I put this here, as I don't remember seeing Letter Boxes like these elsewhere.
This beautiful Letter box looked quite old, very different to our bright Red one at home.
So, if you wish to post a letter, look for a BLUE one as in my photo!
Many of the cafés and restaurants in Rüdesheim serve a local delicacy known as Rüdesheimer Kaffee. This is coffee served in a traditional china vessel (see photo), with flaming Asbach brandy poured into it and cream floated on the top. It is similar to an Irish coffee though for the latter you don’t flambé the alcohol before adding it to the coffee. Despite having over-indulged so much during the cruise, my mother in law and I decided we just had to try one. You can see her watching our waitress prepare the treat in photo 2, and yes, it was as delicious as we had hoped! If you want to try one too look out for signs like the one in my third photo: ”fuer Sie am Tisch flambiert”. That way you can be sure you’ll be able to watch the drink prepared at the table, as we did. And if you want to try it at home, several shops in the town sell the traditional vessels, and Asbach, which is made locally, is widely available too.
One of the things I really enjoyed here was studying, and photographing, all the different pictures and designs painted onto the half-timbered houses. While half-timbered buildings are not uncommon at home in England, the spaces between the timbers are usually left blank – a pristine white. Here many were decorated with swirls of leaves and vines, flowers and animals (I loved this black cat) and various other images.
Other houses had elaborately carved woodwork, like the one in photo 3. We were in Rüdesheim during the 2010 World Cup, and the musician on the right looks just as if he is playing a vuvuzele, while his friend downs a pint – very topical!
So why not take a walk and see what you can find?
The facade of the Winzerkeller restaurant is a fine example of the kind of decoration you will find on the Rhine regions buildings. Of course the decoration includes the grapevines that make the wine of the region possible!
Many of the restaurants use this custom to let you know what the specials are. It isn't confined to Rudesheim, or even Germany, for that matter, but it is helpful when you are trying to decide among numerous choices!
Monuments of that type look a bit outdated for our time, and they would also deserve some cleaning and restorations.
The "tooth of time" seems to kill them, and maybe they are only sad to see, that most people get there ONLY in order to have the great panorama-view...
Already in the times of the Roman Empire, wine was grown in Ruedesheim.
Since the area lives almost completely on wine.
About 100 years ago the mass-tourism started to overflow the small town and many of the buildings were adapted to become restaurants and things added to attract more tourists, like this wooden covers for the windows.
Watch out for the many proverbs, that you may find on the walls of the houses in Ruedesheim.
This one I found in Drosselgasse :
Heiterkeit und Frohsinn sind die Sonne
unter der alles geheiht (Jean Paul)
(Happiness is the sun, under which everything grows)
Wer die Welt vernünftig ansieht,
den sieht auch sie vernünftig an ! (Hegel)
(When you look sensible at the world, the world will also look sensible at you)
These translations are certainly not really perfect, but may show you a bit of the meaning.
Obviously people are able to understand them easily, when they are drunk enough ... ;-))
Ruedesheimer Kaffee is served inside this lovely cup as follows:
The waiter will bring the cup, a small 2cl-bottle of "Asbach Uralt" and will pour the brandy into the cup at the table.
Then the brandy will be set on fire by long matches. That way most of the alcohol will disappear and a certain flavor will be added by the burning.
Then the coffee and some sugar will be added and finally topped by whipped cream and some chocolate chips.
It was pretty cold that day in Ruedesheim, as you may see on my pics, with a steady breeze, lots of clouds and just a bit of sunshine.
Therefor my mother needed 2 Ruedesheimer Kaffee, while I took my pics.
When driving, this kind of coffee is not advisable, even when most of the alcohol will be burned.
I know I mentioned it before, but I think it is quite interesting here and very typical for this region. Places where you may have wine tastings directly and where to be in direct contact with the vintager.