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  • Day44

    Fünf Fotos-Rhine Cruise Day 2

    May 27 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    "Life is a journey, not a destination"
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    When we went to bed for the evening last night, we left the ship cabin drapes drawn as we assumed that the cruise would launch sometime during the night. We looked forward to watching the changing landscape, and the arrival to our next destination.

    Instead, I woke up about 5:30 a.m. gazing at to the same industrial setting where we had been docked since Wednesday. About 30 minutes later, I watched as another cruise line river boat docked next to us, effectively boxing us in against the shore. Jim C woke up around this time, and I informed him that we remained at the site of our original mooring. As we speculating what was going on, the other boat traversed to the middle of the river, and our boat left the dock.

    We decided to move to the upper deck to watch the sunrise and our ship's first movement on the river. We were the only ones on deck besides crew members, and we watched as the captain made a 180° turn in the middle of the river.

    Shortly after we saw that we were slowly approaching the first of a series of several locks during the day as we moved north on the river. It turns out that Basel's elevation above sea level is 261 meters ( 856 ft) and Köln is a mere 37 meters (121 ft.) Thus, the series of locks are necessary to help ships navigate the dramatic change in elevation.

    Jim and I enjoyed the private show of navigating the first lock. It was interesting to watch the ship's radar pivot nearly flat to the surface of the ship. The captain's bridge also lowered to accommodate passing under the lock door.

    This was the first time that I witnessed a massive vertical door at the front of the lock compared to swinging doors. When we descended to the requisite elevation and the door rose and allowed the ship to pass under, we didn't think about the dripping water coming down from the bottom of the door onto the deck and subsequently us. We have now officially been baptized by the Rhine.

    After a great breakfast and a passage through a second lock, we learned about the day's excursion to the Black Forest and the German lake town of Titisee. As we discussed plans for the day, Jim C decided that skipping three hours of coach time and choosing instead to remain on the boat to read and relax was the perfect option. I opted to take the excursion that was scheduled to begin about 45 minutes after we reached our 1 p.m. scheduled mooring location at Breisach.

    Before the excursion we met some very sweet women from the UK. We shared details of our Europe trip and exchanged grandchildren stories. It was nice to make a connection.

    I hopped on our coach, and I enjoyed having less people and more space. Our guide was a Bucks County, Pennsylvania native, and he was quite informative about the villages and towns that we passed through on the way to Titisee.

    Among the things that I learned:

    Germans are not fond of green asparagus preferring instead to cover the plants blocking the production of chlorophyll resulting in a less bitter white asparagus.

    Rows of corn growing in the fields were for the production of animal feed and ethanol.

    Germany subsidizes solar energy, reducing the cost of panels by 90%

    This region is the warmest part of Germany, and excellent for growing grapes and wine production.

    The Black Forest is named because of the dense nature of the forest comprised of deciciduous and evergreen trees. The trees include maples, ash beech, and silver pine. Non-native Douglas Fir trees, prolific in Oregon, are planted to replace harvested trees as they grow faster.

    For a few centuries, avaikable single women in the Black Forest region wear a Bollenhut, straw hats adorned with red pom poms at festivals as part of traditional clothing. Married women wear black hats.

    Our coach had a few segments on the Autobahn, the famed stretches of highway where no speed limit is enforced, except for busses and trucks. We watched as several cars whizzed by us as we traveled at about 70 mph.

    As we navigated the hilly villages, we saw operating farmhouses and inns that had been in operation for over five hundred years. We noticed several hanggliders preparing for a large competition this weekend.

    Our guide pointed out two huge ski jumps, and the opening "agony of defeat" line from Wide World of Sports and my entrenched inner voice uttering "Oh Hell No!" sprung into action.

    We finally reached the town of Titisee, famed for its lake, cuckoo clocks and Black Forest Gateau. I have to admit that I enjoyed the trip to Titisee much more that the actual experience in town. If Leavenworth, WA and Joseoh, OR has a love child, it would be Titisee. While the surroundings were beautiful, the existence of souvenir shops pedaling cuckoo clocks, Black Forest Ham, cheese and the like diminished the experience.

    I did go to a local Kaffee house and tried the Black Forest cake and a latte. It was really quite good. I asked if I could get a box to go so I could bring back a slice to Jim. Although I was given an affirmative response, I instead received a slice in a pastry bag that I placed in my day pack, much to the horror and audible gasp of the proprietor. I was worried for a moment that I m might have ruined Black Forest/U.S. Relations, but I think we're good.

    I made my way back to the coach for the journey back to the two-hour journey to the boat. On the way back, we passed through Freiburg, a hub city in the Black Forest. It's known for its wine and university. We learned that Germany provides tuition-free higher education for all Germans as well as all residents of the European Union who can speak German at a collegiate level.

    I also learned that Germany accidentally bombed Freiburg during WWII and didn't acknowledge it unto the 80's. While much of the city was also destroyed by the RAF, it was rebuilt to mirror its pre-war appearance.

    When I returned to the ship, I joined Jim for a Captain's reception, and then we had an intimate reserved dinner in the ship's Bistro. The service and food were excellent.

    It's time for bed. Tomorrow, we will wake up in France. Guten Nacht!
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    Marvin Newton

    I think the main question is … how did the slice of cake fare in the bag?

    Jim Fotter

    picture to follow 🙃

    Kevin Waring

    I'll send you one of my favorite songs. Little White Asparagus Blues.

  • Day4

    3ter Tag .

    October 13, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Wieder viel los. Dank EP APP aber kein Problem. Das Virtuele anstehen funktioniert echt super. Erst war es dicht Nebelig aber gegen mittag kam die Sonne, so wurde es noch ein sehr schöner tag im Park.

  • Day5

    4ter und letzter Parktag

    October 14, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Heute ist wunderschönes Wetter,der Park ist übervoll. Wartezeiten von ca 1 Std. sind angesagt. Dank APP nicht für uns, wir fahren was die APP uns als nächstes vorschlägt ist aber ok. Leider sind nur Gefühle 50% der Futtergrippen offen, schlägt sich natürlich auf die Wartezeit und meine Laune nieder 🤬. Schließlich bekommen wir einen guten Platz im Europapark Rock Cafe wo es neben guten Bürgern auch jede Menge zum Fotografieren gibt.Read more

  • Day3


    July 30, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    … und so fahren wir über Rust eher den Hauptstrassen entlang …

    Gruss an Alle drei. Marteli [Altermatt]


    … jo, ausgerichtet - von allen einen zurück … 🇩🇪👋🤗


    Danke [Altermatt]

  • Day21

    Hoch, höher, Europapark

    September 20, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Grandioser Tag, weil grandioses Wetter, kaum längere Wartezeiten als 20 min und deshalb mehrfache Fahrt mit Bluefire, Silverstar & Co. 🎢

    Wir lieben es!
    Europapark: danke, dass es dich gibt 🙏🏼 😁

  • Day3

    … Unterbodenwäsche … 😜

    July 30, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    … ja, an dieser Stellen radeln wir noch durch - etwas später kreuzt ein „Fluss“ unseren Weg mit sehr vielen Mücken und da war Endstation … 🤨

    Mary Saner


  • Day3

    Tag 2 im Park.

    October 12, 2021 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Heute war weniger los. Wartezeit ok ca. 10 min, mit Virtuellem Anstehen 1 min. Haben beim Abendessen nachgezählt ca 21 Attraktionen haben wir genossen. Schön wenn es Morgen auch so wäre.

  • Day2

    Tag 1 im Park.

    October 11, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Sehr viel los, Wartezeit pro Fahrgeschäft ca. 45 min. Sehr schön Dekoriert im Hallowien Look.

    Robert Aigner

    Die Wartezeit wäre mir zu lange. Andererseits hat man Zeit die Figuren zu bestaunen und zu bewundern. 👻👺🤡👻

    Manfred Aigner

    Hoffen das es besser wird.

  • Day2

    2. den, Europa Park

    April 19, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Kedze cesta z Mnichova zabrala vdaka zapcham o hodinu a pol viac ako mala, tak sme sa rychlo ubytovali a hajde do parku. BTW, upgradovali nam ubytko - mame apartman so 6 izbami, obrovskou terasou a dvomi kupelnami, z toho jedna obrovska s virivkou.

    V Europa parku sme sa stihli trochu rozhliadnut, absolvovali sme jazdu EP expresom okolo arealu a prve atrakcie: Matterhorn-blitz, Atlantis Adventure, Cassandra's Curse, Euro-mir, Eurosat - Cancan Coaster, Swiss Bob Run a Jungfrau Glacier Flight. Mierne adrenalinovy Matterhorn-Blitz s nami hned na zaciatku absolvovala aj Majka, ktora si inak kratila cas cakanim na nas navrat z adrenalinov zazitkovymi atrakciami typu Sleig Ride Snowflake - po proste same vlaciky, lodicky a podobne “atrakcie”. Nas zatial najviac oslovil Euro-Mir, ktory sme dali hned dva razy a raz sa nam podarilo natocit aj GoPro videjko (zatial nezostrihana verzia tu: - staci sledovat od 2:57 min).

    No a v noci to prislo, Reb zavelila a dali sme prve dva top adrenaliny: Wodan - Timburcoaster ( a Blue fire Megacoaster powed by Gazprom ( - oba v islandskej casti parku. Co dodat, bol to riadny brutal, prvy prepad a rychlost na Wodane i looping na Megacosteri, bocne nasobne rotacie i jazda dole hlavou. Vsetko s paradnym nocnym osvetlenim. Snad staci dodat, ze Reb mala po skonceni jazdy na Blue Fire Magacoasteri tepovu frekvenciu 134!!! Po nocnej veceri na hoteli a jednom (ja dvoch) drinku sme padli do postele. Zajtra nas caka Silver Star!!! ... uz teraz sa nam trasu kolena ;)
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Diebolsheim, ديبولشيم, دیبلسهایم, Дибольсайм, Díwelse, 67230, Диболсхајм, Дібольсайм, 迪耶博尔桑

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