The Viking Hild cast off at 7:00, to sail along what is claimed to be the best part of the Moselle Valley, between Bernkastel and Cochem. Keeping our fingers crossed that this gorgeous weather holds!
During the cruise this morning, it was Open Wheelhouse time for those who wanted to stop in to see the Captain at work.
The twists and turns of the Moselle River were very evident while sitting on the sun deck. One minute the sun was on your right side, and the next it was on your left!
|Town of Kröv backed by vineyards|
|Town of Reil|
|Railroad viaduct leading to a tunnel,|
across the Moselle River from Pünderich
|Oh! A commuter train running through the vineyards|
|Approaching Beilstein with the|
Burg/Castle Metternich (1129, fell 1689, "restored" 1868)
|The ferry at Ellenz-Polterdorf (to Beilstein)|
|A wine press|
|Our group filled the tables in the hall filled with thousands of|
implements used in cultivating grapes and making of wine, and barrels;
on the right side of the "stage" is the "Venus Mosellana"
|Andreas Schlagkamp was an enthusiastic and entertaining host,|
and he made sure we learned 1) the proper toast with wine is "Prosit!"
not the slangier "Prost!" used by beer drinkers, and 2) when in a
restaurant to eat, always order wine, never beer!
|Wine Museum stained glass window (KSS)|
|Vineyard peach trees in blossom|