Just one final toast to you, Europe . . . before we head back to the States.
This riverboat adventure with Amadeus Cruises certainly did not leave us wanting for picturesque scenery.
Many of the structures we saw own histories as far back as the year 1000. Some castles have been renovated and now serve as museums, tourist sites or even vacation rentals.The vineyards (the region is home to the famous Riesling grape) burst forth with colors carpeting the steep valley banks that lead the the river. I'm no wine guy, but it was a rare treat to enjoy a wine tasting at the H.H. Hieronomi cellar in Cochem after a day touring the city and the castle that towers above.
In Cochem, we toured the castle Reichsburg Cochem, the town and had a wine tasting.
The whirlwind trip was coming to a close. Koblenz and Rudesheim marked our ninth and 10th city stops in eight days. Visiting these spots on the same day, we decided to walk around on our own and hunt out a few sights as well as a pub or two to try some more local beers.
In Koblenz, we saw more churches (surprise). On the way out of Koblenz, a statue honoring Kaiser Wilhelm dominates the Deutsches Eck (German Corner), a headland in the water where the Mosel joins the Rhine River.
In Rudesheim, we wandered the city at dusk and found a pair of pubs. At one, CMac had a colaweizen (yep, it features a pour of cola) and I had a dunkelweizen. The walls were adorned with accordions.
Our stop for a second beer in Rudesheim was at The Scotish Pub. We walked up to the kilted barman and said we wanted two beers. He immediately starts pulling on one of the 10 taps in front of him.
"OK, we're getting whatever he's giving us."
I ask, "What is it?"
He responds "A German beer."
Works for us.
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