Clouds above and beneath...clouds look the same everywhere...fyi.
The scenery changed when I landed:
Yay! Brad was there to meet me at the gate in Frankfurt! He had already spent a week in Italy, walking around Rome and Florence ... and then got to relax a bit in Baden-Baden before meeting me in Frankfurt.
From the airport we took a train to Bacharach, a small village in the Rhine River Valley. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! The pictures below don't do justice to the amazing cobblestone streets and beautiful flowers and breath-taking views of medieval castles...
That first table with the white umbrella is where we ate dinner. I had jagerschnitzel for the first time...and Coke Light! Brad had some sort of meat (surprise!) and a Coca-Cola Classic!
See the dates on this gate to the city? 1322 and 1366!
This is the oldest house in the village - built in the 1300s (Altes Haus).
We walked up the hill toward the castle to get a view of the village. I thought the church was gorgeous.
Brad decided to check on the vineyard...wanted to make sure things were progressing as they should. The grapes were tiny. I hope that's normal.
One of the many pictures we that Brad took of us with scenery in the background. It's worth mentioning that at this point it's about 9:30pm. Yes, that's pm. The sun didn't go down until 10pm or a little after. It was nuts.
We made it to the top of the hill. This is the back of the castle (now a hostel).
Finally the sun went down, and all of the village streets were lit up with strings of lights.
Nashville, Newark, London, Frankfurt, and Bacharach. Day 1.