I’m having a great time on the Rhine River cruise, and have been kept very busy from early morning until bedtime, with sight seeing, eating, entertainment and of course family times. My dear mom-in-law is quite the celebrity on board, and when she returned to her cabin after dinner on the second night, she found it decorated with a banner, balloons and a ‘birthday cake’ made out of towels. 🙂
Yesterday our ship docked in Breisach, and we went on a morning tour and were able to take a walk in the Black Forest. It was a lovely morning as we set out for our half hour mini-hike through the picturesque landscape.
One of the first things we saw was this old log-cutting machine. Quite a nifty contraption. I wonder how many men it took to lift the heavy logs into it.
These mountain goats looked quite content and took no notice of us at all, as they nibbled away at the foliage growing out of the rocks.
After a while, the trail became quite steep and the ground underfoot was very rocky, so we decided that my 100-year-old MiL, shouldn’t go any further. We left her sitting on a large boulder just under this viaduct, whilst the rest of us climbed up to the top.
She was quite happy to wait here, and when we got back about twenty minutes later, said that she’d been listening to the birds, and had seen a train going over the top of the viaduct.
Here are a few pics of what we saw on our way. Just click on any image to see the gallery.
To end off our visit, we watched a demonstration on how to make a Black Forest cake. It involved a huge chocolate sponge cake sliced into three layers, and sandwiched together with lots of delicious cherries, liberal quantities of Kirschwasser, cherry jam, and a whole bucket of whipped cream, all topped off with grated black chocolate. Yummy! I did pick up one of those recipe cards, and so did my MiL. I’m sure she’s going to try it when she gets back home. 🙂
I have so much more to tell you and show you, but now I have to get showered and dressed so that I can have breakfast before our trip into Strasbourg. I’m sorry I haven’t managed to get to all of your blogs lately. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and visits.
Your Mil is really quite something, AD. I am so glad that she is with you on your trip. 😀
Yes she is amazing. The cruise was entirely her idea. 🙂
What an amazing walk AD 🙂
Thanks, Tandy. 🙂
Wow you get around in lovely Germany, Black forest is so beautiful to walk, we used go often as children with our parents. I always loved the forest and streams.
Yes, it is very lovely, Ute. I’m enjoying Germany very much. 🙂
I don’t know how you mum-in-law keeps up Sylvia, she really is amazing and that cake, one of my favourites!! 😉
Thanks, Adrian. She is a wonder, isn’t she? I also love Black Forest cake when it’s made properly. 🙂
I am way behind in blog reading, to. Here it is after 1:00 a.m. so that I can just get to SOME of my favs. Your MIL is so beautiful, and looks younger than my mom did at 60, and moves better, too. We were in England right about the time she was 60, and it was a glorious trip. Your photos are spectacular, and it’s fun to travel vicariously through you! 🙂
Thanks so much for finding time to visit me, Marsha, and for the lovely comments about my MiL. She is rather special. 🙂 xx
I can see that! Tell her hi for me! 🙂
Yummo!! That cakes looks so good, Sylvia!!!
Your mother in law looks so happy. 🙂 I love those mountain goats. Okay, have a great time. Hugs Paula xxxxx
Thanks, dear Paula. Hugs to you too. xx 🙂
Thanks for sharing photos about Germany. My mother is from Heidelberg and so Germany has always been very dear to me and part of who I am. Looks like a great trip.
Thanks, lexi. I’m so glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
Such a gorgeous place! And MiL should be treated as a celebrity – reaching her age is no mean feat!
Enjoy the trip AD – we’ll still be here when you have more time 😉
Thanks so much, 68. I know that you will. xx
Black Forest Gateau comes from the Black Forest? It seems so obvious now you’ve said it, but the connection had never crossed my mind! (I guess I was always too busy gobbling it down to stop and consider its origin. :-))
Your comment really made me chuckle, Lance. 🙂
I bet it’s not everyday they have a centenarian on the ship! Lovely photos of the walk and what a lush cake 🙂
I’m sure it’s quite a rare occurrence, Gilly. Yes, that cake looked gorgeous, but I couldn’t eat any so soon after breakfast. 🙂
Your mom-in-law looks absolutely amazing. How fortunate you are to be able to enjoy this trip.
Thanks, Emily. She is an amazing lady, for sure. 🙂
What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, walking in the Black Forest. How wonderful that you MIL was not only treated so well but that she was capable of joining you on your walk. How cool was that? A few years ago, I made it my quest to make a Black Forest cake. It took 3 tries before I got one that I would share with others. That was a lot of cake for one person to get through — and all for science. 🙂
Oh dear, what an imposition! Fancy having to wade your way through whole Black Forest cakes, before you got to share with your friends. 😆
Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey. I have always wondered what the Black Forest looks like – now I know – beautiful.
You’re so welcome, Suzanne. Yes it’s a stunning place. 🙂
How wonderful and great! Looks like you are having a fantastic time 🙂
Thanks so much, Inga. 🙂
What amazing experiences you’re having! Wonderful for you MIL!! Black forest cake I’ve had only one time…but it is now my favorite!! Yummy!
Thanks, Suzanne. I had two pieces of Black Forest cake yesterday. 😯
Love the photo of your Mil sitting on the rock, beautiful smile!
Thanks, Amy. She has a gorgeous smile. 🙂
So nice ! I like this your every post!My friend have nice day !With love maxima
Thank you so much for your interest and your lovely comments, Stefan. 🙂
So nice that the the crew decorated the bday gals room for her 🙂
Nice views of nature in the black forest.
And – what a sweet treat at the end of the trip. Sounds delish!
Keep livin’ it up…
Thanks, RoSy. I’ll try my best. . 🙂
I love the birthday cake made of towels…very chewy compared to the black forest cake. 🙂 Sounds like you having having a great time.
Yes, I thought it was very clever, Lynne. 🙂
I can’t wait to hear more interesting tidbits about your travels in Germany. Your mil is amazing! I love her.
Thanks, Janine. Yes she sure is amazing. 🙂
How wonderful that your MIL is being given special treatment onboard the boat, she deserves every bit of it. The Black Forest looks quite magical AD. Please post a photo of the boat you are on and some photos of the passing scenery.
Yes, she is quite the celebrity. Everyone wants to hug her. I think they believe here longevity and good health might rub of on them. I have posted a pic of the boat today. I’ll do some pics of the castles along the Rhine when I have the time. 🙂
The viaduct is beyond gorgeous!!!! Your mother in law is such a trooper, what a woman.
Thanks, Laurie. 🙂
I can’t imagine you trying that cake because everyone here knows that you don’t like desserts!
I actually didn’t try the cake, Frank, because I knew that a delicious lunch was waiting for me back at the ship. I can sometimes manage to resist temptation. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this with us! And your MiL is fantastic !! // Maria 🙂
Thanks so much, Maria. 🙂
I hope that I can live to be 100 and look like your MIL..what a lady! How can she do all that….
Yes she is quite mind-blowingly brilliant for her age, Miss W. This morning she walked all around Strasbourg. 🙂
Your mom-in-law must be amazing. I am sure she is enjoying being spoiled by everyone 🙂
Thanks, Colline. Yes she is enjoying all the attention. 🙂
That is amazing to see 100 year old woman went on to the tour or hiking into the woods like this. The place looks very nice to visit.
MiL looks like she is enjoying the trip as much as you are… lovely photos…
I see MiL is still enjoying her birthday. She looks like such a sweetheart AD! 😀
Great shots hon and so glad you are enjoying yourself. Have fun hon. *big hugs*
Oh, a walk in the Black Forest simply HAD to include cake!
Please tell me you were cruising down the river on Sunday afternoon?
Fancy abandoning her in the forest like that! It is a wonder she didn’t come across seven little men …
Now, that is delightful. Mom is something else! I love it. What a pretty dress and top she has on too. Quite the styling lady, I see. 🙂 My best wishes to her for a great trip!
100 year olds do not come any more spry than this 🙂
Strasbourg next? I’ll look forward to it, Ad.
It is beautiful there ad, hope you enjoy every minute.
Your MIL is such an inspiration!
Yes, to me too, sidey. 🙂
Good Evening: And good job on the photography. Were the goats a different species from the domesticated version, domesticated goats gone feral, or someone’s pets out for a ramble? Vonn Scott Bair
Thanks, so much for your kind comment. I have no idea about the origin of the goats, as I don’t speak their language, so couldn’t ask them. 😀
you are living the fairytale life now AD … and MiL looks as happy and well as ever on this lovely cruise 🙂
Your slide show looks like you’ve taken a detour to Oregon! 😉
Kathleen is amazing. Not even hiking boots! So glad you are all having such a happy time. Xxx
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Yes, she is really amazing. It’s such a lovely trip. 🙂 xx
Beautiful, so beautiful dear AD, Thanks and Love, nia
Thanks so much, dear Nia. Love to you too. 🙂