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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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May 31, 2019 - Day 9 = Nuremberg

Capital of the Roman Empire from 1356 onward! crossroads of major trade routes - made it important and wealthy in medieval Germany Hitler made it the seat of Nazi conventions an rallies. Massive war-time devastation by bombing, etc. Nazi war crime trials were held here. Too much Hitler stuff - we all felt a bit of depression. We could stay in town for the day or go back and forth to have lunch on the boat. I chose to visit the German National Museum and go back on a later shuttle. I was alone in this visit to see the oldest globe of the...

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May 1, 2019 - Blown Away!

We knew this might be a surreal day. Happy May Day - Kathy starts coverage under Medicare today. And we woke up in Nuremberg, Germany to see the Mississippi Queen (of New Orleans) sailing along side us in the Main-Danube Canal. May 1st (May Day) is a holiday in Germany and possibly much of Europe. It celebrates the Labor Movement, possibly a holdover from Communist times. If our Internet Machine worked better here, I would check that. We were forewarned of possible protests and disruptions, but it ended up being more of a street party. The...

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Cruising to 170

Apr 22, 2019 - Nuremberg

2019-04-22.Nuremberg Nuremberg, with its somber legacy of the rise and fall of the Third Reich and the trials of prominent Nazis held in its ruins is beyond that, a lovely city with a long Bavarian history. Though 90% of the city was reduced to rubble toward the end of WWII, the citizens used the remains and the historic plans to reconstruct the once-powerful city. It was here that the Romans planned and built a fortification and that the Prince Bishop constructed his palace. Nuremberg was also the sight, unfortunately, of Hitler's rise to...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Nuremberg, A City of Extremes

Toy-Making to Nazi Rallies -- We toured one of Germany’s most renowned and intriguing cities on this excursion. We met our guide at our ship, then were driven by coach to the Old Town where we learned about Nuremberg’s complex past. This medieval city is still surrounded by 13th-century walls, with many gates and watchtowers still fully intact. It grew into a toy-making capital of Europe where craftsmen also shaped metal into inspiring sculpture and carved wood and other materials into decorative crafts. Afterward, we saw the Zepplin Field...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Nuremberg

We took a short drive from Furth to explore Bamberg's very pretty town centre before moving on to Nuremberg. Plenty of legwork was required in Nuremberg firstly at old Adolf's stomping grounds then around the very pretty 'old town'. The Nazis Party Rally Grounds covered a huge 11 square km area in which the infamous Zeppelin Grandstand played a major role. What really amazed us was the Great Street running alongside Dutzendteich Lake. At 60m wide and nearly 2,000m long this monster consumed 60,000 granite slabs in its surface area which...

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Aug 11, 2018 - Nuremberg

Today also we leave the AmaVenita and will be joining the AmaReina. Also today we do a tour of Nuremburg and learn about bit more about WW2 an visit the old town. The first places we visited were the Nazi era buildings and where Hitler held his yearly rallies for the NAzi Party - it was very sobering for all of us to see these places and the good folk of Nuremberg are ashamed by what occured during that time. We then went on to see the building where the Nuremberg Trails were held at the end of WW2 and surprisingly we drove past a major...

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Europe Escape 2018

Dec 6, 2017 - Nuremberg

We had another lazy morning as we sailed along the Main-Danube Canal toward Nuremberg. We did not hear our alarm and slept in, though we had been wakened at 5:40 am with Christmas music over the intercom. We do not know if it was intentional or an accident. We must have gone back to sleep and woke at 7:45 am. One of our shoes, which we had left outside our door had a large chocolate Santa Claus in it when we retrieved them this morning, so we must have been good and Christine's cleaning of her boots must have passed muster. The day was grey...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Dachau & Nuremberg

Today we started on a somber historical visit to Dachau Memorial, site of Germany's first concentration camp. Dachau stands as a memorial to the more than 32,000 lives lost within its walls. Prisoners lived in constant fear of brutal treatment and terror detention, including standing cells, floggings, tree or pole-hangings, and standing at attention for extremely long hours in the bitter cold. The camp was liberated by U.S. Forces in 1945. In the post war years, the Dachau facility served to hold SS soldiers awaiting trial. After our visit...

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May 4, 2017 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Steps: 11,059 Weather: cool in the morning with fog and then sun 15°; Nuremberg overcast, 14° After a pretty good sleep, we awoke to a fine day in San Francisco. We were amused to see that our phones indicated that we were staying in an area called Nob Hill! Another thing that amused us was the amount of water in the toilet bowl – it nearly reached the rim of the pan. Not what we’re used to, but seemed quite normal there as we encountered that at the airport as well. We walked along to a neighbourhood café for breakfast. It cost $3.50 for 2...

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Dec 9, 2016 - Nuremberg

We have reached Nuremberg, end of our journey. So this will be my last entry. I have to leave the ship for the airport at 3:45 AM tomorrow morning! UGH! Weather's warmed up to 46 so today's tour was quite comfortable. Sorry about the lack of pictures and captions from yesterday - we were sailing in a canal, not the Danube, and we're told internet would be e spotty. Several pictures and all captions fell off and are floating over the Danube somewhere. Also, I reread my message and cursed autocorrect!! There were no "dribblings" on the...

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Up the Danube

Sep 21, 2016 - Nuremberg, Danube-Main Canal, rain and lots of laughter

A morning sailing - including an absolutely fascinating lecture on the locks and the Danube-Main Canal - the canal built to join the Danube and the Main rivers. It was begun in 1921 and the last 106 miles were completed in 1992. The canal section has 16 locks - some with drops as much of 80 feet!! I think our cruise includes over 70 locks in all - some larger, some smaller, but all a seaming feat of engineering (and of sailing on the part of the captain). Our afternoon included an excursion to Nuremberg - another medieval city - 90% of...

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