|Koblenz celebrated 2,000 years of history in 1992.|
|An interesting description of 2,000 years packed|
into a fountain
This pretty city was one of the military posts established by Drusus I. This Roman politician and military commander was well connected to Roman Emperors! He was stepson to Augustus, brother to Tiberius, father to Claudius, grandfather to Caligula and great grandfather to Nero. As early as 1,000 BC fortifications were built on the hill opposite the town where the Fortress Ehrenbreitstein now stands. Remains of a Roman bridge are still visable. It has at various times been part of France, occupied by France and the home of many French emigres. During WW II it was heavily bombed and rebuilt afterwards. We enjoyed walking through the town and along the river. In the main square we had a nice lunch and a great pastry for dessert at Cafe Adaccio sitting outside in the sun.
|We sat outside to have our lunch.|
We did see a sign for a vineyard and took a quick right up the hill. The Restaurant Winzerschente Phillips-Muhle was a great stop. Generations of this family have owned this vineyard as we saw in an illustrated family history on the wall. We sat outside surrounded by the vineyards and drank their excellent white wine. Nice!
Thank goodness for both our Navigation systems - it took both of them to find our B&B in Kriftel. Once there though it was very comfortable and after a short interesting walk into the small town, we had a nice dinner at Zum Hirsch Restaurant. Breakfast at the B&B was good too but the big surprise was our flight home. We were upgraded to Business Class (first class for us - can't imagine what more you could get) after some miserable mistakes on Lufthanza's side while waiting for our flight (at the wrong gate). The very comfortable roomy seats, food and service was amazing. What a difference. The rich do live differently. It was a wonderfully surprising end to a great trip!
|Boats on the Moselle in Koblenz|
|Gourmet Schnitzel - who knew!|
|Broad walkways border both rivers with a huge park at the|
|Across the way was the Fortress|
|We loved this musician playing traditional (it sounded to us)|
French music we could have heard in Paris.
|This cable car connects downtown Koblenz with the Fortress|
|The dedicated bicycle path along the river. You can go any where|
in Germany by bicycle safely! See the castles on the hills.
|Another castle further down the river.|
|The sign welcoming us to Philipps-Muhle|
|The outside cafe|
|The family history|
|Enjoying the local wine!|
|This lovely church or castle was on it's own tiny island.|
Another one was up the hill in the vineyards.
|Cold duck breast appetizer on Lufthanza|
flying back to Boston in STYLE