S: Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel
BC: Viking River Cruises a great way of exploring the Rivers of Europe | Dec 2011-Jan 2012
FC: Celebrating New Years 2012 on the Rhine | Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel
1: Itinerary | Dates Dec 26, 2011 - Jan 3, 2012 Destination: Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland Dec 26 Left Wichita late in afternoon Dec 27 Flew from London to Amsterdam Dec 28 Kinderdijk Windmills Dec 29 Cologne Dec 30 Koblenz and cruised the Rhine Dec 31 Heidelberg and Speyer Jan 1 Strasbourg Jan 2 Black Forest and Breisach Jan 3 Disembarked in Basel and flew home | Terry Behrendt 9711 Savannah Wichita, KS 67215 | Celebrating New Years on the Rhine
2: American Airline Flight #4194 arriving in Chicago O'Hare airport at 6:50 pm departing at 9:30 pm
3: Arriving in London, they make you wait in the commons area.. and only give the gate number when they are ready to board the airplane. It gave us a chance to shop at Harrods. | Flight from Wichita to Amsterdam-----4685 miles and 17 hours
4: Amsterdam by streetlight
6: Standing below sea level at Kinderkijk in the Netherlands | In the Netherlands it rains 200 days a year and the windmills are used to drain the excess water from the polders. | Kinderdijk | Kinderdijk is situated in a polder at the confluence of Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740 to help with the flooding. Kinderdijk has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.
7: Windmills were replaced with Archimedes screws to pump water to help reduce flooding.
8: Guten Morgen | Auf Wiedershen
9: Arriving early and docking in Cologne
10: Our local tour guide of Cologne | Great St Martin Church behind the townhouses on Fish Market Street built in the 14th century | Cologne | Home of the world's oldest fragrance company established in 1709 by John Farina. The Cologne is called Eau De Cologne.
11: Walking tour of Cologne, the people are fond of eating alfresco, no matter the weather
12: Cologne Cathedral | Cologne
13: Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary greets you as you enter Cologne Cathedral
14: The Cologne Cathedral was started in 1248, taking over seven centuries to complete. The most celebrated treasure is the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings which is believed to hold the remains of the three Wisemen. The Cathedral contains many side alters including the Alter of the City Patrons painted in 1442 and the floor mosaic done in 1887
16: Cologne Cathedral | Saint Peter's Bell weighing 24 tons | Only 533 steps to the top
17: Steps leading to the top of the spire | Ascent of tower Height of the tower 475 feet Height scaled 332 feet Number of steps 533 | Breathtaking view from the Cathedral spire | View from the tower | Inside the spire
18: Achtung! | Wo ist das hafen?
19: Marksburg Castle located above the town of Braubach, Germany
20: Marksburg Castle was built in 1117. The only castle on the Rhine never to have been destroyed
21: This stove was the only heat source for the castle | Wine was made in the castle | main bed chamber
22: Church of Our Lady in Obwesel | Schonburg Castle
23: Loreley Rock | Katz Castle | Stahleck Castle | Klopp Castle | The Loreley There's sitting high up in the light A maiden so beautiful, fair Her jewels are glistening bright She combs her gold shimmering hair. I fear there's a crash, the boat sinking, The man will be swallowed and gone, And that with melodious singing The Loreley will have done.
26: Wo sind die Toiletten? | Ein Bier bitte.
27: Heidelberg | Germany's oldest university town
28: Views from the Heidelberg Castle
29: Heidelberg Castle was built in 1214 and expanded into two castles in 1294. Lightning destroyed the upper castle in 1537. Rebuilt in 1650 and damaged again in 1764. The restoration began in 1897 to 1900 for a tourist attraction.
30: Ruins of the Heidelberg Castle
32: Mae Behrendt 9711 Savannah Wichita, KS 67215 | Heidelberg Castle
33: Through the main gate over the moat into the forecourt and castle. | Wine vat holding 58,100 gallons | Forecourt of the Castle
34: Christmas Markets
35: Germany sets up Christmas Markets all along the Rhine for the Holiday season. There is always ice skating, good shopping and plenty to eat and drink like Gluhwein, mulled wine and brats.
38: The different flood stages of the Neckar River
42: 2012 | 2012
44: Out With The Old And In With The New...
45: Celebrating New Years with new friends Refik & Serpil Guran | Auld Lang Syne Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne.
46: Wo ist das Stadtezentrum?
47: Strasbourg, France
48: European Council
49: Celebrating New Years in France | European Council
50: Strasbourg, France | German or French Germany 12 Century French 1681 Germany 1871 French 1919 Germany 1940 French 1945
51: Historic City Centre
52: Strasbourg Cathedral
54: Signs in Strasbourg are in both French and Alsace
55: Roasting chestnuts on an open fire
56: Stores decked out in holiday finery
57: Chandelier Street
58: We were entertained by French Café Accordion Music
59: Cooking demonstration Flammkuchen a traditional Alsatian dish
60: Die Rechnung bitte | Wo ist das Schiff
61: Breisach, Germany
62: Sankt Margen
63: Abby of Saint Peter in the Black Forest
64: Breitnau | Clock built in 1890
68: Captain's Dinner | Captain's Dinner
69: Last night with new friends
72: Fun on the Viking Helvetia | Life at leisure cruising on the Rhine
74: Passing through one of 12 locks on the Rhine
78: That early morning flight everyone loves. We had to rise at 3:00 am, luggage out at 3:45 am, and departed the ship at 4:30 am.
79: EurpAirport------Basel, Switzerland | American Airlines Leaving Basel, Switzerland at 7:15 am Arriving Heathrow 7:55 am 441 miles later Departing Heahtrow 9:45 am Arriving Dallas 2:05 pm 4751 miles later Departing Dallas 3:55 pm Arriving Wichita at 5:05 pm 340 miles later Total 5532 miles and 17 hours flying time to home What an adventure....