VANTAGEHINE RIVER CRUISE, PART 14 FALL, 2016

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We are now on the Rhine River.  We cruise down the river along with freight boats until  we dock in the town of Breisach , and then travel by motor coach to Freiburg, which is in the foothills of the Black Forest region.

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Note that this ship, the Helena, has a car and a boat on the back.  The captains of these ships sometimes live on their boats, so they take their transportation with them. When they dock, sometimes they need a car or a boat to get around. They have their families with them.  The kids are educated by on-line schools.  A lot of them spend their lives and make their living on the river.

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We traversed about 19 locks on this trip.  The locks slow the river down and keep it deep enough to navigate.

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The gate comes down and the ships enter in pairs.  A gate behind them closes and the front gate opens to let out the water.

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When the ships are lowered to the level of the river, the gate rises and lets them go.

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The most popular wine in Germany is Riesling.  The countryside is covered in beautiful vineyards.  We’ll see plenty of these later.

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Someone spent a lot of time making this intricate sidewalk.

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I love the architecture of these buildings.

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Another beautiful church, but we did not go inside.

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Window boxes are very popular in this part of Europe.

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The Rathaus Hotel is where a lot of politicians stay.  It’s aptly named, I’d say.

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This cathedral is under renovation.

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In our next installment, we’ll go inside.

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1 thought on “VANTAGEHINE RIVER CRUISE, PART 14 FALL, 2016”

  1. Skip, you do good work; both pictures and comments. Mala and I ran a map check on Freiburg. It is only about 60 miles from where I was stationed in West Germany, circa 1968-9. Loved the landscape you captured; and the memories you 2 have…priceless!

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