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Dec 22, 2019 - Regensburg

We had docked at Regensburg so were able to walk from the ship into the town without buses! Our local guide had grown up in Regensburg which made for a very informative personal perspective on the tour. Regensburg, a Bavarian city of approximately 150,000 inhabitants suffered little destruction from the bombs of WWII even though it was home to a Messerschmidt aircraft factory. Famous inhabitants of Regensburg were Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s list fame) and Pope Benedict XVI. As we walked along the river toward the old town (a UNESCO World...

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Christmas Markets

Dec 21, 2019 - Nuremberg

We had a very busy first day on our Christmas Market cruise. Started off with a short core and stretching exercise session in the lounge, before breakfast. (We will see how long this lasts!). Then after breakfast, off on a bus tour of Nuremberg, which included a walk through the historic city and the Imperial Castle. From the castle, we had a terrific view of the old city, surrounded by the wall and moat. It is hard to believe that 90% of Nurenberg was completely destroyed in a mere 90 minutes during WWII? The old city medieval wall and...

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Christmas Markets

Dec 20, 2019 - Nuremberg

December 20 Today we leave our lovely hotel for Nuremberg and the start of our cruise! We had purchased train tickets from Vienna departing at 10:15 and arriving Nuremberg @3:30pm; however in order to catch up with Martha (she had arrived yesterday) and to be sure to not miss the ship we decided to try to catch the 9:15. Arriving at the very large Vienna train station we searched for Rail Europe office only to find the first class lounge. As we had purchased second class the gentleman was not too eager to help us with our “inexpensive...

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Christmas Markets

Dec 8, 2019 - SawChristmas markets in Germany

Guten tag, I've been in Germany for the last few days visiting the cities of Stuttgart and Nürnberg and enjoying the delights of their Christmas markets. It's been a wonderful trip but now it's time to return home to loved ones. You may have heard that there's been a French national strike that has crippled transport in addition to other services. It officially began on the 5th of December but long distance trains were affected from the evening of the 4th. Luckily, my train left France for Germany late morning on the 4th. It was delayed...

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Jude's 2019

Sep 11, 2019 - On the Danube

Yesterday we went through the last of about 60 sets of locks (over the course of this trip) to bring us to the height of the continental divide; three provided more than an 80 foot change each. Though our travel distance was only 99 km, it took all night to get through the locks on that stretch. We are now on the "downhill" side of things and will dock soon in Regensberg. It was our first sunny cruising morning and I didn't mind that we were delayed at a couple of locks. The walking tour in Regensburg was informative, but we didn't move...

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Sep 10, 2019 - Nuernberg

A quick note on spelling...There are anglicized versions of many German names; I've tried to use the correct German names. That said, I have no umlaut to use and therefore add an "e" after the vowel: Nuernberg.....Nuremberg Donau.........Danube Koeln.........Cologne Much of today's tour was by bus, so we have few photos. Some random facts: Nuernberg's location was central to the spice trade in the middle ages; Lebkuchen (gingerbread) is a signature item as a result. (Our cruise route was a trade route. There is still a city wall with fat...

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Sep 9, 2019 - On to Bamberg

It's cloudy and slightly rainy again. We made good time through the locks last night, so we will arrive early. Bamberg is another UNESCO world heritage site, the best preserved in Germany. Many structures have a Baroque facade on the lower levels (tax advantage) and half-timbering above. Bamberg Cathedral was originally built in 1002-1012 but burned; the second of two re-buildings was in 1237, resulting in both Romanesque and Gothic features. Pope Clement II is encrypted there, as are Henry II and his wife Kunigunde, who surprising for the...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Miltenberg

One of the photos is a view from our stateroom down the length of the ship when we are in a lock. We were provided a glass-blowing demonstration in the lounge. The artist worked in industrial/medical glass but found art glass more interesting. The glass is unique in that it is Pyrex and the objects are very strong as well as beautiful. (Items were for sale, which is something Viking does not provide routinely, as most ocean cruises do.) After lunch we arrived in Miltenberg and took a brief walk on our own before returning to the ship to...

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Aug 28, 2019 - All around Rothenburg

We continue to enjoy German breakfasts, and M&M have both said how much they will miss German breads. Having a hearty breakfast allows us to skip lunch (OK, maybe a Konditeri break in mid afternoon), and then eat a big, good meal in the evening. After breakfast, we set about to enjoy the day set aside for shopping especially. I stayed with the ladies until about noon, and then left them to shopping joys while I want exploring. I walked to the gardens on the far west of Rothenburg where the original castle was. It had been destroyed by an...

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Aug 27, 2019 - What a day!

Today our major goal was to see Neuschwanstein, or as many Americans know it, the "Disney castle". We got up for the earliest breakfast possible, and then stopped on the way out of Oberammergau so Marsha and Marilyn could take lots of photos of the houses painted with religious themes and with fairy tale stories. The best ones were Little Red Riding Hood, and the large house dedicated with several Grimm's Fairy Tales such as Hansel and Gretel. When I can post photos (soon), you'll be able to see them. In the meantime, go to the internet and...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Linderhof and more

Good news. I'm on the verge of finding the way to post photos, but it will have to wait until we get into Rothenburg. I think I understand how; I just need to move a file. Our main task today was to see King Ludwig II's Schloss Linderhof. It is only about 20 minutes away from where we are staying in Oberammergau. But first, a really nice German breakfast at the Hotel Wittelsbach. By 0920 we were on the way. We pulled into the parking lot, and got ready to do some walking. This castle is spread over a fairly large area, with attractions...

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Aug 25, 2019 - The Passion Play theater

We decided last night to get a relatively early start to today. Our goal was to get to Oberammergau, south of Munich, in time to join the English-language tour of the Passion Play Theater. We met for breakfast at 0830, and then checked out of the hotel. There was lots of construction on the Autobahn on the way toward Garmisch, and as the detective on "Get Smart" used to say, we missed the tour by "that much". That turned out to be by five minutes. The man at the ticket counter was actually a bit rude when he told us they could not hold up...

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