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Sembach

Whoever have heard of Sembach? Very few people have I am sure. But this is where we went, to catch up with an old friend who married a local german girl and had stayed there for more than forty years. It is about a five and a half hours drive from Amsterdam.

It is a very small village and the nearest town of any significance is Kaiserslautern in Germany. On the day of our arrival at about 6pm, it was the birthday of my friend’s grandson and so we had a birthday party in a chinese restaurant in Kaiserslautern with the whole extended family.

Happy families celebrating their grandson's/son's birthday
Happy families celebrating their grandson’s/son’s birthday

Family gathering
Family gathering

Sembach is a really small village and I was informed that the population of the village is just over four hundred. But the houses are neat and nice. The atmosphere there is peaceful and the air is crisp and clean. We had dinner in the only restaurant in the village, an Italian restaurant run by an elderly Italian lady, who came to the village to open the restaurant about forty years ago. There was no need for any menu, she told us what she will be cooking for us and we just enjoy the food.

Houses in Sembach
Houses in Sembach
Taking a slow walk to the Italian Restaurant
Taking a slow walk to the Italian Restaurant
The Italian Restaurant
The Italian Restaurant

The next day, our friends drove us to Bingen to take the ferry for a cruise down the river Rhine. The duration of the cruise is about one and a half hours and it passes and stops at many medieval villages, where you can get off the ferry to visit the villages, such as Oberwesel, Niderheimbach, Bacharach and St Goar, and then get on the next ferry to continue with the cruise.

Bingen village, where we board the ferry
Bingen village, where we board the ferry
Boarding our ferry
Boarding our ferry
Vineyards on the banks of the river Rhine
Vineyards on the banks of the river Rhine

On both banks of the river Rhine, you will enjoy views such as vineyards on rolling hills, old medieval villages and German castles.

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With our friends from Amsterdam and Germany

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We disembarked from the ferry at St Goar, one of the biggest village along the cruise to do some shopping and for lunch. St Goar reputedly has one of the biggest cuckoo clock in the world.

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Main street of St Goar
Main street of St Goar

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Shopping street of St Goar
Shopping street of St Goar
Reputedly biggest cuckoo clock in the world
Reputedly biggest cuckoo clock in the world

After St Goar, we took a train to Bacharach, a beautiful medieval village.

St Goar railway station
St Goar railway station

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From Bacharach, we took another train back to Bingen for the drive back to Sembach. It was a really hot and beautiful sunny day and I would highly recommend a cruise along this stretch of the river Rhine if you are around this part of Germany. The vista from the river is stunning. Tomorrow, we will be driving to Strasbourg, France for a day trip, and this will be my next blog.

All images shot with the Nikon D810 with the Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g lens and processed in adobe camera raw and photoshop.

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