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16 August 1999

Monday morning, Tante Ilse picked us up for a trip to the Siebengebirge on the Rhein. Onkel Kurt came with them, in order to say goodbye to us. We drove him to the bus stop, so he could take the bus back home, and the four of us were off.

Rhein River from Drachenfels
Tante Ilse found the base station for the Drachenfels Zahnratbahn (gear train), and parked there under the Autobahn. We rode up to the top and walked up to the ancient castle ruin, high above the Rhein. From that vantage point, the Rhein wound and unfurled between the green hills. Other castles and ruins dotted the hillsides, high above the vineyards.

And up to Drachenfels. Atop the mountain it stood, from ages past. You could almost hear the rocks whisper the secrets of their centuries above the Rhein. Laura strained to listen, but to no avail.

On the way down, we listened to a dragon puppet in a little coin-operated box tell of Siegfried the dragon-slayer. An interesting story, from the dragon's perspective.

Village of Unkel
Then we took the train back down to Königswinter. After finding out what the boat schedule was, we found that we had a couple of hours to wander around the old town and have lunch. So after a relaxing (and spicy) lunch, we strolled through Königswinter through the shops and along the historic river.

On the boat, we rode upriver past villages, castles and churches. Every now and then a train would run by along the shore. And freighters were always with us on the river. Just past Unkel, the boat turned, and we headed back down the Rhein.

Tante Ilse drove us back to Lennep, where Dad fixed for everyone a "genuine" Mexican meal, with beans, cheese, tortilla chips--and everyone seemed to like it. Tante Ilse and Tante Gertrud drove home, and we sat for a quiet last evening with Michael and Susanne.

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