Note the numbered windows. There are twenty four of them and each light up at night as advent windows
All around town we see the Christmas Markets being set up
Quite the view as we approach the Fortress
Approaching Koblenz, we see the Fortress high above
Sailing along the middle Rhine, we find many castles. Notice the one high on the hill and then this one on an island in the river. This one was used to collect tolls. A chain was stretched across the river . A toll was collected, the chain lowered to the bottom of the river, and then a boat could pass.
This is the base of the town statue that shows the history. Notice that even way back then, the men are doing the hard rowing while the woman is in the front giving the orders
Part of the old Prussian fortress
The Peppermint Lady—read about her in the blog
This guy lays train track getting ready for the Christmas Markets
Looking down from the fortress onto the German Corner with its King William the First statue overlooking the confluence of the Mozell River with the Rhine River
This “Spitting Boy” fountain has water flowing below, but every two minutes he spits water at anyone within range.
Like many places in Europe, lovers place their lock on the fence and throw the key in the river (but the way marriages are today, more of them should use combination locks)
This statue in the center square tells the history of Koblenz from the bottom up
Day 5: Nov 20, 2017 – Koblenz’s Peppermint Lady
Today we are off to see the city of Koblenz. They are just beginning to set up the Christmas Markets here, so we get teased for the days to come. We see Christmas trees—but they are still bundled up and stacked in carts waiting to be set up. We see Christmas Market stalls—but they are still closed with nothing in them. We see rides for the kids—but they are still on the trailers being brought into the town squares. You get the idea—it’s the Christmas Markets…. Almost.
Now today we hear some great little stories about Koblenz. Like the Peppermint Lady who would wander around town begging for food for the stray cats and give a peppermint stick to anyone who would donate. I guess there are not any great town heroes here, since the Peppermint Lady has her own statue.
After touring the town we venture high on the hill above to the fortress overlooking the town and river. This dates back to the middle ages but was completely destroyed by the French when they were driven out of the area by the Prussians. But the Prussians rebuild the fortress starting in 1817 and today this is the fortress we see.
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