Romantic Rhine

Our Ship was due to leave the Port of Mainz at 2pm to take us down the Romantic Rhine Valley and its Castles. We were late leaving however we did get to see the Castles. We 3 were up on the top deck, and the camera was getting a work out. Over  17 Castles in …

Drinking Like the Locals

Our next stop after Heidelberg Castle was the quaint Old Town of Heidelberg.  A short tour and then we had time on our own.  A lot of the tour group went shopping for  souvenirs, some went and had a beer, food or just wandered around the town. 3 Sisters wandered around then it was a …

Heidelberg Castle -Heidelberger Schloss

Monday the 1/8/16  our ship docked in Mainz  . We had two choices today a Mainz culinary walking tour of roughly 3 hours or a visit to Heidelberg Castle and The Old Town of Heidelberg. We 3 Sisters chose the Castle. Heidelberg Castle is built on the northern slope of the Königstuhl mountain,and the views …

Are we famous yet?

I am going to get a bit serious here!  When we joined the cruise at Basel, apart from the 3 Sisters and Tania, Peter and Luke, most of the group had already been on a cruise up the Rhone through France.  They had been together for 11 days with the Cruise Director. Not sure what …

German cakes, Art and Tea!

After our visit to Speyer we all boarded the coaches and were taken to local German families for afternoon tea. We 3 and Denise, Julie and Pit were dropped off at a local German lady by the name of Monica. Monica prepared a wonderful spread of traditional German cakes and she made 2 of them …

River Port Mannheim – Visit Speyer

On Sunday 31/7/16 our ship (not a boat yes a ship)  arrived in the River Port Mannheim.    The Freedom of Choice excursions were a guided walking tour of Speyer one of Germany's oldest towns or a visit to the Speyer Technical Museum. We 3 Sisters chose the guided town walk.  This included a visit to …

La Liberté éclairant le monde – Liberty Enlightening the World – Statue of Liberty

What does Colmar in the Alsatian area of France and the Statue of Liberty have in common? The sculptor Frederic  August Bartholdi was born in Colmar France in the year, April 2 1834.  He designed the huge statue on his own initiative. As part of our tour we passed the house where he lived. This …

Did anyone say drinks?

We 3 quickly changed into our glad rags to be welcomed on board by the Captain and his crew! As you walk into the lounge, the Captain Andreas, Hotel Manager Sandra and  ourCruise Director  shake your hands and welcome you on board. A glass of champagne is given to you and you clink and shake …

Breisach – Alsace & Black Forest

When in Germany, do as the Germans do!  Beer, sausages and pretzels - After breakfast  we were all treated to a Fruchschoppen brunch (The word comes from the German word for early “Früh” and “Schoppen”, which is a ¼ Liter. “Schoppen” is the size of a small beer. )  I had a gluten free beer and …

Basel to Breisach 30/7/16

Roughly around 4.30 am our ship departed Basel on its way to Breisach.  The town is situated along the Rhine halfway between Colmar and Freiburg.  Its name is Celtic and means breakwater.  The Town of Breisach during the second world war was 85% destroyed by the Allies artillery as they crossed the Rhine. There were …