Rain has pounded down all through the night but this morning there is hope as slowly blue patches appear, the clouds thin out and the rain eases off. In Bingen we head for the river where there is a ferry every few minutes carrying vehicles across the Rhine to Rudesheim. It is a pleasant ride across and it affords good views all around. Even at this time of year Rudesheim is quite busy with visitors but nothing like as busy as in the summer. Finding a parking spot we walk back into the town. This Christmas market is called the Market of all Nations and there are stalls selling goods from various countries, even Cashmere items from Mongolia. There is plenty to see here and a wander along the famous Drosselgasse is a must.
There is a lovely ride on the cable car over the vineyards, made famous by Elvis Presley in one of his early films, I do love the complete silence as the cable car travels along and the views are wonderful. We even pass Santa having a ride himself. Once down again we warm up with a mug of gluhwein before continuing our walk around the Christmas market. Tonight we will travel up along the right-hand side of the Rhine enjoying the Christmas lights of the castles and villages of the Rhine valley, and find a camperstop for the night a little closer to Koblenz, our destination for tomorrow.