On Sunday the 17th of June we went on our "Rheinfahrt", a short boat trip on the river Rhine. The slow cruise took us through a breathtakingly beautiful valley with hills covered in wine that grows mostly on slate and is renown for its excellent taste, a landscape dotted (yes, dotted) with castles and ruins. Despite the fact that this sounds very much like a tourist information's advertisement, this is exactly what we saw! After idly cruising on the river for a while we climbed up to the Marksburg, the only castle along the Rhine that has never been destroyed. Here is a link to their website: http://www.marksburg.de/english/frame.htm
After a tour through the castle (complete with a visit to its torture chamber), we managed to not only get a great picture of our students, but also one with (almost all) the host parents. We are still impressed by their patience, since it took quite a while to get everyone into the picture!