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Along the Rhein

On Mother’s Day, Christian, his mom and I continued our exploration of the Rhein Valley.  We drove south from our house, past Koblenz to a town called Braubach.  Sitting high above the town is a castle called Marksburg.

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The Marksburg is more of a fortress and the original keep was built on this land in 1117.  We took a guided tour of the castle grounds and interior.

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Kitchen.

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Wine cellar.

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One of the gathering rooms.

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After our tour, we continued our drive south to Loreley, which is near Sankt Goarshausen.  The Loreley is a large rock on the bank of the Rhein and it marks the narrowest portion of the Rhein River.  There have been quite a few boat accidents in this section of the Rhein.  We hiked up to the top of the rock for views of the Rhein.

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There is also a bit of folklore relating to this rock.  There was a ballad and then a poem written.  One talks about a woman who falls to her death from the rock and another version where a woman is sitting atop of the rock, combing her hair and distracting the shipman, causing them to crash!

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After all our time along the Rhein, we drove home and had a special Mother’s Day meal of white asparagus, potatoes and ham.

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