Converging Rivers

Our river cruise ship, River Queen, arrived in Koblenz around 8am this morning. We are quayside just a short walk from the so-called “German-Corner”, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers converge. After breakfast, many guests meet in the lounge for an interesting lecture presented by a local historian. We learn about life in the region, from the Middle Ages to Modern Times.

A Koblenz Walking Discovery Tour follows, or an alternative, rather active, bicycle ride of over 20 kms! We are all back on board for lunch, with a quick turnaround for those joining an optional excursion to nearby Marksburg Castle. Others enjoy a more leisurely afternoon, some going shopping in town and others taking the popular Koblenz Cable Car trip across the Rhine for the views from the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. In the park at the top of the cable car ride, some of us discover a larger-than-life German ice-cream man selling Italian ice creams. He did good business!

The shops in Koblenz also did rather well. It’s a popular shopping destination featuring both major brand stores and quaint shopping streets with boutique shops. Naturally Dawn succumbs and comes home with some new shoes. She enlists the help of a guest to carry her shopping bag on board, in a pointless attempt to hide her purchases from Richard.

The regular daily talk with cruise director Tabea brings us all together early-evening, and we enjoy another wonderful dinner provided by Executive Chef Branislav Halo and his team.