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Sep 12, 2015 - Germany, lots of history, culture and interesting things to see

We have completed our first week in Germany and it has been a bit surprising for us so far. We are both well and having a marvellous time. We are here on a Tauck Tour with 38 people. Our previous visit was to Berlin on the upper East side of Germany and we loved the museums especially. This trip started in the West at Frankfurt and headed South along the Southern border. Like most other countries people of regions see each other differently. People of Southern Germany see the Northerners differently and as less interesting. You can see...

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Averill and James

Sep 4, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

September 4, Oh, what a beautiful day, sunshine, hot, the perfect weather to sit in the car, whole day!!!! Leaving the hotel "Schachener Hof", after dropping my tablet on the bottom and cracking it's touchscreen, I considered it, a beautiful start of a new day for traveling. First going to the local supermarket to return the empty bottles, to get your refund in Germany, or you dispose them off properly in Austria. Keep Germany tidy, throw your litter in Austria!!! Refueling the car at the last LPG station before Austria, we crossed the...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

September 3 After breaking up, and paying the bill, we left Bad Kissingen with a stopover in Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. A nice old town in super Bavarian architecture, from medieval time. This is the most Bavarian you can get! Lousy weather (cold and rainy) forced us to visit it the American way, "it's Thursday 11:00, so this must be Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber". Took a few pictures, the Asian way (from behind the windscreen) and left this Bavarian gem for our next stopover, Lindau am Bodensee. The driving went flawless, refueling from time to...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Europe’s “most perfect fairy-tale town”

Würzburg, Germany Today our adventures took us to the walled city of Rothenburg. On Germany’s “Romantic Road,” this town of 12,000 people lives up to its reputation as Europe’s “most perfect fairy-tale town.” The entire wall around the city is still intact and offers a nice view of the valley below. One of the stories we learned was regarding the Thirty Years' War. The town mayor is supposed to have quaffed a massive tankard of local wine as part of a bet to save the Protestant town from pillaging by Catholic forces. In fact, the town was...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Bamberg's Old Town

Würzburg, Germany Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the "Franconian Rome". Atop the most significant hill is a magnificent, four-towered Romanesque cathedral from the 13th century. We took a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old City) and loved it. While not quite a village with 70,000 people, it felt more like a small town than a large city. Only 4.6% of the town was destroyed in WWII because there was no significant industry here so we were able to see authentic old...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Hitler

Nürnberg, Germany Our river cruise negotiates the Main-Danube Canal, the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea. To navigate the waterways, we will pass through 68 locks. A lock is a place where boats that are travelling up or down a river or canal can be raised higher or lower. Locks are built in places where the level of the water in the river or canal suddenly changes. This may be because there is a waterfall there, or because a dam has been built, or because there is...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Altstadt - Old City

Nürnberg, Germany A Roman encampment on the Danube around AD 90 is the present day Regensburg. It was an important camp on the most northern point of the Danube and there was a wall around the entire city which is now Regensburg's Altstadt ("Old City"). We viewed the town’s 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall), towering Dom St. Peter (St. Peter’s Cathedral), and the remains of the Roman wall as well as a more quirky destination. In 1135 AD a building was erected...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Passau

Regensburg, Germany Passau, a city of 50,000, is known as "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. On our journey there we passed Walhalla, built in 1807 by Mad King Ludwig who bankrupt his country by building castles and palaces all over the country. He was in his Greek infatuation phase when he built Walhalla. In Passau we visited the Italian Baroque-style St. Stephan’s Cathedral. With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ at St. Stephen's was long held to be...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Disaster Averted

Regensburg, Germany Our cruise is from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Guess what! Europe has been in a heat wave that has affected the level of the rivers. We could not continue on our boat because it would not float. There was some discussion about cancelling the cruise completely but then the travel company found a riverboat above the point where the water was too low. A plan was made to swap passengers. Unfortunately this meant we had to pack up – something everyone rued. We were able to continue on our boat,...

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Aug 3, 2015 - The Castles

Monday, August 3rd. As it happened we couldn’t get as early a start as we had hoped because Reception wasn’t opened until 8 and they wouldn’t take camping payment the night before. The parking lot for RV’s was easy to find and we were directed into a spot. I retrieved my walking sticks as it was going to be an uphill climb to the Tourist Information Store then who knew what came next. By the time we had arrived at the TI it was close to 9 and the line-up was already out the door. This meant there were about 100 people ahead of us waiting to...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Hopfensee

Sunday, August 2nd We spent a quiet night and we were on our way by 8:30 am. Bill had made a few calls the evening before and although they didn't have room they felt there might be something available in the morning. Again we wound thru the mountains on country roads (they were usually unmarked, and would be considered one lane in N. America). We were slowed down often by bicycle riders who took up a good share of the road and made passing near impossible. The country was beautiful with pastures cut out of the forests dotting the...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Winding through mountains, pastureland, along Lake Constance

Saturday, August 1st. We woke to a drizzle of rain but headed out to explore the town of Triberg. What a charming little village. Not a flat street in town but cuckoo clocks sold everywhere. We found a quaint village café, it was a family owned bakery, and managed to find a few things to eat and excellent coffee. A man sized cuckoo clock kept us entertained for about 10 minutes. I kept stopping at little shops along the way and did some looking. It made the trip back to the RV which was parked uphill, a little easier. We headed off to drive...

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