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May 28, 2014 - Passau & Vilshofen

Our Last Say on the boat!! More Commentary to come...... Hi all: well even though e are in Praque here is a bit of information on our last day on the ship. After Linz and Salzburg we headed further West on the Danube to town where three river come together. Pasau is called The City of Three Rivers and is ideally located at the confluence of them. The flow of the Danube is added to by the River Inn from the South and the River Ils from the North. Both of these rivers are not navigable but are only "feeder" rivers deports run off water from...

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May 28, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg is a very scenic German town. In 1007, Emperor Heinrich II made Bamberg the center of the Holy Roman Empire and the capital of his reign. Like Rome, Bamberg was built on seven hills, each with a church on top. The Cathedral was built in 1012 and remains the spiritual heart of the city. Both he and his wife are buried in the cathedral. Heinrich II and his wife were both made saints for all their generous work and support of the faith. They also founded the St Michael's Abbey which is perched high above the city and is considered an...

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May 27, 2014 - Neuschwanstein Castle

May 27th Day 13 Tuesday We are up early today to meet our coach with Jules our guide and will visit the Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle built 1869, 17 yrs to build for Barvarian King Ludwig II, son of Maxmillian II. From this castle Walt Disney got the inspiration for Prince Charming castle in Cinderella. Also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang showed the castle in this movie. The weather has turned much cooler and has started to rain. Our first rest stop is Zugspitzblick where we view a beautiful lake. As we go on, the road is very twisty and narrow,...

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May 27, 2014 - Nuremberg

Today's entry is written by Jim. Janice was not feeling well this morning and did not make the bus trip from the Danube into the heart of Nuremberg. The walled city dates from the 13-century, and is best known for the war trials following WWII. Nuremberg was selected as the cite for the trials for several reasons--the primary being its secure prisons and the proximity of those prisons to the cite where the trials were held. Germany's economy must be one of the more stable in the EU, and is evident in Nuremberg with construction in almost...

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May 26, 2014 - Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg is one of Bavaria's beautiful cities and one of the most well preserved medieval towns. It''s history dates back 2000 years and it's Roman Gates are still standing. Since the town escaped damage from the war, it's architectural gems are still here. The Old Stone Bridge was a miracle of engineering in its time , built between 1135 and 1146, it was used by knights in the crusades to cross the Danube on their way to the Holy Land. Interesting story, in that the building of the bridge caused changes in the water flow and the...

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May 25, 2014 - Passau, Germany

. We have arrived in Germany. Just across the Austrian border, we come to a small town, with 50,000 people, Passau , Germany. Passau lies at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Hitler lived here as a child and during WW II there were three Nazi concentration camps here. Filled with a jumble of cobbled lanes, underpasses and archways it definitely reminds me of Italy and as we walked around we saw and smelled several Italian restaurants and pizzarias. We decided to go to Mass at St . Stephen's Cathedral. All in...

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May 24, 2014 - MUNCHEN MUNCHEN

I really enjoyed this morning. I got ready and went to the lounge to update journals and relax in relative quiet. Jason and I very much appreciate alone time ( from others and each other) so I really needed to be alone! Not I that I don't love everyone... It just isn't my norm. Great breakfast, nice cup of tea and by 9:40 we were on the train into Munich. To be continued. This was a long day and it had so much stuff going on.

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May 23, 2014 - Wurzberg to Munchen via Nuremburg

This morning we had breakfast with Mom and Dad. I love my Dad- however sometimes he needs a filter. He started us off with a laugh for the day. You can ask Jason about this when we get back as you need his facial expression and actions to really understand what happened here. Dad Jason and I then went for a walk to the church near our hotel and the yellow summer palace beside it (pictures shown). Next we packed up and were on our way to Nuremberg. Not to be confused with Nurberg and the driving ring that Jason wants to go on one day....

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May 21, 2014 - Regensburb

Back again A great day was had in Regensburg more churches, more castles, each so interesting with their own bit of history....our brains are in overload sure hope we retain something ohh well LOTS of photos. The tour guides really make it and we have been fortunate to have had good ones. Yesterday was probably the longest and most tiring day but also highlight, we visited the world heritage- listed city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic......wow just amazing again our guide was so good ( he was a lecturer in the history of that time...

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May 18, 2014 - Main Danube Canal

Here we are again. Saturday saw us arrive in Bamberg after a very interesting talk on the Rhine - Main - Danube - Canal.....as I said very interesting . We are loving hearing and seeing the history. The afternoon was spent walking around Bamberg, a town with many sights,we enjoyed it . The walk finished with a tasting of their "famous" black beer.....I passed!!!! "Saturday Night Fever" was the theme for after dinner fun and yes we did ... Have fun . Sunday was a very sobering morning , we arrived in Nuremberg and as our tour we chose World...

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Europe May 2014

May 16, 2014 - Shipboard and underway

Hi all Here we are Friday 16th sailing along sipping wine....mmmm. Here is a very condensed version of our last few days .Amsterdam was wet, but wonderful, did a canal tour, loved the house boats. Sailed the Rhine while enjoying the Captains welcome cocktails. Next day was the city of Cologne....not my favourite city but my what a beautiful cathedral ohh and hot chocolate !!!! That night we dined with a princess in her castle, truly an experience and delicious food. Still on the Rhine we arrived in Rudesheim became a typical tourist...

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Europe May 2014

May 15, 2014 - Passau

Thursday May 15 -- Passau We had a late breakfast and chatted with Chip and Sharon from Pennsylvania. Even after breakfast around 9:45 we had not yet docked in Passau -- the last city on the German section of the Danube before the Austrian border. We were told that our Viking ship could well be rafted with one or two others at the dockside. Sure enough we were number three in the raft and had to walk across two other decks to get to the dockside. We disembarked the Idi around 10:30 and had the usual walking tour of the city. Our guide...

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