Miltenberg, Germany – post 11

Miltenberg is the Pearl of the Main (pronounced mine) as the locals refer to it.  It is a small town nested on a narrow strip of land among the hills of Odenwald and the Spessart.  The Romans conquered the area and were present between 150 AD and 260 AD.  There are the ruins of 2 castles found so far.   But before going into town, we had some entertainment on board with Tomy Temerson playing the Zither..

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and some river views – MILTENBERG-4 MILTENBERG-8 MILTENBERG-10  MILTENBERG-3   and some locals came to see us.MILTENBERG-1  and some entertainment at lunch – with our server Angel – MILTENBERG-7
and off to town after lunch – with our guide – Jef, for some of us, the rest took a hiking tour.  MILTENBERG-9  MILTENBERG-13 MILTENBERG-14 MILTENBERG-15 MILTENBERG-11 Hiking tour went up here to the Castle.
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And for our friends who hiked in the rain – yes it rained on us off and on..MILTENBERG-27  MILTENBERG-34 MILTENBERG-28 MILTENBERG-30 MILTENBERG-31 MILTENBERG-32  MILTENBERG-37 MILTENBERG-35 MILTENBERG-36  There were so many quaint streets, doorways and curtains. This post could go on forever. ok the curtains, but then I must move on….MILTENBERG-52  cute huh?

and then we sail on to Wurzburg.
But there are still sights on the river – MILTENBERG-48  or just relaxing after a long walk  BERNKASTEL-60
We all feel this cruise should go on longer, as we are not wanting it to end.

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Rudesheim, Germany – post 10

After the wonderful, though cool sail past the castles we arrived at Rudesheim.

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And no sooner had we docked than another ship docked to our ship. And they get real real close.  Hello neighbor.

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We boarded a “train” to town. RUDESHEIM-5 RUDESHEIM-6 RUDESHEIM-7

We started with a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. There were all kinds of calliopes and music boxes dating back to the 18th century.  RUDESHEIM-8
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Some of the group went to sample their special coffee and brandy, chocolate, and whipped cream. RUDESHEIM-59  RUDESHEIM-58  RUDESHEIM-60  RUDESHEIM-61  and it was not decaf.
But of course there were other things like apple streusel and baumstriezel. RUDESHEIM-66 now I didn’t take a photo of the streusel as the ice cream was melting.  So we took a photo of the white violin in the case with brandy snifter next to us.  RUDESHEIM-62 RUDESHEIM-63 and some strawberry drink.
And for those that did not head back to the ship but took a gondola ride to the top…RUDESHEIM-65 RUDESHEIM-67 RUDESHEIM-68 RUDESHEIM-69 RUDESHEIM-64
and now I am only behind with today’s photos from Miltenberg as we are already sailing for the stop after that.
Just a warning, we are nearing the end of the cruise and with transfers to hotels, some of the posts will have to wait until I get back home as I am having a time trying to get through everyone’s photos from the group, which means I am posting more than usual.  But hope you are enjoying them.

Castles on the Rhine – post 9

We have left the Moselle River in the early morning hours and made our way to the Rhine.  Though these are not all the castles on the Rhine, these are the ones we saw as we sailed a small portion of the river.

We start our trek in fog, which fortunately was just high enough in order for us to see the castles. It would take too long for me to add the names of the castles or towns under each, as I would have to look each up. So please just enjoy the glide down the river with us, without the neck strain of looking left then right and up.
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this is not a castle ruin but the entrance to a tunnel for the train.
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Bernkastel, Germany – post 8

A picturesque Moselle town with what I think of in a Bavarian town. The houses are unique with medieval half-timbered construction with indicators of wine blends/brands throughout. Very little to say as it was so enjoyable a place to visit – and there are a lot of pictures – so just sit back and enjoy as you scroll through.
A view from our ship as we docked –
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across the river –BERNKASTEL-14

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some fountains

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which way do you go?BERNKASTEL-6  Becky found some more doors…BERNKASTEL-33  BERNKASTEL-51  and least we not forget, there are some vineyards – BERNKASTEL-37  BERNKASTEL-1  and gates to the vineyards – BERNKASTEL-36 BERNKASTEL-35 ..
and of course a castle ruin on top of the hill..BERNKASTEL-17 which you could walk up to and Georgia did…BERNKASTEL-65  BERNKASTEL-67 BERNKASTEL-63 BERNKASTEL-61  and what a view from up high – BERNKASTEL-64 BERNKASTEL-66 BERNKASTEL-62  and what goes up must come down – what a walk – BERNKASTEL-70 back down to town and of course a church…BERNKASTEL-56

and across the river is Kues. BERNKASTEL-58  and a walk back to our ship.  BERNKASTEL-57 with swans in the river.
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and Gloria and Lloyd from their balcony..BERNKASTEL-71

Then the last excursion of the day was across the river to Kues for some wine tasting.  BERNKASTEL-68 BERNKASTEL-69

 

 

 

Luxembourg – post 7

While we made a side trip to the financial center of Luxembourg, our ship sailed on.  we will catch it later.

Luxembourg is the financial haven for all those big companies and people.  The highest per capita income anywhere.
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Starting at the monument to fallen soldiers.

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We saw the building that houses their courts, and where the Grand Ducy resides.LUXEMBOURG-2

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Across from the palace were these lights – that were very unique – in that the faces reflected the light down on you.

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and the center tower winks.

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On to see some old churches – Notre Dame Cathedral

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using this map they explained how Luxembourg has been ruled by many countries, shaping how it is today.  With France taking the blue, Germany taking the grey in the top right and Belgium the left side.

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The views were wonderful from here.  LUXEMBOURG-18

And how they protected the city with the huge walls where you can see some of the holes where the canons were.

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And fountains around the city
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Of course there was food…
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Or statues with food  LUXEMBOURG-10
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And we had to sit down for a drink
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which led to
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and we had to get a picture of a bride and groom
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And Becky is in heaven with doors built just for her
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and there is art around the city (some you expect and others where you were not looking)
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But then it is time to go and say so long to little cafes.
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View from the bus driving back to our ship

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and our ship being passed by another vessel.

And some views from our ship as we sail on

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And all of us made it back for dinner.

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Trier, Germany – post 6

Our first port after getting on board, Trier Germany.

There were two morning tours, one for Roman history and the other a tour of Trier.  The group split up and selected the tours that suited them.

Driving through the city we saw this monument next to a church.

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Our guide took us up a hillside with a view down onto the city.  TRIER-1

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we started our walking tour next to Porta Nigra, this is the northern gateway of the Roman city constructed in the 2nd century.  It was later used as a church.

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TRIER-16walking through this to market square – Hauptmarkt dating from 958 – showing the tower (1507) of the Churxh of St Gangolph.

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to Three Kings House

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We stopped at Cathedral and Church of Our Lady
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the church used to be larger, its shape changing over the centuries.

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do not step on this placque as it will rain (so they say)

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And some of the Roman ruins

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loved the pattern in the cobblestones

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Doorways, alleyways and shops

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and stonework

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back to our ship for lunch and then some of us are going to a side trip to Luxembourg.

 

 

 

A little catching up to do – post 5

I had mentioned that there were 8 of us on this trip, and I was not able to get the memory cards from everyone in time for posts.  So before we get too far down the river here are some images from other members of the party from NYC, Paris, and our arrival in Luxembourg heading to the ship along with a couple from the ship itself.

I thought I had better get this done, as we already have two towns we have visited that need their own posts, but bear with me as we catch up first.

First some NYC shots,

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Eiffel Tower all lit up from close to the base.

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One of our group made it out to Versailles.

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And not everything is a cultural experience..

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But then there is art
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or beautiful churches

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Now in Luxembourg, the roads are a bit different than back in the US –

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And Signs – well

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Hopefully, I will have some time to get the two towns we did today updated tomorrow, but sleep is calling to me.  later.