Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A River Runs Through It.......

A Traditional Rhine-boat

Hullo ma wee blog,

That could be the theme for week one of the holiday in all probability. Staying close to the Rhine {pronounced 'Rhee' in this area}, Schaffhausen built on the bank and on trade from the river and Rhee-fall, biggest waterfall in Europe and still impressive even with only half the normal flow due to the dry weather this year. Today we continued the theme with a trip to Stein-Am-Rhee, one of those places that we really like and visit every time we come here. Stein-Am-Rhine is a small town of painted medieval houses a gentle couple of hours on a cruiser upstream from Schaffhausen through woods, vinyards and lovely little villages. On another boiler of a day, it's a great way to stay cool as the water takes the heat down and the breeze blowing gently down the river valley keeps you refreshed.







Two hours of scenery and people watching brought us to the town in time for a small lunch and a cool drink under huge parasols to keep the sun off. Stepping off the boat was like stepping into an oven for the first few moments until you began to acclimatise a little. Time though for us pale skinned Scots who are unused to sun like this to be careful and keep the sun-lotion topped up and stay out of sun where we can at this hottest time of the day.

Some people from the boat trip.


reflections

Chatting with a young boy

Enough already


A hard day

A quiet hour or two for a lunch - Rosti for the Lovely G and Saurli {pork}-schnitzel for me - and a bit of sightseeing and shopping before we caught a train back downstream to Schaffhausen then a bus {after only a minutes wait please note Scottish bus companies!} back to the village where we stopped at a cafe for a drink and something cool { I had lemon and plum sorbets while G went for banana and mango ice creams}


Stein Am Rhein

Windows St -Am - Rh.

The butchers shop



And some more water to finish off with...






See you later.

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6 comments:

Nicky said...

Sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing your day with us, Alistair, and the pics too - love those sleepyheads!

Alistair said...

Hullo Nicky - I'm an inveterate people watcher and love to try and capture the essence of folk if I can - but I feel you have to be careful not to intrude on peoples privacy and often, when photograohing children for instance, will ask permission. Glad to have you along for the trip and that you're enjoying the photos.

Rebecca S. said...

I really enjoyed these last couple of posts full of photos of lovely Switzerland. I can feel the heat rising out of the photos, though!
Summer is certainly happening over there!

Alistair said...

Glad you're enjoying them Rebecca......

IndigoWrath said...

Hey Alistair! Lounging under parasols on the river sounds ideal, I must tray that. Tho possibly not close to a waterfall, as I doze off easily. And what a beautiful town that is! Thanks for the photos, Indigo

Alistair said...

Cheers Indie, Thanks for dropping by.....

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