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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Great Rivers of Europe - 3
Hi, We arrived in Koblenz on the beautiful but brisk spring morning of May 4.
Across the river from our docking spot was this small shipyard.
Soon after our arrival we departed the ship for a walking tour around town (above and three below.)
Called Spitting John, this fountain represents all the bastard sons of invading French soldiers. Also, it is called the Spitting Boy Fountain. The fountain spits every two minutes.
We departed Koblenz around lunch time for what was for me one of the highlights of the trip. Over a 40 mile stretch of the Rhine there are 40 castles. Some are still occupied. In addition, there were some very picturesque riverfront towns (above and all of the remaining photos below).
The river provided its own subjects (above and two below). In the photo above we are about to pass a self propelled barge.
Ferries are used to cross this stretch of the river (above and below). There are no bridges.
Even though the hillsides are very steep grapes are still grown here (above and below).
At one time the lords of the various castles along the river collected tolls for use of the part of the river they controlled. At this point the controlling lord placed a chain across the river which would be lowered to the bottom by the occupants of this small fort after the toll had been paid.
I am 77 years old. I took my first railroad photos in the mid 50's although active photography really took hold in 1971 when I moved to the Washington, DC area.
I enjoy photographing almost any kind of rail activity and have done so throughout the United States. In addition, I have photographed extensively in a number of Canadian Provinces and have had the opportunity to shoot some in foreign countries.
I am married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandsons. Professionally, I worked for the United States Bureau of Mines until the organization was shut down in 1996. In my last assignment I managed the Bureau's Minerals and Materials Science Research Program.
My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have had a number of really great trips to South America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan, and Africa. Photos from these trip will be included. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org