France Nederlands and Rhine Cruise
22.06.2010 - 23.06.2010 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.