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Apr 26, 2017 - Fussen, Germany

The morning starts with a update to the blog and down for breakfast, back to room and pack my bags check out of hotel and walk to the bus station a about a 30 minute walk. Got on my bus to Fussen only 2 people so had my choice of seats, the bus driver was from Frankfort area had a nice chat with him before we started off, after getting on the bus it started a slow rain glad I made it to the bus before it had started. The bus trip took 2 hours up a winding road through the Alps, got into Fussen the bus stop was near the golden arches...

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Dec 9, 2016 - Nuremberg

We have reached Nuremberg, end of our journey. So this will be my last entry. I have to leave the ship for the airport at 3:45 AM tomorrow morning! UGH! Weather's warmed up to 46 so today's tour was quite comfortable. Sorry about the lack of pictures and captions from yesterday - we were sailing in a canal, not the Danube, and we're told internet would be e spotty. Several pictures and all captions fell off and are floating over the Danube somewhere. Also, I reread my message and cursed autocorrect!! There were no "dribblings" on the...

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Dec 8, 2016 - Loved Regensburg, Bavaria

Let's see....I'm in Regensburg, Bavaria, so it must be Thursday, Dec. 8. My gosh, it's so easy to lose track of what day it is as we cruise, mostly during the night time. Actually, I've really had that problem since I retired! I really enjoyed Regensburg. We had a great guide on our walking tour. She was very knowledgeable (as all our guides have been) and she was also very funny and very blunt about town and country politics, taxes, new construction, and enthusiastically touted the wonders of Tegensburg! I also thought their Christmas...

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Dec 7, 2016 - Our day in Passau

Hi all, it's almost the end of Wednesday, December 7th, it's been a fairly quiet day - we woke up in Passau, Germany after cruising through the night after leaving Krems. The cabins are small, and from my bed I can just reach over and tweak the curtain aside to see what's happening outside...river going by, or concrete wall of a lock!! By now I can almost tell by the light - or lack thereof - if I'm on the open river or inside a lock!!! Passau is known as the "City of Three Rivers" as it lies at the confluence of the Inn, the Danube, and...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany

Day 19 – Thursday 29th September Matrei, Austria – Sulzemoos, Germany - 166miles, total to date = 2,213miles Back on the road again early & heading North back to the German border towards Munich. Another long tunnel just North of Matrei & then to Kitzbuhel where we were delayed at least half an hour by a hot air ballon, would you believe? One of several hot air balloons that were floating gracefully around near the town had come down right in the middle of the town on a grassy bank between two main roads. It was causing chaos especially as...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Wine Country and Kitzingen

Sept 18 A day of sailing - now on the Main River - more great scenery and lots more time for eating. We had a very entertaining "lecture" by our Cruise Director - "Germany Today" - lots of good stories, but also good information about Germany. To this point in Bavaria we have been in Beer Country and a few days ago we had a great lecture about beer. The area of Bavaria we are now in .(Franconia) is known for its wine. Lots of vineyards all along the banks of the river. About 4:30 we arrived in a very small town - Kitzingen - another...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Nuremberg, Danube-Main Canal, rain and lots of laughter

A morning sailing - including an absolutely fascinating lecture on the locks and the Danube-Main Canal - the canal built to join the Danube and the Main rivers. It was begun in 1921 and the last 106 miles were completed in 1992. The canal section has 16 locks - some with drops as much of 80 feet!! I think our cruise includes over 70 locks in all - some larger, some smaller, but all a seaming feat of engineering (and of sailing on the part of the captain). Our afternoon included an excursion to Nuremberg - another medieval city - 90% of...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau and Hofbräuhaus

Group gravel experience - Be on the bus at 8:00 am!!! We did it and it was quite a delightful day visiting Mad Ludwig's castle - Neuschwanstein - the castle on which Disney modeled his Sleeping Beauty Castle. It's a couple hours drive from Munich, so time for a nap, but on arrival we discovered how popular the place has become. However our company was VERy organized - they've obviously done this before. Tickets are provided for a specific time and they had various options for walking or riding up to and down from the castle, and doing a bit...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Munich and farewell to Germany

Only three nights in Munich, coming by train from Augsburg, a journey of about 40 minutes. There was a stuff up by our Airbnb host who had left the apartment keys at his girlfriend’s home and kept us waiting over two hours. The apartment was very comfortable and central. The hot weather continued until our last night when it bucketed down just in time to effect the Oktoberfest which started the day we left - it was still raining heavily as I flew out. Had an interesting time in Munich, did a historical walking tour and a very interesting...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Sep 18, 2016 - Layover in Munich

For our five-year anniversary, Sandy and I spent a week in beautiful Croatia. We left on Saturday, September 17, our actual anniversary. Unfortunately, we spent it in the airport. From RDU, we flew to Washington Dulles and took an overnight flight to Munich. We arrived in Munich at around 8 AM local time and didn’t fly out to Split until late afternoon. With such a long layover and the start of Oktoberfest, we decided to leave the airport for a bit. Knowing it would be a bit crazy in Munich, we took the 635 bus from the airport to Freising,...

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Sep 18, 2016 - River surfing in Munich

The Eisbach is an artificial stream that runs through the English Garden, Munich's largest public park. The surf wave is located at the southern edge of the park, next to the Haus der Kunst. See the exact location on Google Maps. The wave is about 1 m high and about 12 m wide. The flow velocity is about 5 m per second. See photo right. Google for more information and a video

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Pam's Europe 2016

Sep 16, 2016 - Frankfurt to Hassfurt

Frankfurt to Hassfurt – 144 miles, total to date = 731 miles Another bright day dawned & we headed back early through the rush hour traffic to the garage. It took us nearly an hour to cover the 10 miles, so many traffic lights & all seemed to be red whenever we got near them. Anyway we eventually got to the garage about 8.30am & reported to our mechanic, Mike. We had to sit around for another hour till the new sensor was located in the parts department & then it was back up on the ramp for Elsie while Mike fitted it. Once he had done that &...

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