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Jun 2, 2019 - Day 11 = Passau & Aschach via Salzburg

We got to Passau just before breakfast and got on a bus to go to Salzburg, Vienna soon after. The bus ride was 2.5 hours long but it was comfortable and I loved the scenery - farmland and farm towns. The farmers all live together and go off to do the farming of the fields together. I am not sure how they divide up the crops, but I like how they live and work together to take care of so much land and crops. We found out that Salzburg isn't as big on the Sound of Music as us tourists are. That's because movies distorted what is here and much...

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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 30, 2019 - Day 8 = Bamberg

Today we enter the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal which really connects the Main with the Danube, but there are a couple of canals on the Rhine, so why not? Britta gave a presentation to tell us about the canal and locks. We will travel about 1128 miles and go through 68 locks! Most of them will take us uphill but the last 21 of them will take us downstream! There is such a thing as a Continental Watershed Divide because the Rhine flows into the Atlantic Ocean and the Danube flows into the Black Sea. The Main-Danube Canal was called Charlemagne's...

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May 29, 2019 - Day 7 = Wurzburg & Markgreit

morning tour of Wurzburg Residence (a palace of huge porportions) - couldn't take pictures inside. It had a grand staircase with deep but shallow steps so the ladies could climb or descend with big gowns and trains. lots of frescos and paintings and gold-plated decorations. You can see pictures of the grand gardens around the palace. Optional tour of Rothenburg. 1.5 hours to get there. don't remember how we filled the time! After the walking tour (I must admit I don't listen much because I can't understand the guides so I wander with my...

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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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