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Switzerland and the Rhine

Rudesheim and the Rhine Gorge

overcast 62 °F

After a mid night departure, we arrived in Rudesheim Germany for morning tour of the village and a gondola ride to View the Riesling slopes of this famous area in Germany. After that we visited a local winery to sample some of the wonderful white wines of the region. We returned to the ship for a traditional German roasted pork lunch with some of the best sauerkraut that I have had - our chef is German. After lunch we set sail for the Rhine Gorge - a 41 mile section of river upstream from Koblenz - which has been added to the UNESCO world heritage site list due to it's many 12th Century castles. Although it was a little cloudy and blustery on deck, it's a spectacular ride down the river!
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Posted by rpickett 08:24 Archived in Germany Tagged and the gorge rudesheim rhne Comments (0)

Switzerland and the Rhine

Speyer Germany

sunny 72 °F

Today we stopped at the German village of Speyer - a town of 50,000 inhabitants, which is one of Germany's oldest towns. The main highlight is the Cathedral, consecrated in 1024 and completed in 1111. It's the largest Romanesk Church in Europe and we the center of Christianity in Germany for some time. It is the burial place of 8 German emperors and kings. Additionally of significance is the Jewish temple and bath, also from the 12th Century, which remained unscathed from the Nazi's. The Jews ended up on Speyer at the invitation of Bishop Ridiger Huzmann in 1084. He granted Jews rights and privileges far beyond the norm for the time. Also in Speyer is a wonderful "Technical Museum" of mechanical objects and devices from around the world. I particularly liked the half-track motorcycle!
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Posted by rpickett 05:06 Archived in Germany Tagged speyer Comments (0)

Switzerland and the Rhine

Strasbourg France

sunny 72 °F

After a mid night departure, we continued our voyage into the heart of Alsace, the 4th of the 26 regions of France. Alsace is derived from German and means "seated on the Ill River". Our tour today was through Strasbourg city to the old town. Strasbourg is the home of several European institutions including the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. The port of Strasbourg is the second busiest on the Rhine. The city center or Grande Ile was designated a world heritage site in 1988, the first city center to receive this designation. In addition to some wonderful architecture, the highlight is the Cathedral Notre Dame du Strasbourg and its famous astronomical clock. Again it was a perfect fall day!
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Posted by rpickett 08:20 Archived in France Tagged strasbourg Comments (0)

Switzerland and the Rhine

Breisach, Germany

sunny 70 °F

Our first stop on the voyage was at Breisach Germany, a quaint little town of just over 16,000 inhabitants. We ended up on a tour to Riquewihr France, one of the most beautiful villages in France in the middle of the Alsace region. The weather was perfect which produced some great colors in the French wine vineyards. This village is more than 400 years old, and largely escaped the ravages of World War II. You can wander the streets and get a great picture of life in the 16th century.
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Posted by rpickett 08:00 Archived in France Tagged riquewihr Comments (0)

Switzerland and the Rhine

Basel and river cruising

rain 68 °F

Today we checked out of the Radisson Blu in Lucerne and headed for Basel, where we would tour the city and board AMACello for our trip north to Amsterdam. It was a pretty ride the 80 or so km to Basel, although showery as we passed through the mountains. Basel is a relatively big city and industrialized, but again interesting with several old churches, many museums and an upscale shopping district. This part of Switzerland is primarily Protestant and when the Catholics were forced out during the reformation, they took most of the church art and sculpture work with them. After a wonderful lunch we boarded the ship and started our journey on the Rhine.
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Posted by rpickett 01:15 Archived in Switzerland Tagged and the rhine basel Comments (0)

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