The real last night on the boat…Oct. 2, 2014

We toured the World War II exhibit in Nuremberg today as well as the Nazi stadium at what they called the DSC_0883

Hitler had all his major Nazi party rallies in Nuremberg for 10 years as he was gathering power.  Many of the biggest demonstrations occurred here at this field, which held 200,000 marchers.

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We spent most of our time at the Museum called the ????…located in one of the original Nazi-planned buildings that was never really finished.

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The museum was full of dramatic visual, audio and TV type images of the frenzy of belief, the disgusting reality of the hatred of people who were “different” or “inferior” and about the Trials after the war of the war’s criminals of the Nazi party.

It was a familiar pattern from earlier periods….and some of us are afraid that the US is doing this today with “different” people.  What do you think?

DSC_0907Could we be headed down this long hallway of hating too much?  Sorry…couldn’t help myself there.  But, it’s something we are very concerned about…the Nance and me.  We will continue to work for tolerance and peace.

A very moving experience in Nuremberg.  In the cafe, we were also moved by a friendly symbol in our Cappuccino.DSC_0908

Later, we lightened up the day with a champagne party, hosted by Joe and Marilyn in their stateroom (50% larger than the other 3 couples’ rooms) of 300 square feet.  Lovely space, view and hors d’oeuvres.  Two fireplaces made for a warm welcome.

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Here’s another group photo, taken by a passing crew member.  Luckily, we all tipped extravagantly, didn’t we?

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Another bottle was needed, so the experience hand of Lee Strohmeyer came to the rescue.  He was all “warmed-up”.


The gangplank was hoisted and we all went to another “last dinner” on the ship and the Captain actually attended tonight.  He has another group tomorrow afternoon after we get off the boat in the early AM.  Most all the crew has been caring and attentive except him…but we haven’t sunk yet, so we revere him, too, for his skills.  No photo of Captain what’s-his-name.


Nuremberg does have lots of history and remnants of an old city wall and tall portals abound.  The Trials were held at their city court house and the intricate weaving together of the process has lessons that have been learned and applied at the World Court at The Hague, which we glimpsed last week on our visit.  Here’s one of those portals.


We are headed part of the way up the Main-Danube Canal tonight…just to Nuremberg port.  There, we disembark early tomorrow to go to Prague on a motor-coach.  3 hours with one pit stop should be fine for most of us.  Prague will be another learning experience minus the cruising part.  We have really enjoyed the calmness of the cruising life and the only-have-to-unpack-once way of travel.  They say the “the ocean cruises are all about the boat experience; the river cruises are all about the towns you are able to visit.  Most of them, we docked right in the city and were able to tour very historic places with ease.

Cheers to the Avalon Waterways and the people who made the Danube excursions so easy to do.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 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.

One comment

  • Enjoyed your visit to Nuremberg! On the brighter side it has one of Germany’s oldest most wonderful Christmas markets. And traditional little sausages sized to fit through keyholes in those olden days. Have fun in Prague and hoist a real Budweiser in Wenceslas Square! Leaving Turkey in 7 hours – currently in lush safety of Airport Radisson with NO other Americans anywhere. Fun group you have! Sent from my iPhone



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