FC: 2013 Wine Cruise, London and October Fest
2: September 19th, 2013 We docked in Le Havre, France, then took the bus into Paris. We did a bus tour of Paris stopping at the Eiffel Tower for lunch. | September 18th, 2013 We took the bus to Harwich where we boarded the Celebrity Infinity
4: Arc de Triomphe Foundation layed 1808-10 completed 1836
5: Municipal Theatre built in 1911 | Opera House
6: Front of Opera House built in 1861 | A beautiful church built by Napoleon in honor of his troops
8: Concorde Square
10: The Louvre is a huge art gallery located in a old Parisian Palace holding 400,000 Items of art.
13: Eiffel Tower Lunch on the first floor of the tower - didn't realize it was soooo far off the ground!! | Exterior steps going to the top of the tower | The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the 1889 World's Fair
14: 2nd day in Le Havre We did an excursion to the beautiful 13th Century fishing village of Honfleur | First Energy-Plus Sports Complex which holds 25,000 people
15: Honfleur Shore Line
18: A walking tour of Honfleur
24: By the entrance to the little marina A double decker carousel
26: St Catherine's Church was built by shipwrights and is the largest wooden church with a separate bell-tower in France
29: Brought home some very expensive not so nice chocolates.
31: Lots of Shopping
32: The lovely flower pots scattered throughout the town.
33: Sept. 22, 2013 Bordeaux (La Rochelle)
36: We did a tour of the Hennessy Brandy Factory
40: 1893 | 1986 & 1973 | 1990
43: We had a lovely lunch here at this French Restaurant
46: A fine Roman Arch that once stood on the bridge that went from Saintes across the River Charente
48: September 23, 2013 - day 2 Tour of La Rochelle
49: La Rochelle Port
50: Harbor Towers | La Rochelle Port | La Rochelle has Europe's largest Marina for pleasure boats
51: The only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic Coast still standing
54: Old Town Church
56: 15th Century City Hall devastated by fire
60: Bilbao, Spain September 24, 2013 | Bilboa is located on the north of Spain. It was once an industrial port and is now a lovely tourist attraction with famous Museums and 18 public parks. It's population is 350, 000
61: It was hazy this morning
62: Txakoli Winery | We had an early start today for a Biscay Coast & Txakoli Winery Tour. The Basque region is known for it's Rioja wines. This wine is popularly known as Txakoli (Chah-ko-lee) It's a fresh white wine-origin dates from the Middle Ages.
63: Excellent White Wine
64: Beautiful view
65: This was an amazing Facility
66: Backing up this narrow road so we could get around the corner
75: Stopped here for lunch, wasn't the best meal on our trip
79: Walking through the ocean front district
80: San Juan de Guatelugatxe
82: Second day in Bilbao The bus took us to Archanda, which had a wonderful overview of Bilbao
83: This is the VizcayaBridge Although it's structure is quite different it is a suspension bridge and is called the hanging bridge. It is a transporter bridge that links two towns across the Ibaizabal River
85: Our tour guide was originally from Calgary.
87: Plaza Nueva
88: On to the 7 streets where there are many Tapas Bars
89: Cathedral of Santiago built at the end of the 14th century
91: Our first Tapas Bar at 11:00 a.m.
92: Meat Shop that had everything
93: On to the next venue
95: Another successful day
96: Wednesday evening we went to one of the specialty restaurants for dinner. It wasn't all we thought it would be. The Chateaubriand was not cooked well enough for us & wasn't that tender. The rest of the meal was excellent and the service superb!
98: September 26, 2013 Vigo, Spain | We did a 7 hr. excursion by bus going from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela
102: A large stone cross a short distance from the cathedral It is the St. Francis of Assisi monument
104: Lunch break, squash soup, smoked salmon, roasted pork & vegetables | Had lunch at Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos - 17th Century building
105: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was started in 1075 It is believed that the body of St. James was there, now his ashes.
107: Taking a short stroll through some of the streets
114: Porto, Portugal Friday, September 27th, 2013 | It was pouring rain when we went to the bus. Not so good for pictures but it did stop as we got higher into the mountain
116: A lovely Central Square | Villa Real Portugal
119: This church is called "Clerigos" Chapel
120: On to the next venue
122: Mateus Palace
124: The gardens are fantastic!!
126: Starting to rain, good timing
127: Grapes for making Port | On our way to Lunch
129: Beautiful buffet of Portuguese specialties
130: Last night, we all made it to dinner.
131: Sept. 29th Left the ship & took a bus into London
132: On the way to Tricia's Clinic
133: On the way to The London Transport Museum | Protesters
134: On our way to the London Transport Museum
139: Engineer Dennis
140: Afternoon Tea
141: Waiting for John & Heather
145: Nice Restaurant Fish & Chips were very good. | Beautiful fish tanks across the whole wall behind the seats | The Sea Shell
146: Tricia's friend Hannah from Denmark was with us.
147: Beautiful staircase
149: This palace was most famous as Henry the eight's Palace
152: Amazing Gardens
153: Henry VIII'S Kitchen Shop
154: Tricia's 40th Birthday A wonderful dinner Ritchie arranged. | Mash
155: Beautiful Restaurant Lovely Cocktails Excellent Food
156: October 3rd - Arrived in Munich for October Fest | This is the apartment Tricia found for us, it's lovely with a big balcony. We dropped our bags off and headed into the city centre
157: Off to City Centre
158: Marienplatz is the main Plaza in the centre of Munich home of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel
160: Old Town Hall
162: We went to this Hofbrauhaus which is a beer hall originally built in 1589 as an extension of the Hofgrau brewery. It is open year round. With Tricia's magic we got a seat and enjoyed the German music, beer and food. Most people speak English when they talk to you.
163: Oh my!!
164: Nice view - of the Lederhosen of course
167: Heading to Octoberfest
169: Rainy & cool all day
173: Leaving for th day, finally stopped raining
176: Ludwig 1 Koenig Von Bayern was King of Bavaria from 1825-1848
182: There are 15 Beer Halls, each holding 5,000 people
184: Bavaria is the name of this statur and behind it the Hall of Fame | All the beer halls are decorated different
186: Nice people who let us sit at their table
189: Very similar to the Calgary Stampede except for the huge beer tents
191: October 7, 2013 Enjoyed a lovely vacation, still nice to be going home.