Slip slidin away, today!
Trip Start Dec 09, 2012
9Trip End Dec 20, 2012
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Where I stayed
Amacerto River Boat
What I did
Thurn and Taxis Palace
St. Peter's Cathedral, Regensburg
We are stuck on the boat because during the night is rained and there is ice everywhere. Sitting here in our room I've watch people fall as they tried to walk up a very mild grade. This morning walking tours were postponed and basically here we sit.
I forgot to tell you about our gingerbread experience in Nuremberg. After our tour was finished yesterday the guide gave each person a huge, like 5inces big, gingerbread cookie and yes I did eat mine dog gone the consequences and it was melt in your mouth good.
Ok it’s now about six in the evening and Ron and I did venture into town shortly after noon. The places that had been salted or walked on were ok but the rest of the sidewalks were still slippery and we really had to watch our steps.
We chose not to wait for the city tours because well we were bored and figured we could see the sights just as well on our own.
Now after all of that sightseeing I needed some retail therapy so off to one of the many Christmas we went. In Regensburg we saw all sorts of different booths. Some sold wooden ornaments others glass ornaments, many sold food and drink. Which speaking of drink at the Christmas Markets in each town they serve warm wine in specially designed cups so a cheap souvenir is getting a drink and then keeping the cup all for about 5 Euro.
Ok a couple of other interesting Regensburg facts, BMW is one of the largest employers in the area. Also, Pope Benedict XVI was born in Regensburg and Oskar Schindler, of “Schindler’s List” fame once call Regensburg home.
Now how about some interesting facts about Bavaria, first of all Bavaria is located in the southeast of Germany and is the largest of the sixteen federal states, by area, in Germany. It is bordered on the south by the Alps making it one of the prettiest parts of Germany and great for ski enthusiasts. The capital of Bavaria is Munich and it is famous for its annual Oktoberfest. King Ludwig II built some amazing castles in Bavaria the most famous being Neuschwanstein.
In general German is spoken by all, but much like in the States there are different dialects in different areas so sometimes even though everyone is speaking German another German may not understand what is being said.
We have left the canal where we started our cruise and are now traveling down the Danube river. The river begins in the Black Forest and empties into the Black Sea in the south. It is Europe’s second longest river at 1,795 miles. The Danube traverses ten countries going west to east and unites some very diverse people, religions, and cultures. Along its shore monasteries, castles, and palaces can all be seen at one time or another.
Ok I know today’s blog isn’t as long as usual but I have run out of things to say so for now,
Luv to all,
Ron and Ann