Loreley Calling

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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.

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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!

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Locks

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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.

Rocks in our life stream…
Pause // close the door behind you
Let good friends lift you;
Move to a higher level
Let negative pain behind.
Summer sun drops low…
Enjoy the evening orange hues
Tomorrow // new day

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Castles along the Rhine

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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

 

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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.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

Koblentz Fortress

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The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was an amazing structure of engineering. This huge structure is built high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The Teutonic Knights set up their first base here in 1216! Following the tour we were able to ride the gondola down across the river to the other side below. Along the way we passed the large bronze statue of Prince William I… (Kaiser Wilhelm I).

Old Fortress remains

Telling tales of Knights of old

Tourists stand in awe

Overlooking two rivers

Eight-thousand years // flowing

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Did you see the little green lawn mower… ??

 

Home Again

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We celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary with a cruise up the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel. It was a wonderful week of new adventures. We met some really interesting people along the way. After a long 19 hour day of travel we were very thankful to be home again! More photos to come in future posts.

So glad to be home

Traveling in summer heat

Memories to keep

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Dream of a lifetime fulfilled

Waking  to reality