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  • Day31

    Miltenberg

    April 25, 2017 in Germany

    We arrived in Miltenberg two hours earlier than scheduled (no queues at the locks!) and I was keen to go ashore to explore. Gunther, our guide, said that it was only a small place with one street but I was needing to strech my legs anyway. What a lovely surprise it was, the one street was a delightful old village road with houses built in 1600's down narrow cobblestone lanes.

    It was very fairytale like and we seemed to have the area to ourselves. Quaint shops were in the first few hundred meters and as the road narrowed it turned into hotels and pubs. You had the impression this area would come alive in the evening. Even further on the street turned into the residential area where people lived with modernised interiors to these lovely old houses.

    A few of us climbed up to the remains of the fortification wall and towers that surround the upper edge of the town. The view of the town was rewarding and the park like gardens behind the wall were very green. As we walked back to the boat we were amused to see a statue of three boys doing their business outside a public WC.

    That afternoon we were bused around in groups of 6 to 10 and hosted with locals in their homes for afternoon tea. I thought it would be a bit awkward but it turned out to be very interesting and our hosts very friendly.
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  • Day31

    Locks galore

    April 25, 2017 in Germany

    We left the Rhine river and started cruising the Main river. The sunshades on the sundecks were lowered and the deck closed as we entered a section of river with 30 plus locks and many low bridges.

    We are getting used to locks but they have not lost their fascination for me yet. The river boats like ours are all made the maximum width and sometimes when we are in the locks only a few centimeters are free on each side. It's odd to look up and see a wall next to your window instead of pretty scenery.

    The photos below show some we went though during the day, taken through the front lounge window.
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  • Day29

    Germany / Miltenberg

    August 15, 2017 in Germany

    15th August 2017.
    This morning we are sailing up to Miltenberg. Amazing views along the way. Dont know how the grape vines don't wash away. Must be hard work at harvest time. During the morning Mr Ittigg gave us a glassblowing demonstration. He was amazing. I had to buy a little memento. This afternoon we are going on a treasure hunt in Miltenberg.

  • Day30

    Germany/ Miltenberg

    August 16, 2017 in Germany

    Did walk tour through the town. Very picturesque and old. This is a lovely town and the oldest in the Bavarian area.
    Old area ( Franconia). The houses on the hill side are actually built into the rock mountain. All these houses have underground cellers for storing beer. Lots of local wine and beer makers live here and store their booze in very deep cellers.

  • Day11

    Bovaria. Fun guide to emerge to land with. Showed us timber house construct packed with “sweet roses” (horse poo), a witches house only called so as it was a springboard for the motive of burning people you envied and he could show us where on the wall that happened, and a brewery ....after so many missed meals, the snapps tasted great but my land legs turned sea legs instantly.

    The well where locals got water (and whatever else washed down there) and the boys “peeing in the stairs” statue was a highlight though. Felt a price of home right there with me.

    Coco🌻
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  • Day19

    Miltenberg

    May 13, 2015 in Germany

    We spent a leisurely morning taking photos from the entryway since the sun deck has been closed. They had to remove it completely so that the ship can pass under the bridges on the Main River. Heather the park ranger was able to get the generic battery charger to work on her Nikon 7000. Chatted with Sam from Taiwan while outside. I took a photo of Cruise Director Sacha and a colleague, which he wants to extract and post on the ship's display board. We have an excursion this afternoon into the small German town of Miltenburg.

    Miltenburg was magnificent. The half-timbered houses make one believe he is in the middle of a German fairy tale. Our affable Scotch-German guide led us through the medieval town, and then we had several hours on our own. I had an apple pastry and coffee at a local coffee shop. First, we found a way inside the big Catholic Church (we are now in Catholic Bavaria). I set up the tripod to take some high quality photos of the interior. Then we went to the Catholic parish church for more shots. Next Glenda went to find a shop that had a garment she liked, while I went back to find the site overlooking the town. I found myself alone on the path; I was a bit fearful, so I turned around and went back to the Catholic Church to refine my photos.

    Miltenberg boasts the oldest hotel in Germany, the Gasthaus zum Riesen. Guests include Napoleon and Elvis Presley.

    A right-wing group planned to have a political demonstration in the plaza outside the Catholic Church. They applied for the proper permits and received them. As they were having their demonstration, however, the priest started ringing the church bells so loudly that the demonstration could not proceed. He was tried and fined for disturbing the peace and for preventing a lawful demonstration. The citizens of the town paid his fine. When his bishop moved him to another parish, the priest received a considerable promotion.

    We were to meet at the Maypole at 6 pm, so I headed there, stopping all along the way for photos. Two members of our party were missing, so we were delayed nearly an hour trying to find them. Cruise Director Sacha was attempting to pack the returning buses as densely as possible, and he asked for volunteers to transfer to another bus. Glenda volunteered, and as we boarded the second bus some folks must have concluded that we were the ones who were tardy. I had a lovely dinner of hazel nut encrusted cod with Len and Sandy from Sacramento, and Heather and Don from San Francisco. Heather showed me her pictures from Antelope Canyon, AZ a and gave me some practical advice on scheduling a guide. After the 9 pm briefing on tomorrow's visit to Rothenburg, we came back to the stateroom and got ready for bed.
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  • Day29

    Half-Timber Buildings Miltenberg

    July 17, 2016 in Germany

    A very high concentration of these half-timber houses here in Miltenberg, Bavaria. The colored timber frame is erected and provides all the strength in the building. The white areas are then filled with straw and traditionally plastered both inside and out with mud - guess they'd use cement plaster now. Not a lot invested in plumb and level lines to the framing as some pics show. It just needed to stand securely...which interestingly, they do, despite what our "modern" specs call for. I wonder how many plumb and level buildings built in 2016 will be still standing in the year 2,600? And looking as good as these??Read more

  • Day7

    Nur noch 1 Tag und 1x schlafen...

    September 5, 2016 in Germany

    Wow, morgen um diese Zeit sitze ich schon am Flughafen ✈ und erfülle mir endlich meinen Traum :)

    "Wenn nicht jetzt, wann dann?"
    Nach dem Abi und Studium hat es nicht geklappt und nun heißt es: jetzt oder nie! Ich würde es sonst mein ganzes Leben lang bereuen - klar kann auch viel schiefgehen, aber dann habe ich es wenigstens probiert - wer nicht wagt, der nicht gewinnt ;)

    So, mal kurz zusammengefasst:
    Die to-do-liste wird zum Glück immer kürzer :)
    a) Entscheidung ist schon längst getroffen und damit auch der krasse Sparplan aktiviert
    b) Familie & Freunde schon längst informiert
    -->Danke nochmal für das Verständnis und die Unterstützung, ihr seid die Besten :-*
    c) Beide Jobs gekündigt
    -->Auch hier danke an die Kollegen für die netten Worte und den Abschied
    d) WG-Zimmer gekündigt und umgezogen
    -->Hat auch gut funktioniert, sogar am Ende doch noch die zwei Möbel losbekommen und mit Wennel-Eis-Belohnung umgezogen
    e) Behördengänge erledigt
    -->Gar nicht so einfach, gibt vieles zu beachten
    (Arbeitsamt, Krankenkasse, Versicherungen, Ärzte etc)
    f) Reisevorbereitungen getroffen
    - Reisepass, Impfpass, Int. Führerschein
    - Passbilder, Visa
    - Langzeit-Auslandskrankenversicherung
    - Banken & Finanzen
    - Backups
    g) Vorpacken
    - Ausrüstung vorhanden
    - An alles gedacht? (s. Packliste)
    - Ich bin mit meiner Idee, nur mit Handgepäck zu reisen leider kläglich gescheitert :(

    Allerdings versuche ich bei einer Größe von 1,62 und 48kg trotzdem auf max 10kg des großen Rucksacks zu kommen, damit mein Rücken das auch mitmacht :)

    Ich hoffe einfach, dass ich an alles gedacht habe - wobei ich wohl treu dem deutschen Vorurteil ganz schön viel gemacht habe (u.a. auch einen Selbstverteidigungskurs).

    Danke nochmal an alle, die mir geholfen haben:
    - In erster Linie Familie & Freunde
    V&I für Umzug, Aufnahme & Home Basis
    G&N weil ihr einfach immer da seid
    C&O super cooles Geschenk
    S du bist einfach die Beste
    J für die Handyberatung und die Geduld
    DO für das Abschiedsgrillen
    - N als großes Vorbild für diese Entscheidung
    - A für die Tipps & Ausstattung der Reiseapotheke
    - Und allen anderen, die ich evtl vergessen habe sry :(

    Morgen dann noch die letzten Vorbereitungen treffen und dann heißt es auch schon:
    Rucksack auf und los geht's ;)

    (Natürlich mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge)

    Englisch-Version spare ich mir heute mal ;)
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