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May 21, 2015 - Regensburg

Today we went to Regensburg. We were able to say for several hours, which was nice because after our tour, we had a nice leisurely lunch. Most ate sausages and saurcraut. I sure did not spell that right. I ate a potato soup that was very hearty, full old herbs, carrots, and small pieces of sausages. Anyway after lunch, Elizabeth and I had some time to shop for souvenirs. It was nice to have some time to pick up some gifts. Once on board, we were treated to a Bavarian BBQ. And after dinner, a 4 person group travelled down from Cologne and...

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May 20, 2015 - Nuremberg

There were 2 choices for tours in Nuremberg. Elizabeth and I took the WWII tour. We had a wonderful tour leader who told us how It occurred that Hitler gained so much support and popularity in Germany. We saw the grounds where he held rallies each September prior to the start of the war. We then toured the museum, which was excellent. Tour groups don't always get to visit Courtroom 600 because they often have cases going on, but fortunately we were able to sit in the courtroom and hear about the trials. It was an amazing experience.

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May 19, 2015 - 1week down

Today we enjoyed mostly a day of sailing , sailing thru many locks, you might want to google this . We had an hour or so lecture on locks . We both worked out in the fitness room but not enough to make up for all the delicious meals we've been eating, or drinks been trying out. We toured a quaint city of Bramburg known for 90 breweries , especially smoky beer, so we were all hosted by the pub. It was a bustling city around 5 as we tried to get back to the buses without being run over, lots of bicycles. We are truly enjoying every day & look...

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May 18, 2015 - Two more Franconian towns

We began the day in the city of Wurzburg, a city that was founded around 1000 to 1100 AD. This city interestingly is 70 percent Catholic. We toured the Residence of the prince bishops that was built in the 1700s. On March 16, 1945, the Royal British Air Force dropped 900 tons of explosives on the city, killing 5000 and 85 percent of the city was destroyed. It was amazing to see how the rebuilding has gone. I hope to post photos soon. The best part was going in the candle lit cellar for another wine tasting. We tasted 4 whites. And I'll...

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May 17, 2015 - Small towns in Germany

We started the morning early in such a cute old town called Wertheim. I could live in this little town were it not for the fact that it floods every so many years. We were then divided into 4 groups doing different activities. Elizabeth went to a black smithing demonstration. I went to see antique pianos owned by a pianist named, Mikail Kunter. His protégée student told us about the 4 different pianos. The oldest was from around 1740. The youngest 1820. The young man, Julian Zalla, then played music on each of the 4 pianos. So unbeknownst...

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May 16, 2015 - A new day

Of course, the highlight for me today was seeing Steffen Sikora, our German son. He came to meet me in Heidelburg. So after touring the Heidelburg castle, Steffen was waiting at the restaurant where we ate lunch. I was able to introduce him to some old friends from Waynesville. Elizabeth had met him once before so she got to see him again. Steffen looked amazing. After lunch as you can see, he helped me upload a few photos from the last few days. We only had so much time so I hope to add more when I reach another Starbucks. It was sad to...

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May 15, 2015 - Rhein trip

Good morning! Gutan Morgan! This morning, we are sailing on the upper Rhein. Looks like we'll pass something like 20 castles. Elizabeth and I are sitting in the lounge comfortably listening to commentary about all the scenery. I am having a hard time uploading our wonderful photos. Tomorrow Steffen is joining me in Heidelburg. He is such a computer whiz and I am hoping he can help me figure out my problem. So keep checking back. What. A nice day! Well tonight we are watching a cabaret show which is little weird. However for dinner most at...

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May 14, 2015 - Cologne

So we have toured Cologne today. What a beautiful old city and amazing Dom Cathedral. I will try to upload photos. I also took photos of our room and bathroom. Small room but good storage. Elizabeth and I upgraded from a porthole view to one with a full window. We can open the door and feel the breeze. The bathroom is an architectural genius. It's so nice yet small, of course. Even has rather large shower. This afternoon I have taken time to catch up on emails and write to you all. Elizabeth is off by herself inEurope going to a chocolate...

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May 13, 2015 - We've arrived!

Well, it's almost 9:30pm, German time. Been up like 31 hours with a few hours of napping here and there. 2 plane rides, one bus ride, and now finally on cruise boat. Seems like great cruise staff. So nice to catch up with FUMC folks, like Dianne Haynes and Donna Plexico. Ate great first meal with mother and daughter from Pacific Northwest. Great start for a wonderful vacation. Special thanks to Drew for putting up with me running behind on way to airport!

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May 7, 2015 - wish for a fish

During the car rental adventure, Briggie took me to the wonderful farmers' market that has veggies from nearby EU, so mostly German and Dutch offerings. This is a small slice of nirvanah for me with local white asparagus called spargel, cheese and fresh meat of every imagining, and finally, one of my favorites of all time, the fresh herring with chopped onion. These guys are so soft, and oily fishy, but not smelly, and the bones are more like cartilage. I just adore these things, I can't explain any better. Plus the guy will fry them up, or...

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May 6, 2015 - Trains, planes, and automobiles to...

Rheine, Germany! That is, the car taxi to the flight to Dusseldorf, the five trains to Rheine complicated by partial rail strike and the taxi to Briggie's house. Whew! After our joyous reunion and resting up, made a car rez on expedia in town so we can all move around…great price…but no mini van as advertised due to demand from aforementioned strike. This resulted in a multi lingual exchange worthy of Abbot and Costello in which, due to strength of the idea of my reservation, I think I am getting a vw toureg sitting right there but I wind...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Phantasialand, Bruhl, Germany

We drove 2 hours into Germany to the attraction park, Phantasialand. We had a great day, good weather, no queues. There were different themes eg: China, Berlin, Mexico, Fantasy. Even Alicen went on (most) of the roller coasters....

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