Cochem ~ On the Moselle River, Rainy Weather and Celebrating Tim’s Birthday

Cochem ~ August 2nd (Celebrating Tim’s Birthday!!!!)

Happy Birthday Tim!

Happy Birthday Tim!

During the night, we left the Rhine River, took a left turn and have started cruising up the Moselle River. The Moselle is noticeably more narrow than the Rhine and you get the impression you could walk to shore from the center of the river. 

Our stop in Cochem was to include a walking tour, but once again it was raining so we opted to stay on board and hold out for some nicer weather.

The group who did brave the storm, came back with good reviews from their visit to Reichsburg Castle, and I do believe that we missed out on a nice excursion.

Reichsburg Castle

Reichsburg Castle sits on the hill above Cochem

And while we waited on board, we got to witness how they restock the galley. Not quite the same way that the mega ships do, but literally with “all hands on deck”, (and down the stairs and the hallway) a sort of conga line was implemented.

Supplies arrive to the dock and the loading begins

Supplies are delivered to the dock and the loading begins

Everyone of the crew takes a turn passing along the supplies

Everyone of the crew takes a turn passing along the supplies

Surely there is an easier, and more efficient means to do this now-a-day???

Maybe not…

But whatever the method, we, the passengers never wanted for anything. The crew worked together day and night to provide us with a seamless, excellent journey.

Finally the clouds parted and we got a measure of nicer weather. At least long enough that it allowed us to take a brief walk from the ship into the quaint village of Cochem.

Pavement drying, we walked ashore for a bit of a look

Pavement drying, we walked ashore for a bit of a look around

The town of Cochem is not very big

The town of Cochem is not very big

The town sits on both sides of the Moselle River

The town sits on both sides of the Moselle River

Spotted a cigarette dispenser on the way. We don’t see these in the USA very often any more. Especially not one that looks like this.

Cigarette Machine

Cigarette Machine

And a very colorfully painted stairway led to/from the bridge into town.

Whimsical and cheerful staircase

Whimsical and cheerful staircase

But of course with this being Tim’s birthday, we were treated at dinner with a yummy birthday cake that was shared with our table mates.

The birthday boy!

The birthday boy!

Enough to share!

Enough to share!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we are comfortable enough in our own skin to pick and choose which tours to take, that we are OK to stay on board and “miss out” on seeing something, and knowing that we do not have to do/see/experience everything to have a wonderful time. Sometimes less is truly more!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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21 Responses to Cochem ~ On the Moselle River, Rainy Weather and Celebrating Tim’s Birthday

  1. Awesome! Happy Birthday Tim!! 🙂 🙂

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  2. I like those simple walks in small towns 🙂

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  3. Happy Birthday, Tim. 🙂 –Curt

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  4. Ginny says:

    Happy Birthday, Tim!

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  5. mike alesko says:

    Happy birthday Tim. And yes, less is often more when touring.

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  6. Terry says:

    Yes a wonderful town and the castle is amazing. I was lucky enough for nice weather and wandered around for a couple of hours and explored the town for about the same. Happy belated Birthday Tim.

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  7. dunnasead.co says:

    belated happy birthday, Tim.

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  8. This river cruise sounds absolutely wonderful. And yes, it’s always good to now when to take time off.
    Alison

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    • Uniworld is a quality product, and we really appreciate how well we are pampered. Can only say positive things about the service. But of course the cities we visit along the way are what make each journey unique. Being back home now and caught up on our rest, I look back with slight regret at missing a few things and sightseeing opportunities. But for the most part, I am grateful that we listened to that little voice inside and had moments for ourselves to relax.

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  9. GeorgieMoon says:

    Love your blog, and great photos! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my latest post to congratulate yourself. maybe you would like to pass it on….

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  10. We were in Cochem on the same day!

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  11. Looks like you had a wonderful trip Joanne and Tim! (and happy birthday to Tim!) When are you planning on visiting South Africa? Some lovely game lodges to stay at and and safaris you can go on!

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  12. Nancilynn says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading Fuschia Rain. I write mostly Haiga and Haiku plus memoir poems. I love your travel blog!

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