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Saint Emillon to Cologne

France Nederlands and Rhine Cruise

sunny 22 °C

Sitting on Scenic Ruby at the dock in Cologne. Just back on board and ready to continue our journey. Two days ago we travelled by bus from Paris to Amsterdam - a trip lasting over 9 hours and involving lots of sleep.Every time we woke up we were in another country. The highlight of this otherwise boring day was a trip to the unexpectedly delightful city square of Brussels with its wonderful buildings with gilt and statutes belonging to the old medieval guilds. We travelled through France from Paris into Belgium and finally to the Nederlands and to our boat in Amsterdam. Having had only 4 hours sleep after the 11pm show at the Moulin Rouge after our farewell dinner did not help our state of wakefulness.
The Moulin show was fabulous with lots of nubile and fantastic dancers wearing incredible costumes and fantastic sight acts including a wonderful ventriloquist, acrobats and a world class juggler. When we arrived in Amsterdam we were offloaded with our groaning luggage and boabrded the 138 metre long Scenic Ruby and unpacked in our small but comfortable cabin. We were exhausted following two weeks of frantic activity but exhilarated to be able to unpack and settle into ship board life. Shortly after we returned from our trip to the windmills of Zaanse Schanze in the morning we started sailing on a tributary of the Rhine through the night. Watching the country side slide past us with the boat being higher than a lot of the surrounding fields is quite an experience.
This morning we tied up in Cologne Germany with its wonderful cathedral and its 10,000 plus square feet of stained glass windows. CIMG2787


Church Art in Cologne

Church Art in Cologne



Not much else to see apart from Roman Ruins and we decided to leave these. 95% of city centre was bombed by the allies and the Cathedral only survived because of its use to the Bombardiers. Sailed afternoon down the Rhine when I was called late at night by the husband of one our ladies who suffered a Medical emergency and had to be taken from the boat at Midnight.

Posted by acudoc 09:37 Archived in Germany Tagged luxury_travel

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Beautiful colours in the windows.

People must be glad to have a doctor on board. Seems to be a common occurrence, travellers getting sick. Just keep up your own good health (relatively !).

by markrose03

Lovely photos. so glad you've got safely to the boat and can stop living out of suitcases. I hope it's a wonderful, healthy and safe cruise. It's good to know the cruise company is set up to take care of people if they do need medical help (aside from you, I mean *grin*

On the home front, Josh got a good report from school - needs to focus more on his work, but astonishingly little "talks too much in class" :}

by melinda_g

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