It takes a village (idiot).

The church at Weissenkirchen

The church at Weissenkirchen

The little Austrian villages along the Danube were nuggets of charm.  Every bend in the river revealed another fairy-tale vista; I wanted to drag an anchor behind the ship just to slow us down.   Continue Reading →

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Time for a Quickie

Bowing to pressure from hungry readers, I’m posting photos of some of the dishes served onboard the River Empress – a quickie food tour.  (Or a quick foodie tour.) Continue Reading →

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The Sound of (Christian) Music

 

Regensburg - an ancient campsite for the Roman legions

Lovely Regensburg – an ancient campsite for the Roman legions

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Germany? Well, Catholics, right? (What? No??)  Katholikentag (or Catholic Days); a three day celebration of all things German Catholic, was in full roil as we docked in Regensburg. Continue Reading →

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Little Gems in Germany

Now, where was I? (Apologies for the break; I needed a short vacation from the vacation.)  Immediately after the Prince 2014 tour, we experienced life in a little Franconian farm village.  Or hamlet.  (What’s smaller than a hamlet?  This place was an omlet.) Continue Reading →

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Uniroyals – Big Wheels on the River

Something was in the air.  The Uniworld crew was hushed and all a-twitter at the same time.  Under intense questioning, Jan, our hotel manager, caved.  Royalty was coming aboard and joining our happy little cruise for 3 days!

Jan, being forced to eat until he spilled the secret

Jan, being forced to eat until he spilled the secret!

 

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Now for the ‘lockin’ …

 

Locks 1

A rather ominous looking lock

You might be wondering how a huge river boat cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest, since there is a 1332 foot change in altitude and the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers do not intersect in any passable place.  Then again, if you’re like me, you’ve never given this a thought and you blindly get onboard and hope that on the ‘downward slope’ the ship doesn’t suddenly plunge 1332 feet and ‘presto!, you’re in Budapest’!  This, of course, doesn’t take into account that the ship has SOMEHOW ascended 1332 feet, since, as we all know, (you do know this, don’t you?) Amsterdam is below sea level. Continue Reading →

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Sights (and sighs) along the way

River cruising is not all fun and games, you know.  There’s some serious sightseeing to be done and even though the crew does their utmost to take care of your every need, they will not do your sightseeing for you. So, we charged up the cameras and iphones, put on our ugliest comfort shoes and enough sunblock to make us look like lifeguards from the 70s  and took to the streets (or, sometimes, just the upper deck.  Still with the ugly shoes on.)  Continue Reading →

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Two-wheeled rollin’ on the river

Wertheim and Main River from castle

You can’t see the bike path, but, trust me, it’s there

On day 3 of our European Jewels adventure, just as we were settling in to the slow and comfortable pace of river cruising, we suddenly found ourselves on dry land with a small bicycle and told to pedal 25km upstream, where, with any luck, we’d meet the ship again.  If we pedalled fast. Continue Reading →

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Wine and Rhine, II

After another ‘light’ dinner (fewer than 18 courses), midnight snack and groaning breakfast buffet, the captain ran the ship aground at Rudesheim.

River Empress at Rudesheim(he really didn’t.  It just looks that way.  Besides, he promised not to put me ashore again if I stopped questioning his credentials.) Continue Reading →

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Wine and Rhine

I’ve finally sobered up enough to write another post (who knew there were SO many vineyards in Germany?  Oh…..you mean everybody did?).  Our first stop was Cologne (Koln to the Germans), one of the oldest towns in Germany  (given that we’re on a boat with some of the oldest people from the US, this seemed fitting).  Roger and I are typically (and wrongly, it appears) opposed to tour guides, tour buses, tour-de-France and tours in general.  This Uniworld cruise has changed our outlook. Continue Reading →

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