to a monument well above the town or visiting a mechanical music museum. We opted for the hike. Together with activities manager, Ben, about 15 us ventured for the hike. We wound our way through the narrow but picturesque streets of Rüdesheim before emerging out onto the trail. The trail was rustic and took us through acres of vineyards with a steady climb. 0B1FE95E-0996-463A-AB88-E9C8A9ED24E4.jpeg898B0E97-5A97-4530-A6DF-CCFC587DD077.jpeg97F17F17-3D5F-433E-BF44-D392F0BEB328.jpegAfter about 45 minutes we arrived at Niederwalddenkmal.54017F7C-3EDE-4BA5-BDBE-7511D9E68EC3.jpeg2CEFB037-3ABF-483D-AB53-DFE95F45B9AC.jpeg This is the site of a monument that commemorates the reunification of Germany in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. It is an impressive site, but the views out over the valley, down to the Rhine were the real attraction for us.
We spent a bit of time looking around and taking pictures, then headed back to town. The walk down was considerably easier and took way less time. We stopped at a wine shop on our way back to the boat and were given a lesson in German wines like no other wine tasting we’d ever been a part of. He first asked us what our taste was in wines, and made it clear that around here, red wasn’t an option. Arlene described what she liked and I did the same. He then started setting out bottles in 2 separate areas of the counter. Then we each had our separate tasting. At one point, Arlene said that she really liked hers and offered me a taste. The shop proprietor quickly and emphatically explained that this was not allowed. He was really quite agitated. At the end, we purchased a bottle and went on our way back to the boat.
We got ready for dinner and made our way to the lounge for a pre dinner cocktail and our cruise director’s daily port talk. Then we joined our fellow travellers for another excellent meal. While we were dining the ship’s crew got us underway for our overnight journey to Miltenberg. The sun deck will be closed for the next few days as we are travelling under low bridges. Some of them are making us instinctively duck as we pass under them!
We had been up quite early, so headed to our cabin for a glass of wine as we watched the shore lights float past. I lingered for a while and watched as we sailed through Frankfurt. Then it was time for bed.

Posted by Basebrown 06:51 Archived in Germany

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