apartment rental that I'd HIGHLY recommend - the owners Gabi and Wolfgang were incredibly friendly (when we complimented the delicious scent of a dinner they were cooking, Gabi actually ran down to grab us a couple of samples to taste!) and a great source of information on the region. All of our dinners were at restaurants they recommended and all of them were delicious! On our first day we got a bit of a late start since S finally took the opportunity to recover from his jet lag (now that the sweet siren's song of Nurburgring wasn't keeping his adrenaline pumping...) After a leisurely morning we got lost and then proceeded to walk down the steepest hill ever to the town's resident castle, Burg Rheinfels.
And this is the view from the top tower that we climbed too. The Rhine River is still an incredibly busy waterway. There were cruise ships and barges constantly floating by.
Ok, that's a pretty long post. I'll come back tomorrow with the pictures from day 2 in the Rhine Valley!