My trip to Germany involved getting from place to place by train. One time I went from Frankfurt to Cologne, and then to Koblenz. It was a pleasant walk from the train station to the Rhine River for a boat ride. I was really looking forward to seeing lots of castles. What I didn’t expect were some of the other sights, such as terraced hillsides and small, quaint towns along the river.
I admired the castles as the boat meandered down the river. I could forget that although the castles are charming to look at, they were mainly used for defensive purposes.
The boat was a nice place to relax and enjoy the views of the river. I tended to stay on the upper deck so I could take pictures as we went along. Every time I’d think to myself, “I have more than enough photos of castles,” we would go around another bend and there would be a castle that was even more imposing than the ones I’d already seen (and photographed)!
One of the most comfortable features of the boat was that you could get things to eat and drink at a food counter, then sit at a table and enjoy the view. One other unexpected thing was that music by the Carpenters was playing in the background! It was a good choice, blending in well with the beautiful scenery passing by.
Several hours later, the boat stopped in Bingen, where there was a train to Mainz, followed by another one to Frankfurt. The train connections were so smooth, I was back in Frankfurt faster than I would have expected. But now as I look through my pictures, I know that I really was on a leisurely boat ride admiring castles on the Rhine River.