Rheingau Photo Blog
Photos from the Rheingau - a wine region located at the Rhine River close to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The cherry season has started and there are several roadside stands where you can buy fresh cherries right from the trees, as in the photo in my Wiesbaden DP blog.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Bike trips along the Rhine are really popular with families, especially during the weekend. Last weekend we had an event called "Tal To-Tal" from Rüdesheim up till Koblenz. Two main roads had been closed for regular traffic during that time so that bikers could go all the way without any disturbing cars. Along the way there were bands playing and each village you passed by had special events going on. Too bad, I couldn't participate this year.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Today I take you inside the service center of our local tax and revenue office. Maybe a bit boring, but I wanted to show you their efforts to a better service. The service center itself hasn't been around for too long yet. Before, you had to go to your tax administrator directly; now you can send your papers in by mail or submit them online or you go to the service center where someone can answer your questions and check if your papers are complete. A fast and friendly service (at least in my case). :)
Monday, June 26, 2006
Grüner Baum in Oestrich
This is a really nice restaurant in Oestrich, named "Grüner Baum" (green tree). One thing I like about the menu - besides the delicious food that's on it ;) - is that it has a tree on its cover changing its appearance depending on the time of the year. Well, they do this by having four different covers but I just like details like that...
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
FIFA World Cup - Germany Next Round
Friday, June 23, 2006
Old Wine Barrels
From time to time there are special guided tours at the Kloster Eberbach that include a wine tasting and music. My parents-in-law had invited me to such a tour in the evening. One of the first rooms we went into was really dark, and had these old wine barrels lined up at the walls with lit candles upon them. Aditional to that, there was a quartet (2 men and 2 women) singing songs from different episodes (some sad, some really funy) - it was an unforgettable experience!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Buzzard in the Vineyards
Waking through the Vineyards you can see quite a few of these buzzards hunting. Doing a bit of research I was surprised to read that "the Old World and New World uses of the name buzzard are almost antonyms" (as Wikipedia puts it). Over here the buzzard has a status similar to a hawk or a falcon. How about your area/country?
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Rainbow from Balcony
Yesterday in the evening, we got a bit of rain and afterwards I spotted this rainbow. Ran inside and took this shot from our balcony. I always love to smell the air after rainfall - it's so refreshing!
Here is the one I showed you in April.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Weinprobierstand in Eltville
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Rose from the Rose Garden in Eltville
Friday, June 16, 2006
Resting from Sight-Seeing
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Watching World Cup
Most restaurants and bars have set up a TV so their guests can watch the World Cup games. It's amazing how quiet it can get in the streets though during that time. Except when there's a goal of course... :)
Update 16.06.: Sorry for the late post, I've been without Internet connection for the past 48 hours (*suffer*) due to a technical problem of my provider.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Alley in Downtown Eltville
These days you see Germany flags (and from some other nations as well) everywhere because of the World Cup.
This is another small alley of Eltville's old downtown. It was pretty quiet there when I took the photo - I guess, mostly because of the midday heat we're having right now (it's summer, yeah!! :) ).
There are still garlands from the rose festival across the streets, but the "Sektfest" (sparkling wine festival) is coming up soon, so I assume that's why they left them.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
World Cup Stuff
Monday, June 12, 2006
Room of Silence, Meditation and Praying
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Rose Garden through Old Door
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Spargelessen (Asparagus Lunch)
We're right in the middle of the asparagus season and I noticed that I haven't posted a photo about it yet. On Monday, right before I left to Paris, my parents-in-law invited us over for lunch and prepared a huge amount of asparagus for us - you can probably tell that I love asparagus! Very often you get it served with fresh ham but we had filets instead together with potatoes and Sauce Hollandaise. Yummy!
P.S. I'm back from Paris again! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting while I was gone and big thanks to my dear hubby for posting my photos during these days!!! I'll have some photos of my Paris visit on my other blog soon.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Throughout the year I will keep posting photos of how the wine develops. In March, I showed you how the vineyards were made ready for the new wine by cutting off the old branches. Now the leaves are out (as you can see here as well) and soon the wine starts to blossom.
Supposedly, it's going to be a good year since we had enough rain for the plants to grow so far. We'll see how the rest of the year develops...
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Door of Basilika in Mittelheim
Seems, like we're already right in the middle of the wedding season again. Apparently there had been a wedding at the Basilika St. Ägidien in Mittelheim that day when I passed by. The door was decorated and there were rose petals and rice on the sidewalk - over here people traditionally throw these for good luck and fertility for the bridal couple when they come out of the church.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Geese at the Rhine
Monday, June 05, 2006
Rosenfest in Eltville
Last weekend was the Festival of Roses (Rosenfest) in Eltville. It's held in a really beautiful setting at the rose garden of the Kurfürstliche Burg (which I've shown you in Winter already).
There are some nurseries in Eltville who specialized on roses and who sell them during this festival, as you can see in this photo. Not all of the roses are in full bloom yet but I will check back from time to time to get some photos for you.
Hope you all have a great start into the week!
Sunday, June 04, 2006
When the wineries open their doors, a local dish they almost always offer is the "Spundekäs". It's made with cream cheese and quark (which I explained in an earlier post) and spiced with paprika. And of course every winery has its own style and family receipe for it. It's usually served with pretzels and dark bread. As a wine, I recommend drinking a dry or semi-dry Riesling with it (but since I don't want you to get in trouble, any non-alcoholic beverage is fine as well!).
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Parade with old Tractors
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Today's theme of the City Daily Photo Bloggers is "Parking" - please stop by at the other CDP blogs to see what they posted for this theme.
I know this looks very complicated but all these signs are saying that during the mentioned hours (on the middle sign) you're supposed to park only for 1 hour. To check how long you've parked, they ask you to use a "parking disk" that looks like the blue one on the second last sign. I assume that the sign all the way on the bottom was put there by the house owners - they ask you not to park backwards so that their facade stays clean...