Travel Blogs from Briedern
Easy going ! Only flat parcours. However it was bloody hot. At some parts the cycle path was next to the road, no shadow. Temperature > 35C. To be safe you had to jump from shadow to shadow with distances of 3 to 4 km.
There is not so much to say of this day. So you better look at the nice pictures !
We managed to leave the site about 9.30 with the intention
of driving before it got too hot. It was a pleasant drive alongside the river
to Ernst, but we could not find the stellplatz that was in the book and silly
Emily tried to send us up a road the was only 2m wide, then we had the
performance of backing out on to the main road with ...
... not all the shops.
On the hill above Cochem is a medieval castle in a commanding location and with the usual interesting history. Our guided tour of the parts of it which are open to the public, gave us an insight into what life would have been like then. Later, we headed off to one of the many wine cellars for a tasting, or eight, and again we were rewarded with a wonderful experience. Down to the cellar we went with a group of ...
... increasingly overcast. One can imagine the beauty of these scenes on a clear blue sky day. Even as it was, it was inspiring. We also passed by The Lorelei. This is a tricky stretch of the river where it wraps around a 400' high outcropping. This was apparently quite treacherous to sail in the past. After lunch, those up to it, headed out for a tour of Marksburg Castle. The road up for the busses was quite narrow ...
... a tunnel.
The city has experienced many floods but in true German fashion they have made Cologne one of the most flood-proof cities. Along the walkways back from the river are strips of sockets for a metal flood wall where an eight-foot-high structure can be erected when needed.
We continued our walk visiting the old market square and ornate city hall, the Lindt chocolate complex and onto the Brückenstrasse we came to a modern building set ...