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BACHARACH, Germany ~ summer 2005
The summer of 2005, JPE & I took our first Rick Steve's Tour, the "Best of Europe in 21 Days" - here is our JOURNEY.
We stayed at the HOTEL KRANENTURM, located about 15 feet from the train tracks. The towers of this medieval town were originally used to load barrels of wine onto the Rhine boats. YEP, the water used to come clear up to the walls of the hotel we slept in. Our tour guide, Herr Jung, showed us the height of the last flood. Amazingly, the water crept up to the fourth of the seven steps to our hotel entrance.
You might wonder if the trains bothered us?? NOPE!! they were pretty noisy the first time they roared by, but we got caught up in the beauty & ambience of our view of the Rhine River. Did we sleep okay?? YEP! Rick Steve's Tours gives you a set of ear plugs... worked like a charm! didn't hear a train whistle either night we slept there... AND, how many people get to sleep in a CASTLE??!
During our walking tour (you walk A LOT on Rick Steve's Tours) to check out the view from the Stahleck Castle, we walked past this well (first picture). YES! we were panting when we got to the top! but the view was magnificient.
|that's the Rhine River behind us!!|
On the wall across from the well was this amazing sundial - the original was painted in 1632!! and last restored in 1987.
Check out CAROLA'S BLOG to see more of her pictures from Germany...