A day on the Rhine
Rüdesheim Travel Blog› entry 11 of 83 › view all entries
June 6th, 2007 – by: Horus380
I went on a day trip on the Rhine river,
I first met Charlie while waiting for
the bus. He Is an American from san
Francisco and has a very strong Chinese
accent even though he has lived in
America for 27 years. The first stop of
the day was at the lady Germania statue
on the Rhine. This statue was built I
think in the 19th century (I suck with
dates) to commemorate a victory over
the French. The French had decided that
they would use the Rhine as a natural
border between the 2 countries. The Germans didn’t like that as the Rhine
is the most important river to the Germans and they refused to share it. So
they went to war over it and the French lost. The statue located on a hill
has 2 smaller winged statues on it, one is the angel of war and the other is
of peace, this signifies that war and peace happened here.
I met Machiko, Miwa and Ryoko at this
statue while taking photos and we hung
out all day after that. They are all
flight attendants for Qatar airlines
and this trip was the first time they
have all been together since they
started 3 years ago.
The next stop on our tour was at a
cable car place n the town of Rudesheim,
I went on the cable car with Machiko
and had an amazing view of he wine
growing area. It was a one way trip,
from the station to the town at the
bottom of the valley. George the tour guide explained what eiswein was, it’s
a very expensive German wine that’s up to $100 euro ($160 AUD) for .377L. it is
expensive because of all the grapes it uses to make, an average bottle of wine
uses 10KG of grapes per bottle whereas eiswein uses 80kg of grapes fo the same
size bottle.The grapes used are picked in winter
and only a tiny portion of the grape
After the cable car trip, it was time
for some food. The trip came standard
with chicken and fries. I thought it
was rather silly to come to the Rhine
and eat the same stuff we have at home
so I went for a more expensive option.
My meal was a traditional pork schnitzel
with white asparagus (rare mainly grown
in Germany), potatoes and hollandaise
sauce. It was definitely worth the extra
10 Euros. At lunch all 4 of us had a
glass of Eiswein, it was so tasty that I finished mine in a matter of seconds.
The small glass (check out photo on site of it) cost 10 euros ($16 AUD).
We had barely finished eating when George was rushing us to a nearby boat for
a nice 2 hour cruise along the Rhine.Along the way I saw many beautiful
castles and houses and I also got to
enjoy more cider, I absolutely love the
stuff now and have had it about 8 times
since. On board the boat there was a
couple with a cute Labrador named Glenn
that made me miss Phoenix, they were
nice enough to let play with their dog
and take a photo.
The wine tasting was next and it ended
up being in the place next to the
restaurant, it was a very beautiful
building with large oak barrels as
booths and many nude mermaid statues
of Laura. Laura was a woman many 100’s
of years ago that said goodbye to her husband who went fishing and waited for
his return. He never came back, but every day she would sit on the hill above
the Rhine and sing nice songs. Sailors spent all their time watching her and
not where they were going and so many people died on the Rhine.
Laura a once common name in Germany isn’t
used much these days.
Anyway back to the wine tasting, the
booth was very cool. The size of the
glasses was barely a mouth full but it
was still good. 1 red wine and 3 white
wines were tested, including the
eiswein that Machiko, Ryoko, Miwa and
I had already had before.
That was the last stop and then another
hour on the bus home. After I got back
to the hotel I grabbed some food and
walked to the car hire place so I knew
where I had to go on Thursday. When I got back to the hotel I uploaded photos
from the previous 3 days.
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