A Castle Above Chilly Cochom: Paris to Prague Part 7

Knowlden_Cochom_River from CastleSaturday, November 23. Bernkastel to Cochom

By the way of many lochs, we arrive in Cochem at 7:45

They served French crullers at breakfast. We were excited to see where fellow traveller Debra spent three of her teen years. We finish breakfast as we arrive at the village.

We walk to the town center with our guide Petra. Overnight snow showers whitened the hills and roofs. Caught a good view of the castle and then crossed the bridge to the other side of the bridge to the town proper. We traverse steep hills, some at 80 degrees!, lots of stairs. We meet a mini coach which takes us up the worst of the hill. Lots of salt on the ground for the slick conditions.

Knowlden_Castle above CochomThe Imperial castle dates back to the 11th century. Beautiful and in a dramatic setting. In ruins till 1978, and then rebuilt. I love the windows, ceilings, secret doors and cunning passages. Great views of the Moselle river.

Not much at the Christmas market, early days and too early in the morning. We do score some fabulous fries and mayo. Since 2012, Debra has waxed lyrical over fries and mayo in Germany.  She’s right: it’s really good! Left Cochem at 1:00. Will arrive at Winningen at 6:30. Through more lochs.

We walk around Idun’s upper deck this afternoon and don’t die. It was cold at the castle. Mittens and scarves help. Sweater under the heavy coat helps cut the wind too. Paris was pleasantly warm so this is a bit of a shock.

Debra and I do critiques of our flash fiction pieces before dinner.

Taste of Germany for dinner tonight. Lots of meat. Yeah, taste of Germany is all about the meat. The costumes, music windup boxes, oompah band are fun.

30-41 degrees F today.


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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3 Responses to A Castle Above Chilly Cochom: Paris to Prague Part 7

  1. jbadoud says:

    Nicely written & I love the photographs.

    Sent from my iPad


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