Rhine House Party – Ronnie
Day One: Thurrock to Bad Salzig, Germany
We Left Thurrock at 09.40 and had another pick up in Canterbury for remaining guests before heading down to Dover. We caught the 12.05 ferry which left at 12.25, a good crossing.
Clients happy with the new Crusader Holidays bus, good run until after Mons, France when one muppett bumped into another muppett, cost us about 30mins. We arrived at our hotel in Bad Salzig, Germany at 22.00. Most of the guest stayed up and had a night cap, the landlord’s daughter Sondra reminded me that I had known her Mother and Father for 30 years, so after that I went to bed with a lightly boiled aspirin!!!
Day Two: German Wine Tasting
Our first call was a short visit to the historic city of Boppard. The Guests visited the all year round Christmas Shop. We then made our way into Koblenz where guest had the opportunity to go on the new chair lift across the Rhine from Wilhelm Monument to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side. The ladies in the group mostly went up into the town to sample the shops.
At 3 o’clock we left to make the short drive along the Mossell to the village of Alken to meet Anton for traditional German Wine Tasting. All the guests enjoyed the experience and a lot purchased Wines which were then delivered to the coach. Then we returned to Bad Salzig via the Hunsruck Hills which gives good views as you climb out of the Mosselle Valley, especially good views of the River. Then good views of the Rhine as we descended down the Rhine Valley.
In the evening after dinner there was music in the form of a keyboard player. There was dancing from the start ( lots of ladies ) so it was a very good evening. The clocks went forward tonight which is a pain but everyone was ok.
Day Three: Rudesheim
We explored more of the Rhine Valley today. We drove the short distance to St Goar where most of the guest went on the KD River Boat to Rudesheim. Whilst in Rudesheim, most guests looked for lunch. It was very cold and snowing for a little. Some of the guests managed to visit the music museum, which is well worth it. After leaving Rudesheim we went up to the Germania Monument or the Niederwalddenkmal, which commemorates the unification of Germany in 1871. We then headed back across on a river ferry and returned to our hotel. This evening was a little less noisy than Saturday evening, guest sat, relaxed and enjoyed a class of wine and chatted.
Day four: Return back to England
We made our return to Calais via Brussles and Ghent for our Ferry to Dover. A very nice weekend.