Two days on the Mosel River

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Mary (in blue) in a plaza
    We arrived safely in Frankfurt Germany about 7AM German time about 1 AM your time.  The weather is great, much like Virginia, cool mornings and sunny and warm in the afternoon.  Thursday we drove from Frankfurt to Beilstein. We drove past Weisbaden, where Mrs Painter was born and then down part of the Rhine river valley, known for its many castles along the river.  These castles are huge and some are still occupied and are major tourist attractions, especially the ones that still have torture chambers!!!  This area is still famous for its  Riesling wines, hence the hills are covered with rows and rows of grape vineyards.  We then cut through to the Mosel river south-west of Koblenz and drove through  the country side, finally coming down into the Mosel river valley.
Grapes for wine
  The Germans are using the Wind Machines for energy like Americans use out west in California, and other western states.  The machine looks like a huge propeller on very tall columns, like a windmill.  I am sending a picture of some.  I also have included a picture of the old part of the city of Beilstein and one of the tour boat and barrages on the river.  The barrages are lived on and go up and down the river carrying supplies for customers, they are a msjor form of commerce in Germany. All the navigatable rivers have these barrages running on them.  Notice the barrage owners carry their own cars along also. 

Today, we went down the river to Bernkastel and went through many lovely small towns.  Had lunch in Bernkastel, suppe tomaten and pfannkuchen suppe, chicken broth sliced carrots and thin slices of crepes (pancakes). The food is great and delicious.  For breakfast we had softboiled egg, brochen (rolls), wurst (blutwurst and others and kase) obst (fruit).  Eine Schone Guten Tag. Liebe, Frau Cross und Mutti.


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Old part of town
    This morning my husband Allen broke a tooth at breakfast.  The hotel owner helped us find a Zahnartz (dentist) to repair the broken tooth.  After which we found a small grocery store and bought as assortment of wurst ( cold cuts) sliced meats, I have enclosed some photos of the wurst, and other photos in the grocery store.  We wandered around a number of small villages, walked up into the vineyards and visited a church build during the 14th century and one build during the 17th century, with high vaults.  We watched the river traffic and drove into the country side above the mosel valley.  Where we found a farm raising small deer for selling meat to restaurants and some unusual cattle, that looked like yaks, but were Scotish highland cattle. The weather has been beautiful, sunny, cool in the evenings and early mornings.  
Mary (in blue) in a plaza
Mary (in blue) in a plaza
Grapes for wine
Grapes for wine
Old part of town
Old part of town
Old town
Old town
wurst for sale in grocery
wurst for sale in grocery
wurst for sale in grocery
wurst for sale in grocery
graveyard
graveyard
agricultural terracing with grapev…
agricultural terracing with grape…
church architecture
church architecture
church architecture
church architecture
old city
old city
??? Mary help???
??? Mary help???
Scottish highland cows
Scottish highland cows
Scottish highland cows
Scottish highland cows
gnome
gnome
more scottish highland cows
more scottish highland cows
lots more scottish highland cows
lots more scottish highland cows
wind machines
wind machines
marionette doll????
marionette doll????
6,533 km (4,059 miles) traveled
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