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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fantasy Destinations, The Rhine in Germany, Ann Hyde

We went on  a River cruise along the Rhine  some years ago in Germany.  There had been extensive flooding in the area, which you would think would be fine, it was a river cruise after all.  Sadly not a good thing as it turned out!!  Because the river had risen, towns along the river were at greater risk from the swell of boats travelling along it, hence our cruise boat couldn't travel from its dock in Cologne.  So instead of travelling horizontally we actually travelled vertically on the Rhine, the river was still rising when we were there.   That could only happen to us and the number of times I have told this I could not count {{laugh}}

We always see the cup half full, it's a wonderful way to travel through life. We benefited from this
event in that the Tour company arranged for a coach to take us along the route of the Rhine and stop at wonderful towns and villages along the way.  We gained, as ever, from the unfortunate weather.

Because it was such a lovely holiday, this is a place I would love to go back to.  Either by cruise boat or just independent travel along the Rhine and take in the wonderful scenery again.  (can you imagine the fun I would have sketching ahhhhh).



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10 comments:

  1. Well, I am not at all surprised that there is a castle at the top of that hill! LOL We know how much you love castles! Glad you had such fun there and I do hope you get back to it again before too long. Sounds lovely.

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    1. Yes, it's a land of castles on hills along that river Lynn....very beautiful scenery.

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  2. I remember the floods, they are still a problem in some years. But the Rhein is such a wonderful river and full of miracles. Did they tell you the story of Lorelei?

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  3. No, we haven't heard of Lorelei. I'll google and see what comes up, thanks :-)

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  4. You may find the poem here: http://poemsintranslation.blogspot.co.at/2009/11/heinrich-heine-lorelei-from-german.html and more information on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorelei

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    1. Thanks Lia, I've taken a look at these links. The river is such a beautiful place I'm not surprised it has such history and folklore to it.

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  5. I have been on the Rhine River cruise and this almost looks like a picture I have taken during the cruise.

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    1. Glad you recognise it as the Rhine Julie, it's such a beautiful place with all the towns along the way isn't it.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Great sketch!!

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