Wertheim is a small and very charming city set at the intersection of the Main and Tauber Rivers. At one point in the middle ages it was overlooked by an imposing castle, which today, unfortunately, is a mere set of ruins.
|Timber Framed Building|
|Unique Glass Pieces|
|Coffee and Shopping in Wertheim|
|Castle towering over Rhine River|
|Another Castle on the Rhine|
(As an aside, I have to go back a few decades to the time I spent living in Europe, just out side of Amsterdam. That era being what we refer to as "BD" (uh, Before Dianne), I would take almost all of my holidays in Europe. One of my fondest memories was a brief river cruise where, for the first time I saw the splendor of the "Middle Rhine". I sat on the deck of my ship - a ferry, really - in the late Spring afternoon with my camera on my lap and a bottle of weiswein at my feet as we traveled from Mainz to Koblenz. Not much has changed in the decades since...it is still very much as I fondly remember it!)
|Castle with Vineyards|
|Mid-River Toll "Booth"|
The views from the castle are commanding!
After a climb up the very rugged castle entry, we toured most of the rooms including a well stocked kitchen and wine cellar, cannons ready to fire on any approaching enemy, a
|The Blacksmith's Keep|
The ship remained in Koblenz most of the evening. We were entertained by some local musicians and especially enjoyed an incredible demonstration of four handed piano!
|Stained Glass Window|
|Bicycles in Amsterdam|
We were spending the day and evening (meeting a friend who lives in Amsterdam - see my August blog: "Amsterdam with Stuart..."). In the morning we were heading off - via fast European train and the Eurostar - to a few days in London and the UK...but more on that in another blog!