FC: Cruising Down the Rhine River
1: Cruising Down the Rhine River A Sister Trip to Europe Fall, 2013
2: The Viking Forseti's Course
3: The Boat and the Crew
5: The Sun Deck | A Computer Game or The Control Room?
6: The Food!
7: Arrived in Amsterdam on October 26, 2013. Sixteen million people in Holland -- 18 million bikes. And they have the right of way! A canal tour on some of the 65 miles of canals provided a great overview of the city and its history. | T H E N E T H E R L A N D S
9: WI NDM I L L S ! | K I N D E R D I J K
10: Our Windmill Tour Guide | Mary Poppins Weather!! | Kinderdijk has the largest concentration of operating windmills, 19 of them! Kinderdijk means "Child's Dike" in Dutch and comes from a legend about a child in a cradle was kept afloat by a can jumping from side to side to keep the cradle afloat during a notorious flood in 1421, resulting in the popular fairytale, "The Cat and the Cradle."
11: Much of Holland is 5 feet below sea level. Windmills help keep half of the country above water!
12: After seeing the original windmills and new windmills on an EXTREMELY windy day, it's Dutch Tea Time! We also tasted Jenever, Dutch cheeses, and enjoyed a talk on the Dutch Masters (the artists, not the cigars!)
13: Our guide, Markus, made the experience unforgettable! He always let us in on "little" secrets! The buildings in Old Town are quaint and have so much detail. | C O L O G N E, G E R M A N Y
15: Yes, he's mooning!
17: Kolner Dom -- Germany's Largest Cathedral Sherry left her glove in the church. When we went in to get it, the clerk in the gift shop took off with it. We had to chase her down to get her to return it!
20: In days gone by, the Elves of Cologne would come out every night and do the work for the craftsmen. But a curious tailor's wife wanted to see who was doing all of the work, set a trap, caught a glimpse of the elves and they have never returned. Now everyone must do their own work!
22: Lovers Locks Lovers around the world have unique ways of showing their affection and devotion to each other, but few are as enduring as the act of locking your love with a padlock and throwing away the key. Lovers write their names or initials on a padlock, lock it to a permanent fixture and throw the key into a river so that the two lovebirds could never be parted. Few displays are more impressive than that on the Hohenzollerbrucke Bridge that spans the Rhine River in Cologne. The bridge not only features padlocks, but a decorative display of handcuffs, tin cans, and bicycle chains. When the bridge operator recently threatened to remove the padlocks, public outcry ensued and the locks stayed.
23: M a r k s b u r g C a s t l e | K o l b l e n z, G e r m a n y
26: Kitchen, Dining, Wine Making
27: Watch your step! | China Hutch | What?? | Bathroom | Not a Bathroom! | Bedroom | Weaving | Church | Church | Roof | Finished Roof | Cobblestone | Tower | Wardrobe | Vines!
28: Torture Mask
30: Darren& Sherry | The "key" to touring: luxury buses, comfortable shoes, a camera with a great zoom feature, and fun, knowledgeable guides!
31: Scenic views along the Rhine. | Castles galore! We counted 16!
32: The roiling waters that inspired the Loralei tales.
33: Barge cleaning -- a dangerous job!
34: Rudesheim, Germany | Crew members prepare Rudesheimer Coffee - strong in more ways than one! | A German glassblower creates art on board.
35: Dinner at an authentic German restaurant where I played the bells and Sue was in a parade!
36: Trees | Mistletoe | Storks-- If you want a sibling, put a sugar cube on the window sill to entice them to stop at your house and leave a baby!
37: And Textures | Cut round rocks in half and you have flat surfaces to use as pavers in the street!
38: HEIDELBERG, GERMANY Often thought of as Germany's intellectual capital; it is home to the country's oldest university, established in 1386. It has drawn artists, writers and scholars from all over the world, including Mark Twain, who called Heidelberg "the last possibility of the beautiful." | Tour guide, Stephan, a college student earning some extra money.
41: THE R U I N S OF H E I D E L B U R G C A S T L E
43: A door within a door for those arriving back at the castle after curfew! The big door was so heavy, it couldn't be opened and closed without the help of several strong soldiers.
44: While building the castle, the architect's two children were playing on the scaffolding and fell to their deaths. The architect was so devastated he wanted to discontinue the project. But the angels of his two children came to him and encouraged him to complete his work. He honored them by putting their images above the doorway.
45: Strasbourg, France
51: Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region in eastern France, is a center of European politics. It is home to the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Council of Human Rights.
52: T H E B L A C K F O R E S T | B a c k to G E R M A N Y
54: The height and density of the Black Forest's conifers blocks out the sunlight, making it the perfect eerie setting for many fairy tales, including "Hansel and Gretel."
55: B R E I S A C H
56: All Saints Day | Baroque Style Church | St. S t e p h e n s C a t h e d r a l
60: Hula Hoop Art | Rathaus translation: City Hall
61: How many ways can you say. . .
62: Dag Au Revoir Auf Wiedersehen