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.
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.
We traversed about 19 locks on this trip. The locks slow the river down and keep it deep enough to navigate.
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.
When the ships are lowered to the level of the river, the gate rises and lets them go.
The most popular wine in Germany is Riesling. The countryside is covered in beautiful vineyards. We’ll see plenty of these later.
Someone spent a lot of time making this intricate sidewalk.
I love the architecture of these buildings.
Another beautiful church, but we did not go inside.
Window boxes are very popular in this part of Europe.
The Rathaus Hotel is where a lot of politicians stay. It’s aptly named, I’d say.
This cathedral is under renovation.
In our next installment, we’ll go inside.