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Sep 1, 2019 - More of the Schwarzwald

We all had a good night's sleep--Marsha and Marilyn were each given a separate room by Frau Kern--we had a nice breakfast and visited a bit with Frau Kern over coffee. We had decided a simpler day would be in order, rather than a two-hour drive each way to see Schloss Hohenzollern near Stuttgart. While we were finishing breakfast, the Kern's daughter, Alexandra, called to tell us there was a local fest near their home in Sexau at Schloss Hochburg, and that we were invited to join them for a visit. We gladly accepted. It was about a...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Into the Schwarzwald

After a good night's rest with the air conditioning on, we met at 0830 for breakfast and to talk about what we have planned for today. We'll be driving a bit, see something, drive a bit more, shop, and then arrive at our destination for the next two days. We found our way to a Tankstelle, or gas station, to fill up. Our car is diesel, and I knew to avoid putting gasoline into it. However, I'm used to seeing the diesel pump with a green handle. My bad. After trying to put the handle into the tank without success, a Frenchman came to my aid,...

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Aug 29, 2019 - The bird show and Heidelberg

Today we had a time constraint to deal with. We were up and at breakfast at 0800, and after some confusion with the bill at check out, we were on our way at 0900. The choices were to go by Autobahn, or to go on a "Duff special" route across the rolling hills. Since there was an accident on the Autobahn that made the time enroute equal, I chose the back roads. If you always trust the GPS to get you to your destination, I urge you to be careful. I knew from earlier research that the trip should take 90 minutes, and when the town we entered...

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Jun 20, 2019 - The Black Forest

Thursday, June 20 Today is our last full day aboard ship. This morning we slept in, then did some work on the journal, and began packing. Tonight we need to finish packing. We must put our luggage out by 8 am tomorrow and vacate our cabin by 9. Larry was going crazy with the random non-functionality of the ship's internet. :-( We are docked at Breisach, Germany. Here I will share some photos of our ship, the Viking Mani. In the afternoon we took a bus tour into the Black Forest. Apparently the Romans named it 2000 years ago. When...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Heidelberg

This morning we visited Heidelberg, in very warm and sunny weather. On the hill above town is a mostly destroyed castle. We only went inside to the wine cellar to see an enormous wine barrel. Apparently everyone brought their wine to the castle and it was all mixed together and doled out as needed. This may have been for safety in case of siege. At any rate, everyone drank wine, because water was not safe. But it was not very good wine, or so we were told. Our guide told us about the rest of the castle, but we did not enter any other...

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May 19, 2019 - Day 5 - Karlsruhe into Switzerland

Day 5 - Sunday 20 May 19 - Karlsruhe A cool overcast morning did not inspire an early start however we were ready for breakfast in the hotel at 0930 hrs. The breakfast room was smaller than it’s attending guests and my request to be seated alongside an Asian couple was met with bewilderment; they departed soon after. The plan for the day was to drive and visit the Schloss’s Ettlingen 8.3km to the south and Gottesaue 2.9 km to the east. The trip to Ettlingen took an extra 12km following a missed turn however we arrived soon after 1030 hrs...

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May 18, 2019 - Day 4 - Karlsruhe

Day 4 - Saturday, 19 May 19 - Karlsruhe Early rise for both of us at 0545 hrs and feeling good. To make best use of the day we had an early breakfast at the hotel and at 0830 hrs we were on the road to Karlsruhe. As a Saturday morning, traffic was very light leaving the city but did increase significant as we drove the 140km to our hotel Kaiserhof. We arrived at 1000hrs, well before our check in time however staff did arrange for us to park the car to allow us to walk and explore the city. The first point of interest was the Saturday craft...

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May 16, 2019 - Appenzell Part 2 & St. Gallen & Lunch at the Schnuggebock

An early morning walk through the empty streets of Appenzell provided many picture opportunities ending at St. Mauritius and another vigil lighting ceremony before heading to St. Gallen 30 minutes away. Did I say 30 minutes away? Well the actually drive may have been 30 minutes but locating the entrance to the parking garage took 30 more minutes. This is after by-passing the entrance three times. Our feeling of success quickly evaporated as our VW 7 passenger SUV was barely below ceiling level and just wide enough for the downward spiral, I...

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May 15, 2019 - The Appenzell Way

A two and a half hour drive from Lucerne is the charming Swiss town of Appenzell. The village of Appenzell dates from 1071. The elevation is 2,529 and its’ population is 6,000. The drive through the countryside is like driving through a postcard of Switzerland. Loved, loved, loved the cows, and the cow path (road) was winding, twisting, and curving its’ way up the Swiss hillsides. It was as if we were in Middle Earth with the Swiss valleys below us and the Alps above us. A short stopover was made at the Einsiedeln Abbey construction site....

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May 14, 2019 - The Show Was the Scenery

By bus, boat, cog-wheeled car and gondola we crossed Lake Lucerne, ascended up Mount Rigi, threw a snowball at the top, drank hot chocolate, descended down Mount Rigi, crossed Lake Lucerne, bus back to the Art Deco Montana (Have to find out why it’s Montana.) and napped for an hour. Now it out to dinner at an authentic Swiss Fondue restaurant. Mmmmmm . . .

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May 13, 2019 - Switzerland

This morning we crossed the Swiss border. It was not perhaps quite like Hannibal and the elephants, but it was just as thrilling. We were so excited with our passports out the window and the customs official showing no interest just waving us through. It was harder getting into Mexico. About 90 minutes later we are in Lucerne, checked into the Art Deco Montana Hotel. Couldn’t be better for Kathy. See Baden-Baden post. Our room is on the six floor with a balcony facing Lake Lucerne, And the Alps . . . And a hot tub . . . Yes, I said hot...

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May 12, 2019 - Ferrying Across Lake Konstanz

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! For the two mothers of the group, Patti & Kathy, it was a perfect day wandering in a Medieval town with a castle and shops! The town of Meersburg is across Lake Konstanz accessed by ferry. The streets are charming with little shops. The parts of the castle have been around since 690. The castle had historical re-enactors demonstrating castle life of the 1300s. Patti and Kathy found one that actually spoke 21st Century English. She was the herb lady, explaining various herbs and their uses in medicine and...

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