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Sep 11, 2019 - On the Danube

Yesterday we went through the last of about 60 sets of locks (over the course of this trip) to bring us to the height of the continental divide; three provided more than an 80 foot change each. Though our travel distance was only 99 km, it took all night to get through the locks on that stretch. We are now on the "downhill" side of things and will dock soon in Regensberg. It was our first sunny cruising morning and I didn't mind that we were delayed at a couple of locks. The walking tour in Regensburg was informative, but we didn't move...

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Sep 10, 2019 - Nuernberg

A quick note on spelling...There are anglicized versions of many German names; I've tried to use the correct German names. That said, I have no umlaut to use and therefore add an "e" after the vowel: Nuernberg.....Nuremberg Donau.........Danube Koeln.........Cologne Much of today's tour was by bus, so we have few photos. Some random facts: Nuernberg's location was central to the spice trade in the middle ages; Lebkuchen (gingerbread) is a signature item as a result. (Our cruise route was a trade route. There is still a city wall with fat...

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Sep 9, 2019 - On to Bamberg

It's cloudy and slightly rainy again. We made good time through the locks last night, so we will arrive early. Bamberg is another UNESCO world heritage site, the best preserved in Germany. Many structures have a Baroque facade on the lower levels (tax advantage) and half-timbering above. Bamberg Cathedral was originally built in 1002-1012 but burned; the second of two re-buildings was in 1237, resulting in both Romanesque and Gothic features. Pope Clement II is encrypted there, as are Henry II and his wife Kunigunde, who surprising for the...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Miltenberg

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...

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Aug 28, 2019 - All around Rothenburg

We continue to enjoy German breakfasts, and M&M have both said how much they will miss German breads. Having a hearty breakfast allows us to skip lunch (OK, maybe a Konditeri break in mid afternoon), and then eat a big, good meal in the evening. After breakfast, we set about to enjoy the day set aside for shopping especially. I stayed with the ladies until about noon, and then left them to shopping joys while I want exploring. I walked to the gardens on the far west of Rothenburg where the original castle was. It had been destroyed by an...

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Aug 27, 2019 - What a day!

Today our major goal was to see Neuschwanstein, or as many Americans know it, the "Disney castle". We got up for the earliest breakfast possible, and then stopped on the way out of Oberammergau so Marsha and Marilyn could take lots of photos of the houses painted with religious themes and with fairy tale stories. The best ones were Little Red Riding Hood, and the large house dedicated with several Grimm's Fairy Tales such as Hansel and Gretel. When I can post photos (soon), you'll be able to see them. In the meantime, go to the internet and...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Linderhof and more

Good news. I'm on the verge of finding the way to post photos, but it will have to wait until we get into Rothenburg. I think I understand how; I just need to move a file. Our main task today was to see King Ludwig II's Schloss Linderhof. It is only about 20 minutes away from where we are staying in Oberammergau. But first, a really nice German breakfast at the Hotel Wittelsbach. By 0920 we were on the way. We pulled into the parking lot, and got ready to do some walking. This castle is spread over a fairly large area, with attractions...

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Aug 25, 2019 - The Passion Play theater

We decided last night to get a relatively early start to today. Our goal was to get to Oberammergau, south of Munich, in time to join the English-language tour of the Passion Play Theater. We met for breakfast at 0830, and then checked out of the hotel. There was lots of construction on the Autobahn on the way toward Garmisch, and as the detective on "Get Smart" used to say, we missed the tour by "that much". That turned out to be by five minutes. The man at the ticket counter was actually a bit rude when he told us they could not hold up...

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Aug 24, 2019 - Sight seeing in Munich, part 2

I almost entitled this entry as "Hump Day", because it is the middle of our trip. That also means it is laundry day. We found online two places close to our hotel (within 10 minutes), and headed for the first one. We managed to get our clothes into washers, but the dryers were out of commission. Off to the second place, which was in a large apartment complex. It was a much nicer, well-maintained laundromat. However, by the time we got done and back to the hotel, it was about 1300 and we had not left the hotel. We went to the same...

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Aug 23, 2019 - Sight seeing in Munich

We all met in the breakfast area of Hotel Obermaier, and enjoyed lots of choices for our meal. Before we could depart for downtown Munich, Linda began to feel badly, and chose to stay behind. M&M and I walked to the nearest U-Bahn/S-Bahn station (about 500 yards) and tried to figure out how to buy the right ticket (a small group day-ticket), and then find the right track. We asked some help, and got to where we needed to be. A few minutes wait, and we were on our way to the Marienplatz station. My goal for today was to show M&M the old...

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Aug 22, 2019 - Eagle's Nest and wandering Austria

The forecast weather for today is partly cloudy, with possible showers later in the day over Berchtesgaden. So, we ate a really nice breakfast from a wide variety of choices--the advantage of staying in a larger hotel with more staff--and then were on our way by 0800. We drove in some fog and low clouds toward Salzburg, and the traffic was fairly heavy. By the time we turned off the Autobahn to head toward Berchtesgaden, the clouds started to lift and the skies opened up. It looked good for the visit to the Eagle's Nest. By the way, what we...

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Aug 21, 2019 - On to Munich

After a good night's rest--complete with church bells to wake us in the morning--and a good breakfast, we took 90 minutes to explore Bamberg. This is a really neat city, and we'd come back to spend a couple of days on another trip. There are two churches (of many) in Bamberg that date to about 1020, and the city has that old feel to it. We wandered the streets, and did a little shopping, but mostly just looked at things. The fruit and vegetable stalls on the pedestrian walk were beautiful. Unfortunately, we still had a 3 to 4 hour drive to...

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