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May 28, 2019 - Day 6 = Miltenberg & Wertheim

rainy day, mid afternoon stop at Miltenberg seems like a good place to buy a scarf for Susie - look like quality scarves Deb took my picture while trying to pose like the little figurine outside a residence and someone came out of the door! bus to Wertheim - a nearby city could hardly see the river that rises and floods the town every once in a while

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May 19, 2019 - Munich, Germany

Hallo from Germany, On Saturday our group of 9 took the train from Cologne to Munich. It took just over 6 hours. Our train had compartment car style seating which means that it was separated into cabins (6 seats per cabin) that open into a corridor. For part of the journey the train followed the Rhine River valley which was really quite pretty. We spotted a few castles and there was quite a bit of activity on the river. After we checked into our hotel, we went out to stretch our legs. English Garden (Englischer Garten) is a large public...

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May 3, 2019 - We’re Rollin’ In the Rain, Just Rollin’ in the Rain...

Today is Passau day, our last day in Germany. Passau sits at the confluence of 3 rivers: the Danube, the Inn, and the Ilz; and two countries: Germany and Austria. Passau is more than 2000 years old, founded by the Celts, and strategically important ever since. We started with a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old Town) area including several sections which had been inundated by tremendous floods over the years. One of my favorite years, 1954, had been the occasion of the highest high watermark since the 1500s, some 23 feet above the current...

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May 2, 2019 - Golf?

Another morning of cruising, this time starting on the Main-Danube canal. The weather was lovely, so we spent a fair amount of time on the bow watching the river flow beneath us and the beautiful forests and towns pass alongside us. We docked in Regensburg along the banks of the Danube around 12:30, had some lunch and were ready to see the sights with our local guide, Margit. She is from the area and was excellent. The city, the oldest on the Danube, dates back to the early Romans and they have found remnants of the stone walls they built...

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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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Apr 30, 2019 - Somewhere on the Main

It is April 30, 2019 somewhere on Main River in Germany. Once again I woke up to the ship bumping along the side of locks, it felt a little bit like a small earthquake. We have gone through many, many, many locks so far. The total that we are supposed to go through on this trip is 68 and I have no idea how many we have gone through so far. Since we weren’t scheduled to dock until about 1 o’clock near Bamberg, we decided to sit on the front of the ship and hope to catch a lock passage. We had front row seats! The patio filled up with...

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Apr 29, 2019 - Well Then, Must We Grow Up?

This was to be a big day so we got an early start on breakfast. We had two excursions scheduled - the first was a “Hike in the Würzburg Hills” and the second a tour of the “Würzburg Residenz” palace. We bussed to the start of the hike at the Käppele, a grand hillside church and former monastery. It featured a series dramatic statues giving tribute to the Stations of the Cross, covering several acres overlooking the Main River and Würzburg. We started at the top and worked our way down, causing me to wonder how much of a hike we were really...

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Apr 28, 2019 - Miltenberg

We woke up to our ship bumping up against the locks somewhere on the Main River before dawn. Dennis was fortunate enough to go right back to sleep. I was not as lucky. We weren’t due to arrive in port until about 3pm, so we were able to enjoy a leisurely morning and early afternoon. A local glass artisan provided a lecture and demonstration which was funny and informative. Of course he had merchandise for sale and we did our part to help the local economy. Once we docked in Freudenberg, we were bused back to Miltenberg for a walking tour...

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Apr 23, 2019 - Regensberg

2019-04-23.Regensburg In 2015, on our camping trip to Alaska, we stayed along side of a lovely couple from Germany with whom we shared a campfire. We vowed to keep in touch and....we did through emails and my trip journal. Today, Beate and Helmut drove the four hours from their home in Dottenhausen, Germany to meet our ship in Regensburg. And it actually worked out! The stars aligned, they found our ship and we spent an enjoyable day eating, drinking and walking about Regensburg, another beautiful medieval town. The cathedral was your...

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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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Apr 21, 2019 - Easter in Bamberg

2019-04-21.Easter in Bamberg Another beautiful Franconian town, alive for the holiest of days with folks again enjoying spectacular weather. No matter the day, the cafes are open serving everything from ice cream to Rauchbier. A word about Rauchbier. It was "invented" when a brewer's malt was partially damaged in a fire. Rather than throw out a valuable crop, he used it in its smoky condition to brew a batch of beer and the rest is history. We went to a cafe with four new friends after our tour of the town to sample this "delicacy". Imagine...

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Apr 20, 2019 - Wurzburg

2019-04-20.Wurzburg Wurzburg is another medieval city but this one has been restored after 70% of its center was bombed into rubble during WWII. Though not quartering many soldiers, Wurzburg was an important city because of its location on the Maine River with easy access to the railroad as well. During medieval times and through to the early 17th century, this was the home of the Prince Bishop; a Catholic bishop who, because of his service to the king, was granted a secular title. The Prince Bishop, who was obviously an ego maniac, had a...

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