Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marksburg Castle and Cruising down the Rhine, October 12, 2010

The castle in morning fog

entrance to the castle

morning sun

The Rhine River from the castle

Our German guide

The castle's dinnerware

Breakfast nook  :-)

pots and pans in the fireplace

The sitting room

The music room

The dining room

The castle from the river

Marksburg Castle

Vineyards along the Rhine



Views along the Rhine

Along the Rhine

The sundeck

Tough life!  The Bosmas

Sleeping again!


My chess game--I never found out who I was playing!
We continue to be blessed with beautiful sunny weather!  It was chilly this morning--41 and foggy.  We had a bus ride up to the castle and then quite a walk.  It is 800 years old and is one of the few that wasn't destroyed with bombings during the war.  The sun came out while we were up there and it turned into a beautiful day.  I was playing with the light through the windows on some of the pictures inside of the castle.  The family still lives inside this castle.

We boarded the boat at noon, ate a quick lunch and went up on the deck to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we cruised down the Rhine.  We saw more castles, beautiful German villages, and huge vineyards.  Lorelei, a bronze statue, sits on a 433 foot high rock combing her hair.  This is the narrowest gorge on the Rhine, where the river is up to 80 feet deep.   Legend says that when the Rhine rocks glowed in the evening sun a figure could sometimes be seen on the hilltop and a mysterious could be heard as an echo.  It belonged to the enchanting maiden. Lorelei. 

Today is the last day on the Rhine, we go on the Main tomorrow so we won't be able to go up on the sun deck for a few days as the bridges are too low:-(  We have met so many wonderful fun people from all over the US.   We really haven't run into any one from any other country.  The cruise is very relaxing but neither of us is still sleeping real well--I guess we are still experiencing jet lag.  I will continue to write as long as we can get on the internet.


  1. Oh, it is so neat that you also saw the Marksburg. I had coffee outside on a patio/restaurant at one of the levels. There is a posture of it in my garage - over the washer!!!
    Love you, Lou

  2. Sounds like you are having a nice time!! Glad the weather is good. It is beautiful here, sunny, 70, breezy to keep the bugs away! Off to Jacob's game in about an hour! Hoping for a win.
    Love, Jackie

  3. I really meant "poster" - not "posture"....

    Glad you are having such a good time.

    Love you, Lou