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Jun 27, 2014 - 25 June 2014

25 June 2014 Today we stop in Rudesheim, a small town on the Rhine in the State of Hesse with a population of 10,000. It survives on its wine industry and tourism and it is not hard to see why. The town is made for tourists, narrow cobblestoned streets with a multitude of picturesque shops to tempt one and all, whether it is wine, souvenirs, clothes, food and Christmas decorations. I go into one of the Christmas shops and the decorations are fabulous, the prices are not so fabulous, but one can understand why the Christmas market shopping...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Arrival in Frankfurt

Not much sleep occurred for all but Zenobia on our flight to Frankfurt. She had no problem sleeping on—as Stephanie put it—a “human mattress” composed of her mother and father. The main reason for the lack of rest was that dinner was not served until more than half-way through the flight. Already the flight was delayed and by the time we were in the air and dinner was served both kids were hungry. Having run out of snacks, we tried to keep them comfortable until dinner arrived. Izabella did manage to distract from her hunger by watching...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Destination, not the Journey

It is unbelievable that we were somehow able to get ourselves and, as far as we know, all of our luggage packed in time to leave for the airport at 7:15 am. We finished the school year with all of its stresses and challenges last Monday, went camping for four days, prepared the house and hosted Izabella's birthday party on Saturday, cleaned the house and packed for Europe on Sunday. All in a week's time! I am surprised we managed to keep our sanity for it was definitely a whirlwind week. I think the first time we actually had a moment to...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Heidelberg & Frankfort

Our house swap included cars and cell phones! Today we drove Michaela's car..oops I mean Lukas drove and I tried to interpret the GPS in German. Our first stop was Heidelberg's Altsadt (downtown). We walked up the very busy pedestrian only street (Hauptstrasse) to eat some lunch at a wonderful bar restaurant with authentic German food! I enjoyed my 1st Heidelberger beer, schnitzel and spetzel served with a creamy mushroom sauce! We walked into the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) and looked around. It is a late-Gothic structure...

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BZ Europe 2014

Jun 5, 2014 - Frankfurt

We're ready to come home. I need to do laundry, i don't want any more restaurant food and being around people is exhausting! Anywho. We packed up,started driving, crossed the Rhine, went into Wiesbaden for middle eastern lunch- tabbouleh / salads/ lamb, and made it to Frankfurt. We've loved being here but coming into a Sheraton that has normal North American style beds ( ie comfy not brick like and pillows with volume that stays when you out your head on it) is heaven. Jason and I went to the gym, I went up for a hot bath as everywhere...

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European Adventure

May 22, 2014 - Wurzberg and Wine Bridge

What a beautiful day it was in the city of Wurzberg. Sun was shining and everyone woke up feeling great. Lindsay was super excited to be meeting with family and looked as Canadian as can be in her red and white outfit that she had planned for the occasion. The hotel had a beautiful breakfast with smoked salmon, huge pots of coffee, eggs and fruit etc. This brings up a coffee question- we've been getting coffees at various cafés since we got here and never get a straight answer. What is the difference between a milchcafe (milk coffee) and...

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May 22, 2014 - Koblenz to Rudesheim

May 22nd Day 8 Thursday This morning after breakfast we are turning around and sailing back to Rudesheim. It was nice to view some scenery we missed, enjoying the weather and relaxing on the sun deck. So many nice people we have had conversations with, then on the other hand only French or German for all others with no or only a little English. Arriving in Rudesheim we catch our next guided tour to the Eberbach Monastery. It's not active, but many classical concerts are given throughout the year. The name "eber" means wild boar, and "bach"...

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May 22, 2014 - Rudesheim, Germany

Left Koblenz at 8am heading for Rudeshelm. Had breakfast which is coffee for me then Irma and I went to the lounge for a while and watched the scenery go by, then went up to the sun deck to join Susan and Julie. Lunch today didn't win too many points. It was Alsatian salad, Duck confit served with crispy potatoes and cream peas, and floating Meringue for desert. I ate everything except the Duck. Our tour to Monastery left at 2:30pm. It took us 30 min to get there and tour lasted an hour. The tour was very informative. After the tour we went...

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Paris to the Alps

May 21, 2014 - Berlin to Wurzberg!

So with a quick start to the day we managed to have breakfast, see the reichstag which was super neat because they have this modern dome which allows heating of air temp and acts as a receptacle for water. Dad will have to explain this.... We just got back from haufbrohaus in Munich and I just want to get the basics in here. Anywho. We had a drive to Wurzberg and on the way we had a pit stop to get coffee. We were very surprised to get off at a mcdonalds and have great coffee, fresh fruit smoothies and a tasty wrap. It even had self...

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European Adventure

May 20, 2014 - Rudesheim, Germany

I slept in this morning till 8am!! I really enjoyed the bed after having to get up so early yesterday. I forgot to mention yesterday that our room on the cruise is small but nice. We are happy with it. Didn't get dressed in time to eat breakfast but that's not ya problem for me. Met up with the rest of the group around 9am and we went to the sun deck to enjoy Germany as we passed by. It is just so beautiful and no picture can capture the beauty. We stayed up top till 12:30pm then went to lunch. On the lunch menu we had sauerkraut, ham,...

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Paris to the Alps

May 20, 2014 - Strasbourg to Rudesheim

May 20th Strasbourg to Rudesheim Early rise today to eat breakfast and to sit atop the deck as we sail past numerous towns such as Speyer,and it's cathedral, the impressive port installations in Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, Worms (ancient bishopric), Mainz ( capital of Rhineland-Palatinate). The weather just continues to get better and better. Lunch on board consisted of several German meats with sauerkraut not to my liking but did try. Arrived in Rudesheim this afternoon. This city has a wine tour but we opted to shop! Returned to the ship...

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May 12, 2014 - Day 40 – Monday 12 May – Mainz to Frankfurt

We had a fairly quiet and easy morning today getting up a bit later and strolling out to find a simple breakfast. A few blocks away was a standalone glass enclosed café on an intersection which hit the spot. We then took a bit of extra time packing our bags as this would be the last time we needed them until final preparation for check-in to Brisbane. We took a taxi to Mainz train station since the weather was a bit ominous. While waiting for the next train to Frankfurt we noticed the number of police dressed in full riot gear was...

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