|Coke machine at Brussels Airport|
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
|The Trenches near Dixmuide - Click image for interactive zoom view|
|Soldiers not forgotten - Click image for larger view|
Thursday, August 16, 2012
|Brugge Canal - Click image for larger view|
|My afternoon refreshments|
|Flowers along the canal|
|Puppy in the window|
|The walkers in an alley in Brugge - the yellow jersey is in the lead|
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
|Carol and Gauthier|
|Looking at old photos|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Lovers Park, Brugges - Click image for larger view|
Today we arrived in Brugges after a rather long ordeal with trains getting here, but once the travel part was done we were met by our friends Paul and Marleen. Paul relieved us of our luggage and delivered it to our B&B while Marleen gave us the best walking tour yet, through this fantastical town of Brugges. (I should note here that I have elected to use this spelling of Brugges as opposed to the French spelling, Bruges, and for no particular reason) We walked through town and saw so many things from beautiful flowers to church spires and horses pulling carriages. We passed the one remaining brewery and had coffee and chocolate in a small cafe. A beautiful city but the best was yet to come as Marleen and Paul invited us to dinner. What a great evening we had as we discussed everything from the wars and politics to dog poop and cameras.... and Marleen had made the best fish soup, Mmmmmmmm, thanks Marleen. But I did come away with a bit of camera envy. . .Thanks Paul. . .
|The Begijnhouse, a place for women - Click image for larger view|
|The Brewery Sign|
|Typical Brugges Canal|
|Carol's Coffee and Chocolate|
|Dinner with Friends at Paul and Marleens house - Click image for larger view|
Monday, August 13, 2012
|Carol and Bob in the garden of Lizards - Click for larger image|
|Canal Boat, Amsterdam - Click image for larger view|
Saturday, August 11, 2012
|Final dinner with new friends - Click image for larger view|
Me, Jeanne from Calgary, Bob, --Anita, Anne and Doug from California and Carol on the right. Although we have met many many people onboard, this is the group that has bonded and toured together. It was a fun if a bit bittersweet dinner aboard (we reserved the special table) this evening. Today we toured Cologne Germany - the home of Au de Cologne and the biggest cathedral in Germany. So I bought some Cologne in Cologne (I smell so much better now) and Carol got to visit the Cathedral (which I enjoyed as well) and today we had the funniest tour guide to date - a standup comic who really knew his history.
|Inside the cathedral in Cologne|
As I mentioned the cathedral was awesome and though-out this trip I have been amazed at the antiquity of things man made, where the craftsmanship is extraordinary and the object was made centuries ago. Here in this cathedral there is a wooden cross from the tenth century and some of the windows date back to 1264 and it took a few centuries to actually build this. What are we building today that will last a thousand years or more? Not much I say. In the USA if you car is 25 years old it is considered an antique (not just a used car) which is crazy. Anyway, the cathedral was great, and there were lots of Monks in red robes wandering around inside soliciting $$$ which you can deposit in a wooden box hanging around their neck. . . something like 25,000 people visit the cathedral EVERY DAY!
|Bride and organ grinder - click image for larger view|
We also saw a bride at the Rathaus (city hall) and people in funny clothing and an organ grinder..weddings are strange here. This is about the forth bride we have seen at Rathaus's over the past couple of weeks. Apparently you have to get married (in a wedding dress and all) at city hall first then you can get married in the church later. Sometimes the same day sometimes much later. We even saw a pregnant bride. . . and our guide was embarrassed for her. Every town has a Rathaus and every tour guide thinks this is a point of hilarity to say 'rat house' then chuckle and say 'no no really it is rat house, but no ve do not keep our rats dere.'
|Rhine sunset - Click for larger image|
After dinner our little group went up on the top deck, at the bow, and watched the sunset. We are now in the Netherlands on the Rhine and will be docking in Amsterdam at 4:00 am. This was the first viewable sunset as we are far enough north now that the sunsets at 9:15ish. The river here is very industrial and lots and lots of shipping going on. We left Cologne today at 12:30 and have been in heavy ship traffic since. More tomorrow from Amsterdam, providing a good internet connection.
Friday, August 10, 2012
|St. Goar, Germany - Click image for larger view|
NOTE: At some point I will post a whole gallery of the Rhine Gorge - I took over 450 photos of the castles and scenery - but the connection is poor aboard ship.
|Heidelberg Market Street - Click Image for larger view|
|Mmmmm - sausage & chips|
We spent the afternoon walking around shopping and visiting churches then back to the bus and on to the boat and then a cruise to Frankfort. After supper we walked into town with Doug and Anne and Jeanne -it is a big modern city and we had just a great evening just hanging out. Although I was developing a cold and today as I write this I am very groggy and have been all day.
|Heidelberg Castle - Click image for larger view|
|Carol exploring the Jesuit Church in Heidelberg - click image for larger view|
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
|Carol at Glass Blowing Demonstration - Click image for larger view|
|View of wertheim from castle - click image for larger view|
I haven't had a good enough (stable enough) connection to post my panoramas - it just takes too long to upload and the connection drops and well it corrupts the file and won't load. So I will be posting those either when we are in Belguim or once I get home.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
|Old Stone Bridge on the Main River, Wurzburg - Click for larger image|
|Small section of the Residence - click image for larger view|
|Garden at the Residence, Wurzburg - Click image for larger view|
|ABC - Another Bloody Castle -- Click image for larger view|
|Bob and Carol at the Wine Tasting in the cellar of the residence - click for larger image|
|Intimate dinner for seven in the Sky Lounge|
Monday, August 6, 2012
|Bamberg Beer Garden - Click image for larger view|
The following link will take you to a small gallery of photos from Bamberg and another gallery of Nuremberg (with different spellings of Nuremberg)
|Houses in Bamberg - Click for larger image|
|Nuremberg Church Clock - Click for larger image|
Sunday, August 5, 2012
|Regensburg, Germany under dark sky - HDR - click for larger image|
The wall of a coocoo clock store
|Mail delivery lady|
Friday, August 3, 2012
|Passau Germany waterfront|
|ABC - Another Bloddy Church - we had an organ concert here today|
|Cycling in Passau - Click for larger image|
|Bob and I as we enter Passau - Click for larger image|
Thursday, August 2, 2012
|The Abby in Melk - Click for larger image|
Back on the boat we got underway around 5:00 and as I am writing this we are underway to Passau, Germany and should arrive there tomorrow morning around 9:30. More adventures to come.
|Austrian Village along the Danube|