Living Dads dream on the Rhine

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Aug 20, 2010


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Hotel Lillie Royal

Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Monday, August 2, 2010

Boppard is a beautiful town on the Rhine. Our hotel rooms had balconies that looked over the busy Rhine river.  Its amazing how much this river is used to transport cargo, then there are the boats that take people up and down to different stops on the river, ferries that take cars over to the other side of the river and the large cruise boats that are like floating hotel rooms, and occasionally a small boat or canoe and as well as using the river there are the trains on either side of the river that also transport cargo it never stops day and night it really is incredible to see. 
Dawn, Dud, June and Bill arrived later in the afternoon after their long drive over from England, we sat and had dinner in a little chinese restaurant that overlooked the rhine. 
It has always been a dream of dads to have a beer with his son while cruising down the Rhine river and he finally got to live it, (see picture), we took a cruise on a ferry down to the town of Bacharach  The ferrys are fantastic the one we got on had a slide on the top level which Sarah enjoyed,until it started raining, then we retreated to the lower deck and had our first glass of wine while we watched the world go by and the pretty little towns, churches, vineyards and castles that dot the river.
Bacharach was another pretty little town we had a stroll through, had a look at the church and stopped for a cuppa then returned to our boat for a trip back up the river.
The next day we went for a trip on the train to the town of Emelhausen, this was recommended to Dawn and Dud by the tourist office at Boppard, when we got there we headed to the tourist office to find out what there was to see in the town, they said, nothing unless you like to walk, oh well the train trip was nice anyway. When we returned to BoppardTony and Dud went for a ride on the chair lift and we hit the shops of Boppard while Dad and Bill found a pub to sit out the front of and mind our bags.   
Day three we headed up the Rhine to the town of Koblenz which is where the Rhine river meets the Mosel river, we followed a tour group off the boat thinking that we would get a free tour but they all got onto a tourist train, so we caught the next one around the town, not much of a tour as it seems most of Koblenz was destroyed in the war.  We strolled through the town for a while stopped for a coffee then thought we had better head back to make the last boat out, after going a little off track finding ourselves in a dead end street we finally found our way back to the boat.
That night we went to a wine tasting, the man conducting the tasting was part of the family that own 200 acres of vineyards along the Rhine in Boppard he owned 10 acres of this land, and from this 10 acres produces and sells over 120 to 130 thousand bottles of wine a year to mainly private buyers.
Day four we headed down the river again to the town of St Goar another beautiful little town, we caught a little tourist train up to Castle  Rheinfels built in 1245 but mostly destroyed in 1797 we walked around the ruins and had a look at the museum.   
That night we went to a small German restaurant for dinner, it was run by a husband and wife, the husband was the waiter and worked the bar and the wife did the cooking. It took forever to get our meals, finally we had some salad delivered to our table, which we started picking at until the waiter came over and took it away and gave it to another table.  When we finally got our dinner, it was worth the wait as the food was lovely and we all commented on how nice the salad dressing was. Dud asked the waiter if he could give us the recipe and he took Dud down to the kitchen where his wife was and she made the dressing again and explained the ingredients as she went and as Dud wrote everything down. 
Day five we just spent relaxing around Boppard, strolling up the side of the river and stopping at a playground for Sarah to have a play. Then walking back into town for lunch before going back to sort out our luggage.  

 


 

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