A nice sleep in today (6:00) good buffet breakfast, and we were “wheels rolling”at 7:30 on our way to Germany.

The motorway to Germany was not particularly interesting and Bern suggested that we would not be missing much if we had a nap. :). As we approached the boarder Bern announced that we would stop at a service station for a comfort stop. She warned us that the service station itself was basic ( and it was just like a small service centre with a cafe/restaurant.)

As we discovered yesterday, boarder crossings are non event – much like crossing our state boarders. Usually just a small sign on the side of the road  The reason we stopped at this little service centre was because it is actually at a previous passport control boarder crossing. It was certainly an austere building.

We arrived at Boppard in time for our Rhine River lunch cruise. I had a good pork schnitzel and chips with a glass of local red wine On the cruise we passed lots of lovely little villages and some impressive castles.

The Reine River is now and has always been a major “highway” There are many barges that a sort of like semi trailers that just travel up and down the river delivering goods. The driver of the barge often lives in the small apartment ppm the boat. Can you see the living quarters on the right hand side of the picture? A lot of the barges even had a car on it so the driver could go out when he reached a port.

Back on the coach and on to Heildeberg.

Heidleberg was chocolate box pretty the village reminded us of a model train set. Bern took us for an orientation tour around the village and told us some history of the huge castle that overlooks the city. We had 90 mind free time to look at the shops and buildings then we off too our hotel for dinner.

Dinner was a buffet dinner as there was a conference in the hotel as well as us. The conference delegates the moan dining room, do the hotel gave us a private room. The buffet was typical German food. Cold meat and cheeses, a ( we guesses cream of cauliflower and broccoli) soup,a lovely beef goulash type dish, and steamed veges. We were actually all very excited to have veges and I noticed almost everybody with a full plate of vege đŸ™‚

After dinner I excused myself from the table and had an early night.

Tomorrow is Switzerland.