Last month as part of a two-week trip to Europe with my mom, I (Joyce) spent a week on the Rhine River on a Viking river cruise. We traveled from Switzerland, through France, Germany and The Netherlands and quickly discovered there is good reason the middle section of this busy river is known as The Romantic Rhine and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The approximately 60 miles of German countryside between Mainz and Koblenz is beautiful. Undulating forested hills and vineyards stretch out in all directions and the shores are scattered with picturesque villages. The undeniable highlight are the over 60 castles, fortresses and cloisters that dot the hillsides. 

We were able to spend about 3 hours on a lazy morning cruising this section of the Rhine, with a glass of local Riesling in hand. Amidst a bit of a whirlwind of a trip, this relaxing morning was a highlight. With such amazing scenery at every turn, I decided to take the opportunity to try my hand at creating my first video to share. All the footage used here was handheld (which I’m afraid will be painfully obvious), shot with my phone – a Moto G6 – and edited in Adobe Premier Pro. Still photos were shot with our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 and edited in Picmonkey.