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May 27, 2015 - End of cruise

Last day of cruise. The FUMC group and Elizabeth left the ship at 6 am. Really sad to see the end of our cruise. 70 of the people on the ship are continuing on to the Black Sea. In addition a new group of people are coming on to take the rooms of all of us disembarking. Anyway, I have till 3 p until I catch the bus to Prague. So I decided to visit The Terror Museum. It was amazing. All about WWII in Hungary, then the Russian occupation after the war. So sad that Germany didn't even enter Hungary until 1944 however even in the last few...

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May 26, 2015 - Budapest

We sailed to Budapest and arrived early in the morning. Thankfully because the time has been short, we had a bus tour of the whole city. Another surprise for me. The city is so beautiful with large buildings, lots of green space. Our tour leader today was the best yet. She gave us a synopsis of the long history of Hungary, telling us of the food and bad from the past. In the afternoon, Elizabeth went to see a Hungarian horse show. I put together a box to mail back home. So my bag going on the next 10 days would be lighter. The post office...

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May 25, 2015 - Vienna

I am so impressed with Vienna. Such a beautiful progressive clean city. For the morning, Elizabeth and I went the museum of treasures, full of crowns and vestments of the Hapburgs. I got turned around in the city and we missed our bus to the Schronbraun Palace. I was able to manuever the subway so we got there the same time as the bus, much to Elizabeth's relief. The palace was great but crowded. Even though it was not the last night, we had the Captain's dinner tonight. The food and staff, crew out did themselves. Lobster tail, homemade...

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May 24, 2015 - Going to Vienna

Got to Vienna for afternoon bus and walking tour. We had an interesting tour guide. Went all over the city. Long walk. City very crowded because it was the Pentacostal holiday. Vienna is a beautiful city. So old, elegant. Buildings so large and regal. We had a wonderful tour of St. Stephens Cathedral. Can 't wait to see more of city tomorrow. After getting to go to the inner most part of the church, several of us went to a Viennese cafe for coffe, tea and Sacher torte.

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May 23, 2015 - Day on ship

Because the rivers have been so high, our ship and tour got behind. So today, we had a leisurely day on board. Mainly we felt we spent time eating. Of course delicious food. Elizabeth and I both exercised in the small exercise room so we used up some of the calories we consumed today. We had a very nice afternoon tea with delicious scones and desserts. Elizabeth relaxed reading a new Nicholas Sparks book. I listened to some of the lectures and took photos. It was also nice to talk with other passengers and staff.

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May 22, 2015 - Passau

Today we were in the most western town of Germany. Passau, the city of 3 rivers. We saw flood lines again. There was a huge flood in 2013. After our usual city tour, we were given an organ concert in the amazing Baroque Cathedral. Elizabeth and I enjoyed exploring the city after the concert. We stepped away from German cuisine and ate Italian for lunch. We were treated to a wonderful dinner tonight. I had lamb chops and a wonderful dessert of a vanilla parfait, rhubarb and strawberry sauce. For entertainment, the ship staff treated us to a...

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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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