Today Peggy and I are continuing to post about the trip we took up the Rhine River last summer to celebrate Peggy’s 72 birthday. All photos are taken by either Peggy or me unless otherwise noted.
Whenever our riverboat stopped at towns and cities along the Rhine, Peggy and I would go exploring if we had the time. Wandering on our own, traveling at our own pace, and making detours whenever something captures our attention is our favorite way to travel. We also feel that it is also the best way to experience an area. This is true whether we are hiking in the wilderness, exploring a small town, or visiting a large city. We found Boppard, Germany to be an ideal walking town. It was picturesque, historic, and easy to explore in the limited time we had.
Its roots date all the way back to Celtic times. It became a Roman fort during the time of Julius Caesar. Bouncing back and forth between the various powers that occupied the region since, it thrived during the Middle Ages and has maintained its medieval charm down to today where it is noted for both its wine and tourism.
Farther up the Rhine we came to Speyer and its massive cathedral. The Speyer Cathedral was built in 1030 and added to in 1077. It is considered to be an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture. Eight kings and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were buried in its vault over a period of 300 years. They’re still there.
Next Monday we will be visiting Grand Teton National Park and one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges.
Peggy and I just returned from our visit to Egypt and trip up the Nile River. Wow! What an incredible experience. We are excited to share it with you. I’m now putting together an introductory blog which I will post later this week. Several more posts will follow as I go to work on sorting though our experiences and some 3000 plus photos. Grin. My apologies for my absence the last three weeks. We had really thought there would be time for reading and commenting on posts. Ha.
36 thoughts on “A Quaint Town and a Massive Cathedral: Boppard and Speyer… Two Stops along the Rhine”
Welcome home!! Thanks for the blog!!
Thanks, Steve! Peggy and I really enjoyed our time with you and Carol. I am going to do an introductory post on the trip later this week. The two of you will be included. How was your trip home? Did you miss the umpteen hour layover in Germany? –Curt and Peg
Waited as expected but overall trip home went well. I love to travel with the exception of the traveling part!! Stay in touch!’
We missed our connection at London because the Cairo flight was a little late and the connection tight. British Airways came though, however.
Another wonderful and inspiring post from you and Peg. I do so enjoy hearing about all your adventures. The Rhine cruise sounds and looks wonderful. So many beautiful buildings and amusing artwork. I have done this trip but by car , along the Rhine. Stopping in many of the places you have been and stayed over night in some.
You are such an inspiring pair. How enriching. 🤗.
I’d like to drive it, as well, Miriam. It deserved more than a week! A car trip would allows us to explore the area in more depth. The River does provide an interesting and fun perspective, however. Many thanks. 🙂 –Curt
Wandering about even on a cruise, enjoying the famous sites but also the side streets and talking to the locals makes any trip special and memorable, but especially one like yours.
Right you are, Ray. Uniworld Boutique is expensive but does a good job. Our Nile cruise ended up with only 40 people and was a delight.
Enjoyed the Speyer photos – fills in gaps where I don’t have photos. I have quite a few photos of the Technik Museum and a car rally but only the side view of the Cathedral.
Always glad to fill in gaps… Grin.
I’m so glad your Egypt trip was too full to mess with your blog! Here’s to being in the moment. I can hardly wait to hear about the Nile from your perspective.
These images of Boppard are remarkable. Hard to believe there are so many picturesque sights in a single city. Thank you for the outstanding photography. Looks as though you were blessed with great weather, too.
Boppard had an element of magic about it. Crystal. Peggy and I had a blast walking through the town. I would have loved to spend a couple of days there. –Curt
wow Curt, these buildings are so beautiful and pristine. A lot of color and the whimsical flair is delightful. Happy you’re happy and hugs and love to you and Peggy! 🤗💗
I always love, whimsy, Cindy. I always have. Thanks. –Curt
Of course you do.. so do I!! 💗
Quite a contrast in pictures. From interesting buildings to a wild boar (of sorts, haha).
Chuckle. I bet you didn’t even have to struggle to come up with that one, G. 🙂
Naw, you made it easy!
What a coincidence. For ten years I worked in the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire. Spalding had a town twinning agreement with Speyer and I went there many times.
Fun, Andrew. It falls under the category of small world. –Curt
I thought I knew most of the towns along the Rhine, but you have introduced me to two new ones. Thanks. Look forward to posts about Egypt. I did my masters degree at the University of Cairo.
Wow, Peggy. I had no idea you did your masters in Cairo. You must have quite a story to tell. My first post just went up. I wanted to do an introduction while the trip was fresh. I’ll get into the meat of the journey starting in mid-April. I am looking forward to your thoughts. –Curt
Let’s see what I can remember. I lived in Cairo in the second half of the 1970s.
A beautiful town, with an impressive history and architectural styles, but I had to laugh at the hairy nose of that boar, it looks like having a double pair of eyes🙂
Glad you enjoyed your Nile River trip!
That boar was something else, Christie. Of course he had to be included. 🙂 I like weird. Grin. Thanks.
My Nile intro is up today. –Curt
Look forward to the next adventure. Egypt will be fascinating.
The Egypt experience was incredible, Gerard. I’ve put up an introduction post today, much more will come starting mid-April. –Curt
Much as I love all the old towns of Europe, and would like to see more of them, my fave shot in this lot is the colourful sculpture!
It was fun, Alison. It was like they were actively watching the people passing by, enjoying themselves. Of course it had to make it into the post. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt
Boppard looks like a great place to wander, Curt, and it’s wonderful that you get that chance. I love those old distinctive buildings and the ancient streets. The Speyer Cathedral is stunning. Thanks to Peggy for the great photos. 😀
Boppard was a delight, D. They’ve done a great job of preserving the towns heritage, which I always appreciate, whether in Europe or Oregon. 🙂 I passed your comment on to Peggy. Thanks. –Curt
My first thought was that Boppard and Speyer sounds like the name of a Vegas lounge act, but your photos soon pushed that silly thought out of my mind. This is my favorite of your Rhine cruise posts. Everything seems both magnificant and approachable, and the churches are fabulous. Even the boar — with his traditional German hat — is quite fun. One thing’s for certain: you couldn’t have been bored on this trip!
“One thing’s for certain: you couldn’t have been bored on this trip!” You hit the proverbial nail on the head, Linda. Everyday brought something new, whether we were sitting back on the boat, sipping a beer, and watching the scenery flow by or out exploring. Each city and town offered something new. Thanks. –Curt
I love the architecture of the buildings, Curt. They sure do have their own personalities. And the inside of the cathedral is beyond spectacular. All fabulous photos!
Thanks, Lauren! Europe does have some spectacular cathedrals, and that’s one of them for sure. I was charmed by Boppard. –Curt