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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 23 juli 2016 22:00

In Lorelei, we found a great parking space right by the river so we stopped and went for a walk.

 

You really don't expect and cars on these narrow cobblestoned streets, but they're driving both ways on them and bikes and pedestrians, dogs altogether good thing it isn't very busy .Most cars here aren't very big and I suppose there's a reason for that.

   


Whoopi woohoo, I found a store I recognize. There was an entire wall of wine for sale in there

 


what tomato grows in perfect strings like this?

 

 

When you're driving along and you come to a sign with a red cross, it's a detour so Alice in the box goes stir crazy, and Mom are telling her to take it easy we'll get back on track eventually, but it is annoying

 

 


The Lorelei is a 132 m (433 ft) high, steep slate rock on the right bank of the River Rhine.
The translation of the name Loreley (in German) would be: "murmuring rock". The heavy currents and a small waterfall in the area created a murmuring sound, and this combined with the special echo the rock produces to act as a sort of amplifier, giving the rock its name. The murmuring is hard to hear today owing to the urbanization of the area.

   

The rock and the murmur it creates have inspired various tales. An old legend envisioned dwarfs living in caves in the rock.In 1801, German author Clemens Brentano composed his ballad Zu Bacharach am Rheine. It first told the story of an enchanting female associated with the rock. In the poem, the beautiful Lore Lay, betrayed by her sweetheart, is accused of bewitching men and causing their death. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop consigns her to a nunnery. On the way there , accompanied by three knights, she comes to the Lorelei rock. She asks permission to climb it and view the Rhine once again. She does so and thinking that she sees her love in the Rhine, falls to her death; the rock still retained an echo of her name afterward.


 

In 1824, Heinrich Heine seized on and adapted Brentano's theme in one of his most famous poems, Die Lorelei. It describes the eponymous female as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks. In 1837 Heine's lyrics were set to music by Friedrich Silcher in the art song Lorelei that became well known in German-speaking lands. A setting by Franz Liszt was also favored and over a score of other musicians have set the poem to music.
There's countless of artists that are inspired by Lorelei and one is the composer Felix Mendelssohn began an opera in 1846 based on the legend of the Lorelei Rhine maiden for Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. However, he died before he had the chance to finish it.

Mom decided she really wanted to take a boat trip on the Rhein, and so we did. Such a gorgeous place still 95 F (34C) so here again Mom decided to order a beer while we waited for the boat to take us up the river and back. 

 

 

 

The girl in charge of tying up the boat couldn't stop cuddling with me in between the stops, and I didn't mind one bit.

 

 

This trip took us 4 hours and was well worth the 15 Euros but Mom was so stupid she forgot her spare battery for the camera, and of course she ran out of juice......oh well lesson learned

       

 

It was an awesome ride

Mom has been noticing that Lucy may have a problem with her brakes but had no luck in Germany.

We are now just over the border in Holland (we didn't even notice when we crossed the border)

and we have two repair shops that may be able to help so we are  staying at a campsite for 2 nights in a row. That hasn't happened in a long time. Feels good for a change, and Mom thinks so too.

   

 


that's all folks

Buttons

 

 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 23 juli 2016 08:04


once again up early and this time it's even earlier than usual. Mom woke up to a very strange noise and at first couldn't figure out what it was. We had to take into a camping site since all the RV parking places were already filled up, and a guy in a tent next to us is snoring really loudly. ahhing, this is one of the reasons we don't like campsites, but it's illegal to wild camp in Germany. That on the other hand, could be questioned in an RV, since you're allowed to park it, who says I'm camping? it's a technicality,but Moms German is not good enough to argue that point with a cop, so here we are.
Anyway, the night before we stayed at a farm, way up on the mountain .Lucy really had to work hard in second gear all the way up, and Mom started to worry about next day driving down, which we also did in second gear by the way.
This was a playground and it's terrific for little kids and doesn't have to cost $60 000 like the American safety restrictive places. I'm sure an old tractor leaves much more to the kids imagination than a slide and a swing.

 

We are now continuing our drive following the river Rhein (nowhere close to Munich or a mall)


The Rhine is a river that begins in the Swiss canton of the southeastern Swiss Alps and forms part of the Swiss-Austrian, Swiss-Liechtenstein border, Swiss-German and then the Franco-German border, then flows through the Rhineland and eventually empties into the North Sea in the Netherlands. It is the second-longest river in Central and Western Europe (after the Danube), at about 1,230 km (760 miles) with an average discharge of about 2,900 m3/s (100,000 cu ft/s).

     

The Rhine and the Danube formed most of the northern inland frontier of the Roman Empire and, since those days, the Rhine has been a vital and navigable waterway carrying trade and goods deep inland. The many castles and fortifications along the Rhine testify to its importance as a waterway in the Holy Roman Empire. In the modern era, it has become a symbol of German nationalism.
We are at the Middle Rhine which flows through the Rhine Gorge, a formation which was created by erosion. The rate of erosion equaled the uplift in the region, such that the river was left at about its original level while the surrounding lands raised. The gorge is quite deep and is the stretch of the river which is known for its many castles and vineyards. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site  and known as "the Romantic Rhine", with more than 40 castles and fortresses from the Middle Ages and many quaint and lovely country villages.

            

Every turn we make is offering another gorgeous scenery. The amazing fields of grapes growing in a pattern that makes you think of a quilt. So many castles on the mountain tops make you wonder how in the world did they manage to build like that.

        

There's a lot of vines made here, and even a museum, but we were too early it wasn't opened yet, and besides Mom are not allowed to taste any since she has to care for Lucy.

     

 


The roads are narrow and the speed limit way to fast for our taste, so we stop and let others pass as soon as it's possible. We pass so many cute little towns there's no way we can stop and explore them all because the parking is very sparse.

   

   


The internet is really starting to act up, guess more people are awake now.

I'll continue later when I get better connection ..............until then 

no worries 

 

 

 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 21 juli 2016 07:55

All night it has been pouring rain and thunder and lightning, I was so scared I curled up real close to Mom and was shaking. Mom felt so sorry for me so she held me tight despite it getting very hot.

It's 8 am now and it looks like it's clearing up in some directions, I hope we're going that way, but according to Mom we really need to start heading North now......................ok

To continue from yesterday..................

The Heidelberg castle is a ruin and landmark. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.

The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 meters (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königsthul hillside and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the summit of the Königstuhl. We paid 8 Euros to ride up and was told walk into the castle was included, but it wasn't.

This guy also wanted money to show us around and got a little annoyed that Mom took his picture

 

     

That ticked Mom off, since they wanted more money to get into the courtyard, and an additional ticket to get inside. That was a ripoff, so we didn't bother. Besides it was too hot to really walk around anyway.   

The view of the city from here was pretty cool.  

so many awesome looking houses on the hillsides, they must be rather hazardous to get to in the winter I think, and having to run down to get something from the supermarket that you forgot, aren't done so easily either

   

 

The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into two castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections. See so much lightning in this area, of course, I'm afraid.

Mom zoomed in at some balconies that she would like to have her afternoon tea......................not sure we'll get invited, but they do look real neat    this is her first choice

top balcony here is pretty good too, we could have supper there in the evening and watch the sunset over the mountain.........

 

   

Next, we went for a boat trip on the river. The boat was solar powered so no fumes or noise. Kapten Karl was very proud of his ship.

 

 


The advertisement for this trip showed some great open sandwiches and since it was lunch time Mom was looking forward to that. Now we found out that was only for groups of 20 or more ? ???

Oh well, Mom ordered a beer anyway ? I'm confused, she never does that at home ? maybe it's because ordering a beer is a sentence she knows fluently in German.......

   

 

 

   

This is a dream car Mom says, or at least she thinks so. She circled it several times and just ooh and aaah, not yodeling thank you very much. 

 

     

 

we passed this window and Mom just stood there salivating, but was good and didn't buy anything. 

As a matter of fact she hasn't bought anything at all ? no souvenir ? strange I thought.  

 

 

so it's time to say goodbye to Heidelburg and return to Ladenburg. it's 12 kilometers about 7,5 miles, not far but deadly in this heat........(34 C and 95 F)

   

Anybody interested in reading more about Heidelberg here's a link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg

The ride home was tough, it's through miles of fields and no shade at all. Our water bottles were getting warm and didn't stop the thirst.

   


corn, wheat and tomatoes on huge fields on both sides of our path

 



This is what I call a duplex, a couple on each end, no stork in sight, maybe he got evicted

 

 

 

here's a pretty cool mural in town...........

 

 

ok so it's almost 9 am now, and it's time to attach the bike to Lucy and get our stuff together and continue our trip..................to where ? I have no clue, and the funny thing is, neither does Mom 

take care all

Buttons

 

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 20 juli 2016 21:22

Wow, are we messed up ? TODAY is the real Wednesday, so we gained a day we didn't know we had, and what a day it has been

This is the last picture for the night, last night

 

 



Is it possible that the moon really is made of cheese ?

 

 

 

We were up early again because Mom wanted to get an early start of the bike ride  into Heidelberg

before it got too hot, so we locked up Lucy at 8 am and went on our way.

 

 

the ride was pretty but very very hot, it was 95 F (34C)and absolutely no wind, but it was in the plan soooo ???? no chicken out now.I guess I can't really complain since I was only being a lookout, Mom did the pedaling............

Pedaling along we all of sudden came upon this surprise, good thing there was a thick glass between us

 

   

nice cuddly teddy bear

 

 

 

The last part of the bike trail was right next to the river Neckar, which flows into the Rhine a few miles north west. and it was beautiful, so gorgeous I was afraid Mom would start to yodel (she has practiced in Lucy while driving, you know,but Mom says it's just lalalala to wake her up when road gets monotone)

     

 

Heidelberg is a very popular tourist town and this picture of the entrance is a given

 

    when we got over the bridge there was a crowd taking pictures of the bridge mandrill. Mom waited her turn when all of a sudden I became the attraction, and I didn't mind one bit

   


I did a good job getting people to focus on me so Mom could get the shot

 

 

 

American culture has found it's way here too, 

 

 

 

and Cuban cigars 

 

 

 

Mom really wanted to buy one of these clocks, but the price and the shipping prevented her..........it doesn't fit into our decor anywhere anyway I say, and Mom had to agree on that

 

 

The town wasn't crowded this time of day so we did some exploring, and visited the Tourist office, (and yes they spoke English and were helpful) Later in the day this square was filled with people, several groups, where the leader walks in front of the group waving a flag so the group follows. Does not look like fun.

     

On the church step was a man who introduced himself as a pilgrim, and he spoke flawless English. As a matter of fact, he recited a poem he had written (he said) that was real nice. That cost mom a Euro 

     

 

There's a lot more to this town, but it's getting late and it has cooled down so I can get my evening walk.

I'll finish this story tomorrow.............good night.

 

 



Av EvaLena Hallgren - 20 juli 2016 06:29

It's early morning and today we're going on a long bike ride following the river Rhine. It'll be about 15 miles, and hopefully, Mom brings lots of water because it's 34 C- 93F..............in other words Florida heat.

We only drove for 3 hours yesterday which is a good thing when it's this hot.

 on this stretch of the road, we ended up in a lot of traffic and a lot of lane changes, so Mom had to rely on Alice in the box. She did very good

   

 

we drove past miles and miles of solar panels, and then there was a mall................guess where they got their power from ? Germans finally realized they have to figure out a way for cleaner energy. We have seen fields of panels in other places too, and lots of windmills too. 

 


 

We were told it's almost impossible to get a parking space in Heidelberg, so that's why we stopped in a town close by that's called Ladenburg. On weekends there's boat that takes you up the river, but we don't want to wait that long. 

After settled into a space here we went biking to explore this town, and it's as quaint and beautiful as the one we just left.

     

On the town square, there was a great market, vegetables, sausages, and cheeses were sold. Mom didn't buy anything even though she was tempted. In this heat it would have melted before we got back to Lucy and hr fridge.

   

 

As we always do we went to the tourist office to find brochures and facts about this area. This place had nothing in English, and the lady was rude, and didn't even make an effort to help. Guess she didn't like foreigners ? Since this is a big tourist place, Mom sent the town mayor an Email to let him know.

We stopped at a restaurant and had a marvelous burger. It had a potato pancake on top ? I tasted the meat, and it was awesome.

   

 

at the river there was a ferry to get across, wonder if it'll hold Lucy ? We are not trying 

  

 


 

 

doves are everywhere, and they don't care who they shit on......................

 


gorgeous flowers and buildings, and again these cobblestone streets that make me bounce around in my basket. I think it bothers Mom a little too, because she walks the bike a lot.

   

Again Mom got all nostalgic seeing this bike, but she thought it was a Triumph ??

 

it's now 7 am, and we're ready to start the ride before it get too hot..............................and finally please send Mom a note to let her know you're with me, or she start to think this is no use...........Thanks a bundle, Buttons.  

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 18 juli 2016 17:25

We didn't drive more than an hour when we got to this town, and it's too cute not to stop, so here we are. Mom navigated Lucy here and she didn't hit anything............she's getting pretty good.

 

The name of the town is Alsfelder and was probably founded during the 8-9th century. The earliest records of the settlement are from 1069 and 1076.
The city enjoyed rising prosperity due to its favourable location. Trades and handicrafts flourished and Alsfeldt developed into a wealthy, industrious community.Evidence of this is the church, monastery, towers, town hall and water supply system.

   

In the 16th century, the citizens creativity brought about a "golden age"in architecture and design, resulting in the erection of the town hall, and it sure is well preserved.

 

 

This little girl insisted on reading me the menu from the ice cream shop, but I didn't understand. She's cute and she was nice too.

 

   

Love the windows and the flower boxes, and the art painted on the walls.

 

   

whereas the geographical position of Alsfeld had been to its advantage it also led to its demise. The city was centered on important trade routes and the following 30 years War 1618-1648 resulted in plunder 1622 starvation 1626 plague 1635 occupation and destruction of 226 residential homes. By 1648 only 1100 people were still living in the city, mainly woman and children.

In 1832 Alsfeld experienced a renewed rise as the district capital.
Thankfully the historical town centre was preserved,and for the past 100 years a conscious cultural conservation has been nurtured to preserve the buildings and that's lucky for us so we get to experience this quaint gorgeous town.

This pigeon looks like she's laying an egg in the middle of the town square, but I'm sure it'll be a fried one in this heat.s heat

   

Normally Mom doesn't drink beer alone but this town and the atmosphere just called for it. Good thing she only had one since i think those are the strong ones.

 

 

This dress sure stands out in the crowd................Mom LOVED it, looks real tasty

 

 

Tomorrow we're getting up real early Mom says,(like we aren't every morning?) because we need to get to this place while it'still room for Lucy, in other words, we're heading to a very popular tourist place.

later 

 

 

 

 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 17 juli 2016 21:26

Not much have been happening today it has been mostly driving since a rainy day is no fun for exploring, and Mom looks at the sky and says :It looks brighter that way.............and off we go.

I wish there were places to stop and take pictures of the beautiful landscape we're driving through, rolling mountains and deep valleys. It's mostly farmland and all the squares that go from brown, yellow and different greens remind me of a quilt.

This is the only picture Mom snapped while driving,  


 


A very common sight are these family bathroom brakes next to the road, (quite disgusting I might add) and think in America the big question is if transgender should be allowed to use the ladies room

Mom is doubling over the steering wheel laughing at the little guy's no hands approach.............and as she's doing that the horn blows, and she's caught taking a picture......................quite embarrassing I may say

 

 

 

only a few feet away is  rest rooms with self-cleaning toilets, but that cost 50 c according to Mom that's worth it

fun invention 


 

Don't know what's up for tomorrow, just hoping the weather will be as good as it  has been this evening




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 17 juli 2016 04:49

Waking up real early in a small quiet town called Halberstadt and it's raining again. I mean Mom is up I'm not, I think at least another 2 hours before I'll get up.. ....

Thinking about Berlin and what impression we got about the city that we were so longing to visit. The overall impression was depressing, gray and dusty. Of course, the constant drizzling didn't help but I can't picture it any "happier" with sunshine.

Anyway, we continued south a few miles and Mom is extremely impressed by German drivers. The traffic is fast as hell, but it works. EVERYBODY use their blinkers changing lanes and to get on the ramp, it's pedal to the metal and go, rest assured traffic behind you are moving over one lane and they do NOT stay in left lane, they all get back to the right. WOW


The church bell tower just rang 5 am so yes another couple of hours of sleep will be ok

 

   

 

This town is surrounded by churches and yesterday they all rang together but it didn't do much I think, because this town is completely deserted.

     

We had a difficult time finding the RVparking lot until finally an old man waived and asked if we needed help. Pretty obvious I guess since we passed him for the 4th time. He spoke no English, but Mom seemed to understand anyway.

He gave directions, a small road that Mom thought was for pedestrians only

   

 

as soon as we parked we went to explore, and this time by foot. At first, I was hoping for the carriage, but after walking on these streets I understood why not. I bet no ladies in this town wear heels

 

 


 

Here was a lot of interesting buildings, but no people ? although we did hear music from a church 

   

 

we also found a restaurant that was open, no guests except us ? Mom ordered a pork chop with mushroom gravy and fried potatoes. It was very tasty she said, but oh my so much butter..........I tasted a little but wasn't too impressed

 

   

 

Smart cars are very popular here, they buzz around like little bees, and here's a model that looked pretty cool

 

this house would be awesome to celebrate Halloween in 

 

 

 

this jeweler's store name gave Mom the giggles, 

 

 


on the way here we made a rest stop and I met a guy that even I had a hard time finding the front of. 

He was a cotton mop something............

 

 

German bread looked good but this tasted like cardboard, was loaded with butter and hardly any meat, so no more of that.

 

 

this is where we spent the night

 

 

whats next ?? who knows .............the weather gods have not been with us, and it does not look good in the next week either. Lots of flooding south of us, so we may have to choose a different direction now.

all is well  

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