Rhein in Flammen

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 17, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Saturday, August 14, 2010

Arrived at Ruedsheim bus station at 2330 last night, and wandered about looking for a sign to point us to the hotel. Turns out Germans don't really believe in streetlights..  This was fun. SECOND encounter with the Polizei.

Ruedsheim is a very quaint little village; cobbled streets, old buildings, disco club..  But we found our hotel and met with our friends Nathan and Xingci who we'll be spending the next two days with.

First day in Ruedsheim;

Breakfast in the hotel, then off to explore the village! We found the parish church of St. Hildegard (a 12th century German healer) and lit a candle for our families. A few kilometers up a hill above the town through some vineyards is the Abbey of St. Hildegard. It has spectacular views of the town nestled right on the banks of the Rhine. A long hike back down the hill for lunch. We ate some traditional German cuisine...so traditional I STILL don't know exactly what I ate.. but it was very tasty! Wienerscnitzel jager art....mmmm.

At four we boarded the boat MS Willy Schneider for our cruise up the Rhine to Koblenz for the Rhine in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) fireworks festival. Our boat was PACKED with about two hundred Germans all over the age of 50..    then there was us. Oh, did I mention none of them understood a lick of English?? "Sprechen sie Englisch?" Nein.     I striuck out in a foreign language with the ONLY girl on the boat in my age bracket. Damn.

Best trip memory so far----singing along to a heavily accented version of Jim Croce's Bad Bad Leroy Brown at the top of my lungs to a boatload of drunk Germans! Classic!   Turns out Germans love American folk music.... or at least the piano player did. You haven't lived till you've heard him sing King of The Road. "Trailers for sale or rent..."

Well that's all for now. This German keyboard is frustrating...thez put the Y where the Z should be....
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Mom Dad & Michelle on

Hotel looks great! glad you guys are having a good time. Hope the weather holds out for you. Mom says to eat where the local eat, you can always have "Burger King" when you get home...Michelle is dying to know if you had "Costco" muffins for breakfast or authentic German pastries? Have a braut for me! Love MDM...

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