Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day Two - The Rhineland Experience

Today we travelled through the Netherlands past Arnhem (where we will re-visit) on to the rolling hills and spectacular village clad valleys of the Rhineland.  Aside from enjoying the beautiful scenery, we were treated to a Rhine Cruise beginning in Boppard Germany and ending at St. Goar.

 Wonder where German Reisling comes from?  Here are the grapes...millions of them!

 The town of Boppart.
 Villages along the Rhine.
 Two of five castles we saw along the coast.  Many have been converted into hotels.

Lorelei the Siren of the Great Rhine River!!!  This rock where the flags are at the top is where the legend of Lorelei began.   Apparently she was a beautiful Siren who used to sit upon the rock - her long hair flowing over her shoulders...She would lure in unsuspecting sailors and when their boats crashed against the rocks - she would take all of their possessions.

More grapes! Can you imagine trying to pick them off those seriously steep hills!

After the Rhine cruise we headed South to the oldest university city in Germany - Heidelburg! We loved it here but unfortunately had very little time to explore. It's filled with such character, cobble stone streets, little cafes, flowers under most of the windows. It was a pretty laid back atmosphere, calm, quaint, and simply beautiful. One of its biggest attractions is the old sandstone castle. 
 The old sandstone castle!

 Mom was stunned to see that this building turns out to be one of her famous Haliburton jigsaw puzzles!

 "AUSFAHRT" Town of the Robinsons
Goodnight everyone, before you all wake up we will be saying goodbye to Neustadt Germany and hello to the Black Forest in Switzerland. 


  1. Sue and Steve RobertsSeptember 10, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Hello Deb and Cassie, Just wanted to let you know we are soooooooooo enjoying your blog and the breathtaking pictures you are posting. Looks like you are having an amazing time!! You both look gorgeous......keep them coming....Enjoy your day today!! Hugs Steve and Sueoxoxo

    1. So glad that you are enjoying our blog. It's great to hear from folks back home. It is a big job keeping the blog going especially given our aggressive schedule. We are pretty bagged at night. Anyway, stay tuned!

  2. I agree with Sue, what stunning pictures!!!

  3. Cassie is really enjoying her new camera and she has a great eye.