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Jul 27, 2016 - Leaving Germany

We got to sleep later while the boat sailed into Passau, which is on the border with Austria. I went up early to video our docking and talked to the Captain. After breakfast, we split into smaller groups to go to the Cathedral and listen to an organ recital. The church was decorated in baroque style and was very beautiful. The church organ is considered the largest cathedral organ in the world with over 17,000 pipes. It actually is five organs tied in to one command console. The power but also delicacy of the available sounds was shown in...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 26, 2016 - We take a trip to Munich and Karyn takes a trip by the boat

We had the longest day of trip members since only 4 other people did the all-day trip to Munich. We had another good guide who told us all about Bavaria on most of the way to Munich. Stayed awake for a lot of it! We did a comfort stop that was scenic since it was a showroom for the BMW factory. Saw nice cars and affiliated brands like Mini Cooper and a couple of Rolls Royce sedans. Karyn got her picture on a BMW motorcycle. They had three so she had to get on the blue one. We drove through Munich. Saw the grounds of the 1972 Olympics, then...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 25, 2016 - Mom's Legacy

When my mom, Ruby Kozel, passed away on January 23, 2015, my brother, sister, and I spent some time going through her papers and personal effects, we noticed a significant bunch of them involved work after WWII in Nuremberg for the War Crimes Trials. This was understandable since she arrived a Baptist girl from Arkansas and left married to our Dad, a Catholic Yankee from Cleveland with a foreign sounding name. Clearly it held a big place in her memories. We all had heard many stories about Nuremberg and their experiences. When we received...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 24, 2016 - Get on the bus, get off the bus; repeat; repeat

It seems like we were busy loading ourselves on and off the bus as we finished the land portion of our tour. We left Dresden and stopped at a little town called Modlareuth. It is called "Little Berlin" since the Wall came through and split it in two after the war. They had it set up to show how it was with fences, observation towers, hazards, and the wall to stop escapees. We reloaded the bus and went to Bayreuth to see the Wagner Opera House and then into town to see it and get a lunch. Karyn and I were daring and had the daily special...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 1, 2016 - Dachau/Fussen

Today we drove to Dachau. I visited here when I was 12 years old and it had a profound impact on me. I felt the heaviness and darkness there. This time, we entered through a different place and it didn't seem as evil as I had remembered. It was also a nice day and had been a rainy day as I remember when I visited last. We took a long tour, visiting the museum, barracks, wash rooms, crematory, and gas chambers. This was primarily a labor camp for men. However, the guards tried to torture the prisoners there and work them hard enough for many...

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Jun 30, 2016 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Today we drove to Rothenburg. It took us forever to get there because of road construction and traffic. There were points in the road where I had about a foot on each side of me, with one side being a concrete road divider and the other side being semi trucks! It was a little stressful. Our rental car is awesome and driving in Germany has been a breeze compared to Ireland. It has a great navigation system in the car which has saved us! Germany doesn't really have any English on signs or anything else like most of the other countries we have...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Munich

The flight to Munich this morning was outstanding, after a small hiccup in security at Madrid airport. It seems now that they are worried about camera equipment, so I had to pull my camera out and Tess' as it is also in my bag, on top of a tablet and a mini laptop. Of course I didn't know any of that to begin with, so just had the tablet and the laptop out. I went through the metal detector without incident, however a security guard stopped me and asked me to go back with my backpack and unpack everything. He didn't allow me to go get my...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Lovely Passau

This morning we awake to find ourselves alongside the town of Passau. As we suspected the Viking ship we saw not far from the low bridge are back, not able to make it. They will now have to pack up and swap via bus to a boat on the other side. Balazs announces our tours are ready but calls himself Joe Cocker, losing his voice steadily over last few days. Our guide is Martina and we have really hit the jackpot. She is fabulous. You can tell how much she loves her town. She has a magical way of making you feel you have been transported back...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Weltenburg Abbey beer and Rhine cruise

Today our agenda has been changed. Originally we were to sail to Regensburg and after lunch get on an optional Rhine canal cruise. The high water has the captain putting the pedal to the metal. There is an extremely low bridge ahead and right now we need to get there before the rains cause the river to get higher. So we are dropped off at Kelheim at 8 am and pick the boat back up at 1 pm downstream at Regensburg and keep going. It is a sunny day so that is good news and we have passed through the #1 lock on the Main-Danube canal and are...

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Jun 15, 2016 - WW II Nuremberg

Today the morning finds us with a glimpse of blue sky and hopefully a better day. The day starts with Sharon standing on her balcony, the window down and the Captain on shore. He walks over and hands her some wild poppies he has picked off the bank. This is indicative of the whole crew. They are all warm, friendly and with great senses of humour. They definitely have made us all feel special which has really added to the trip. We have been on the Main-Danube canal overnight. It is 171 km long with the highest locks and was built in 1990 to...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Route 66

Route 66, the nickname for our next 3 days and nights. It comes from the fact that we are going through 66 locks to progress us down the Main River. We are moving uphill and will go up in some of the highest locks in the world. The river bridges are so low that the sky deck will be closed for these three days as well. In fact the crew collapses the railings, collapses or stows the furniture and the wheelhouse is only 2 inches high. Just enough for the captain to look out a periscope to navigate. Yikes. Fortunately the river boats are made...

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May 27, 2016 - Germany

Wednesday 25th May 2016, Germany The weather today is reasonable and we discover that the public transport is free for tourists – great news - just get a ticket from the campsite reception and show it on the bus and away you go – So for us it’s a day trip to Wurzburg. Nope had not heard of it either – but it’s nice with a huge castle overlooking the river and a buzzy centre with many eating places. Nice Thursday 26th May 2016, Germany Misty start to the day and a drive to Hirschau past Nurnberg is not that pleasant and to add insult to...

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