Solar farmAugust 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C
A lot of solar farms as you travel through Germany.
A lot of solar farms as you travel through Germany.
In Passau we had dinner in the specialty restaurant. It was small plates, paired with wine served in an intimate setting. Just wonderful. Also three great classical artists came on board to perform. The program was mostly clasical but some show tunes and gypsy selections.
11th August 2017
Hi kid. I've attached some interior photos of the boat. Quiet nice but after being on a big cruise boat this is really different. Mostly old people on this boat...lot older. Sometime feels like a rest home where everyone looks forward to meal times. We have done all the outings so far. Bed is smaller then the hotels but comfy. They clean our room twice a day. Staff are friendly and professional.
Must admit the food is superb and presentation is fancy. We got invited to the Chef's table last night (similar to captains table). Got served 7 course dinner.....amazing flavours. We are blossoming.
Tomorrow we have to change ships. Apparently because of the river levels we can't proceed in this boat to Amsterdam. We are changing to the sister ship Ama Venita which is exactly the same as this boat Ama Reina.Read more
Crossed the border into Germany. Took the train again and now heading to Passau to re meet our boat. Had a lovely surprise on this trip with opera singers entertaining us. Singing songs from The Sound of Music etc. Awesome and very memorable. Disappointed to find out a few discrepancies in the movie of the The Sound of Music and the actual facts. She was 27 .He was 42. They did not escape over the hills to Switzerland as over the hills would have lead them straight to Hitlers hideaway called Eagles Nest.They just popped down the road and got a mini train to freedom. Also they had 2 more children and there landed up being 9 children in total.Read more
We spent most of the day cruising the river but docked at Passau in the afternoon. Was a lovely town and had a very nice Christmas market. This was the last Christmas market we will see because tomorrow is 24 December. Everything is closed on the 24th and traditions are such that it is a day of rest. They have a special thing they do at 10:30 when they eat pretzels and drink beer. In the evening after dinner We had a visit from the local Bavarian Umpah band and they were very entertaining. They played the spoons and they did the heel/foot/side slapping dance, they also played the drinking song MANY timesRead more
The Umpah band lead everyone in the chicken dance, then the Congo Line and lots of fun. After they finished our resident muso played on with lots of music from the good old days, lots of dancing, singing and drinking followed
Boat stopped this morning at Durnstein. Beautiful quaint village in the countryside of Austria. Reminded me of the old parts of France.
This is where Richard the Lion Heart was held prisoner in the castle.
After the worst breakfast to date, things didn't get easier as it was freezing cold and wet. In 30 minutes my hands were so cold I couldn't brake (travelling light - no gloves).
All shops shut - what's going on? Whit Monday of course. Worse than a Sunday as I had no provisions prepared. A café was sought out opposite a church and coffee and pancake bought time and warmth. A group of old (possibly older than me) men were drinking beer and playing cards and tolerated me taking their photo.
I dived into another cafe and avoided a downpour while eating good fish soup and fish sausages.
Reached Passau early and had to decide whether to continue into quiet Austria or stay put. The weather decided for me - too cold and wet to continue despite brief sunny spells.
Booked into youth hostel but reaching it was another matter. It's located within a schloss up a rock face and going up Whernside is easier. Worth it though for comfort, value and spectacular views : the main photo is from my bedroom window.Read more
Alleys where shoulders can almost touch each building, passing cars drive on the curb so we can pass, drindl and laderhosen everywhere, biggest organ in the world, red potted geraniums all all possible places, Passau, after floods and fires, is neat and new(er) and very story book. Glacial reasons makes the river smell like the ocean, there are picnics and full cafes, Saturday markets .... very holiday.
Today was about as packed as I can handle, in a good way.
Target of 110 km meant an early start and keeping pedalling.
Coffee break was taken from a small village shop (a cyclist gave me directions).
Lunch in Ingolstadt - viewed two churches and got part of a well attended organ recital. Then went to see the old anatomy school, used by Mary Shelley as the setting for Dr Frankenstein (see pic).
Hail and heavy showers in the afternoon.
Rode part of the way with Gunther and we caught the ferry together for the last 5 km into Kelheim. Very scenic trip through a gorge which also saved us having to cycle over another hill.
Staying in Kelheim youth hostel tonight.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Lower Bavaria, Niederbayern, Basse-Bavière, Bassa Baviera, Nedre Bayern