Comments: 8
Ani's Book Abyss 8 months ago
That's so pretty!
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Spectacular. It sounds like a lot of fun, too.
It is, as long as you don't mind crowds. But the organizers have really got their act together ... there's everything from fun fairs to rock concerts to BBQ practically all the way from Koblenz to Bonn, all day long -- especially if (like this year) the weather cooperates, it's really a great event.
Mike Finn 8 months ago
This looks wonderful. Good to see the Rhine put to such festive use.
It is. Though right now, most of those living on its shores are anxious to continue seeing it simply being put to use as a waterway. We've had way too little rain practically all summer and autumn, and especially with the dry, hot summer we had, water levels have fallen so low (still < 100 cm in our area, as it has been for months now) that navigability is restricted already and is in constant danger of having to be suspended entirely until water levels are safe for shipping purposes again. For a river that is one of Continental Europe's major transportation routes, that is really an alarming state of affairs. Not to mention that it's also bad for the local employment situation (some ferries already had to let people go or shut down operations entirely) and for tourism ... and I'm happy to report, commerce, tourism and the ecology are really all that the Rhine is considered important for these days; or has been for the past 60 years and still is by the sane majority. Let's hope that line of thought continues.
Mike Finn 8 months ago
I didn’t know it had gotten so bad. I lived in Basel for a while where the Rhine divides the city between posh and not. It’s such a palpable presence and has so much commercial traffic that it’s hard to imagine it not being navigable.
You can see broad stretches of riverbed at the moment, and the ships are having to make do with a narrow (and shallow) channel in the middle. It's a truly scary sight, particularly compared to what it normally looks like -- as you said, simply a presence, the way architectural landmarks are elsewhere; quite apart from its commercial significance.