I've been living near the Rhine for all my life but I never wondered where it came from. I learned now that the Rhine springs are located in several parts of Switzerland, that it is a large river already before it flows into Lake Constance, and that it flows through this lake and comes out at the other side. After that there are the famous Rhine falls near Schaffhausen in Switzerland. Both Sabine and me hadn't seen this place yet although it is the second largest fall in Europe.
Lots of water, fast water. Visitors can stand on platforms very near the raging waters, or even on top of them, and there are boats that visit the rock in the middle of it. Standing near these amazing amounts of water is a humbling experience. The ground shakes.
Another tourist spot is a historic town called Stein am Rhein, not far from the falls. Lots of medieval houses here, and lots of tourists - I don't want to know what this place is like in summer.
In tourist season, we would probably have queued to get a cake and a coffee like this. The cake was good, the coffee was so-so, but we sat near the Rhine and the view was wonderful.
A visit to a monastery ...
Old keyboards ... too bad I couldn't try them ...
Back home, waving up to our Zeppelin friend ...
And a beautiful view of the alps - and to the Säntis, tomorrow's travel destination.
The Hands Of Mike Ratledge XIX
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