Sunday, September 27, 2015

First day on our boat. Koblenz to Mainz

This church is unusual in that it contains beautiful art for the worshiper to enjoy and contemplate.  Most modern churches, at least Protestant ones, are spare in their design and decoration.

We visited this church in Koblenz before getting on our boat.

The following photos are of our boat ride along the river.  You can see many churches and medieval castles or forts along the way.  From what I was told these small castles were like early toll booths.  Each local baron had to get paid in order for the traveler to pass through his domain.

As you can see the Rhine is not only the heartland of Germany but also where they cultivate their famous wine.  See how hilly it is.  Some of the villages are built into such steep hills that their back doors are on the second floor of their houses.

I would have liked to have gotten off the boat and explored this castle.  I did get to walk through others.
Does not this castle nestled in the hills make you think of fairy tales?

This is the second day of our boat and bike trip.  Next stop is Mainz to see the original printing press and St. Stephen's Church with Chagall's stained glass paintings.


Brian Joseph said...

What beautiful country. It must be something living in a place like that.

I look forward to reading about your experience visiting the first printing press.

Sharon Wilfong said...

Hi Brian! Well, you'll be disappointed because it was closed when we got there. I only got to look through the door. We did get to see Chagall's stained glass at St. Stephen's church which I'll post next time. Have a wonderful week.

Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful shots, Sharon! Makes me want to go there. Looks almost unreal, like stage settings.

Sharon Wilfong said...

Hi Joyce! I agree with you. It just seemed unreal like I had stepped into Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Baiba said...

You know, while I was passing those mountains and wine fields I only had one thought on my mind - HOW?! How do they harvest those grapes? Some hills are so steep it's scary to even think about it.
I enjoyed your beautiful pictures :)

Sharon Wilfong said...

Hi Baiba! It certainly boggles the imagination to think how anyone can cultivate those fields. I guess those German wine farmers are made of sterner stuff than us! :)
I'm glad you enjoyed my photos!