Day 1
This was my third Rick Steves' Tour.  After the Best of Italy
Tour and the Best of Turkey Tour, I should have felt more
relaxed about taking trains and navigating through the
Frankfurt Airport, but traveling alone always makes me
nervous.  I flew from  Sacramento to Frankfurt via San
Francisco on September 15, 2007.  I arrived at the long
distance airport train station (Fernbahnhof) earlier than I had
expected.  I showed the printout of my train schedules and
easily obtained an earlier train ticket.  I was so relieved to
meet a couple on the train who was also going to St. Goar;
they turned out  to be Terry and Donna in my group!  
Somehow we got separated at the transfer station, Mainz
Hbf.  After asking three men, I finally got on the right train
for St. Goar, and a few minutes later, Terry & Donna showed
up on the train. As I feared form previous travelers' feedback,
finding the platform 7 was confusing.  Having the
schedule with all stops was comforting.

We had our first group dinner at the hotel restaurant.  Our
group consisted of 12 married couples, a single guy and me.  
Our svelte tour guide was Rolinka Bloeming, native of the
Netherlands, living in France.

I wish I had come at least a day earlier.  I didn't, because I
read in one of the feedbacks that there was nothing to do in
St. Goar.  I discovered that the town celebrated "Der Rhein in
Flammen" the night before.  I love fireworks, so I regretted
that I didn't do any research.
View of Rhein
from my window
I travel light with a
carry-on bag and a purse.