Leaving the Danube behind…now the Rhine/Main/Danube Canal. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Catching up, as promised, with Joe Miller’s photos from the Regensburg tour yesterday afternoon.  Joe gave Chip his chip on the ship this morning.

IMG_0723 This is part of an old Roman wall still existing in Regensburg.

IMG_0727The Baroque church in Regensburg.

The University is a dominating force here and the students were out in the streets for the Regensburg version of the Ocktoberfest…the main one is also held here in Bavaria in Munich.  Parades, costumes and drinking halls are the main parts of the celebrations.  The students here are taking part on their day off from medical studies.

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Last night was a ship’s party (still don’t know why they held it the night before last night).  We thought the Captain would attend, but he must have been shepherding us through some more of these locks that are happening one after the other now that we are headed into the Canal.

Joe was able to isolate the couples celebrating at our table.

IMG_0738First, the Millers, who provided the photos for the day and got us all organized to go on this trip.  Later this month, they move into their new condo in Bonita Springs, FL.

IMG_0737Next, the Stewarts of Kiawah (he claims that he could dunk the basketball in high school; thus the nickname, Slick, was given to him by Greg Sofie).

IMG_0740And, the Strohmeyers of Franklin Lakes, NJ fame.  Friends of the Stewarts since the 1970’s.  Now, ours, too…they will visit us in Florida this winter, right, Marianne?

And, the RoachsIMG_0734 Note the jacket and pocket handkerchief for dress-up night….and the Nance’s lovely blue.

Today, we sail north to a stop at Roth for meeting busses (sorry, motor coaches), so that we can go to Nuremberg for tours.  We are headed to learn more about Nazis and the trials that ensued here after WWII.  We return to Roth to catch the ship, which ends up docking in Nuremberg later.  (It’s really busy there and they are repairing the port).  We get off early tomorrow to head to Prague.

We had an on-board education man today – about the canal and the locks.  Mr. Daniel was terrific.  And we were in the really deep lock as he spoke.

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So strange to be listening to a lecture about boats in locks and see the photo of a boat in a lock and to, then, look away from the screen and see that your own boat is in a lock descending about 80 feet.  Eerie (no, not the Erie Canal).

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So, the lock door at the bow starts to rise, we leave the lock much lower, but the lock structure is huge as we look aft.

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DSC_0842 Oddly, Kris Strid asked us to look up Mad King Ludwig, since she had found him fascinating on a trip here in 1957 with her grandmother.  Krissy, they had this photo of him (or his grandpa) as a part of the lecture today, since he started digging a predecessor canal in the 1850’s.  It failed as a venture, but he was quite a forward thinking guy and had lots of Deutchmarks to employ thousands of diggers way back then.

We’ll sign off now and rejoin you after we learn about the Nuremberg trials, etc this afternoon.  Nancy has already packed up for our Prague trip tomorrow…bags in the hall by 6AM.  We will stay at the Intercontinental Hotel for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Bags out Monday at 5AM.  And we’re paying for this?

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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