01.07.2012 - 01.07.2012 27 °C
A few days break from the blog has done me the world of good but now I find myself sitting in the lounge at Amsterdam Centraal (sic) Railway Station updating the last few days. Today is Mandy's 50th Birthday, I really know how to spoil someone......
Rudesheim was last Sunday on 1 July. It started with us intending to do some laundry (Some passengers thought that we we're off on a picnic. Not likely with what we had in our bag let me tell you. Ripe is an understatement and as Mandy say's "Rain or shine, snow or sleet, we do the laundry" or famous words to that effect.
The one "wasch-en station" was shut. Excellent, I got to have a cup of coffee or two in a fabulous cafe and watch the world go by.
This coffee shop had the best looking waitresses.
Rudesheim is a fairly small town with wine growing and tourism as their main work. It is located at the point just above the Rhine Gorge.
Even with it being a Sunday the crowed was very small. The town is on both banks of the Rhine and unfortunately we only had time to go on the moored side. The other looks less touristy and would have been probably more interesting. Anyway with all the uneven stones and walking, its not long before Mandy is starting to look for a WC after the 2 coffees.
It probably wasn't such a smart move in that I suggested at that point of time for us to get on the cable car which goes to a point overlooking the town. The 15 minute journey did not help Mandy.
A walk up would have been good but we were limited with time. Mike and Lorretta did the walk and because of the vineyards it was a little like hiking through a maze. Even with a Sunday crowd it was great. The views were astounding.
The Niederwald Monument has a massive 32 ton bronze figure of Germania which was cast in in 1883 (the year nan was born) to celebrate the German Unification.
The photo shows Avalon Panorama in the foreground and the Rhine River to the south.
Farewell to Rudesheim and hello to the Rhine Gorge which our tour Director (big Hansie as I call him) says is the highlight of the cruise.
I thought that Rudesheim and its quaint coffee shops and lack of laundry was a highlight for me.......this place grows some serious quantity of grapes. Now I understand why Blue Nun is so plentiful.