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Jul 31, 2014 - Main-Danube Canal & Nuremberg (Cruise Day 8)

7/31/14, Thursday The early morning was a cruise down the Main-Danube Canal. We arrived in Nuremberg, another medieval walled city (13th Century walls). This is the city where the post-World War II Nazi war crimes trials took place. We stopped at the grounds where the Nazi rally's were held. We saw the Nazi version of the Coliseums from Rome, designed to be the biggest meeting place in the world. It was never finished. Because Nuremberg was so important to the Nazis, it was mercilessly bombed resulting in over 75% of the old Nuremberg city...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany (Cruise Day 7)

7/30/14, Wednesday We stopped in Hassfurt to drop off the people on the tour for Bamburg by bus. Robin and I decided to stay on the ship instead of taking the tour into Bamburg. Instead, we enjoyed the sail down the 106 mile Main-Danube Canal. This is an engineering masterpiece which has 16 locks. Completed in 1992, it is a continuous waterway from the North Sea to the Black Sea. In total, we will be going through 68 Locks on this trip. Several of them are over 80 feet vertical lift. When we started at Amsterdam, we were at 16 feet...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria Hi everyone! Yesterday we spent the day in Passau touring around and shopping! Listened to an organ concert that sounds boring but it was on the largest cathedral organ in the world. Pretty cool! We did some shopping in the afternoon but didn't find that much. Got caught in the rain on the way back with no umbrella but we didn't melt! Today we took a 2 hour bus ride to Salzburg, Austria. Went to Mozart's birthplace and the other house his family moved into when he was a teenager. Walked up to the abbey where the real Maria...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Wurzburg, Germany (Cruise Day 6)

7//29/14, Tuesday This town became important after its bishop was also appointed a Prince. Between 1720 and 1744, the reigning Prince-Bishops built the “Residence”, a spectacular palace with fine art, paintings on the ceilings, tapestries and many other objects d’art. The entrance staircase is incredible and is the centerpiece in a room with a 5400 square foot ceiling requiring no supporting columns. It is decorated with the world’s largest painting (the entire ceiling) depicting the four continents of the known world at the time. America...

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Jul 28, 2014 - Miltenberg, Germany (Cruise Day 5)

7/28/14, Monday We sailed most of the night and some more this morning along the Main River. After lunch, we headed into Miltenberg to see some local sites. This town is known for its half-timbered homes and is one of the most picturesque and best preserved medieval cities in Germany. We saw the old Roman walls, the ancient hotel “Zum Riesen” (the Inn at the Giant) believed to be the oldest inn in Germany (built about 1500) and the Mildenburg castle built about 1200. This is the area of Germany known as Franconia, very well known for its...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Got on the boat!

Hey everyone! We made it to Passau....yeah! Got on the train from Colmar yesterday and had a short trip to Basel, Switzerland. I found it a bit tricky in the Switzerland train station. Had to ask a radom traveller for help and then checked it out with a train attendant. Our train left late for Frankfurt so that was weird since German trains are NEVER late! Got to Frankfurt and discovered that our transfer time was shaved down to 13 minutes. Hustled down 2 flights of stairs (which Aunty Bonnie almost fell on!) and up another 2 flights of...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Tired in Munich

Flight from Charlotte boarded with no problems. We had interior seats - Alice took the aisle. A bit cramped but not too bad. Reasonable movie selection as well. Bathrooms on a lower level too! They served dinner - chicken with mashed potatoes or a pasta plate. Neither was very good. Also a beer - "Good German Beer" the steward said... it was beer. I slept a bit but rather fitfully. Alice seemed to get in a good rest. Got in to Munich about 10:00 Am (4:00 AM EST). Went through passport control then found our gate. Alice got a salami sandwich...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Bad Griesbach - Golf

The next morning I awoke quite early and even though my legs were quite painful I took a walk in the early morning sun. Quite stunning. Managed to awake Dillon and after a breakfast of the obligatory meat cheese and bread we drove 2 hours to Bad Griesbach for a couple of days of golf. The place we stayed was a very traditional Bavarian Inn - very nice. For golf, the kids were in 1 group and the adults in the next. Rudi's kids are quite good at golf 4 and 7 handicaps and Dillon may have been a little intimidated - he didn't play so well....

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Jul 19, 2014 - Bavarian Alps

We (myself, Dillon, Bernie, Angelica, Mickey)left for the alps in the afternoon after a leisurely morning drinking Bernie's coffee. On the way we stopped by lake Schliersee for a very (very) refreshing swim then continued driving through amazing countryside. We met up with Rudi, Monique and friends at base camp for the hike up to the mountain inn. The climb was very very tough. Extremely steep mostly 30 degrees but maybe 45 in some places. The atmosphere, sounds and views though were worth it. As we climbed there was the constant clanging...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Munich

On Wednesday we woke up early to get the train station in Zurich. We took the train to Munchen. When we were showing our ticket to the guy he said to us that we had to pay extra for our ticket because ours was not valid. Our ticket covered England, France, Spain and Germany. But the "bloody German" said that we went through Austria and our ticket didn't cover that, so dad had to pay 20 euros for the ticket (it turned out that we went for only half a mile through Austria taking less than a minute - Dad was not happy. When we got to Munchen...

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May 29, 2014 - Rothenberg and Wurzburg

While we are docked at Wurzburg, our first tour of the day is a bus trip to Rothenburg. The route is the "Romantic Road". Not romance in terms of love, but romance meaning serene, small town, quiet, harking back to a better, simpler time, nostalgic. The area appears to primarily be farmland and grape growing for the wine trade. The fields are rolling hills of many shades of green(bringing back memories of the green of Ireland). The vineyards are on steep hillsides rising above the Main River. The fields of crops are uninterrupted by...

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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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