“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 15(II))

May 2

~ Koblenz

koblenz-copy

[As Facebooked:  Koblenz, pop. 107,000, at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. In fact, Koblenz means confluence in Latin, as it was a city founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Accordingly, we made “confluence” the word of the day! In order to totally appreciate its confluencedness, the Super and I rode the funicular to the top of the far side of the Rhine for an over view of where the rivers meet, but where the Mosel loses naming rights to the Rhine. Yes, that’s our boat, the Aegir. Then we rode around town on the choo-choo train!]

koblenz2-copy

[A reader noted a total lack of “food shots” in the previous post, ergo . . . ]

5-2-16-98-copy

[The Koblenz funicular – to be featured many more times.]

5-2-16-99-copy

[Our boat; soon to be our funicular.]

5-2-16-100-copy

[OK, who remembers Konrad Adenauer?]

5-2-16-101-copy

[An obelisk . . . every self respecting town should have one.]

5-2-16-102-copy

[Looks like I beat the Super to the flower bed.  I think this is when we thought we were on a  bus that was going to tour the town – it wasn’t, so we hopped off and tried to find our way “back home.”]

5-2-16-103-copy

[We found Richie and Marlene’s restaurant.]

5-2-16-104-1-copy

[Still wending our way back through town – stopping for photo ops whenever.]

5-2-16-105-copy

[Ahh, back to the river and the funicular.]

5-2-16-106-copy

[So how ’bout a ride?]

5-2-16-107-copy

[Well, maybe a little walk around our neighborhood first.]

5-2-16-108-copy

[Kaiser Wilhelm I]

5-2-16-109-copy

[The point where the Mosel and Rhine Rivers meet . . . and greet, known as the German Corner.]

5-2-16-111-copy

[A promenade]

5-2-16-112-copy

[One should never travel without one’s elephant, particularly if it’s a woolly mammoth.]

5-2-16-113-copy

[OK, now let’s ride the funicular!]

5-2-16-114-copy

5-2-16-115-copy

[Here we go!]

5-2-16-116-copy

5-2-16-117-copy

5-2-16-118-copy

5-2-16-119-copy

[There’s Kaiser Bill and our boat.]

5-2-16-120-copy

5-2-16-121-copy

5-2-16-122-copy

[And there’s the Mosel in the background.]

5-2-16-123-copy

5-2-16-124-copy

[Looking down the Rhine.]

5-2-16-125-copy

[The city and the confluence]

5-2-16-126-copy

5-2-16-127-copy

5-2-16-128-copy

[Almost to the top.]

5-2-16-129-copy

5-2-16-130-copy

[And now the view from the top.]

5-2-16-131-copy

[A vast green park up top . . . which is better than being half vast.]

5-2-16-132-copy

[And the famous black tulips, a/k/a, Queen of the Night tulips.  OK, they’re really a deep maroon . . . making them half Gophers!]

5-2-16-133-copy

[The confluence from on high.]

5-2-16-134-copy

[The barges on the Mosel probably going to pick up casks of the famous Mosel wines . . . OK, maybe not.]

5-2-16-135-copy

[The Rhine from whence we came.]

5-2-16-136-copy

5-2-16-137-copy

5-2-16-138-copy

[Ungulates!]

5-2-16-139-copy

[We’re heading back to the funicular thataway.]

5-2-16-140-copy

[I’m looking for my husband . . . or someone to do yard work, whoever comes first.]

5-2-16-141-copy

[And now, the funicular ride back down . . . ]

5-2-16-142-copy

[We’re on a walk around German Corner and up the Mosel side.]

5-2-16-143-copy

5-2-16-144-copy

[And into the city.]

5-2-16-145-copy

[How ’bout a “train” ride?]

5-2-16-146-copy

[Basilica of Saint Castor]

5-2-16-147-copy

[All aboard!]

5-2-16-148-copy

[I have no idea.  Only found one other shot of it, and it was only identified as a “building near the Mosel.”]

5-2-16-149-copy

5-2-16-149-1-copy

[Still choo-chooing.]

5-2-16-150-copy

[Koblenz Square]

5-2-16-151-copy

5-2-16-152-copy

[Electoral Palace in Schlosspark]

5-2-16-153-copy

[I believe this is to reflect the fall of The Wall.]

5-2-16-154-copy

5-2-16-155-copy

[Downtown Koblenz]

5-2-16-156-copy

5-2-16-157-copy

5-2-16-158-copy

5-2-16-159-copy

[Forum Confluentes, a new arts and cultural center built in the heart of the city’s central square.]

5-2-16-160-copy

[The Church of Our Lady]

5-2-16-161-copy

5-2-16-162-copy

[And we found our boat again!]

5-2-16-163-copy

5-2-16-164-copy

[As Facebooked:  John and Helen return to the boat after a hard day of exploring. Last [that] night was the captain’s dinner (though we still have two more days on the boat, didn’t want to rush anything at the end). Beef Wellington and other assorted goodies – we long ago began using doggie bags and are now wondering how we get multiple styrofoam boxes home in our luggage? The evening ended with a singularly outstanding performance by these two young musicians who played everything from Beethoven, to Mozart, to Gershwin, and ended with “Take Five” as an encore. Blew our socks off, which was great because I would have been too tired and stuffed to take them off in our room . . .]

5-2-16-164-1-copy

[The Farewell Dinner]

farewell-dinner-copy

farewell-dinner2-copy

farewell-dinner3-copy

5-2-16-165-1-copy

5-2-16-166-copy

[Sayonara?]

5-2-16-166-1-copy

5-2-16-167-copy

5-2-16-168-copy

5-2-16-169-copy

5-2-16-170-copy

5-2-16-171-copy

[And the evening’s entertainment.]

5-2-16-172-copy

5-2-16-172-1-copy

[Lidiya Plastun and Nikolay Leschenko were fabulous!]

5-2-16-173-copy

5-2-16-174-copy

5-2-16-176-1-copy

[Posted on FB, May 8:  We’re home! In celebration we give you Six Hands Duo, who performed on our boat in Koblenz. We were very tired (another day of hiking) but stayed to end and wished they would have played longer. A Mother’s Day present to all the moms!]

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.  ~  Mark Twain

Up Next:  Cardinal football!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s