Snapshot of Europe: Cologne & St Goar
To give myself a little break from writing and showcase how pictures truly can be worth a thousand words, here is a reel of the beautiful German metropolitan of Cologne and small town Sankt Goar seated on the breathtaking tide of the Rhine river.
Inside the beautiful Kolner Dom.
German pretzels anyone?
And schnitzels of course!
Heading south away from Cologne along the Rhine, to the little town of Sankt Goar.
Castles, forts and ruins.
Ruins surrounded by mist, a perfect place for legends and folk law.
An interesting fact: Just upstream of Sankt Goar is home to Loreley rock. Under the veil of thick mist, it is no wonder legends of Loreley were formed here. Apparently according to various myths, mermaids or sirens could be seen “…sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks.” (Wiki)
The bottom picture: Pfalzgrafenstein castle. Like most of the castles and forts built along the Rhine, it was not only a stronghold but functioned as a toll collecting station. Built in the middle of the Rhine river, it used to have large metal chains stretched across the river so that all who wanted to pass would have to pay taxes. Cool ey! Probably not so nice for the poor old merchants being extorted.
Burg Rheinfels at dusk.