Monthly Archives: February 2020

Germany: Going Cuckoo after a slow ride down the Rhine

A few years ago, we enjoyed a slow ride down the Rhine River to take in the small German villages and hillside castles. The Rhine starts in Switzerland and flows North through Germany and Netherlands before dumping into the North Sea.

If you haven’t cruised the Rhine, it’s something you will want to do.

I didn’t notice this until we reviewed our photos, but the one below is funny. Check out the kid at the bottom right of the picture. We had just passed the castle from the photo above and he is snoozing away as we drift. His Dad is getting it all on video for later ribbing.

As you drift down the river, you see castle after castle. It’s fun to speculate about who built and lived in the castles over the years.

If you do a bit of research, its not nearly as romantic as you might imagine. The castles were equipped with thick-walls and fortifications and were used mostly as customs control over trade. At the time, the Rhine was a major trade route for the Romans. During the 14th century, cannons pillaged the castles and were eventually abandoned.

Among the castles are vineyards. If you have the time, you can stop in and sample the famous German Rieslings.

There are numerous quaint German Villages along this route.

Germany is a leading maker of Cuckoo clocks. After our Rhine cruise, we traveled into the Black Forest to see where they’re made. A lot of workmanship goes into each clock.

The store that sold these clocks had a Cuckoo clock built into the top deck. At the top of the hour, it chimes and you get to see a couple dancing on the deck.

A Blast from the Past: London, England

In 2011, we took a Trafalgar trip around Europe and our first stop was London. This was our first trip to America’s motherland and our first chance to see castles and royal sites.

No trip to London is complete until you see Buckingham Palace and its surrounding gardens.

Another must-see spot is the Tower of London. They offer tours where you can learn about Henry VIII and other prominent Kings and Queens.

I’ll leave you with one last picture from London.