Our hotel in Ediger-Eller.
Our hotel on der Mosel.
This is the home of our host, Ralph, in Bremm. Ralph is Mariel's German teacher. Ralph grew up here and rents most of this place and saves a flat for himself and his family when they visit.
We went for a walk in Bremm to see the village and the vineyards.
Rooftops in Bremm.
The gravesites at the local church are kept up. You only "rest" here for 20-30 years or so before the more recently deceased are moved in. That way the cemetary is always filled those in recent memory.
Vineyards grow on the steep hill sides above the river. It's been this way since the Romans established this as a wine growing region.
Cochem on der Mosel
Periodically the river floods the village. Here are some of the high water marks.
Back in Bremm.
This castle in Cochem is actually sort of modern. The oldest written records of the castle date back to 1150. It had been decimated by the French in the Nine Years War (1688). A businessman baought the castle remains in 1868 and set about restoring it. The castle was finally donated to the city in 1978.
See the squiggly bits that lead to the key hole? That helped the blind drunk press his key against the flat area then drag it downward till he reached the keyhole.