Joe & Marcia - Grand European Tour travel blog

Locked Up

Rathaus

Hotel zum Riesen

In Miltenberg

Konditorei

In Miltenberg

Memorial


One of the photos is a view from our stateroom down the length of the ship when we are in a lock.

We were provided a glass-blowing demonstration in the lounge. The artist worked in industrial/medical glass but found art glass more interesting. The glass is unique in that it is Pyrex and the objects are very strong as well as beautiful. (Items were for sale, which is something Viking does not provide routinely, as most ocean cruises do.)

After lunch we arrived in Miltenberg and took a brief walk on our own before returning to the ship to join the walking tour. However, we had to wait before embarking; we saw an elderly lady (fellow traveler) being rescued from the river (not deep at that point). The working theory is that the extreme wake of a passing vessel caused the ship to move just too far away from the landing spot so that the gangplank dropped away. We're happy to see that she is fine as is her husband, who jumped in to help her....Joe and I speculate (to each other only, too many rumors going around) that a crew error was the root cause. I suppose we may never know.

We saw Das Alte Rathaus (old town hall, dating from the 14th century) and the Hotel zum Riesen (Inn of the Giant) which is the oldest guest house in Germany, established in the 12th century; the six-pointed star was in that day a symbol for fresh beer.

As is the case in many European countries, buildings were taxed based on the lower area only, so upper stories can be wider than the ground floor.

We saw more memorials to citizens that were deported and murdered in World War II.

Many shops were closing at 15:30 and 16:00, so we did not do much browsing; Joe did purchase a sweater.

when we returned to the longship, we saw an elderly lady (fellow traveler) being rescued from the river (not deep at that point). The working theory is that the extreme wake of a passing vessel caused the ship to

Back on board, we had the daily "Port Talk" about the next day's events, followed by dinner. After chatting in the lounge, we skipped the trivia contest in favor of returning to our room for a relatively early night.



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