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A few more castles then on to Koblenz

Marksburg castle

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Sorry for the break in blogging. The Wi-Fi on the ship only allows 2 devices at a time to connect per stateroom. Since we each have an iPhone and iPad, disconnecting and reconnecting has become almost impossible to accomplish. The blogging is easiest on the iPad and the pictures are on the iPhone and we don’t have enough bandwidth for the pictures to go the cloud so I can get them on the iPad……I know, I know, a first world problem.

On to Braubach and the Marksburg castle. This castle is the only castle not captured or destroyed since it was built roughly 550 years ago. It is situated at the top of a small mountain with clear fields of fire to the river below. There are still 2 families living in the castle; not sure under what conditions. The tour took us through up through the long passage to enter the castle, the keep, battery, kitchen, chapel, noble family bedroom, dining hall, blacksmith shop and dungeon. We saw some interesting displays of armor, weapons, tools and torture devices. To be honest just walking up the rough hewn steps ( in the natural slate bed) to get in the place was torture enough, especially for Beth. Not to mention the guy walking with a cane.

After the castle, we took a short bus ride to meet our ship in Koblenz. Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. At the joining there is a large statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, commemorating the unification of Germany in 1871. We visited the cathedral and 2 churches but since they had services going on, no interior pictures. The service was actually evensong so we sat for a while to listen. We ate dinner at a nice tapas restaurant in Old Town after checking out a Michelin starred restaurant where the menu consisted of a 9 course tasting menu for 186 euro without wine per person and they needed 2 days warning to accommodate gluten free. The tapas place was way cheaper and good….

One more stop tomorrow in Germany - Cologne.

Posted by Weimerrv 15:41 Archived in Germany Tagged koblenz

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