Tuesday, November 24, Marksburg castle to Rudensheim
It was a writing day. Since Debra and I did Marksburg castle in 2012, Ken went to Marksburg without us. We did good writing and took a slew of pictures as we passed through the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine shown to the left.
We picked up the tour groups in Lahnstein at lunchtime. Castle after castle as we traveled down the Rhine that afternoon. Demo of the making of a Rudensheim coffee drink accompanied by a panoply of desserts made a nice break between castle eye candy. Then more pictures though the windows, giving the photos of Koblenz a watery look. As shown here.
We all signed up do an evening tour of Rudensheim as the Christmas markets are supposed to be good and proved to be so. Cities and villages in Europe create a block or more of booths dressed up for the holidays. Games and rides and food and bands (I heard Feliz Navidad!) and I found a few Christmas gifts too. The Christmas market in Rudensheim went on for blocks in narrow, winding streets, filled with the scents of sausages, tomato soup, coffee, chocolate, mulled wine, and thick gingerbread. After a long walk from the Christmas market to the bus, we arrived dusted in snow. I had a long chat on the bus ride with our Brazilian contingent. The bus took us to Wiesbaden where the boat had cruised to while we shopped, and then the ship took off again while we had a late dinner. All very confusing but well orchestrated.
We found out that fifty cancelled this cruise from another passenger earlier in the day. Viking upgraded cabins for those in standard staterooms as they had waived my single supplement. In the dining room, serving sizes have been noticeably larger. I remarked last night that I think they’re making us eat the absent fifty’s food.
Temperatures 0 to 31.