Tag Archives: Rhine River

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 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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Rhine River Cruise, Day One: Strasbourg

We boarded our home for a week, the Avalon Felicity, in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon, May 13, 2012 and the next morning we found ourselves in France. The major event for the morning would be a three-hour tour of … Continue reading

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My church is taller than yours

I always thought this “nanny, nanny who’s got the tallest building in the world” game began when New York built the Empire State Building a little bit higher than the Chrysler Building and then Chicago built the Sears (now Willis) … Continue reading

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We’re back from our May 2012 Vacation in Europe

The jet lag is over and it is now time to start posting. So here’s a preview of the photos and stories I will be posting over the next several weeks. Switzerland We flew from San Francisco to Frankfurt and … Continue reading

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