Sunday, September 13, 2015

Koblenz to Mainz boat and bike trip along the Rhine day one

A few more scenes of Koblenz:  A church and a fountain.

After embarking at Koblenz we proceeded down the river to Mainz, our first stop.  The following pictures are of the scenery along the river.  There were many castles.  Apparently each town had their own Baron who exacted tolls from all who floated by.  They also demanded property, work and crops from the people who lived in the surrounding towns and country in return for protection. 

 Isn't it nice to have a military force to keep us safe rather being extorted by a robber Baron who strong-armed people for secure borders?  I'm glad I didn't live back then.  There's a few people today (I'm thinking of smug, white people demonstrating against the police in certain parts of our country) that I think should be sent back to that time or be forced to live anywhere that doesn't have an effective police force to fight against crime.

BUT....I digress.  These photos show how picturesque the landscape along Germany's heartland is.

Every town had a Baron but also a church.  You can see plenty of both along the river.

This shows typical German weather, grey and cloudy. However, it got rather hot during the day.

You may notice all the vineyards.  The Rhine is known for its wine:  Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Ahr, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen

Some history books assert that European civilization started with the enlightenment period of the 17th and 18th centuries.  I must say the "unenlightened men"of the previous centuries certainly constructed some incredible feats of architecture.

My next post will be our trip around Mainz.  See you then.


  1. More great pictures Sharon.

    You raise a good point, as wonderful as some things in the past were, it has never been a better time to live for folks living in the West.

    1. Hello, Brian! I agree with you about living in the West. My point was that the fruits of civilization we enjoy today didn't start in the 17th century but rather long before. Thanks for visiting my sight and have a great week!

  2. such beautiful pictures! I actually went up there to the first castle! the view was breath taking. I'll put some photos on my next post too :) Im so glad you got to experience this. I loved it! Looks like you had a great time too :)

    1. HI Baiba! I wish we had been able to tour some of the castles. We went to Heidelberg but we had biked 30 miles (50KM) to get there and it was so hot we were just too tired to tour the castle.
      I look forward to seeing your photos! Have a great day!


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