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European River Cruise 2011

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S: European River Cruise 2011 Budapest-Amsterdam + Iceland

BC: Slovakia | Melk | Passau | Regensburg | Nurnburg | Durnstein | Vienna | Budapest | Bamberg | Wurzburg | Miltenberg | Rudesheim | Koblenz | Amsterdam | Reykjavik

FC: European River Cruise 2011 Budapest-Amsterdam and Iceland

1: Budapest, Hungary August 14 - pre-cruise | Looking at Buda from the Pest side. Castle Hill is in the distance | View from our hotel, LeMeridien | Wandering the narrow streets and gardens

2: Walking around and in St.Stephen's Cathedral in the morning | Budapest August 15 - Day 1

3: After a lovely dinner on the Swiss Sapphirewe look across the Danube

4: leaving Pest for the Buda side ... | previously a castle, now the Budapest Museum | sites of the city | Opera House | Hero's Square | Budapest August 16 - Day 2 | Le Meridian lobby

5: St. Mattias church - many religions during various occupations | columns of wood during use as a mosque | View ofBuda from | View of Parliament and Pest across the Danube from atop the Buda Castle | Fun at the local market

6: Bratislava, Slovakia August 17 - Day 3 | The city of Bratislava lies ahead. Duck as we approach another low bridge! | Sitting on the deck as we pass through lock #1 (Gabcikovo) | watvh fo vehicles, they don't watch for you! | Opera House

7: The city square | Our group walks the city;s narrow streets ... dodging cars | off to the next city with castle in the distance | Folkloric show to end the day

8: Vienna, Austria August 18 - Day 4 | Metro Station | Hofsburg Library | Opera House | St. Stephan's Cathedral

9: Belvedere Imperial Palace | Sisi Museum Quarter | Gnosh time!! | Setting a proper table | Belvedere Imperial Palace

10: Viennese Ball at Palais Pallavicini | wonderful ballet duo

11: riding from Alberine Square through Vienna

12: Durnstein, Germany August 19AM - Day 5 | Durnstein Monastery | Kuenringerburg - where Richard the Lion Hearted was held | grapes everywhere

13: Monastery's main sanctuary | view from church balcony

14: Melk, Germany August 19PM - Day 5 | 800 year old Benedictine Monastery | Main entrance | Center courtyard | Library still in use!

15: Church inside monastery | ornate sanctuary | flat fresco ceilings look three-dimensional | diorama of grounds

16: Passau, Germany August 20 - Day 6 | morning of cruising still on the Danube | Lorelei | toss a coin to St John Nepomuk for safe travel | approaching peninsula where Danube splits with the Inn River forming Passau

17: walking through another boat to disembark. | another St Stephan's | Boasts of largest pipe organ in Europe with 17,000 pipes

18: Regensburg, Germany August 21- Day 7 | walhalla, overlooking the danube. Replica of parthenon to honor heroes of germany. idea of KIng Ludwig I of bavaria | St. Peter's

19: attending service | Evangelical- Luteran Church | old stone bridge, claims to be oldest in europe | ship has to detour to canal due to size of arches

20: Continental Divide - 400 m (highest point along trip) | Bridge leading to walled city | Dry moat beneath bridge giving fortress more protection | One entrance to city Walls over 2 m thick | Formal gardens inside Imperial Palace | Fembo House | Nurmberg, Germany August 22 - Day 8

21: Views from terrace of Imperial Castle | Walking downhill toward church | Artist Albrecht Durer's home/studio

22: St. Sebaldus church | odd structure hanging in Orthodox church in city square | St. Lawrence church

23: walking about city square awaiting our bratwurst dinner and entertainment

24: Bamberg, Germany (Tom) August 23 - Day 9 | colorful fresco buildings | another fun walking city

25: Imperial cathedral of St Peter + St George (1012) with king and queen entombed there | Ncue Residenz with gorgeous rose gardens

26: a little comic relief on this building facade

27: Marilyn stayed onboard while the boat traveled along to next port, Hassfurt | First try (CRUNCH) to pick up our shipmates in Zeil a Monte | Finally we meet the bus

28: Rothenburg, Germany August 24AM - Day 10 | city center | Kathe Wohlfahrts, Weihnachtsdorf

29: St. Jakob's Lutheran Church | stopping for a beer | upstairs in the main sanctuary | small main sanctuary (upstairs) | 1st floor large sanctuary

30: Wurzburg, Germany August 24PM - Day 10 | Residence Palace (Staatlicher Hofkeller) | path leading to wine cellar below the palace

31: Prince Bishop's Court Cellar | enjoying three dry red wine samples | Oom Pa Pa band

32: Miltenburg, Germany August 25 - Day 11 | morning begins with glassblower, Dieter Schrade | half timbered houses that were made to be moved from one place to another as the economy changed | swans along the Main River

33: castle above the city

34: Laurentius Chapel (Lutheran)

35: Rudesheim, Germany August 26AM - Day 12 | vineyards along the Main | European vacationers along the Main River | our train that delivered us to the Musik Kabinett with unique instruments

36: Rudesheim, Germany August 26PM - Day 12 | casual night out at the Rudensheimer Schloss complete with audience participation.

37: Koblenz, Germany August 27 - Day 13 | Middle Rhine Valley | Here a castle, there a castle ... everywhere a castle!! | Lorelei A witch was betrayed by her sweetheart. She then lured other men to their death with her murmuring.

38: on to Marksburg Castle | an eerie mountain pass | walls within walls for protection | our guide who helped me get up... (check out the walkway!!)

39: punishment chamber | social meeting area | choose your weapon and armor! | back on board with Frank, Pat, Pat, and Jim

40: Amsterdam, The Netherlands August 28 - Day 14 | first stop ... a visit with Rembrandt and other Dutch masters | canals everywhere | city flag

41: canal lunch cruise in the rain | state house | typical houseboat | cars vs. bikes = cars win

42: Amsterdam, 2nd day, on foot August 29 - Day 15 | Chinatown and red light district | view from the Sofitel Grande Hotel

43: lots of Gauguin paintings, too | the outdoor market selling gigantic bulbs with patterns and colors we'd never seen | we'd never seen so many bikes - including a head on between two

44: Reykjavik, Iceland August 31 - September 3 | view from our hotel, Hilton Nordica | Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church (largest church in iceland)

45: view from top of church | Andri and Vignir and Valla in their home

46: off to dinner at the Viking | upstairs banquet hall | he's so shy...!

47: the President's residence... drive right up! | place where Reagan and Gorbachev signed peace treaty | gigantic geothermal building | geysers all about

48: flat, volcanic soil | the chalky BLUE LAGOON | geysers of the Blue Lagoon ahead

49: farmers heed warnings... | Iceland's tiny ponies | fuel station regular!

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