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Rhine River Cruise, Day Six (Part Three): Central Amsterdam

After our diamond factory tour we climbed aboard buses that took us back to our ship for lunch. Along the way we got to see a bit of central Amsterdam.  It took about 15 minutes to head back to the … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Six (Part One): The Canals of Amsterdam

A little less than a thousand years ago some people decided to build a dam on the Amstel River and soon a little fishing village was born around this dam. After a generation or two the village grew into a … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part Three): Outside the Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

It stopped raining during our visit inside the Cologne Cathedral and so I was able to walk around comfortably and take a few photos of the western and southern facades of the building. After lunch the Felicity departed for the … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part Two): Inside Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

The Cologne Cathedral was the fourth cathedral we visited on our seven-day trip down the Rhine River. It was for a time the tallest building in the world and still is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. It also … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part One): Cologne

Question of the day: What do Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire,  Goethe, Beethoven, Kaiser Wilhelm I,  Mark Twain,  Marlene Dietrich, Oscar Wilde,  Indira Gandhi, and Princess Diana have in common? Answer: They were all customers of Farina Eau De Cologne, the world-famous … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Four (Part Three): Koblenz

The Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site begins at Rudesheim and ends 65 kilometers downstream where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet at Koblenz. We counted castles and listened to Dragan, our cruise director, narrate the legend of … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Four (Part Two): Castles on the Rhine

Castles everywhere. Some of them are ruins abandoned for hundreds of years. Others have been renovated and turned into hotels. And there are a few frauds — 19th or 20th centuries imitations. And they all can be seen along a … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Three (afternoon): Rudesheim

We returned to our Felicity after our morning in Mainz and during lunch the ship departed for Rudesheim (the official name is Rudesheim am Rhein) just a few miles downstream. Rudesheim is a pleasant little Rhine Valley wine town that … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Three: Mainz

On Wednesday morning, May 16, 2012 we found ourselves in Mainz, another 2000 year-old city with a 1000 year-old cathedral. Mainz was a little different than the other cities we visited so far. Its cathedral isn’t as tall as Strasbourg’s … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Two (afternoon): Heidelberg

On Tuesday afternoon, May 15th,  my wife and I split up for the first and only time during the cruise. I decided to go on the bus for the History and Castle Ruins tour while Bee joined the shoppers of … Continue reading

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