S: 2011 European River Cruise
FC: TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE.
1: July 25th we flew out of Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Air France flight AF551 to Paris, France. We arrived at 8AM European time which was really 2AM in the morning our time until we changed the time on our watches. We were met at Charles de Gaulle (CDG)Airport by our Driver, courtesy of AmaWaterways and taken to Le Meridion Hotel in Paris were we stayed for three nights. On July 29th we left Paris & went by high speed train to Metz, France and then to Luxembourg for a day tour before reaching our cruise ship at Remich, Luxembourg. The next 7 days were spent on the Amalegro Cruise Ship cruising down the Moselle & Rhine Rivers to our final destination of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2: Metz Train Station, France | 07-29-2011
3: Luxembourg American Cemetery lies near the community of Hamm just three miles east of downtown Luxembourg City. The city of Luxembourg served as headquarters for Gen. George S. Patton's U.S. Third Army. Gen. Patton is buried here. | Luxembourg
4: Cruising along the quiet Moselle River 07-31-2011
5: The twin town of BERNKASTEL-KUES nestles by a serpentine bend in the Mosel. With this scenic backdrop, Bernkastel-Kues is a half-timbered gem. Predictably, it's rather touristy, but with some of the wonkiest houses you'll ever see and wall-to-wall with wine taverns to help distort their dimensions even more, it's a place that shouldn't be passed up.
6: Cochem Germany is a showpiece gem and rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Moselle. Little seems to have changed for centuries.
7: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine | Cochem | 07-31-2011
8: Reichsburg Castle, Cochem
9: Live Love & Enjoy Life always | All about the journey | Good times
10: Alkener Burgberg and vineyard along the Moselle River, Germany 08-01-2011
11: Koblenz Flower Show | The Moselle River ends at the Rhine River at Koblenz Germany
12: "Life is a journey not a destination." - RALPH WALDO EMERSON | The ship captain guides us safely into one of many locks along the Rhine River. This one is only "just" wide enough to hold us.
13: A beautiful day viewing the spectacular castles along the Rhine River.
14: 08-02-2011 St. Martin's Cathedral Mainz, Germany
15: St. Stephen's Church, top 2 pictures, is where tourists from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the Stephansberg, to see the blue glowing stained glass windows by the artist Marc Chagall. | Gutenberg Museum
16: At Rüdesheim we enjoyed a wine tasting in the vineyard. It was quite hot today.
17: Rüdesheim is located in the heart of the Rhine River area at the southern entrance to the Lorelei valley. We arrived here shortly after 2PM on Aug. 2nd. VERY busy place with tourists, but very quaint. Later this evening we came back and enjoyed a real cup of Rudesheimer Coffee in a pub with friends from the cruise ship. | Today we enjoyed a Rudesheimer Coffee in a local pub and visited the Rudesheim Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum.
18: 08-03-2011 Cologne Germany
19: Stained Glass Windows | Mosaic Tile Floors | Cologne Cathedral | Cologne | Shrine of the Three Kings | 144.5m tall by 86.5m wide | Right Side Entrance
20: Amsterdam | 8.04.2011
23: Celebrating with champagne on our last night on the cruise: Sheldon & Margie Konigsberg, Sue & Bruce Ives, Peter & Karen Snow.
24: 8.05.2011 .12
25: On the AmaWaterways courtesy bus yo Schiphol airport after our last lunch onboard the Amalegro.