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May 17, 2019 - Day 3 - Mainz

Day 3 - Friday 18 May 19 - Mainz Slept quite deeply waking at 0545 hrs. Both felt we had a good nights sleep but still lethargic and in need of motivation. We are already feeling as if the wow factor of discovering Europe is fading. We seem to be struggling but put it down to tiredness. Currency research - bought 200€ on credit card which is in debit - cost $333.87. Same $A amount buys 195.67E on TCard Breakfast in the hotel included a sandwich and coffe with pastries. All provided with our accomodation though not advertised through...

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Dec 23, 2018 - Mainz and Wiesbaden

Sunday 23rd: The ship set sail this morning an hour or so up the river to Mainz. Heather has joined the city walk and visit to the Gutenberg Museum while I decided to stay indoors out of the cold. It is a very quiet Sunday morning on and off the ship and a good chance to catch up on the journal and watch the passing parade of people and dogs walking, jogging and cycling along the river. For Heather the highlight of Mainz was the Gutenberg Museum named after the man who invented the printing press. A demonstration showed how each page was...

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Oct 17, 2017 - The Rest of the Rhine and Rhone Rivers Cruise

While we were in Wesel, some passengers took an excursion to Arnheim. They met back up with us when the boat docked in Dusseldorf. Spent the night at Dusseldorf and the next morning headed on down the Rhine River to Cologne, Konigswinter and Koblenz. We stopped in Cologne and they had a walking tour of the city. There the tourists got to see the Gothic Church in Cologne that took 500 years to build. Those people were really persistent. We spent the night in Koblentz. The next morning we headed down to Mainz and Worms. There are so many...

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Aug 10, 2017 - Rain day

Thursday, August 10 It rained all day. The camp operator seemed happier today. No ride today. Pierre and Carol went looking for a youth hostel. There were no stirrings from the tent of the couple from Utrecht. I did all my blog notes but the reception was too wet to use for posting. I stayed in my tent a lot, glad it has head room. Walked to Netto for a coffee and makings for sandwiches for tomorrow. A late walk up river. Read a lot of the John Gardner: The Secret Trilogy.

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Aug 9, 2017 - Rain day

Wednesday, August 9 I have decided to halt my forward progress here in Mainz. Today will be a rest day. Not sure yet on what happens tomorrow. It was a leisurely start to the day. There was no sun on my tent so I couldn't bask. It was after eight that I got out of my tent. I wandered over to the Netto store for morning coffee and strudel. The sun was shining, the day would be good. I did a little cleaning on my bike giving back to the earth the earth which had clung to the bike from yesterday. While I was cleaning I heard the English...

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Aug 8, 2017 - Koblenz to Mainz

Tuesday, August 8 Koblenz to Mainz 6 hrs 14 mins 108.2 kms I woke up at 6 AM. Surprised I got to sleep with all the train noise. And it still went on so I lay in my tent for an hour pretending that I could go back to sleep. Finally I put paid to the night and started to pack up. I was on the road at 8:02. A few blocks away from the campground I encountered a Netto discount market. I had enquired at the campground check-in where a restaurant might be. I was told they were across the river; accessible by ferry. Why didn't they tell me of this...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Amsterdam and River Cruise through Germany and France

Arrived in Amsterdam on July 15th. Stayed at a great Hotel with a very nice Restraurant right on one of the canals. It has a retractable roof, but the weather was wonderful and they only closed it for breakfast. On Sunday, we walked to Beethovenstraat (street) and found a nice outdoor cafe to have brunch. all the shops were closed on Sundays in the area we were in so we saved some of our money. Monday, we walked down to the Museum Square where they have several museums. The Ruijs Museum was very large with over 1 million items to view....

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Jul 10, 2015 - A Beer Festival on the Rhine

There's really not much to say about this entry other than it was a Friday night and OF COURSE there was a beer and food festival on the Rhine. Duh. It was Dan's first and, to quote him, he will "never go back to shitty American beer ever again." I feel the need to use the hashtag #finally, as I have been saying this for FIVE YEARS!

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Jul 7, 2015 - Frankfurt and Mainz: Arriving

We were based out of Mainz for this trip, so there will be a varying collection of pictures of us in Mainz as the trip progresses. For now just know that the two thousand year old city is forever linked with one of the most significant achievements of the Western Civilization. It was here during the 15th Century that Johannes Gutenberg invented a method to spread dissemination of knowledge through printing. Naturally Mainz is proud of its native son, so the city has made sure that every nook and crany has a statue or museum dedicated to him.

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May 11, 2014 - Day 39 – Sunday 11 May – Wassenach to Mainz

Today is Mother’s Day and I called my Mum late last night (early Sunday morning) for a chat and to wish her a happy day. Megan and I checked out of our B&B in Wassenach after four lovely days and drove into Koblenz to drop off our hire car at the main train station. We then took a 40 minute train to Mainz which is just west/southwest of Frankfurt. The train travelled alongside the Rhine River with specular scenery of the river with many long barges, villages and on the other side of the train, vineyards on really steep hills. The weather...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Mainz & Heidelberg

Today was a big day. Our boat docked in Mainz, Germany, about 7:30. We walked off to meet our excellent local guide, Andrea, who took us on a tour of the old city and the Gutenberg Museum. She demonstrated the printing press and gave a great description of Gutenberg's various inventions and processes. This was followed by a viewing of one of the remaining 49 (out of 180 printed) Gutenberg Bibles. (No photos allowed, of course.) I was intrigued that the 2-volume Bible could be left open to the same page for years without the light harming...

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May 14, 2012 - Mainz

Last day in Europe, bit sad it has been everything I expected and more. This morning for instance the last church I visited was the best I have seen gilded statues and the paintings on the roof took your breath away. To think I would have missed it if I had gone to Cairo yesterday as planned. Also I found A bierhaus that brews it`s own beer and it`s a very good drop. Don`t know if I will be able to report on Cairo they may lock me up in the harem or something but will try. Off to the bierhaus. BYE FRANK

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