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Breisach

Before we went to Breisach we stopped at the Maginot line named after Andre Maginot in 1930's, built to keep out the Germans - which didn't work so well.. and of course, in the inimitable way of the French, this is Saturday, and the museum is closed, because it's the French shopping day and the employees don't want to work on Saturday. So we took pictures, exterior, and moved on.

This city, Breisach, was also known as breakwater in early Celtic times until the river was straightened in the 19th century. There are two original defense towers that have been preserved from the Middle Ages. The st Stephen's cathedral is a combination of Romanesque and gothic architecture..

After an ice cream break and a quick couple of purchases we headed back to the boat for lunch and a rest - with just enough time to check emails and find out that another credit card was breached. A cancellation of that card - and we were off to Colmar!

Colmar is a picturesque city located on the Alsatian wine route in France the city was mostly spared during the French Revolution and the subsequent 19th and 20th century wars. Colmar is known for its steep pitched roofs pastel stucco, and distinctive french window boxes. And Alsatian wine...

Bartholdi is the artist who created the Statue of Liberty that was given as a gift from France to the US and there is a museum here dedicated to his artwork. In the garden before the entrance is a Bartholdi statue supporting the world ...

There was or is a curator at the museum who became famous for his artwork, Hansi, and he had a great sense of humor. It came out when creating his hanging signs indicating the businesses the signs advertised for...

This building was a cathedral - but it lost its bishop so the church closed down. The two storks were unaware of church politics so they return every year and they have been named Martin and Martina - and when the newspaper reports that Martin and Martina have returned, townspeople know who they refer to .

Domaine Karcher winery 4 century in same family.. have 10 acres and produces 60,000 bottles a year.

5 wine tasting: Crement sour. Dry. Their version of champagne. Reisling 2013 - a bit softer, still citric to me. Mineral notes ; goes well with fresh creamy cheese Muscat 2014- smells fruity and flowery; tastes a bit dry but more to my taste than the first two Pinot Gris 2015 - smells drier but tastes smoother Gewürztraminer - here we go! Good. Not heavily sweet but no tart or lemon overtones.aromatic with mango

How do you know when to harvest? 1 taste 2 when skin separates easily from body of berry 3 there's a machine that tests sweetness of grape

Before 2016 it was called tokay but switched to Pinot Gris. (Never mix with lemon!)

Gewurztraminer comes from northern Italy - means spicy

After the wine tasting we headed back to the ship to start packing. For a last night thank you for choosing Gate 1 they prepared a 5 course meal for us - we went through 2 locks just during dinner. Once through, the boat sped up considerably, perhaps to make up time. And I guess that they could tell from my passport that it was my birthday - they had a parade with a cake with a sparkler sticking out of the top and sang happy birthday. What a generous act!!!!

To be honest, it wasn't the fanciest boat or the most expensive, but it was such a pleasure being with the wonderful employees of Gate 1 travel, and the intimate experience of a ship with less than 200 passengers. We would definitely travel with this company again.

More packing.

Maginot Line

Maginot Line


Fields

Fields


Tank

Tank


Canon

Canon


Can you find the bullet?

Can you find the bullet?


Breisach church

Breisach church


Panorama of Breisach

Panorama of Breisach


Joey and statue commemorating lost lives

Joey and statue commemorating lost lives


Firemen fundraiser

Firemen fundraiser


Tiny triangle leading to museum of Bartholdi

Tiny triangle leading to museum of Bartholdi


Self evident

Self evident


Holding up the world

Holding up the world


2 brothers teaching a pig

2 brothers teaching a pig


Other beautiful signs

Other beautiful signs


Ex church with stork at top

Ex church with stork at top


Stork closeup

Stork closeup


Kkarcher winery, cruise director Lorin

Kkarcher winery, cruise director Lorin


The rain stays mainly in the plain ...

The rain stays mainly in the plain ...

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Strasbourg

Yet another beautiful day in Europe - the expected high was 71 with no rain.

We took a bus tour around Strasbourg, the official seat of the European Parliament and is now a symbol of European unity. We learned that 60,000 people go to germany and Switzerland to work; shop in Germany - Kehl - due to it being 40 percent cheaper in Germany than France.

Strasbourg changed nationality 5 times in 75 years. The national bird is the stork and they leave in august ever year and return to the same nest in February.

Council of Europe. palace of Europe. 47 members states. Also building for council of civil rights

European Parliament

Building of the region of Alsace one of 22 regions

230k residents of Strasbourg which is the capital of Alsace. Alsatians seem to be more Germanic than Latin according to the guide. Famous for geraniums although we saw none- it gas been too cold for them. Considered the first ecological city of France Trams created so that when doors open there is no step up or down - easier for seniors bikes and kids Synagogue was built in 1958 - synagogues are always rebuilt in different place (I didn't know that ) Church built in the same place as the Catholics considered sit to be holy. 15000 Jews currently live in Strasbourg.

Monday was armistice day with celebrations and commemoration St. Paul church built as a garrison for German soldiers. 17 portals one for each rank of soldier. A private couldn't use the same entrance as a captain!

42000 students at university

Protestant church and carrousel

Notre Dame of Strasbourg lots of pix: Lower windows are from 12th century; on right windows are from 14th century Astronomical clock works on Greenwich mean time

City views

We had lunch at a little cafe then walked around a bit more. Caught an Uber back to the ship.

After so much walking, I was happy to have scheduled another massage ...

It was such a beautiful day that I sat out at the bow of the boat and read, while also watching the wind rustle theory the trees, the sun glinting off the water and the swans drifting by looking for food.

After dinner we were treated by the ship's company to a performance by a couple called Tête-à-tête; please enjoy the Edith Piaf as we did!

More construction due to finish 2018

More construction due to finish 2018


Council of Europe

Council of Europe


Council of civil rights

Council of civil rights


European Parliament?

European Parliament?


Synagogue

Synagogue


St. Paul church

St. Paul church


Protestant church and carrousel

Protestant church and carrousel


The organ

The organ


The top of the clock

The top of the clock


City view

City view


Joey thinks it looks like Disneyland

Joey thinks it looks like Disneyland


A local watching the neighborhood

A local watching the neighborhood


The organ

The organ


A local watching the neighborhood

A local watching the neighborhood


Swans around the boat

Swans around the boat

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Mannheim

I woke up by accident just before 6am. Since it doesn't happen often, I took a picture.

Mannheim is a young city only 400 years old. Also known as the city of squares. Not a medieval city by any stretch, very few medieval buildings

Insurance company with one of the tallest buildings.

First a castle then a palace - now a university all in one; 25k students and 1400 windows.

The Palace was originally in Heidelberg but the prince wanted a new modern palace so he moved to Mannheim and built one.

Prince elector Karl Freidrich: the 13th century Palatine electorate resided in Heidelberg for 400 years. Friedrich was most interested in music and arts, had novel ideas about equality for all. Mozart was here but there were already 3 conductors here so he didn't have a job, and he needed money. Despite falling in love with a young opera singer his father said get to work so he left Mannheim for Paris. Many years later he met up with his first love's sister who was unmarried - so he married her.

Red sandstone comes from Nekkar valley is soft; catholic Jesuit style church. Part of the church was destroyed in WW2 but the organ was not damaged; Mozart played the organ here.

After the church we walk to the main square where we were told there was a bathroom available on the 2nd floor of the department store on the corner, so we broke off and walked on our own after taking advantage of the facility. I then found an optic store across the street and spent time browsing. We then searched for a pin store, found Nespresso! and walked back to the ship.

Lunch, rest,

Speyer is 30,000 population largest Romanesque church in Europe. In 1020s German emperor korat started building. The church and it took 30 years - finished not by his successor, but by the third successor . When we arrived there was a violinist practicing inside and the acoustics were glorious ! I hope it comes through.

Former Jewish section was supposed to be to the left of the church but we couldn't find it. We walked a bit more, ran into others from the ship and sat with them for local wine and a bit of food. It started to drizzle so we tucked a bit farther under the awnings and watched the street scene.

Headed back to the ship where dinner was served, then a little show - skits performed by the crew that had tears running down my face!!

Today's Pacer app clocked the most steps I have ever tracked- 15,144 steps - 6 miles!! My knees and feet ache..

Sunrise

Sunrise


Location indicator

Location indicator


Modern insurance company building

Modern insurance company building


University square

University square


Long view of church

Long view of church


Inside church

Inside church


The organ played by Mozart

The organ played by Mozart


More pipes

More pipes


Church Alter

Church Alter


Closeup of alter

Closeup of alter


The dome's intrados

The dome's intrados


Mannheim central plaza

Mannheim central plaza


Tulips gone; pansies are healthy!

Tulips gone; pansies are healthy!


Modern building housing Nespresso

Modern building housing Nespresso


Walking to the city of Speyer

Walking to the city of Speyer


The church

The church


Not sure what, but interesting..

Not sure what, but interesting..


You name an establishment Hindenburg??

You name an establishment Hindenburg??


The street scene

The street scene


Interesting sculpture

Interesting sculpture

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Koblenz

As you may know, I am not an early bird. I don't rush through morning ablutions and prepping my bulletproof coffee on a ship of any size takes time and coordinator with the bar staff. So when the tour off the ship starts at 8:15, I just can't get ready on time.

So instead of joining the tour, we were up top of the ship on the sundeck, wondering what the city looked like away from the river, and two little ladies with canes decided to get off the ship and said why don't you come with us? So we walked off the ship with them, and started taking pictures!

Most of the photos are self-explanatory, but the reason I took pictures of plates and cups designed by Britto – he's one of the artists that are most popular in Miami Florida. And Art of course is everywhere.

As we did not take a tour, we did not know if spitting boy is the emblem of this particular city, but he does seem to be everywhere. One of the people on our ship passed by and said that we should avoid the wet spot, and I replied that it is generally good adviceā€¦

After lunch as we cruised the Rhine, we passed amazing scenery and castles. Our cruise director told us that the Rhine is one of the least polluted rivers in Europe.

This part of the river is so beautiful and everywhere we looked and there were multiple pictures to take. One of the castles we passed is where Albrecht Dürer stayed many times which inspired his work. 59 fish species, 30 are native. Mosquito eating fish popular Carp, asp popular. 206 an increase of salmon and trout, both freshwater and marine. Also rainbow trout. Invasion of catfish happening in last 5 years. Up to 10 feet and 80 pounds. Catfish have no natural predators here and are slowly replacing the salmon population.

On the deck in the warm sun .. decided to try a nap in the cabin. Was awakened by an announcement: merengue class in the lounge!! Okaaay! Dance shoes on!

After dance, we had a talk about what to expect tonight and tomorrow, then dinner. We ate at the "special " restaurant which was quite nice, and then had an evening stroll through Rudesheim this evening.

We hope to wake up early in order to take the early walking tour tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!!

Indications

Indications


Street view

Street view


I love this bowl!!

I love this bowl!!


Britto's art is everywhere!

Britto's art is everywhere!


Joey and fountain

Joey and fountain


This store was closed

This store was closed


Interesting building

Interesting building


Spitting boy

Spitting boy


Manhole cover of spitting boy...

Manhole cover of spitting boy...


Pretty Jesuit church

Pretty Jesuit church


Rhine river

Rhine river


Durer's inspiration

Durer's inspiration


Pretty

Pretty


Castle vineyard and city

Castle vineyard and city


Gee, I wonder who lives here?

Gee, I wonder who lives here?


Joey called this a starter castle ...

Joey called this a starter castle ...


Cute Rudesheim street

Cute Rudesheim street


Interesting wall

Interesting wall


Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers


Interesting character strolling

Interesting character strolling


Lovely sentiment

Lovely sentiment


Moon over the Rhine

Moon over the Rhine

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Cologne / Kuln

Slept late again!

While having my morning coffee the cruise director gave a talk about beer.. there are 4 ingredients water, hops, yeast, and malt . He said the hops is related to marijuana in terms of increasing mood - if you are happy you get happier. If you are sad, you get sadder. England has the highest alcohol content of beers.

Here in Germany young kids drink beer with parents, legal drinking age is either 16 or 18.

There are different sizes and shapes of glasses for different types of beer. But since I don't drink beer, I didn't really pay close attention to the seminar.

There is a gothic church near the station. Supports were placed 7meters into the ground. The train bridge allows travel to Paris 7 times a day and Frankfurt every hour. Cologne has 1 million inhabitants. And Cologne inhabitants are very friendly and talkative.

As we walked we came to an area where Stones that were left over from the second world war, part of a ramp to get on the train, were used, rather than pulling them out, and Italian artist incorporated them in this sculpture.

800-year-old Saint Martin's Church.

Black rocks in ground indicate the historic city wall for Protection from river overflowed or attack.

The three towers on the church of the third one has a star at the top and the three Wise men have 60 hairdos because tower was re-created in the 60s.

They found a mikveh and baths below town hall and they are in the process of restoring it.

Of course, as we are in Germany, Joey has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have bratwurst and sauerkraut. So we headed to the brewery which we were told is the best way to find bratwurst and sauerkraut. He ordered a plate - and I tasted. Unfortunately he was practically finished by the time I thought to take a picture of his meal, so I took a picture of the table next to us.

We walked around to find a pin and another shot glass for my eye aerobics teacher. Unfortunately we found a chocolate shop ...

We headed back to the ship to rest a bit before dinner.

Then after dinner, a zither concert! Tomy Temerson is one of 5 professional players in the world. He explained how the instrument is like 3 guitars in one.

Now to sleep!

Train bridge

Train bridge


St Martin church

St Martin church


Stones from WW2 ramp incorporated in art piece

Stones from WW2 ramp incorporated in art piece


Wall demarcation

Wall demarcation


Spring flower planting

Spring flower planting


Street artwork

Street artwork


Brewery

Brewery


Inside restaurant in brewery

Inside restaurant in brewery


Inside restaurant in brewery

Inside restaurant in brewery


Pig knuckle at table next to us

Pig knuckle at table next to us


Picture of original eau de cologne shop

Picture of original eau de cologne shop


Chocolate shop

Chocolate shop


So many choices!

So many choices!


Sugar cubes like card suits

Sugar cubes like card suits


Our ship

Our ship


Our entertainment for tonight

Our entertainment for tonight


The program

The program

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