Monday, June 29, 2015

Euro Trip--The Castle Edition

OK, now you are going to get castles, castles, castles...

Perhaps the highlight of the Rhine cruise for me were all the castles that lined a significant length of the river.  But the castle morning opened cool and rainy, still we piled into buses and headed up to the Marksburg Castle for a tour of the never conquered castle with its 12 foot thick walls.


It is well preserved as a tourist stop with cannons, wine kegs, and (jutting out of the wall) the WC...




A view from the castle...


Then it was back to the boat (ship?) to begin the cruise past the castles.  Thankfully the weather 
cleared, and we could enjoy the sites (and the hot chocolate with rum).  So here's more castles than you'll ever want to see again...











We passed the infamous Lorelei statue and her rock that mythically lured sailors to their doom...



Even the road/railroad tunnels had castles...



And vineyards, many on very steep slopes...   I imagine immigrant labor was used to harvest the grapes...  Anyway, the Riesling from this area is infamous.



But we aren't done with castles...  on our road trip to Millau and back, we found a couple more...  the first from Puy, I think, or maybe it was Mende, or?


We were driving over some mountain ranges on a narrow road trying to find Vallon de Arc when this beaut popped out of the woods, the chateau de Champ...


Enough castles...  but they sure were cool...  a favorite part of the whole trip.

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