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THE SLOVERS DO THE RHINE DAVE & JOAN DO EUROPE IN STYLE!
Last year Joan and I decided to take a cruise through parts of Europe. We chose Emerald Waterways “Jewels of the Rhine” in a river cruise ship. We started in Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. The afternoon was spent sailing on a canal boat tour, through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and through locks towards the Rhine River. This night the Captain hosted a gala dinner, a spectacular event of fine food and of course....local wine. An amazing start to a cruise through 4 different European countries! By day 3 we were cruising along the Rhine to Cologne, founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. There were many different museums and galleries including a Roman artifact museum. We were treated to a local Kölsch beer style!! On to Koblenz, a 2000 year old town, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. We visited the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before sailing through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend.
We then boated down to Mannheim and took in the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. It was in Kehl, where we docked and transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. A guided walking tour here included the Grande Ile, the historical city centre and UNESCOWorld Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks. What a fabulous afternoon! The next part of the tour took us to Breisach with a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. We also had a guided hike through a typical Black Forest village, followed by some tasting of authentic Black Forest Cake! Finally we sailed across the border to Basel, Switzerland, and after breakfast we disembarked from the ship and transferred to Geneva en route to the second week’s cruise down the Rhone river. A tour starting in Lyon, France that tantalized the taste buds with more excellent food and fabulous wines. Stay tuned for the next leg of the journey! Dave and Joan
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