Friday, April 22, 2005

Mains, Germany

Rhine Valley wine country (with ruin)... click for larger image Rhine Valley castle... click for larger image We motored through the Rhine wine valley from Koblenz to Mains. Weather was grand - sunny and cool.

We saw castle after castle, vineyard after vineyard. They plant grapes on steep, terraced hillsides.

Many of the German castles were destroyed by France way before 1500. Some are ruins and some have been rebuilt.

One ruin has been purchased by a private party for a home in the last remaining tower. It was funny to see a driveway switchbacked up the side of the mountain... and satellite dishes and antenna about 1/2 way up the hill :-)

Mains cathedral ceialing... click for larger image Mains Gutenberg demonstration... click for larger image We docked at Mains in the early afternoon and went on a quickie walking tour. It's a lovely city of about 185K people. We visited a couple of old city center squares and one of the cathedrals we saw was spectacular. The painted ceilings were beautiful.

We visited the Gutenberg Museum and saw a demo of his printing process and one of his original bibles.

It was a good day.

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