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Sep 8, 2019 - Wuerzburg

It was a good sleeping night; the morning was cloudy and cool. Continuing down the Main, we passed through more locks. A quick stop at Flusshafen allowed some to disembark for one of the paid tours. Many churches are in view; the Byzantine cross was frequently used. After giving way to two other ships, we went under the Alte Mainbruecke, bedecked with statuary and soon docked in Wuerzburg. (The crew was heard restoring the sun deck, so we must have passed under the lowest bridges already.) Our Wurzburg tour consisted primarily of a visit to...

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Sep 4, 2019 - Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland

We had decided to meet for breakfast at 0845 so that we could get some rest and still have the car ready for return at our scheduled time of 1030. The breakfast in the Tommasi Hotel was good and consistent with what we had enjoyed for the past three weeks. I think we were all in the "let's get this on the road" mood, as we were out the door with our luggage and ready to depart ahead of schedule. Let me me make a few comments about the Hotel Tommasi here. The staff is really good about helping, to include moving heavy luggage out to the car....

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Sep 3, 2019 - Last day in Germany

The next morning, I was up and dressed well before the time we agreed to meet for breakfast, so I took a walk into the small village (about 500 full-time residents??) The air was cool and I should have had on a sweater or something, but it felt good after the hot weather we had experienced. I took some photos of the village, which is mostly hotels and restaurants, and rejoined the ladies for breakfast. After that, we were on our way for the day. Our first stop was in Cochem, a fairly major tourist attraction on the lower Moselle River. We...

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Jun 25, 2019 - Day 42 - Frankfurt

Day 42 - Tuesday 25 June 19 - Frankfurt. I have decided to rename Wurzburg, Cashburg; it is the only town where the majority of cafes want payment in cash and will not accept the card. Frustrating when you are trying to run down your cash holdings without drawing more. Otherwise a lovely city which we have thoroughly enjoyed. I quote from a cushion cover “ Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich” ; a new belief for us. Our final leg of 113km to Frankfurt completes the 4070 km journey that we have undertaken in the past 41...

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Jun 12, 2019 - On our way

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 11-12 Our flight from JFK was on a BIG plane. We were in row 93 out of 94, the plane was a double decker, and the seating was VERY TIGHT. :-( The flight was listed as 8 hours. Dinner was served a while after takeoff. After dinner, I took a little nap, but then they started serving breakfast before landing. We landed at Frankfurt at 6 am local time (midnight EDT). Larry had spent the whole flight reading -- and trying out his new noise-cancelling headphones. Now he was getting sleepy. Deplaning took a long time,...

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May 16, 2019 - Day 1&2 - Fly to Frankfurt & Mainz

Day 1&2 - 16 & 17 May 19 ( We’d/Thu) - Mainz Rise 0620 - heater on. Up at 0645hrs . Very easy relaxed start, no panic. Tracey picks us up 0900hrs for Virgin departure at 1035 hrs - baggage booked through to Frankfurt. Virgin flight to Melbourne on time and comfortable arriving at domestic 1200 hrs - turbo prop aircraft. Walked to International snacking on a shared burger and wine. Depart Melbourne for Singapore on time at 1540 hrs - 7hrs 20 mins flight - all good. 2 hr 50 layover. Flight to Frankfurt uneventful arriving on time at 0650 hrs....

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Apr 19, 2019 - Day 5 - Rüdesheim, Germany

Floating up river on the Rhine watching numerous castles. Many historical! One particular castle was quite interesting on how they disciplined their criminals. They would hang them from a ball suspended far above the river to die. This was truly the most beautiful scenery with mountains on either side and vineyards on the hillsides.

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Dec 22, 2018 - Rudesheim

Saturday 22nd: The ship stayed in Koblenz overnight and this morning sailed through the Rhine Gorge with the Lorelei Rock and the Romantic Rhine and its castles. The sun was shining for most of the day and the scenery was beautiful. Along the way we passed lovely Bacharach, the small town where we stayed for two nights on our first visit to the area. We joined Guiseppina for a small circuit workout which was quite fun and later Martin conducted another trivia contest. This time there was a bigger crowd and the competition was intense. Our...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Frankfurt

We arrived in Frankfurt on Friday morning; we are finding that jet lag does us in these days so we try to schedule ourselves with a bit of down time so we can restore our groggy brains to functioning mode. After a nap, we headed out to check out the city; then on Saturday we took a walking tour. Our guide was an American who has lived in Frankfurt for the last 16 years. Not only is he American, he also lived in Tacoma for quite a while. We followed him around the city for about four hours and learned a lot. Frankfurt was pretty much leveled...

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2018 Adventures

Aug 10, 2018 - Up to date for Friday

Dear all, How things change. I am writing this in real time. We left the hotel Thursday morning arriving at the airport in Budapest with a couple of hours to spare before our flight to Amsterdam via Frankfurt. Due to severe storms in Frankfurt our plane was 1 1/2 hours late leaving Budapest. As we approached Frankfurt it was announced that we were in a holding pattern because of the number of planes effected by the weather and now wanting to land. By this time we had missed our connection to Amsterdam but when we landed we found out that...

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Our Big Trip

Aug 7, 2018 - The Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

Well this morning was an early start, the day began with the boat entering the Rhine Gorge at Koblenz. This section of the river has the greatest amount of castles and castle ruins in Europe. The river has steep slopes that are covered in vineyards and there were many beautiful and picturesque villages we passed. We also went past the Loreley Rock - this is the point where the Rhine is at its deepest as well as the narrowest point. many fo the castles that are now in ruins were destroyed by Rudolf of Hasburg or during the 30 year war in the...

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Europe Escape 2018

Apr 16, 2018 - Overload of half-timbered buildings

Today we had a drive west into the countryside to see some of the noted villages/towns for their half-timbered houses/buildings. Within Germany there is extensive road/bridge maintenance programme being undertaken (which is more than can be said to be happening in the UK!) which although admirable it can be quite frustrating when the road you want to take is closed! This happened several times but we found alternative routes. We had a number of stops the significant ones were in Spangen and Fritzlar. Both had almost picture perfect...

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