As we sailed serenely down the Rhine, I was reminded of that 1938 song by Hoagy Carmichael, ‘Thanks for the memory’. Whenever I’ve heard it sung, I’ve wondered about those “Castles on the Rhine” which come after “Candlelight and wine,” in the lyrics. Well yesterday my curiosity was finally assuaged, as we passed castle after castle, seemingly without end, until we arrived in Braubach. A few of you have asked me to please show you some views from our cruise ship, so here goes. You’ll probably be as “castled out” by the end as I was. 🙂
As we neared Braubach, we caught sight of the beautiful Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle along the Rhine which has never been destroyed, making it the most original castle in the entire valley of the Loreley. We were able to visit it later, but that’s a post for another day.
Today we are in Cologne, and I’ve been out most of the day looking at the magnificent cathedral. Tonight we have a classical music evening after dinner, in sharp contrast to last night’s entertainment, which ended up with our young Program Director doing a very convincing impersonation of Elvis singing ‘All Shook Up’. His white suit, dark shades and hip gyrations were right on the nail.
Have a great weekend everyone. I have only one full day of our cruise left and it’s back to England on Sunday, and on to Florida on Tuesday. It’s all go! I’m rather looking forward to being able to relax for a change. Being on holiday is so exhausting. 🙂
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Thanks, Michelle. 🙂
So Elvis is alive and well and Rhine cruising 😀
I bet you are exhausted. Celebrations, food, family, conversation, castles, you name it. It looks like you have had a wonderful time, but I expect it will be nice to get back home. (No agenda )
Thanks, Lynne. Yes we did have a wonderful trip. I think it’s time for another adventure soon. 🙂
Reminds me so much of Neuschwanstein.
The fact that it’s by the water makes it even more cooler.
Thanks, Rommel. I missed this comment. 🙂
They really did go in for castles big time didn’t they? Smashing images Sylvia! 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. 🙂
I loved these photos AD and went to look at my own pics from our very much shorter Rhine cruise. One or two of my pics are of the same castles as yours but not nearly as well framed. Where did your cruise start and end?
Thanks so much, optie. We started in Basel and ended in Amsterdam.
It’s like a fairytale kingdom
Yes, those castles looked so magical, up there on the hillsides.
You sure keep yourself on the move.
We try, Frank. 🙂
These photos Re fabulous! I like the second the best because I can see myself living in it. So quaint. (Not that I’m quaint.)
Thanks, Gemma. I’ll come visit you there. 🙂
Castles, Cologne, and Elvis, too! What a cruise! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. I hope the rest is every bit as nice. 🙂
Thanks so much. The cruise is finished now, and we fly back to England today. 🙂
You two definitely are leading the charmed life! 🙂
Yes, I have to keep pinching myself, LuAnn. 🙂
I used to live in Cologne as a child, it’s a tough life you retirees have! 🙂
You’ve also been around a bit, then. 🙂 Yes, I’m just about managing to cope with the retiree’s lifestyle.
It has always been my dream to cruise the Rhine and see those castles…dont think I would ever come back though!!
Thanks for your comment. Yes, there is beautiful scenery along the Rhine. 🙂
That is such a beautiful castle AD. Great shots and have fun. 😀 *big hugs*
Yes it is a beautiful castle, Sonel. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Hugs to you too. 🙂 xx
Cologne is an area of Germany I would love to visit!
Yes, the cathedral is reckoned to be the most beautiful in the world. 🙂
Beautiful photographs… Thank you dear AD, have a nice journey on going back home, love, nia
Thanks so much, Nia. 🙂
From castles high up to windmills low down! Lovely part of the Rhine with all the castles.
Very true, Pussycat. I’m looking forward to seeing the windmills this afternoon. 🙂
So any castles! What’s a princess to do?
Keep enjoying your travels 🙂
Hehehe. Thanks, RoSy. 🙂 xx
Yes it sounds exhausting!
You have no idea, Julie. I must have climbed up and down thousands of steps. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this….brought back fond memories. My folks are from Germany and I’ve visited several times. I once took a train ride along the Rhine on travels from Belgium to Munich. Those castles are amazing. Have a great time and I look forward to your next posts 🙂
You’re welcome, Ingrid. I’m glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
Great shots, AD! 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
That seems like a fantastic cruise to me. I am sure recovering from “castled out” was minor side effect. These pictures of castles should keep you from missing ones out for awhile 🙂
Yes, the cruise is really amazing, and I’ve seen so many wonderful places. 🙂
I have no sympathy for you feeling so exhausted 😆
Stunning pics! 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
Definitely a case of “ships that pass”, Sylvia! We’ll have to organise it better next year. Glad you’ve had such a good time. I have Polish family arriving Wednesday so plan a lazy weekend in preparation. Safe journey 🙂
Sadly so, Jo. Maybe on our next trip. 🙂 Enjoy your family visit. xx
I envy your sailing trip ! Great serie of castles .. Some of them look like they been taken out from a fairytale 😉 // Maria 🙂
Thanks, Maria. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂 xx
Would love the sailing down the river part, but what does one do with a castle in this day and age? Much like some of our restored Victorians around here, can’t help but think of the upkeep… Sounds like you’re having fun and that’s the important thing. Then you get to rest up in good old Florida. A tough life, but someone’s gotta do it! 😉
Absolutely, Gunta. 😀 Apparently, Marksburg Castle has been lived in for 700 years. The maintenance must cost a fortune.
What a fantastically beautiful place!
Yes it is. 🙂
I want one! Nobody does romantic-looking castles better than that. Wunderbar!
Yes, I can just imagine you writing away in your turret, Col. 🙂
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Thank you, Stefan. 🙂
‘Castled out’ I know what yo mean I remember being ‘Forted out’ in Rajasthan. Still Marksburg was worth the wait. Enjoy the concert!
Thanks, Gilly. The concert was heavenly. 🙂
All castled out? Ad!! That’s not possible!
They were absolutely lovely – thanks for the share 😉
Hehehe. Yes, they are all lovely. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Your pictures are beautiful, Sylvia. I’ve been on a similar tour in Germany, but sadly the day I went it was damp and foggy and the pictures didn’t turn out well. It looks like you had a lovely time and still have lots of travel ahead. Be safe! 🙂
Thanks so much, Cathy. We have been very lucky with the weather. 🙂
I’m glad; weather can really make or break a holiday. I was lucky in Spain and Portugal too! Ever since returning to Virginia, it’s been dreary almost every day!
That is a great river tour.
Yes it is, newsy. I would highly recommend it. 🙂