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    • Day 48

      Fünf Fotos-Rhine Cruise Day 7

      May 31, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      This morning the M.S. Henry Chaucer left Koblenz around 7 a.m. enroute to our final mooring spot of Köln (Cologne) Germany.

      As we were making it up the river, our guide let us know that we would be passing a key WWII site soon, the remnants of the Ludendordf Bridge, a key strategic crossing in Remagen that was a critical pivot point to end the war in Europe.

      As American forces were planning to make a Rhine River crossing they were surprised to discover that the Germans had failed to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge. Fortuitously for Allied forces, this allowed the U.S. Army to get across the Rhine and to build adjacent pontoon bridges for strategic crossing. Germany made several attrmpts to destroy the bridge, and nearby civilians were killed by bombing campaigns. Hitler also ordered the execution of German officers for the failed demolition attempts.

      On March 17th, the bridge ultimately collapsed, killing some American troops who fell into the frigid Rhine or were trapped under heavy bridge sections. A day after Memorial Day, we were reminded of their sacrifice and the likelihood that other lives were spared by reduced weeks of battle.

      Here is some news footage from this event:

      In 1965, Remagen Mayor Hans P. Kürten wanted to commensurate the spot where the bridge once stood. Fifteen years later, his dream was realized and the Peace Bridge Memorial was created. The lives of Americans and Germans lost in the battle are memorialized.

      It was moving to pass by the memorial and to see the U.S. flag flying above.

      "Every day let us work for peace with our mind and heart.
      Each person should begin with himself."
      H.P. Kürten

      We arrived in Köln around noon, noting the dominant structure of the Köln Cathedral in the cityscaoe. We decided to take a trip into the city to get clothes laundered, to find our upcoming lodging, and to familiarize ourselves with the neighborhood where we'll be.

      When we departed from the coach that took us to town, we noticed a striking statue with a nun, but also with a star of David and a sculpted pile of shoes. When I saw the Star of David and the shoes, my mind immediately returned to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I will never forget the image of piles of shoes of those murdered. I knew that I needed to learn more about the statue and the significance of the nun.

      We learned that the Statue portrays Edith Stein (Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce) a member of the Discalced (shoeless) Carmelite nun. She was raised in Jewish faith, became agnostic in her teen years, and she earned her Doctorate and became a teacher. She was forced to leave teaching because she couldn't earn an Aryan Certificate. She then became a nun and she was part of the effort to try to stop Nazi persecution of Jews until she was among those rounded up and murdered at Auschwitz.
      She is now one of the patron saints of Germany.

      This experience highlights the opportunity that I hope to continue to embrace in my lifetime: to explore the world with curiosity and to be a lifelong learner. I have been very fortunate to have had so many similar opportunities in my time in Europe to date.

      After leaving the Statue of St Teresia, we looked for the address of our next accommodations. We are excited about the neighborhood. It reminds us of the tree-lined neighborhoods in Barcelona.

      We stopped for a beer at a nearby café and then dropped by the laundromat. Although we were only there briefly to drop off laundry, I noticed the comfortable sitting area, several books available and Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing softly in the background.

      We decided to figure out the metro system, abs we took a route to the Cathedral. We do plan a visit back so I will comment more about it in a later post, but it's absolutely magnificent. It was an added bonus that organ music resonated throughout our visit.

      I think it could be possible to get a bit weary of European cathedrals, but that's not been the case. It is interesting that the cathedrals seem to draw more attention to tourists than church attendees. Regardless, they are beautiful works of art.

      As we left the grounds of the cathedral, we noticed a perfume store selling Cologne's trademark perfume mentioned by our cruise director: The Original Eau de Cologne 4711 created in 1708 is named after its location at Glockengasse No. 4711. I took a whiff, snd I would describe it as a formulation of citrus and floral scents. I've never heard of it, and I have no idea how widely known it is in America. The Brits on board certainly knew the reference.

      We returned to our boat for a last night cocktail and spectacular several course dinner. Jim C had an eggplant dish, and I had the Beef Wellington. Dessert was Baked Alaska which was served in a procession with sparklers.

      It's been a fine cruise, and we're excited about our next adventure. Guten Nacht!
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    • Day 3

      3. Tag Köln

      August 22, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Am Morgen genossen wir die Rheinfahrt in Richtung Köln, vorbei an den vielen Kohlekraftwerken.

      Nach einem leckeren Light Lunch startete unsere Brauhaus Tour durch die Altstadt von Köln. Die sympathische Reiseführerin Ulli führe uns durch die Stadt und zeigte uns drei verschiedene Brauhäuser. Natürlich durften wir da auch ein leckeres Kölsch trinken.

      So erkundigten wir nun die Brauhäuser erfrischt und gestärkt. Ulli , eine Urkölnerin, erklärte uns viele interessante Dinge auf eine Art und Weise, die zum lachen und mitdenken anregte.

      Etwas müde von den vielen Eindrücken lassen wir den Abend gemütlich auf dem Schiff ausklingen und werden ein leckeres Bœuf bourguignon in der Brasserie des Schiffes geniessen.
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    • Day 1

      Airtanker - more like airwanker

      May 15, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      The first 2018 kite trip starts off in a best possible way (not!) as upon entering the aircraft we realize it's basically a troop transporter. Chairs hard like wood, no entertainment system, not even a charging port. Also they run out of beer after the first "meal".

      But it was cheap right you will tell me.
      Nope. 1100 CHF for a simple transatlantic trip is NOT cheap. To keep things in perspective, the tickets to New York were 500 CHF. Disastrous. Thank you very much Eurowings.

      And yum yum the "meatballs" and "sandwich".
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    • Day 101

      Tag 79 Köln Marina

      August 24, 2021 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      Heute sind 96 km auf dem Rhein geplant. Eine ganz schöne Strecke denkt man. Aber ab jetzt gibt's ja nicht das Wharp Segel, sondern die Wharp Unterstützung des Rheins. Mit 10 km/h geht's aus dem Hafen. Direkt nach der Ausfahrt gibt's einen Klapps aufs Hinterteil unserer Laufente und ab geht die Luzi. Mit 17 km/h, stellenweise sogar 19 km/h preschen wir durch die Fluten. Endlich werden einzelne ältere Fahrradfahrer überholt. Der Wind steht gegenan und es bauen sich beachtliche Windwellen auf. Unsere Laufente hüpft über die Wellen und unsere Herzen hüpfen mit. Alle Herzen??? Zwei nicht. Nach kurzer Zeit ist der Spuk beendet.
      Im Sauseschritt geht es vorbei an Neuwied, Andernach, Bad Hönningen, Remagen, Bad Honnef mit dem Rolandsbogen und Königswinter mit Drachenfels und -burg. Auch der "Lange Eugen" bleibt im Kielwasser.
      Um 15:00 Uhr ist unser Ziel erreicht. Wir liegen im sicheren Hafen unterhalb der futuristischen Kranhäuser, fußläufig von der Altstadt entfernt. Diese wird morgen erobert.
      Am kommenden Freitag erreichen wir denYachtclub Rheinberg bei Rees. Am Samstag verlassen Petra und Gaby die Laufente. Falls uns jemand an diesem Tag besuchen möchte, ist er herzlich willkommen. Ein kaltes Getränk oder ein Kaffee steht für jeden bereit und "White Cloud" würde sich über eine Besichtigung freuen.
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    • Day 102

      Tag 80 Köln Marina

      August 25, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Sightseeing, Sightseeing und nochmals Sightseeing. Wir lassen uns den ganzen Tag durch Köln treiben. Petra und ich waren schon oft hier, haben aber mal wieder etwas Neues gelernt. Zum Mittag bestellten wir uns jeder ein Kölsch. Was auch sonst in Köln. Sie waren noch nicht ganz leer, da standen schon zwei Neue als Reserve daneben. Verdutzt schauten wir auf und der Köbes erklärte uns, wenn ihr keins mehr haben wollt, müsst ihr den Bierdeckel aufs Glas legen. Tja ..., was soll man machen und wir leerten die Reserve.
      Mal sehen, was wir in unserer letzten Woche noch für wichtige Dinge lernen werden.
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    • Day 2


      August 12, 2023 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

      Auto untergebracht für die nächste Woche, jetzt geht es zum Schiff, auf dem Schiff angekommen und Köln Richtung Amsterdam verlassen.

    • Day 4


      November 22, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Heute Vormittag Besuch der Märkte in Rotterdam, Markthalle und Binnenrotte mit rund 400 Ständen. Nachmittags große Hafenrundfahrt bis zum Sperrwerk und Panoramafahrt durchs abendliche Rotterdam.

    • Day 1

      Schokoladenmuseum Köln

      June 23, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Nachdem wir in Köln angekommen waren ging es direkt ins Schokoladenmuseum. Wir hatten Glück denn das Museum war noch ziemlich leer. Anschließend ging es über den Rhein zur Deutzer Brücke. André wollte sich die Drehbrücke anschauen. Leider wird die schon seit Jahren renoviert. Die Kinder konnten aber nich eine Weile spielen bus es zurück zum Auto ging.Read more

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