Posted October 8th, 2017, 09:19 AM
We had a violent storm in Germany, I mentioned the wind in post #256. I live further South than the storm area so fortunately only experienced a little of it. People in the North of Germany where not so lucky and tragically, seven lives were lost. The storm reached hurrican force level in parts: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weath...avier/70002916
Hurricane force winds happen in autumn but the severity and frequency varies from year to year. They rarely reach anything near what the US experiences. Yet the airbus trying to land in a storm at a German airport - as shown on television - was scary enough.
A friend of mine sent a message that he was stranded around 200km North of home and could not make it back that day as there was no
train running, much of the Northern network was halted because of fallen trees and damaged power lines.
For the time being this is behind us in the valley and things are running smoothly.
So here is a curiousity thing...
Love the Rhine, love ships, have money to spare? - Get your own ship
Have you ever dreamed of sailing on your own boat on the Rhine and taking friends along or even being captain on the Rhine? You can buy the excursion boat MS Düsselschlösschen on a well-known online auction platform in Germany. With some serious money-spending you will be the owner of a nice and neat - not so new - boat. Look for: Fahrgastschiff in Düsseldorf Personenschiff Fähre. Only problem: it is 55m long and you need to pick it up yourself as sending it is tricky.
And hurry as the auction runs out on Tuesday...
Transocean Belvedere Danube April 2013
English Channel Crossings 1984 to present:
Calais - Dover
Ostend - Dover
Dutch island hopping 1980's
Many Rhine river short trips