Today at d’Verse Linda asked us to write a Quadrille of exactly 44 words celebrating the fruit of the vine, Wine! On our 50th Anniversary trip in 2019 we were treated to a complimentary bottle of Champagne. that we found in our room when we returned from our morning excursion in Cologne.
Kinderjik girl lives in a windmill // right along the canal near by
Dreams her summer days away watching tourists floating by
Doesn’t think it unusual to live in such a place
All her neighbors live in the same kind of space
As her mom hangs the family’s wash on the line
She watches clouds floating and passes the time
Not much to do on a warm summer day
But dream of boys and while the time away
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
On our trip up the Rhine River last summer, we stopped at Kinderjik to see the windmills. It was a fascinating place to visit. They took us to a working windmill and showed us all around. On the way we passed several others, but the one with the little girl caught my camera’s eye! All of the windmills have families living in them. We were told there is a waiting list for people wanting to live there.
We visited the town of Colmar on one of our last stops on our Rhine River Cruise. The French town of Colmar goes back to Medieval times. The old part of town has kept a lot of the old buildings and architecture with modern buildings mixed in as well. We took a tram ride through the town and got a quick but informative tour. The town square has huge shady trees that must be over a hundred years old. It was a very unique place to visit.
Boatmen on the Rhine
Hear echoes of the Siren.
Water Nymph calling
from the cliffs of Lorelei.
Steering in for a closer look;
Her seductive voice was all it took…
to crash their boats in the rocky shallows.
Her voice was clear // they all could hear;
but no one ever really saw her.
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Last summer this time, we were on a river cruise up the Rhine for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Along the Middle Rhine we came to a prominent mountainous outcrop of rocks on the German side known as the Cliffs of Loreley (English – Lorelei) At the bottom of the rocky cliff the river is shallow and rocky and dangerous for boatmen. As the story goes, the water running over these shallows creates a humming sound that echoes off the rocks. The myth was told that it was a beautiful young girl called Loreley who called causing the boatman to crash their boats in the shallows. At the very top is a monument that says these cliffs are a UNESCO site.
De Jackson at d’Verse, asked us to write a poem about Sirens or Mermaids. There are any mythical stories going way back and in many different cultures. This one we experienced in real life!
Last Summer we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a Rhine River Cruise. It was a wonderful trip full of memories. If it had been this year, it would have been canceled with many different memories. I shot this photo as we took a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Little did I imagine how much the meaning of the poster could change in one year.
Traveling up the Rhine River, we passed through several locks, where the ship enters and is raised to a higher level. We went through most of them at night, but on this evening we came to a lock just before sunset. It was an interesting experience to see the water filling the lock and watch us rise. The opposite doors slowly opened and we moved on up the river just as the sun was setting. It reminded me of life.
It was an incredible site to travel up the Rhine and see all the old castles on the hillsides along the way. The Middle Rhine region is famous for wine growing and castles. Some of the castles are still in ruin, but many of them have been taken care of and in some cases people live in them. Imagine staying in a hotel that was once a medieval castle. An interesting thing to me was that the rows of vines in the vineyard were planted vertical rows rather than horizontal. Some of our tour group climbed the Castle at Koblenz, but the rest of the castles were seen as we passed by, moving up river.
Ancient stones still stand
Castles with stories to tell
Vines grow // wine still flows
This is the castle at Koblenz. The more able bodied persons made the climb while the rest of us went to the Fortress on a bus.