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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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Jul 9, 2015 - Wurzburg

Wurzburg was born centuries before Christ at an easy-to-ford part of the Main River on an easy-to-defend hill. A Celtic fort stood where the fortress stands today. Later, three Irish missionary monks came here to Christianize the local barbarians. In 686AD, those monks were beheaded. Oops. Well the sunny-side up part of that story is that now their relics put Wurzburg on the pilgrimage map. About 500 years later, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbossa (see? Mentioned him yesterday and he’s already back. Little bugger), when the town was the...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Neuschwanstein Castle

We left Austria early this morning, we had a 325 mile drive back to Spay. We decided to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle on the way back. Vickie and Sam were hoping to tour the castle, the line was a mile long and the only tour available was not until 3 in the afternoon. We had to settle for some hazy pictures of the castle instead. There were several castles in the area to tour. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It was built by King Ludwig II...

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Jun 23, 2015 - First full day in Berlin . . . and finally got all the electronics working?

I slept last night! That's the most important news for today. Oh, okay, I guess there's more. We're staying at the Westin in the heart of Berlin and this place is gorgeous. For those of you who have been to Israel, all I can say about the breakfast buffet is that it rivals anything we had in Israel. However (and this is to my bro's who are probably horrified at this moment), I was really good and had just yogurt and fruit for breakfast. I figured I'll do my damage at dinner. It's been raining (sometimes pouring) since we arrived. So this...

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Jun 22, 2015 - Greetings from Munich Airport!

I actually have nothing to say right now other than that I'm exhausted! Our flight from LAX to Munich was nearly eleven hours, I didn't sleep a wink, we walked five miles to our next departure gate for the flight to Berlin. Okay maybe it wasn't five miles but it sure felt like it. And the landing was awful!!! So here we are waiting to board and I wanted to post the first blog with a picture. So Judith Stolnitz and I did a quick selfie. When I went to upload it I got a "this action is not supported" message. I'm hoping to fix that problem...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Day 33 - Freudenberg & Burgstadt

Day 33 - Thursday 11th June, 2015 - Freudenberg & Burgstadt [sorry for the lack of photos - we are just too busy enjoying the trip] Today we arrived at Freudenberg before we were out of bed. Had a restrained breakfast and a walk into the village before a glass blower from Wertheim came to do a demonstration and sell his products. Most impressive funny man. He is a 5th generation glass blower and had originally made a stunning escape from East Germany settling in Wertheim. Wertheim is a centre for glass makers suppling all over Europe and...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 31 - Bamberg; and leave the Canal for the Main River

Day 31 - Tuesday 9th June, 2015 - Bamberg and leave the Canal I awoke in the early hours (about 5:30) to realise we were travelling backwards. I thought we must be backing up to have a second go at getting into a lock. Not so I found out later. First activity of the day was breakfast. Now that is an excursion in itself, not only for the fact that we have to walk about 60 meters from our cabin, but also the task of approaching a buffet that holds 2 juices, 3 types of cereal, eggs cooked whatever way you want them by the chef in place with...

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Swiss Trip 2015

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