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For the past two days we have moored on the shore of the MOSELL RIVER, in the town of
BERNKASTLE. SURROUNDED BY GRAPE FIRLDS, IS ANOUT 20 blocks on a side, of quaint German homes from 1600 on up. The first floor of these homes is some sort of shop, and the streets are cobble stone and brick.
well today we walked from the boat into town, and spent all day eating, walking, shopping and drinking wine ...
... means in English - Yes, that is where this lovely blog title comes from as well
-Cooking absurd amounts of eggs for the group at large
-Building a barbecue over the campfire
-Discussing the use of Tinder with Ken, my 52 year old American counterpart in the group
-Seeing so many people do so many cool things up on the rock
-Spending four days out in nature with the most fun, eclectic group of people I have ever met.
... out about 11 am
Karen's knee is still complaining, so we went to an apothecary/pharmacy and found a neoprene adjustable knee splint--have to get that knee to calm down in preparation for the next tour! Unlike our single pharmacy experience in Germany last year, where the woman looked at us as if we were druggies when we wanted to get some melatonin without a prescription, here they have been helpful and friendly, and we've seen no sign of suspicion! Yesterday Judith asked ...
... up the stairs and opened the basement door, he was amazed to see blue sky. The roof and much of the house was gone.
Later in the war when the Allies had come through and liberated the city, the Germans would bomb. He remembers hearing V-1 (V for Vengeance) flying bombs (aka buzz bombs or doodlebugs) going overhead. They made a loud buzzing noise as long as their jet engines ran. When a V-1 ran out of fuel, it nosed over and dove to the ground exploding ...
... that have turned black with lichen). It was part of the city walls when the Romans were based here, 2 millenniums ago, then fell into disrepair. A sainted hermit, Simeon, lived here in about 1000AD, preventing the theft/destruction of the Gate - and, following the canonization of Simeon, a church was built incorporating the Gate in 1100AD. We were able to climb the three storeys of the building, seeing evidence of the Romans' use of the Gate and the church. We has tickets to ...