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Bill and Jude's Excellent Adventure Rothenburg to Boppard

It was killing me that Boppard was our last stop before we headed for home. We spent 5 nights here at Hotel Garni Gunther in a balcony room facing the Rhine. It was the most expensive of all our rooms, but there was the wine fest going on that weekend, plus the fireworks. So I'm sure that had plenty to do with it. The staff there was great, and their English was pretty perfect. Our room was plain, and the bathroom was the smallest by a mile. But who cared... we certainly didn't plan on spending much time in it.

By the time we arrived at the train station from Rothenburg, it was already getting a little late. We figured we would get there after the front desk staff closed up for the night, so they emailed me a code to get into the locked lobby, just in case. Since we didn't really have to rush, we ended up eating at a place near the train station, called Gleis 3/4. Kind of a weird name but nothing weird about the food, It was really good. Our waiter helped translate the menu, and we each ended up with a delicious Turkish dinner.

It was about a 10-15 minute walk to our hotel and they were still there when we arrived. They grabbed our luggage, and showed us to our room. We freshened up and hit the streets. God forbid we should just stay in our room. It was dark and everything was pretty much closed up by then, but we were able to get the 'lay of the land' a little bit. Back to the hotel and the comically miniscule bathroom and shower. We unpacked a bit, and that was all she wrote for the day.

We spent most of that day in transit... I see what people mean about losing a half day when you change locations. Fortunately. we only had a single one night stay, so our travel days weren't too frequent. When we did have to move locations, it was almost like part of the adventure. We didn't move so often that the days became like a tour of all the train stations, but I can say that I wasn't crazy about learning those ticket machines on the fly. I can also say that we did not once get lost, or turned around, or on the wrong track, or the wrong car, or anything else.

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Gleis is German for train platform, so the restaurant was called Platform 3 and 4 (or track 3 and 4).

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Nigel.... omg. I never made the connection. Geez....

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Loving your trip reports!! Keep them coming. If you make a scrap book with the same enthusiasm and enter it in the RS contest, you might just win a tour. P.S., Did you get the PM I sent you?

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I did.... It made me laugh. I made a Shutterfly book but not a scrapbook

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Judy — If I’m not mistaken, you are the lady with all the low-res photos. How did your Shutterfly book turn out?

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Charlene.... yes that was me. I ended up finding and contacting a Hollywood editor type of guy, and sent him maybe a dozen of the worst pics (resolution-wise) and he worked some magic on them and they turned out just fine. The rest, I either swapped out for others that I maybe didn't like as much, or I resized them smaller to get rid of the low res warning. The book ended up with a ridiculous amount of pages and they all look pretty good except for one slightly blurry one.

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I'm glad to hear you worked it out. That book will be a treasure.

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I remember from 2004 the place that is now called Gleis 3/4, but then I think, it was just a kiosk with magazines and snack food. There was also a counter inside where a few times a week or a couple of hours a day, not full time, anyway, some one from the Bahn sold tickets.

Funny about the name Gleis 3/4, 'cause there is a platform in the station above for Gleis 1/2 (actually tracks 1 & 2, used by the Bahn) but there is also a Gleis 3, used by the Hunsrückbahn, which runs trains up to Emmelshausen. But no Gleis 4