Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cruising the Rhine- Amsterdam

DSC_6590-EditWell, we finally reached Amsterdam, the terminus of our river cruise. It was a fun week and a half and we saw some really cool places for the first time. The food was great as well as the libations ( I am becoming a fan of Riesling). We spent one last night on the ship and then spent two days in Amsterdam on our own.

Amsterdam is an interesting city and a popular tourist attraction. We decided not to do the museum route, instead we wanted to wander around the tourist area and sample the city. One reason is that the museums are extremely crowded at this time of year with long lines and we think we will be here again, most likely in the off season when access will be easier. Continue reading »

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Cruising the Rhine- Germany

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Selfie in Heidelberg

Early the next morning, we left Strasbourg and set sail to Manheim, Germany. During the first part of the cruise, through the Alsace, the Rhine serves as the border between France and Germany. Just after Strasbourg it begins to flow entirely in Germany. From a cruising standpoint, the scenery becomes much more interesting as you enter the Rhine gorge with its quaint picturesque towns, castles and hills covered with vineyards.

We arrived in Manheim in early afternoon and our choice of tours was to visit Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg is well known beyond Germany’s borders as the home of prestigious Heidelberg University. It is also a popular tourist destination due to its picturesque baroque style Old Town as well as Heidelberg Castle. The town is not on the Rhine but is located on the Neckar River which flows into the Rhine about 13 miles northwest of Manheim. The castle sits on a hill 300 feet above the city and affords a spectacular view of this small historic city and the Neckar River Valley below. Continue reading »

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Cruising the Rhine- The Alsace

 

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

After arriving in Basel, we overnighted on our ship, the Amadolce, before finally setting sail early the next morning down the Rhine.  Our destination for the first day of cruising was Breisach on the German side of the river. This portion of the river is the border between Germany and France and, as the area has changed hands many times in its history, it has the best of both worlds in terms of cuisine. The scenery on this stretch of the Rhine was disappointing, more closely resembling a canal than a river with various locks to pass through and a lot of commercial river traffic. Still, it was good to be underway and we looked forward to our first shore excursion. Continue reading »

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