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  • Day25

    Notorious Nuremberg

    October 5, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nuremberg's recent history is rather notorious, but the good thing is that the city doesn't shy away from its role in the period up to and including World War II.
    No leisurely lie-in this particular morning as we were due to head off at 8.15am for a tour of Nuremberg. We had another Scottish - born guide who was very pleasant, knowledgeable and informative. She is at least the third such guide we have encountered - Scottish born, long-term German resident and married with family to a local spouse. Is it a form of Scottish emigration that we were hitherto unaware of? Could it be that the Scots are always able to find better quality partners overseas? At least that's Brian's line and he is sticking to it.
    It was about a 15 minute drive to our first stop, the ruins of the giant and infamous Zeppelinfeld parade ground which was the scene of Hitler's Nazi rallies. One has to be there to really appreciate the extent of Hitler's megalomania and the scale of the buildings that he commissioned and his architect Albert Speer designed. To give an idea of size, some 700000 Nazi Party supporters attended the 6th party congress in 1934. Sufficient of the structures, including the grand platform from which Hitler harangued the party faithful, remain. One can get some idea of his megalomania by visiting this and other nearby structures, including an overscale copy of the Roman Colliseum which was never fully completed. Sheer madness.
    From there, we drove past the courthouse building where the famous Nazi war trials took place.
    We then headed to the other side of Nuremberg where our guide took us for a walk around part of the old city. It is certainly very attractive and boasts the biggest enclosed area of any walled city anywhere.
    We were then free to wander round and explore for a couple of hours. Nuremberg has a lot of interesting old buildings as well as some excellent shops. We lost a bit of time while Brian searched out a camera shop where he could get a replacement lens cap for the new camera. Camera shops are few and far between these days so we were very pleased to have found one. We could have happily spent a lot longer in Nuremberg, but unfortunately time was limited as we had to move on. One good thing was that even though it was cold the rain held off for the entire day.
    We were leaving the Main river and setting off on the Main-Danube canal which links the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is a major engineering feat, being 171 kilometres long, and has 16 giant locks. Many of the passengers, us included, spent a couple of freezing but fascinating hours on the top deck as the ship manoeuvred its way through some of these locks, which are impressive engineering structures. Three of them each have lifts of 24.7 metres, and most of them are at least 15 metres. They are 12 metres wide,. making it a tricky feat to steer our 11.5 metre long ship in there without hitting the concrete sides. We calculated that the largest of the locks required over 50000 cubic metres of water each time to fill it, equivalent to more than 1000 times the volume of our pool back home. Each lock took over half an hour to navigate. We were very lucky though because we got green lights all the way. If there are other ships either ahead of us or coming towards us then we could get delayed for a long time.
    In the afternoon a guest lecturer came on board and gave us an excellent half hour illustrated presentation about the canal and its history, which really put things in perspective.
    It seems the original canal dates back to Roman times when, obviously, it would have been dug entirely by hand. Nowadays the locks are all controlled remotely from three control rooms.
    Early in the day we were told that we'd be meeting the sister ship to the Amaverde heading in the opposite direction. Then, later, we learned that it wouldn't be happening because the other ship had had to abandon its voyage due to the low water levels in the river system. In other words we were very lucky to have made it through without us having to be offloaded and put on buses.
    After dinner we relaxed in the lounge with a couple of drinks while the on-board entertainers played and sang songs from our era. Mary made a name for herself and received many compliments for her enthusiastic singing and dancing.
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    JK - perhaps next cruise, dad could be onboard IT and phone nav advisor, while mum works for her lodgings as cruise entertainment 😊


    I like that idea.


    There is a WWII memorial in Nuremberg we spent time reading when Joyce & I were there - a "never again" memorial. Bruce C

  • Day7


    August 19 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nuremberg, in English, is generally well known as the site of the war crimes trials after world war 2 and of the grounds where the Nazis held huge rallies (see another post). While Nürnberg is considered a center of the Renaissance in Germany, it is an older association that was the basis for the Nazi connection. Nürnberg was a major political center of the Holy Roman Empire. So it was of central importance for Hitler.
    The 1st picture is the restored Schönner Brunner fountain dating from the 14th century. The 2nd picture looks across the town square to the Church of Our Lady, the main church of Nürnberg. The 3rd picture is part of the Nürnberg Castle, and the 4th picture was taken through the portcullis into the castle courtyard as we arrived after it closed for the day.
    The 5th picture looks over the city from the castle battlements. The last picture is taken from one of the bridges over the river.
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  • Day10

    Day 10: Nürnberg

    July 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a night on a couch that feels like the Queen of England's bed, we get ready and have breakfast with Silvia, sharing hilarious anecdotes (she is really funny). Today, we will ride our bikes around a park with a lake, and have our picnic/dîner (at a Québecois time) with her.

    Nuremberg's bike lanes are really well-organized and drivers here are very patient with bikers, so our way there is really enjoyable. We check out the horrible and cold architecture of the buildings that used to be the wonders of the Nazi madness- and that now are nothing but forgotten stones next to a lake where duck families swim alien to human nature.

    We enjoy our meal in the park, and after that we head to the city centre again, where we walk around during our last hours in the city.
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    Monique Foraz

    Queen of England's bed, Canadian diner , Spanish humour, German history, Swiss time train precision, Vienese coffee , Italian ice cream.....

  • Day6

    Friday - Nuremberg!

    August 19, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    So somehow we managed to wake up at some ridiculously early hour on Friday morning to catch the five hour train to Nuremberg. Very comfortable, even though we were pretty much zombies at this point. (*TESSA* I risked my guts by ordering a dish from a german menu without knowing what it would be and a dumpling soup arrived. I was so happy!) We also enjoyed sharing our cabin with a couple of dogs, as it's common for people to bring their dogs on the train (which is legal too).

    Our hotel was a very short distance from the train station (and there is also a pub downstairs (*T* the cutest pub ever!!) which we took advantage of later). After a short time settling in, we did a walking tour of Nuremberg. It is a beautiful, picturesque city and Tessa couldn't keep the smile off her face the entire time. (*T* so much beauty, so much learning, so much frankonian pride and so many sausages - how could I be unhappy?!) We grabbed some beers and local Fraconian wines as well as the local speciality Rostbratwurst, small sausages served in threes.

    Following some shopping (*T* hellas yes, I bought a freaking amazing jacket) and a late three hour nap (in which we slept through our alarms), we headed downstairs to our hotel's pub for drinks and more meat than you could shack a stick at (*T* and gravy, sticky dumplings, etc. The highlight was a slow cooked peppered steak a lot like brisket. Let's face it, I'm here for the food). I had my first litre of beer of the trip, which will hopefully not be my last.
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    Sounds wonderful!!

    Vlady Peters, Celebrant

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Day312

    Day 313: Christmas Eve in Nuremberg

    December 24, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Decided to have a minor day out today. Went out in the morning to visit the famous Christmas markets in Nuremberg, which were quite nice. Not a whole lot that I hadn't seen before, but some excellent lebkuchen (gingerbread) which was tasty, and much nicer than others I've had elsewhere in Germany. It's a specialty of the region so unsurprising I guess.

    Got a video call from the family Christmas gathering while I was wandering which was nice, good to see everyone. Though I think they were a little bit disappointed that I wasn't with Schnitzel! Bought a couple of things for Shandos as well; fancy lebkuchen and a nice card. Can't exactly buy non-consumable physical objects given our situation!

    Headed home and spent the rest of the day inside, mostly just relaxing today.
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    Trish Forrester

    I think Shandos could handle travelling with an extra small piece of jewellery 😊

  • Day9

    Day 9: Nürnberg

    July 17, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Notre modeste expédition hispano-canadienne envisage aujourd'hui arriver à Nürnberg vers 15h. Pour cela on devra se réveiller vraiment tôt (vers 5h45). Cependant, par des raisons liés au terrain ou notre tente se localise je ne pourrai pas avoir un sommeil décent- et cela pèse sur le mood du binôme pendant la journée, car je suis de loin le plus festif des deux. En allant vers la gare, on croit voir un bébé scorpion.

    Malgré ça, Amé est vraiment douée pour trouver des trucs qui peuvent remonter mon état d'esprit. Après de prendre un train qui peut parfaitement contribuer au 25% des émissions de CO2 globales, elle prend l'initiative pour nous conduire jusqu'à un café à Jesenice (Slovenie) où tout coûte vraiment peu et le café est vraiment bon. On a l'impression qu'au delà de ce merveilleux endroit il y a peu de trucs qui se passent dans cette ville.

    Avec un peu de retard, on arrive dans cette ville allemande qui nous plaît beaucoup dès le premier moment. On rencontre notre host de couchsurfing (la fantastique Silvia) et on passe la soirée en connaissant les trucs plus typiques de la culture bavaroise: histoire de goûter les glaces, bières et saucisses locales. Avec les anecdotes superbes de Silvia (Amé est tellement bouleversée par elles qu'elle percute une lampadaire sans se rendre compte) on termine cette longue journée assez crevés.
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    Monique Foraz

    Pourquoi l'expedition est elle hispano canadienne? Ok pour l'Espagne, je vois le lien, mais qui est canadien(ne) ?Amélia? J'ai dû rater une étape... Mais en tout cas bravo pour toutes vos étapes au coeur de l'Europe, je me régale à vous lire. Continuez à bien vous amuser.

    Mikel Tobar

    Amé vient du Québec :)


    Cachotier. Je comprends mieux le Master en septembre prochain 😁. Continuons le voyage. Monique

  • Day1214

    Germany - Nuremberg

    July 9, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Came here as I found a cheap Ryanair flight from Poland on a whim really! So glad I came here, bit of an unknown gem this place and I wasn’t expecting much but it was so much better than I thought it would be. A medieval city built inside walls, very pretty and a lot of character and history with the Nuremberg trials! Also the best local beer I ever had was in the hostel I was staying at - it was called Schanzenbrau - Helles. Was beautiful! Would recommend here if you have a spare 3 days, it’s cheap and quiet compared to other major cities!Read more

  • Day313

    Day 314: Nuremberg Christmas

    December 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Christmas morning dawned, just as gloomy and overcast as every other day! Feels a little weird to just be inside all day, looking at Facebook and seeing everyone else's posts about their Christmas day while simultaneously doing nothing ourselves! Comes with the territory I guess. We traded our little gifts, consumed our consumables, but otherwise did very little all day. Obviously nothing was open, so we just stayed inside and cooked our own food.Read more

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