Sunday May 11 -- Wurzburg
While we were eating breakfast, we heard that the plans had changed a little for the day. We were to dock at an industrial area, a few kilometres before Wurzburg and take buses to the town. We were met on the bus by our guide (Stephanie) and in Wurzburg were dropped at the Bishops Residence and Court Gardens.
The former residence of the Wurzburg Prince-Bishops is one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The architect was Balthasar Neumann. The shell of the palace was built from 1720 to 1744 and the interior was completed in 1780. The ceiling fresco by Venetian Giovanni Battista Tiepolo is now of the largest ever painted. Unfortunately we were not allowed cameras in the palace. We were guided through a magnificent series of rooms, some of which had to be stored following bombing in 1945 which destroyed much of the city. We had some time on our own around the palace and took a brief walk in the gardens.
A walking tour of the city followed. As it was Sunday the shops were closed except for a few coffee shops and restaurants. We enjoyed sunshine for most of the morning, but were caught in a rain shower after our tour. The timing was good as we were heading for a cup of coffee as the skies darkened. After the rain and our coffee break, we walked back to the ship which we had watched coming through the lock in Wurzburg earlier.
After our lunch and a brief rest in the cabin took a walk up to the Marienberg Fortress that overlooks the city. Although the skies threatened rain, we had only a slight shower following which we had perfect views of the city and the surrounding landscape from the walls of the Fortress. We walked around the Fortress for a while and then back to the ship.
At dinner we sat with Sue and Tom from New Mexico and another couple from Georgia. The main course was surf and turf, and the entire meal was very good again. Afterwards we joined Pat, Larry, Anne and John for a drink and a chat in the lounge before calling it a day. Time is passing really fast and tomorrow we will be one week into our cruise.