Europe 2016

October - November 2016
October - November 2016
  • Day25

    airport sprint

    November 13, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Woke up at 3:30 am. Left the ship at 4. Left Porto at 6. Arrived in Frankfort at 9:45 and had less than an hour to traverse the entire airport and catch our connection. We made it, but once on board I realized I had sent the wrong flight info to our friends and we will be arriving 3 hours before anyone is ready to pick us up. Good thing this plane had wifi so we could reach them and make alternate plans.Read more

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  • Day24

    Graham's cellar

    November 12, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    This was our last official tour stop in Portugal. Had a tasting and then a lovely lunch. Since the ship was docked only a 5 minute walk away, we decided to hoof it back. Would have worked well, if it hadn't started pouring rain on the way back. We were drenched by the time we got back.

  • Day24

    Taylor's cellar

    November 12, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After the grapes are harvested and crushed at the vineyard, they are transported to Porto and aged in vats and barrels. We had a nice tasting here and had a bit of time to explore the gardens.

  • Day23

    last lock

    November 11, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We had one more smallish lock to traverse before we were at sea level. Once again we had to wait for the ships heading up passed before we could head down.

  • Day23

    life on the river

    November 11, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    It was pretty cold, but there were still some folks out enjoying the water. We passed some cruise ships that were docked for the season already.

  • Day23

    deepest lock on the river

    November 11, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Next we passed through the deepest lock on the river and one of the deepest in all of Europe.

    We missed this one on the upstream journey. It was one of the two that they went through when they moved the ship before we boarded that first day.

    The clearance at the entrance was pretty tight, so pnce again they had to lower everything, including the roof of the bridge, so the captain is sticking his head out like a conductor in the orchestra pit.Read more

  • Day23

    day on the boat

    November 11, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We decided to spend this day on the ship, rather than another bus to a winery tour. The scenery was beautiful and it was a nice relaxing day.

    Our maid left us a friend to keep us company.

    We passed under a very tall bridge and then a very low bridge. I was on the top deck had to sit down, but we were moving so fast, I couldn't put my arm up to determine the exact clearance. I could have lost an arm, we were so close.Read more