As we sailed away, Kati gave wheelhouse commentary on the beautiful Wachau Valley. After a relaxing afternoon and another delicious dinner, we arrived in Vienna, Austria around 8:30pm. Once the sailors secured the ship, we disembarked and boarded the coaches for a night drive around Vienna to see the illuminated “ring road.” It was quite … More Icing on the Cake
Sunday marked the halfway mark of my 2nd training tour and I have to say that I am loving my new adventure and am excited about my new career path! We spent the morning on the ship, going through lock after lock after lock. Around 10am, Anke held a fun lecture called “German Language: How … More A Memorized Moment
On Saturday, we visited the town of Nuremberg, Germany (aka Nurnberg). Nuremberg is along the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and is the second largest city in the German state of Bavaria, with a half million in population. Our guests could choose one of two tours: Medieval Nuremberg or World War II. I joined Kati on the … More If Only…
On Thursday, we had a choice of going to Wurzburg or Rothenburg. I joined Kati in Wurzburg, along with about 20 guests. Wurzburg is a city in southwestern Germany, in the state of Bavaria, on the Main River. It is a railroad junction, and industrial center, and the commercial hub of an agricultural region noted … More So Many B’s: Bratwurst, Bavaria, Beer and Bamberg
The next stop on our itinerary was Rudesheim, Germany. We had the morning onboard as we sailed along the Middle Rhine Valley en route to Rudesheim. The day had a foggy start and it was difficult to see the castles along the banks of the river. The fog lifted just as we were approaching Loreley. … More Foggy Mornings & Rookie Mistakes
On Saturday, my stay at the Amstel and 4 day break in Amsterdam came to an end. Training trip #2 was about to begin. The upcoming trip is 15 days long and will all take place aboard the MS Esprit. We will start in Amsterdam and end in Budapest. Similar to the last trip, there … More Small Town Girl
with Amsterdam! No agenda yesterday….other than to avoid getting run over by a bicyclist. They are LITERALLY everywhere! Old and young, men and women, rain or shine, parents with multiple children (yes, I saw a mom with THREE children all on ONE bike!)….you name it, they are riding a bike! I set out from the hotel around … More I have fallen in love…
On Sunday morning, we were supposed to disembark for the final time in Budapest. Due to the river level being extremely low, our boat couldn’t make it to Budapest. We made it to Komarno, Slovakia and disembarked there and traveled to Budapest via coach. All things considered, it was a minor deviation and there were … More Are you sure those soldiers are real?
On Wednesday morning, we had a much needed relaxing, lazy morning. Globe-trotting is tiring work! We had a delicious champagne brunch as we sailed down the Danube River, passing the Melk Lock and Melk Abbey, en route to Durnstein, Austria. We arrived in Durnstein around 1:15pm and disembarked our river boat. My tour guide … More It’s All Slovak To Me!
Sunday was a very busy day! We left Prague at 8:30am, en route to Regensburg, Germany. After an easy 4 hour bus ride, we arrived in Regensburg and boy, was I hungry…borderline hangry! I, along with the three Tauck TDs, found a small German pub for lunch. Unfortunately, it was Sunday so all of … More Linzer Tortes, Pez Candy & Hitler’s Hometown!?!