I’m in a different hotel, but still in Bingen, and closer to town. I got tired of trying to post photos and working with the slow internet at the other place and decided to make a move. So yesterday, late afternoon, I began the 20 minute walk back to town for the second time. I came upon a man helping an elderly woman into the car, and I stopped him to ask iif he knew of a hotel that was nice but not too expensive, and right away he said “yes, I do. It’s the Hotel Romerhof.” He sketched a little map for me and told me how to walk to it.
I met Michael inside the reception room, and he had a room for me,and told me the internet would work good and it was free. Michael speaks good English and German, as well. His father is an American. Michael was raised in Texas and attended high school there. His home now is Germany. A delightful young man.
So, I went back and the next morning I checked out of the hostel, which no one seemed to care. I got a taxi to take me to the hotel. The taxi driver has spent time in the U.S. and seemed happy to speak some English to me.
I don’t have the same views as I did from the other place, but I can see out of one window, the vineyards, and in the other, a huge, very old stone church.
I took a walk down to the museum, but found it closed again. I thought today was Saturday, so I’ll try again tomorrow.
On the walk back to the hotel, I discovered some interesting neighborhoods: old stone houses, narrow cobble stone walkways, flower plants outside the windows and on one narrow street, on upstairs windows, I saw clowns looking down at me. I’ll take my camera next time and see if I can get a photo.
It still cold and grey; with threats of more snow, but it just adds to the atmosphere.
Before heading back to the hotel, I ate lunch at a restaurant that sits right on an old town plaza, and it was fun spending almost an hour people watching.