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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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Wooden Shoe like to be in Amsterdam?


My apologies.  It’s late.  I haven’t had a good internet connection in days.  Right this minute, I’m at the bottom of a very deep set of locks in Frankfurt (on a ship).  Obviously, I’m not even in Amsterdam any longer.  But Roger gamely posed for this photo, so there was no way I wasn’t going to include it in this – the “European River Cruise of 2014” blog. Continue Reading →

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