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A River Runs Through It

Rhine River and Remagen

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WARNING…Lots of pictures ahead.

Another easy, wonderful day with lots of bus time. We left late this morning - 8:30. I got to sleep an extra half hour - until 7:00!!

On our way, the bus made a potty break at a rest stop next to the Moselle River. What a view!
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See that metal rail that curves around the top of the vineyard? A metal car rides on the rail to transport a worker and equipment to maintain and harvest the crop. We wondered how anyone could get up and down those hills to work the vineyard. Now we know!

Our destination today was Boppard on the Rhine River. It’s another beautiful, little German town. I would be happy to move there and spend my days watching the river go by. There are flowers everywhere. It just seems such a happy place.

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At 12:30 we boarded a river boat for a 90 minute cruise down the Rhine River. It was a dream come true to see these beautiful towns and castles. I now know I don’t need to take a Viking river cruise. We saw what we always wanted to see. However, we must have seen a least six or seven Viking ships on the river while we were there.

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One thing I didn’t expect to see was Loralie Rock. The rock is really a mountain cliff and because of the currents around it, the water used to make a loud murmuring sound. Lora and lie in German means murmuring and rock = Murmuring Rock. The currents have caused many ship wrecks in that area and a fable arose saying it was a mermaid calling to the sailors. The sailors would sail their ships toward her siren song and wreck their ships. Today there is a memorial out in the river of that lovely mermaid.
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We enjoyed lunch on the river cruise and were surprised, when I ordered wine, to get a Klein wine!! Wow! We make a delicious Riesling!
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From the cruise, we followed the river to Remagen where we viewed what remained of the railway bridge at Remagen. Back in early 1945, the Germans were blowing up all the bridges on the Rhine to keep the Americans from being able to get across. On March 7, 1945, the 9th Armored Division came across a fully intact bridge at Remagen and were able to capture it allowing the Americans access to the Eastern side of Germany. This shortened the war by many months saving the lives of many, many people. Then on May 17, 1945, the bridge suddenly collapsed due to damage originally done by the Germans.
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Weather wise it has been unseasonably warm and humid the past three days. It was beginning to feel like Florida. On our way to our hotel tonight, we traveled through some severe thunderstorms which are expected to cool things down a bit. Thank goodness for Hans, our driver. I would not have wanted to drive through those storms.

Our hotel tonight is very modern and in the middle of a city near Cologne. We had drinks outside with the group before dinner and watched some kids playing in a community wading pool and sprinklers. They were having so much fun.
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Our dinner tonight was excellent. Bill was actually adventurous tonight and had cream of asparagus soup and an appetizer with pesto and some sort of sausage. He stopped at trying some fish or couscous, but, hey, one step at a time.

One week down, and one to go. Tomorrow we head into Holland. Better get my wooden shoes ready!

Posted by pklein9747 19:39 Archived in Germany

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