Water falls

The little town of Kuldīga in Western Latvia offers several superlatives (according to our guidebooks – and they look “impressive” in real life too).

There’s the brick-lined bridge over the river  Venta – it was built wide enough for two carriages to pass each other easily in 1874. Not sure what the superlative is exactly, but I read something about one – somewhere…

The waterfalls Ventas Rumba right next to the bridge are the widest in all of Latvia: 275m across (300 yards). They are only about 1m high (3 ft), but who cares about that.

Just beyond the bridge the little creek Alekšupīte empties into the Venta – forming Latvia’s highest falls right there: 4m (4.4 yd)

What can I say, it’s a small country too… but charming…

There’s also an medieval square somewhere in town where the first potatoes were sold in all of Latvia – yet to be discovered by us.


Wilbur at the Moselle

Our frequency has somewhat slowed down, but Wilbur is out and about a lot. A few weeks ago he’s been on a trip along the Moselle river, the Mosel, and has sent lovely pictures that I’d like share.

First stop on the way – the Japanese Garden in Bonn. Once a present from Japan to Germany (in 1979). Pure tranquility…

wilber bonn

A wonderful panoramic view of the Moselle at Starkenburg. This place actually has a name “Lorettablick” – Loretta View.

Sorry for the trees and bushes that partly obsure the view.


Moving along to Traben-Trabach – note the ruins of Grevenburg Castle in the background (halfway up the mountain) and the cruise ships.


And another lovely town in these parts: Bernkastel-Kues.


And of course one cannot visit the Moselle river without a proper wine tasting.

This is at Achim Reis in Briedel.


And this is at Weingut Hermannsberg, which is not at the Moselle but the Nahe river (but it was on the way home…).


Great trip!

I will see Wilbur on Monday. Yay!

Next week will be extra special as I will be travelling again too – and I will not only get to see Wilbur, but Ella as well.

More summer dreaming

Dear friend Wilbur has taken the clue and has sent a few pictures from one of his trips this past summer. It was a road trip along the Danube river in Germany and I’ve got to tell you, the pictures surely got me dreaming of  summer… and travelling… and sunshine…

First was a boat trip of course.


Also, a stop in Kehlheim at the Hall of Liberation, which looks a little bit like a huge cookie jar and was built in rememerance of the battles against Napoleon in 1813-1815 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (I hope I am getting all the history right). It’s built on a hill overlooking the river.


Inside there are 34 mable victory goddesses, each 4m (13ft) high. You can walk around the entire cuppola on the higher balcony.


Other stops included Noerdlingen, where sweet Wibur posed in front of a quite unique fountain with the Hotel Kloesterle in the background, that once was a monestary.


And beautiful Rothenburg with the Gerlach Smithery in this picture. The picture was taking from the city walls.


But my favorite looks like a side trip to Greece and a Greek temple…


The Walhalla!

Also built by Ludwig I in 1842 it commemorades famous Germans. There are busts and statues inside.

And it’s not just the perspective, it’s huge!

And look at the blue sky and puffy white clouds…

Essen / Ruhrgebiet

The Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s former hotspot for coal mining and heavy steel industry, is not primarily known for its lovely green landscape. Nevertheless, we had a weekend planned here with friends to go hiking.
The whole area has changed a lot in recent years. Most of the mines have been closed down, many sites today have been converted into museums, event locations, restaurants, cultural centers etc. and there’s a surprising amount of green around.
We trekked along the old “Leinpfad”, the pathway where once the boats loaded with coal were pulled down the Ruhr river, from the town of Hattingen to the city of Essen.

Starting out from the train station in Hattingen.


Following the river we were surrounded by green fields.



First rest.


All along the way old buildings, bridges, chimneys, and locks bore witness to the areas past.




Second rest.


Beautiful vistas and the old mile stones counting our progress, while the wildlife kept their distance or defended their territory.




Third and final rest.


And finally the tram to take us all the way back into the town center of Essen ca 14km later.