VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, part 26 Fall 2016

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We are taking a walking tour of the town of Bernkastel, know as the International Town of Vines and Wines, as you can tell by the below photo.  The city is divided in two by the Moselle River: Bernkastel is on the right bank and Kues is on the left, connected by a bridge.  Our tour brochure said that Bernkastel is one of the most beloved places along the Moselle River.

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These are know as “half-timber” houses because of the exterior designs.

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Now, this was one smart dude!  Back when this house was built, property taxes were based on the number of square feet contained in the foundation.  So, he built the smallest foundation he could get to support the house, then expanded the second floor, since there was no ordinance as to how big the second floor could be.

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People with minor offences were often chained here.  I think it was mostly for humiliation than real punishment.

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I like the configuration of the bay windows.  You can see what’s going on up and down the street.

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Some more half – timber houses.

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Well, even Santa Clause has to go sometimes!

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The Moselle River floods periodically.  These are high-water marks and the dates of the flood.

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A weird face in the fountain!

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Many of the business establishments have door knobs that indicate the kind of business it is.  This one is a pub…..

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And this one is a bakery.

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This is a clothing store, but you can’t see the door knob.

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A tree grows out of the sidewalk.

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A Crucifix on the outer wall of a church.

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Back on the ship, we see this beautiful mansion as we go down the river.

Our next excursion will be to the American cemetery where lie the remains of the Americans that fell in the Battle of the Bulge.  Don’t miss it.

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