I had a wonderful day trip to a UNESCO Heritage Village, Hollókó, Hungary, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains on the Slovakian Border. It was a fairly long drive, but the countryside was magnificent, with fields stretching into the distance and a view of the foothills.… Read More
We arrived in Budapest in the wee hours of the morning, and woke to find ourselves parked alongside several other cruise ships, with a very long gangway to the shore. The wharf was very old, and obviously not designed for the type of river… Read More
This morning we cruised the Danube River through the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Landscape. With commentary from our cruise director, we were able to locate many castles on the hill tops, including Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart of England was imprisoned in… Read More
We saw some lovely houses and churches along the Danube on our way into Passau. And it’s always fun watching the captain search for a parking space, and seeing one of the crew haul the heavy hawser ashore to tie us down. I skipped the… Read More
I signed up for an optional tour that turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip so far. First, we took a bus from the town of Kelheim, where the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal meets the Danube River, to the access path to the monastery.
On the Main-Danube Canal, there are three 81 ft deep locks that transport ships up to the top of the canal. We went through the second of these shortly after returning to the boat.
We drove through Nuremberg to the castle for a guided tour, then walked down a rather steep hill to the old city – which has been totally reconstructed as a medieval town since the devastation of WWII. It’s a very busy tourist area, and the market in… Read More