S: Our (free) River Cruise!
FC: Our (free) River Cruise August 2011
1: Magnificent Europe August 28-Sept 11 2011 Budapest Bratislava Vienna Durenshein Melk Linz Passau Deggensburg Regensburg Munich Nuremberg Miltenberg Wurzburg Mainz Rudesheim Cologne Volkendam Amsterdam Rotterdam
2: Arrived at Budapest! Sunday, August 28th With Hurricane Irene roaring up the east coast, we flew out of Philly. Less than 2 hours later, the airport was closed. After a short layover in Frankfurt, we headed on to Budapest. Weather was beautiful, had some time to kill before boarding "The Tranquility", so we drank wine and took a snooze on any available couch
4: Indoor market in "Buda"
5: Indoor market in "Buda" | Views from " Pest "
6: Memories of Budapest VK almost getting killed on the bridge over the Danube Power nap in the hotel lobby while waiting to board our boat, with the slamming Mens Room door. Our first taste of Hungarian white wine at an outdoor bistro, overlooking the Danube Jimbo with an 18 lb. falcon
7: Bratislava, Slovakia | Along the Danube | "Locks"
8: Bratislava | Highlights of Slovaki Magnificent views of the of Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. War Memorial Several glasses of wine | Slovaki
11: More Bratislava | Slavakia | St. Martin's Cathedral
13: Cabin views on our way to Austria
15: Vienna Bus tour of the city, St. Stephens Cathedral, walk around upscale pedestrian marketplace and a concert in the evening with great seats, thanks to our usher, Jimbo
16: Concert in Vienna
17: Durnstein, Austria
18: Vineyard at Durnstein | On board refreshments
19: Climbed up a hill and through a vineyard to a small village overlooking the Danube. Houses with pretty flower boxes and several unique shops. Specialties included apricot schnapps and handmade jewelry
21: More of Durnstein: Apricot schnapps doesn't taste like it sounds, mean Mayor,hand made jewelry from stones in the Danube
22: Abbey Church | On our way to Melk
23: Melk Abbey | Spiral Staircase
24: More of Melk
25: On our way to Passau September 2nd!! One to remember!
26: We wisited a willage in the walley with We Kay...then onto Linz with beautiful topside views of castles, swans and even some goats
27: Docked at Passau at 3:30, quick little tour of the quaint little town with an opulent church. Wine at an outside cafe and boarded a bus that took us to our boat...straight to the dining room so we could eat again!!!!
28: Happy Birthday to me..happy birthday to me and then | BANG!!! | HB to the most beautiful woman in the world! | Happy 39th
29: Excerpt from newspaper/online article Riverboat "shipwrecked " on the Danube, passengers evacuated! On September 2nd, late in the evening on the Danube, a cargo ship broke from its anchor and headed straight away into a river ship On an otherwise quiet night, while cruising past wineries on the Danube in Bavaria Germany, the Avalon Tranquility was struck by a loaded freighter and was pushed in a stand of rocks that ripped a hole into the hull. Shortly after dinner, near the town of Winzer, Germany, nearly 160 passengers were jolted into reality as the vessel veered off course and into the rocks. Witnessing the event, A Uniworld river ship traveling in the opposite direction came to the aid of the distressed ship. Wearing life jackets and congregated on the sun deck, all 157 passengers and 41 crew members were brought aboard and taken to the nearest city that could accommodate them. According to reports by the Passau police, the outer hull was so badly damaged that water immediately flooded the engine room. Almost 200 rescue workers, including fire, police and water rescue forces were sent to the scene. It was a "major alarm" said the fire inspector. It seemed at one point, that the $22 million ship might actually sink. To facilitate the rescue and immediate temporary repair, the Danube was closed to river traffic in both directions. At the time of the incident, the Danube had a very strong current, and water continued to leak into the two foot aping hole. High capacity pumps were used to keep the ship afloat. By Saturday afternoon, the Tranquility was stabilized and passengers were allowed to recover their luggage. And soooo, the adventure continues.....
30: Who knew??? It's a good thing we paid attention in our fire drill! | "We're on top of the world!" Who knew? The fiddler played on in the dark as we smashed up against the rocks later that night!
31: This is the culprit...loaded with sunflower seeds, putting a two foot gash in our hull and adding 50 inches of seawater to the engine room! | Views from aboard the Luminary
32: September 3rd Deggensburg. Reagansburg and eventually Munich | Then on to Neuremburg
33: Nuremburg | Neuremburg
35: Fortress Marienberg
37: More Wurzburg
38: Miltenberg | Still Wurzburg
39: The Main River | Mainz | Cathedrals, market square, Guttenberg museum & wine
41: Big foot | Tennis player | Edelweiss...
43: AAlonglhloAn | Along the Rhine
46: Bikes and Bridges of Amsterdam
47: Red Light District, Crooked houses almost being run over by | 's | He's not awake | R O Y
48: Tennis player & Horse C**k | Mommy wife and Wanna be | Douche bag | Weekend @ Bernie's | Peta | Heart transplant John | Sue & John | Mary | Porn Star and John the Cop | Big Foot | Nico & Lyrch
49: Homeward Bound!