20.10.2011 - 20.10.2011 10 °C
Arrived early in Wertheim for a morning stop. White swans and ducks swimming in the early morning mist outside our balcony. Both still suffering from a head cold and a terrible cough which we need to leave in Europe (from whence it came!). Sister Margie who has not been afflicted with anything set off on a guided hike through town into the surrounding villages and then on up to the castle.
Went for a stroll in the village which was a 5 minute walk from the dock. Wertheim is a medieval town at the point where the Tauber River flows into the Main. It is famous for it's glass with both functional medical and artistic forms. Perched on the top of the hill overlooking the town is the old Hohenburg castle. The watchtower and some of the walls are 12 th C while other sections were added during the middle ages. There are many pretty half timbered houses dating from 1577.
The church in the village has changed hands between Catholics and Lutherans many times so it now contains evidence of both inside. The clock on the church only has one hand as the early rulers decided they didn't need to know the exact time.
Spent the afternoon drifting down the Main River - passed many towns and villages and forts on the hillsides. Went under a bridge with 10 cm gap - explains why the top deck is closed most of the time until we get to the Rhine. It has been sunny but so cold outside that we haven't really wanted to go there.
This afternoon we are receiving lessons on German coffee making and a Zither concert before tonight's fancy dress 'party'. We are both really looking forward to that! Being enthusiasts of dress ups.