We finished today sitting on the banks of the Rhein in front of our campsite, sipping local wine and eating "homemade" chicken noodle soup. We couldn't have asked for a better view with the river turning a bend just up to our right, a castle sitting on the edge of the hillside, and vineyards running up the steep slopes of the bank opposite us. While we ate we watched slow freight boats that we had seen hours earlier now chugging past us.
Our morning started in Koblenz with a gondola trip up from the river to a hilltop fort that has existed in some form since 1000BC when the Romans first built it. After a quick stop at the grocery store to grab the makings of a gourmet (naturally!) picnic, we set off on the path south with no particular destination in mind. The journey was peaceful and we encountered numerous quaint hamlets with steepled churches, clock towers, and houses with dark crisscrossed timber facades, all set against a background of steep forested hills dotted with castles.