Magical Musical Toys and a chairlift ride over the Rhine Valley
24.06.2010 - 24.06.2010 25 °C
Yesterday was the warmest day so far with blue skies and fluffy clouds. We started off the day sailing down the Rhine Valley where in one short 50km stretch we were surrounded by vineyards and towering castles and delightful villages. Watching this roll by as we travel slowly down the Rhine has a dreamlike quality. The castles sit perched up on hilly prominences and craggy hills and vary in their state of repair. Everywhere in Germany flags are flying to support the Country's football team. In the afternoon we stopped at the small town of Rudesheim and were delighted by our tour of a wonderful musical museum with musical curiosities dating back to 1770 or so. Fairground Hurdie Gurdies and organs along with doll automatons in a 11-12th Century house have all been collected and lovingly restored by one man. I wish I could upload some of the video - particularly of the grand piano which through a paper roll reproduces some of the greatest pianist's performances exactly in som arcane manner. Then a ride to the late 19th Century Neiderwald Monumentbuilt by Kaiser Wilhem to celibrate the unification of Geramany. A fabulous view over the Rhine Valley after a delightful cable car ascent. Back to the ship for the slowest part of our journey through dozens of locks up and down over the narrow Main river. Gently rocked to sleep at night.