One of the best parts of the trip was just driving through the quaint little towns along the river (I'm sorry and very embarrassed to say I don't remember if we were driving along the Rheine or the Mosel). Along the river through numerous towns were vineyards. They were so gorgeous and made me think how wonderful it must smell in the fall. I'll definitely have to come back for that! In this picture you can see a small vineyard to the right side of the river.
This is Burg Eltz. You have to experience this beautiful castle in person to understand the grandeur and fairy tail-ness of it. It really is very smart what the people in charge(whoever they may be) have done : you have to park maybe a mile away and hike in. In theory it doesn't sound so great, but in actuality when you experience it its fabulous. Hiking in allows you to see the valley open up and all of a sudden you see this fabulous castle nestled in between forests of lush green pine trees. There's a stream that flows at the base of the castle and a feeling of utter tranquility that goes along(minus the other tourists and the feeling would be hard to top).
I know I know this picture looks just like the previous one. This only supports my theory that when your in a beautiful place you don't realize how many pictures you take (of the SAME thing), because everywhere from every angle it looks so beautiful.
Here's my two traveling partners. Tristan (I think) enjoyed the trip, but unfortunately ended up with a face full of battle wounds(for some reason he buries his head in your chest and rubs his face on the carrier's clasps). So many of the pictures I took show him chewing on his carrier, I'm pretty sure he's ready to move on to solid foods.
Before leaving the castle we made sure to have a picnic lunch while exploring the stream and surrounding areas below. It really made for such a nice afternoon and I highly recommend it, for any of you travelers interested in Germany.
Koblenz was really a beautiful city with so much to see. We enjoyed just walking around the city and taking in the sights. One of our favorite and most impressive things was the massive rose gardens. Paul was astounded by them, as they were the largest we'd ever seen and they were grown so that they looked like forests of roses.
This was one of the greatest fountains I've ever seen (when I say great I don't mean beautiful, I mean crazy, detailed and absolutely humongous!). One of the greatest things about this fountain was what we saw along with it. Can you see that head to the left of the fountain?
This city was full of cute little squares and plenty of gelato shops (ice cream Italian style) to go around. Everywhere we looked we saw people with ice cream, so we couldn't resist -we had to have some. We chose a triple scoop on a cone with lemon, strawberry, and melon. Now to many that may sound less than desirable, but you would be more than wrong. That gelato stood up to any that I have had in Italy, and it would take allot to surpass it. It really was the most fabulously smooth concoction I've ever had. I'm still thinking about it, and craving the next batch!
This is a painting on the side of a restaurant.