After the wonderful, though cool sail past the castles we arrived at Rudesheim.

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And no sooner had we docked than another ship docked to our ship. And they get real real close.  Hello neighbor.

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We boarded a “train” to town. RUDESHEIM-5 RUDESHEIM-6 RUDESHEIM-7

We started with a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. There were all kinds of calliopes and music boxes dating back to the 18th century.  RUDESHEIM-8
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Some of the group went to sample their special coffee and brandy, chocolate, and whipped cream. RUDESHEIM-59  RUDESHEIM-58  RUDESHEIM-60  RUDESHEIM-61  and it was not decaf.
But of course there were other things like apple streusel and baumstriezel. RUDESHEIM-66 now I didn’t take a photo of the streusel as the ice cream was melting.  So we took a photo of the white violin in the case with brandy snifter next to us.  RUDESHEIM-62 RUDESHEIM-63 and some strawberry drink.
And for those that did not head back to the ship but took a gondola ride to the top…RUDESHEIM-65 RUDESHEIM-67 RUDESHEIM-68 RUDESHEIM-69 RUDESHEIM-64
and now I am only behind with today’s photos from Miltenberg as we are already sailing for the stop after that.
Just a warning, we are nearing the end of the cruise and with transfers to hotels, some of the posts will have to wait until I get back home as I am having a time trying to get through everyone’s photos from the group, which means I am posting more than usual.  But hope you are enjoying them.