Post to the trip – Post 15a

Bear and Bearbette are together finally. bear-1  And talking about what the next trip might be……


Prague, Czech Republic – Post 15

I almost don’t want to post this as it means the trip is done and we are home.  Of course, I am home finishing the last post and and the memories flood back. There is so much to Prague and we were only there for two nights which means we didn’t even scratch the surface to this city.  How to encompass everything we saw and felt with just a few photographs? I know I am leaving out so much, but the blog would never load if I added more. Ensure we had a grand time there between the drizzles. So here we go, our last stop – Prague.

Prague-1 seriously?
Arrived at the hotel and off to lunch while our rooms were finished. Prague-5 Prague-3 Prague-4
then off to see the of the squares..
lots of activity for all to be seen..Prague-11  Prague-19 Prague-20 Prague-9
Signs indicate direction with images even if you don’t know the language.
and of course the astronomical clock which dates back to 1410 is the third oldest astronomical clock and the only one still working.Prague-8    Prague-12 Prague-13 Prague-14 Prague-15  Prague-16  and the hourly walk of the apostles as they pass the window.Prague-17  even the manhole covers are marked.
A wine festival was happening during our visit.
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And some of our group went on various tours including a wine tasting.  A surprise to me was how much was below the buildings.  Restaurants and art galleries could be found after walking down stairs..Prague-23  Prague-28 Prague-24 Prague-26 Prague-27
a magical art gallery.. Prague-47
and lots of cafes Prague-48  and people working their crafts or selling their culinary treats in the street..Prague-35 Prague-36 Prague-32 Prague-33 Prague-34
And interesting posts – Prague-25.
Even Becky and I tried the beer, recording this for proof as we are the two seldom drink.  Prague-18
The iconic Charles Bridge – with all the statues and more…Prague Bridge-7 the towers on either end  Prague Bridge-14 Prague Bridge-18 Prague Bridge-20 Prague Bridge-2  the statues on the bridge  Prague Bridge-16 Prague Bridge-10 Prague Bridge-11 Prague Bridge-12  Prague Bridge-19
And the views from the bridge –Prague Bridge-6
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Prague Bridge-17 Prague Bridge-15  and a couple of the artists on the bridge  Prague Bridge-8 Prague Bridge-9 Prague Bridge-13
And I would be remiss if I didn’t include some images from the Cathedral.
Prague Cathedral-1 the view as we walked up the hill.
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the gates with the guards –
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and then through an archway to see this..
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and there were tours to castle
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and a folk tour with a unique way of serving wine  Prague-40 Prague-41 Prague-39
And Sharann was able to see a white peacock displaying on one of her tours, which is not unique but memorable.  Prague-6
And our time was coming to an end in Prague, but not before we celebrated Becky’s Birthday. Prague-37 Prague-38
As we depart – Prague-42
and our last view of Prague as we prepare to depart – Prague-43  for the long flight — Prague-45  and a quick view outside of Zurich Prague-44  to our first site of New York Empire State Building in the clouds. Prague-46  Back in the USA.


The travelers who provided photos for this trip – Sue, Edie, Georgia, Gloria, Lloyd, Diane, Sharann, and Becky.


Our Avalon Crew, the ship and shots of us – Post 14

How can I have a photo blog of our trip on an Avalon River Cruise and not include some photos of the crew who took care of our rooms, waited on us, managed the ship through the locks and canals and then managed to put on a show for us. Let’s hear it for the Avalon Artistry II crew.
SHIP-34 SHIP-35 SHIP-36 SHIP-37 SHIP-38 SHIP-39 SHIP-40 SHIP-19 SHIP-31 SHIP-32 Angel and JoseSHIP-33  SHIP-69 SHIP-70  our Ship’s captain
SHIP-80  and the other captains and directors.
Adhi our room steward.

 I am only posting a few images from the show but rest assured we laughed til we cried.
SHIP-21 SHIP-22 SHIP-23  of course someone{s} had to get up and dance with the crew.  SHIP-24  SHIP-25 SHIP-26
Getting us down or up the river, through the locks – SHIP-61 SHIP-28 SHIP-42 SHIP-43 SHIP-44 SHIP-45 SHIP-46 SHIP-47 SHIP-48 SHIP-49 SHIP-50 SHIP-52 SHIP-53   and sometimes you just have to slide over and let the other guy go first into the lock.  Here is the AMA ship going passing us going into the lock.
and some other images of the ship – our room
SHIP-78 SHIP-79  SHIP-67 SHIP-77and large bathroom – SHIP-27
and the sky deck – SHIP-51   and front loungeSHIP-68  and the occasional sunset (it was overcast most of the time)  SHIP-41
And we did have our walking tours – SHIP-62 SHIP-63 SHIP-64 SHIP-65 SHIP-66  and of course Roos our tour director.
And  finally we did have a grand time on our last night on the ship – SHIP-29 SHIP-30 SHIP-71  SHIP-20
SHIP-74  (minus Sharann who was taking the photo).
Off the ship and on a bus to our final stop – Prague, Czech Republic.

Bamberg, Germany – Post 13

Wow, doing catch-up with the final days of the trip. Sorry this has taken a couple of days, it was too hectic to post while changing locations.  Our last stop on the cruise (before we get off) is Bamberg.
But first let’s start with a couple of views before we arrived. Wild Irises, side river channels and other flowering plants along the river.
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We started our walk into town..Bamberg-6  Bamberg-4 Bamberg-5 Bamberg-9  Bamberg-10 Bamberg-7 Bamberg-8  looking up to Michaelsberg Abbey Bamberg-13 we walked across a bridge with flowers  Bamberg-11 to get into the main part of town.  Bamberg-15 Bamberg-19 Bamberg-21 Bamberg-12 Bamberg-14  Bamberg-16 Bamberg-17 Bamberg-18 Bamberg-20 Bamberg-22 Bamberg-23 Bamberg-24Bamberg-25 Bamberg-26 Bamberg-27 Bamberg-28 Bamberg-29  The Schlenkerla, one of Bamberg’s breweries and taverns.Bamberg-31 to the Bamberg CathedralBamberg-30 Bamberg-32 Bamberg-33 Bamberg-34 Bamberg-35 Bamberg-36  and the New Residence (Neue Residenz)Bamberg-37 Bamberg-38 Bamberg-39 Bamberg-40 Bamberg-41  and the rose garden  Bamberg-42 Bamberg-44 Bamberg-46 Bamberg-49  view of Michaelsberg AbbeyBamberg-48  and view of the city below..Bamberg-43 Bamberg-45 Bamberg-47  and more views of the city Bamberg-50 Bamberg-51 Bamberg-52 Bamberg-56 Bamberg-61  some of the other passengers enjoying a beer in a cafe.
Water plays a big part of this city and here are some white water kayakers showing their stuff through some gates right in the heart of town – around the Old Town Hall. Bamberg-53 Bamberg-54   Bamberg-58 Bamberg-59 Bamberg-60   Bamberg-64  Bamberg-57  and city hall Bamberg-55
This city has some wonderfully decorated buildings, statues and art work around town.
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even holders for the shutters were decorated Bamberg-70
and doorsBamberg-71 Bamberg-72 Bamberg-68   Bearbette enjoyed a capuccino while waiting for our walk back. Bamberg-67  and one last reminder of the wonderful buildings of this town.  Bamberg-69

Wurzburg, Germany – post 12

First I must begin with a rainbow that we saw as we were dining yesterday.WURZBURG-1  and a castle ruin that we passed around 6 am WURZBURG-2 and some river otters swam along the edge – and of course I wasn’t quick enough to catch the photo as it dove in from the bank.WURZBURG-3  workers in the vineyards – WURZBURG-4
some art work under the bridges WURZBURG-6 WURZBURG-7  and we sail into town   WURZBURG-5  WURZBURG-8  WURZBURG-9  and palaces on the hill WURZBURG-13 WURZBURG-12  WURZBURG-11 WURZBURG-10
we then took a bus ride to Wurzburg Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces.  Unfortunately, it was bombed during WWII, but though a number of the roof sections were destroyed and burned, the large ceiling was in tact and the fresco remains.  A number of the other rooms have been restored.  Unfortunately for me, you are not allowed to take any photographs inside, so all I can show here are some outside images of the building and the wonderful gardens.
WURZBURG-18 WURZBURG-14 WURZBURG-15 WURZBURG-16 WURZBURG-17  WURZBURG-19 WURZBURG-20 WURZBURG-21 WURZBURG-26  WURZBURG-22  and the gate as we enter the gardens..WURZBURG-27  views from the side and back gardens..WURZBURG-28 WURZBURG-30 WURZBURG-31 WURZBURG-32 WURZBURG-35  along side the trunks of these trees are these lovely statues..WURZBURG-29 WURZBURG-24WURZBURG-50 WURZBURG-25   and the back gardensWURZBURG-38 WURZBURG-39 WURZBURG-40 WURZBURG-41 WURZBURG-42 WURZBURG-33  WURZBURG-49 WURZBURG-43 WURZBURG-44 WURZBURG-45 WURZBURG-46 WURZBURG-47 WURZBURG-48  and a couple of items from the roof – WURZBURG-37 WURZBURG-34
And then a walk into town WURZBURG-51 WURZBURG-52 WURZBURG-57 and a walk to the cathedral WURZBURG-55 WURZBURG-56 WURZBURG-58 WURZBURG-59 WURZBURG-53 WURZBURG-54
inside the cathedral
WURZBURG-62  WURZBURG-61 and two side alters WURZBURG-63 WURZBURG-64 WURZBURG-65 outside the door to the cathedral looking towards the street to the river – WURZBURG-66 a cycling group makes their way passed us.  And a short distance around the corner – another church. WURZBURG-67 and another WURZBURG-69  and I will stop there as I thought our guide said there were 40 churches (but I could be wrong).
But a street over, they were having a wine festival until June 5.  WURZBURG-68 and a nice walk back to the ship – WURZBURG-72 WURZBURG-70 WURZBURG-71
To celebrate our trip – we had our own wine party. Lloyd and all the ladies.WURZBURG-73
To end today’s post, here are a couple of the wonderful dining staff – Angel and Jose took good care of us this trip and kept us laughing.WURZBURG-75 WURZBURG-74  And last but surely not least – Mary Ann, the Head Chef.  She is the reason we all gained weight. Such good food.
WURZBURG-76  Just Bamberg, Germany and then we will be leaving the ship.  It is so peaceful sailing the river – with birds chirping and the sounds of the water softly lapping on the shore.I don’t want to go….


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..

MILTENBERG-5  and we have had a few locks to go through to get here – MILTENBERG-6  yes we are that close to the wall.


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.
MILTENBERG-12  MILTENBERG-17 MILTENBERG-18 MILTENBERG-19 MILTENBERG-20 MILTENBERG-21 MILTENBERG-22 MILTENBERG-23 MILTENBERG-24 MILTENBERG-25 MILTENBERG-26 MILTENBERG-16  MILTENBERG-38 MILTENBERG-39 MILTENBERG-40 MILTENBERG-41 MILTENBERG-42 MILTENBERG-43 MILTENBERG-44 MILTENBERG-45  bear’s new love was out traveling with us.MILTENBERG-46 MILTENBERG-47  this was a cellar for schnapps and wine which into the hill kept it a constant 7 degrees c. MILTENBERG-29 MILTENBERG-33  MILTENBERG-50   you know Becky had to have a photo with him.  He had lived in San Diego.MILTENBERG-49
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.

Rudesheim, Germany – post 10

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

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

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
RUDESHEIM-10  RUDESHEIM-9  RUDESHEIM-57RUDESHEIM-11  RUDESHEIM-12  RUDESHEIM-13  RUDESHEIM-15  RUDESHEIM-16  a few of these were played for us, and they use the paper rolls for the music.  RUDESHEIM-38
RUDESHEIM-17  RUDESHEIM-18  RUDESHEIM-19  RUDESHEIM-14  RUDESHEIM-20  RUDESHEIM-21  RUDESHEIM-22  RUDESHEIM-23  RUDESHEIM-24  RUDESHEIM-25  RUDESHEIM-27 RUDESHEIM-28 RUDESHEIM-29 RUDESHEIM-30 RUDESHEIM-31 RUDESHEIM-26  RUDESHEIM-33 RUDESHEIM-34 RUDESHEIM-35 RUDESHEIM-36 RUDESHEIM-37 RUDESHEIM-32 RUDESHEIM-55 RUDESHEIM-56RUDESHEIM-46 RUDESHEIM-39 RUDESHEIM-41 RUDESHEIM-42 RUDESHEIM-44  yes and even violins.RUDESHEIM-45   and there were ancient fresco paintings on the ceilings and some walls.RUDESHEIM-40 RUDESHEIM-43 RUDESHEIM-50 RUDESHEIM-52 RUDESHEIM-53 some of the machines had figures that played instruments.  RUDESHEIM-48 RUDESHEIM-47   RUDESHEIM-49   the top opened up to reveal violins that tilted to play while the piano played below.

RUDESHEIM-54  and this little bird sang and moved. It is small as he is holding this in one hand.
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.