Romance of the Rhine & Mosel Rivers
Grand Circle Travel
July 18 - August 6, 2007
My trip to Brussels, Belgium began with the usual
flight to Washington,
Dulles Airport from Binghamton. Unfortunately, my
flight to Brussels
was held on the runway at Dulles due to a backup
problem with flights going to JFK.
After a wait on the plane of
almost 2 hours we were allowed
to take off for Europe. The good part
this wait was that we arrived at
Brussels airport over two hours after
our originally scheduled
arrival time. That allowed us to be moved in
to our rooms
promptly when we arrived at our hotel, Sofitel Bruges.
It is a very nice hotel and it will be my home in
Bruges for the next 5 days.
The hotel is
built within the walls of a 17th century monastery.
We are conveniently located near one of the
large squares that
are found throughout Bruges. Thursday and Friday
in walking tours and general sightseeing.
The red building in the background is the
city concert hall and
center located on the Zand Square.
The square was just a short 2 block
walk from my hotel. The fountain in the center of the square
represents various aspects of
Bruges life style.
Standing by some of the statues found in the square
One of the old buildings in Bruges. Note the date of
on the top part of the front wall. Since I had over two days to
tour Bruges, I am going
to post photos of interesting sights
in the city in a random fashion.
It is a beautiful and interesting
city which I would recommend to anyone
You can tour the city by carriage or bus.
Bruges has many miles of canals around the city. We
a chance for a canal boat ride. It was a fun excursion.
Belgium is noted for its
600 plus beers. Above is a store
the sales of these local beers. It is aptly named the Beer
A small park dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who
liberated this area during World War II.
In spite of a morning thunder storm,
as we toured the
around the city were in full bloom.
A typical cafe located on Market Square.
Stadhuis (Town Hall). The town hall in the gothic style
in 1376 and is the oldest in Flanders. The first meeting
Government was held in the Town Hall in 1464.
A typical souvenir shop on Market Square.
The Old Recorder's House.
This statue by Michelangelo entitled "Our Lady and
Infant" is located in
the Church of Our Lady. This the only
Michelangelo sculpture is the
in Belgium. This church was
built over the 13th,14th, 15th,
and 16th centuries. The church's brick
tower is 122 meters high
and can be seen from all over Bruges.
A view of the flying buttresses at the back of the
Church of Our Lady.
A shrine in the courtyard of a local church
hotel. Note the stone grotto.
Its Independence Day in Belgium.
They are celebrating
away from Holland. Above is the local band as it marches into
the square in from to the Town Hall. Local dignitaries are in
attendance. They are seated to the right of the band.
Local war veteran's carried in various flags
Belgium's earlier battles.
After lunch we had a bus tour that started at Flanders
Field American Cemetery.
While not as massive as the cemetery at
it is a very solemn site representing the soldiers
who gave their supreme sacrifice in World War I.
It is the smallest and only
American World War I
cemetery in Belgium.
The cemetery has a very
interesting history, above is
Memorial Chapel which is at the center of the cemetery.
Chapel door is engraved, "GREET THEM EVER
WITH GRATEFUL HEARTS"
to remind visitors that those who
buried here died for their freedom. The troops
buried here are mainly from 27th and 30th Divisions.
There are the
remains of 368`military and support personnel.
There are graves for 21
unknowns, who could not be identified.
The graves were marked with either
a Latin Cross or Stars of David.
These same shapes of memorials are
today in Military Cemeteries.
A last look at Flanders Field American Cemetery
Oudenaarde, Belgium Town Hall (Stadhuis). The Town
has a museum of a dozen large restored tapestries
on display. We
also visited the tapestry repair
workshops located in a mansion
close to the Scheldt river.
Saint Walburga Church on the square in Oudenaarde.
Church of Our-Lady-Of-Pamele on the right bank
Scheldt river in Oudenaarde.
On one of the side streets of Oudenaarde was a
project to build a new apartment building with the original
building's front side being maintained as the
front of the new
A last look at a beautiful floral arrangement in
This ends a very nice day of touring around the
It's Sunday afternoon, and we are off on a visit to
the Fields of
Flanders to discover more about World War I. Above is the
of Yepres or Eiper, Belgium. Located in the building is the
Museum. It has very graphic images of the battle for
section during the war. This building was destroyed
during the battle and was rebuilt after the war.
A model depicting trench warfare. These trenches had
lots of water
in them making them very uncomfortable to exist in.
A model showing how areas were dug out under the
dugouts were used for planning, storage and
about war progress.
Actual pieces of wooden frame used in the trenches.
The "U" shaped brace was designed to allow water to
pass under the cat
walks shown in the photo. They
easily were rotted because they
the water all the time.
Our next tour stop was at Essex Farm Cemetery. One of
British cemeteries located in Flanders Fields. This
in use from 1925 - 1918. This is the site where Dr. John
his famous poem "In Flanders
Field" about the poppy's of Flanders
sitting in one of the many bombproof
This poem inspired the use of the poppy as an enduring
symbol of remembrance to this day. Dr McCrae died with
the rank of
Lieutenant in January 1928 and
is buried at Wimereux, France.
The grave markers of three soldiers who lost their
same day, February 25th, 1916.
This grave marker honors a soldier who was 15 years
old when he lost his life on Flanders Fields.
The grave marker of a Jewish soldier who died at age
22 in the battle.
Next we had a brief stop at the
site of Yorkshire Trenches and
Today the dugouts were blocked off as they were constantly full of
Dugouts required constant pumping out to make it possible to use
them in support of the battles. The dugouts were pumped out by
pumps. The above trench is one of several that
remain open for
visitors. The bags are full of cement.
A gun port that was built into the trench wall. When
site was excavated most of the bodies found had bullet
their heads. Historians theorize that the trench
was not dug deep
This is a French Army memorial to their soldiers who
died in the
first Germany poison gas attack of the war.
Our next stop of the afternoon tour was at the
Soldatenfriedhof Cemetery. This cemetery is the burial place
cadets and student volunteers of the German nation
who fought and died
in the Fields of Flanders. The cemetery
had a distinct darkness to it.
The stones with soldiers
names engraved were dark colored. In the
of most wars victors get to use white marble for their grave
This cemetery had graves for
many unknown German soldiers.
The German government commissioned artists to create
for their cemeteries. This one also adds to the darkness
feeling in the cemetery. Note the poppy wreaths
at the feet of the
Our last stop of the afternoon was at the British Tyne
which is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery on the
continent. There are several thousand British soldiers
buried at this
site. The image of so many grave markers
is breath taking when you
first see the cemetery.
The graves of two German soldiers buried at Tyne Cot.
There were many instances of burials of enemy soldiers in
both sides in the war.
The flowers at the cemetery were in full bloom and
added to the solemnest of the cemeteries.
After a delicious
dinner at a local restaurant in Ypres
we went to Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony.
The names of nearly 55.000 missing
service men are
on the panels of this memorial gate
Each evening since 1923 there has been a Last Post
conducted at the gate. Above photo shows the color guard who
post the colors during the ceremony.
England's St. Lawrence School placed a wreath
the gate. There were several wreaths placed at the time of our
Buglers from the city Fire Brigade play a musical
tribute to the
fallen soldiers as part of the Last Post Ceremony. It
was a very
moving tribute with several hundred citizens attending.
A beautiful evening scene near the gate, This ended
pre-trip extension. Tomorrow is our day to board the M/S
and the beginning of our two week sail to
Basel, Switzerland. The pre-trip
excellent and Bruges is a neat city to visit.
Monday morning dawned rainy and gray. We left
bus at 9 am headed for the city of Ghent about an hour away.
When arriving at
downtown Ghent, I was disappointed
by the street scene that opened before
Monday was the last day of Ghent's summer festival.
Pictured above is a view of the festival tents that
were set up
throughout the city. The major product being sold seemed to
be Belgium's many beers. Note the canal boats tied up in this photo.
Concert venues were also spread throughout the city.
We were told that
up 2 million people come to
the city for the 10 day festival.
Stand up urinals like these were place around the city
The related urinal odor was present almost everywhere
Graffiti was a major challenge for the city fathers so
to set aside certain alleys and walkways for these
Above is one of the more striking pieces of graffiti art.
What do you do on a rainy morning? Sit on one of the
venues where concerts are held during the festival.
Gravensteen. The "Castle of the Counts" which was a
strong hold that was built by Count Baldwin I.
St. Niklaaskerk. The first "Church of the Saint
built around the middle of the 11th century.
A canal boat being used to collect floating trash in
the cities canals.
Bron der Gehnielden. Located in the "Burgemeester
square you find the above group of statues " Spring
Bereaved", by the Ghent sculptor Georges Minne.
A government building in downtown Ghent. It was too
the steady rain spoiled picture taking opportunities while
It seemed to be a city with many interesting sites
places to be explored.
We were bussed to the harbor at Antwerp to board our
M/S River Melody docked at Antwerp on the Schelde
Antwerp is the second busiest harbor in Europe. Many
boats pass our river cruiser night and day.
Our Tuesday morning started with the safety briefing
and port talk.
At 11:am we began our Antwerp city walking tour in a rain
Above is the entrance to the "Steen" castle.
I am standing next to the statue " Lang Wapper", the
Maritime Museum is located in the castle shown in the rear of
the photo. The statue is the
On the grounds of the castle is a large display of
sailed on the Schelde River. There were many large river
that carried bulk cargo on display.
Across the street from the castle was the Meat Guild
House. It now
houses the Museum of Applied Arts and Archeology.
Carriage rides were available on the Grote Markt.
The center of the Grote Markt was the Town Hall This
building was most impressive. The statue in the bubbling
fountain on the
left tells the legend of the giant Antigon, who chopped
hands of sailors refusing to pay their tolls.
Ornate buildings on the Grote Markt. There were many
cafes and stores on the Markt.
A statue to Rubens.
Groenplaats with the statue of P.P. Rubens and the
We had a free afternoon in Antwerp before sailing away at
4:30 pm. I had lunch in town and did some more sightseeing
returning to the River Melody.
As we sailed away from Antwerp, we first met this sea
container ship. It made the M/S River Melody look small.
traffic was picking up as we sailed along into the sunset.
Wednesday, July 25th found our cruise stopping
Netherlands, where part of our group toured this quaint
while the about 50 of the tour group traveled by bus
Works. Above is the reception building for this
extensive system of
dikes, dams and additional
construction to tame the North Sea in the
southwest of the Netherlands.
This is the controls building that controls the system
that control tide surges that flood this part of the
This the actual control room inside one of the
storm flood barriers.
One of the
structures that support the movable towers
the storm flood barrier. The towers are moved downward
into the sea
openings when a tide surge exceeds 9 feet.
This system is designed to
prevent tidal surges that killed
over 1800 people on February 1st,
1953. The damage
as a result of this surge was extremely devastating
vast amounts of property damage.
Another view of one of the surge protecting system.
Note the large rip rock pieces used to prevent erosion.
I am standing on the walkway that leads to one of the
hydraulic towers that lift and control the surge barrier.
A view of part of the Delta Works. This is part of
connection between Antwerp and Rotterdam. The towers
different heights due to the depth they have to reach in
control the water surge. To date the Delta Works
has been activated 23
After our tour of the Delta Works we bussed to
to visit 19 sturdy mid-eighteenth century
windmills. These windmills
originally were used to help move water
from low lying
areas to canals that helped to drain the nearby farm
A photo of the structure of the fins of the windmill. This wind
being renovated a the present time. Can you find the
This is the wheel used to move the windmill
around to capture the breeze.
The intake opening that allows the water to be lifted
up to the
higher canal. A steel water wheel picks up the water from
the wind mill and delivers it to the higher canal.
As you can see these wind mills were very large and
are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A last look at these magnificent wind mills that all
date from the mid 1700's.
Note the tilt of the middle house in this photo. It
is settling to the left in this
photo do to the poor earth conditions
and drainage problems
under the building. We discovered this house as
we walked to
the Wind Mill restoration workshop near the wind mills.
The twentieth century way to move water up hill. This
facility was located
near the windmills and can move many times more
their 1700'th century counterpart. The screw like devices
can turn at a
rapid pace to lift the water from a lower level to a
The River Melody docked at Düsseldorf.
Near the first stop of our walking tour of downtown
were these four ladies each representing a different form of
The statues were rescued after the city was
bombs as part of
World War II.
One of the rebuilt buildings in downtown Düsseldorf.
The original stream where the settlement of
Basilika St. Lambertus, a Jesuit church in
One of the oldest buildings in Düsseldorf.
on the front wall.
Little boys playing in
the water in a public fountain.
boys that make up the statue.
King Wilhelm, the first ruler of Düsseldorf. Note
that one of the local
residents is sleeping a night of celebration off
in front of the statue.
Friday, July 27th found our river cruiser docked at
Above is the main University building.
Academic Museum of Art
Minster Basilica with Cloister. A nine hundred year
basilica that was built on a Roman burial ground.
A statue of Beethoven dominates the square
in front of
the Old Town Hall.
The Bonn Old Town Hall. Built between 1737 and 1738
under rule of Elector Clemens August. There was a
celebration being held at the hall this morning.
After lunch we had a tour to The Augustusburg Palace
Augustusburg was the favorite residence of the elector and
Cologne, Clemens August of Wittlebach (1700-1761). This
masterpiece is one of the most significant buildings of its kind
Baroque Gardens were created from1728
onwards by the
Dominique Girard according to the French tradition. The
Palace and it's
grounds are on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
After dinner we continued to sail up the Rhine river.
We came to
Remagen a little after 8:30 pm. This is the site of a famous
War II battle over the bridge that crossed the Rhine.
pictured in front of the west bank bridge tower.
The towers on the east bank of the Rhine river. Both
and German flags fly over the towers. The famous
World War II
movie the "Bridge at Remagen" immortalized the battle for
A almost full moon rose over the Rhine river. It was
to a very enjoyable day of sightseeing along the Rhine river.
Overnight we have sailed into the Mosel river and
docked at Cochem.
It was raining lightly as we left our river cruiser
for our morning
tour of the Imperial Castle and the town. In terms of
setting, few towns
anywhere in German can compete with Cochem, which
prettily on the north bank of the Mosel beneath picturesque
craggy hillsides flanking the meandering Mosel river. Above is a
picture of the Imperial Castle that was the residence of the
Stauffen family from 1151 to 1924, before it was loaned to the
Archbishop of Truer.
The entrance way into the castle. There were many
interesting rooms in the
castle with many pieces of Renaissance and
Baroque furniture on display.
Our castle tour guide explaining about the history of
castle and its various owners.
A photos taken from the Imperial Castle (Reichsburg),
river is in the background. You can just make out the
cruiser River Melody just before the river bridge in the background.
Waiting to enter a Mosel river lock.
several we will traverse.
Castles looked down on our river cruiser from on high.
We sailed by many quaint river towns on out way to our
next port of call.
We sailed by this home made river craft.
A typical vineyard along the Mosel river. Note
the white water pipe
snaking its way from the bottom of the vineyard to the
Above is the tractor and cart that travel up the white
in the previous photo to make it possible to tend the vineyard.
We passed the ruins of an old church along the river.
This is a photo of the close fit our river cruiser had
in one of the locks as we sailed up river!
After an overnight sail we arrived at Bernkastel with
shower underway. Our morning was spent taking a town
tour. It was Sunday and very few shops were open.
our group were able to find a church where they could attend
Above is the Landshut Castle built in 1277. It greeted us
our arrival. Unfortunately, the castle was burnt down
1692 and has remained a ruin ever since.
One of the city gates that protected the town in days
The bear fountain in the downtown area of Bernkastel.
Note the small house in the back of this photo.
It tips some
and has a small foot print on the street. This was
way to avoid taxes in olden times.
This is my tour group entering a local wine shop for a
morning wine tasting. The vineyards for the winery
can be seen on
the hillside above the shop.
We sailed for our next port of call at 1:00 pm.
The sun came
out and it was a good afternoon to sail on the Mosel.
As we sailed along the Mosel river we passed the
Lorelei Rock of
the Mosel. Not as impressive as the Lorelei on the
A small riverside vineyard. It seems to be
hanging on the shore
almost ready to fall in the river.
heart shaped vineyard on the river bank across from a Mosel river
Passing through a lock. Our river cruiser
captain is checking
to be sure we fit into the lock without striking the
We arrived early in the morning of the 30th at Trier,
Germany. The had the
traditional city tour right after breakfast.
Our tour was led by local guides
who were sometimes difficult to hear
and follow. Above was our first tour stop,
Baths. The building of these palatial Kaiserthermen was another
project within the enormous building program of the Romans
during the first half
of the 4th century. The baths in Trier were
larger than any ever built outside of
the city of Rome itself.
Slave labor did the construction
and labor of running the baths.
Some of the passageways that lead to the underground
areas of the baths.
I am pictured with our super Program Director Marieka
who kept our group of tourists on track as we traveled along.
The Porta Nigra or city gate
which is a UNESCO World
Cultural Heritage site.
This is the largest surviving Roman City
This is the outward side view of the Porta Nigra.
Travelers entered the city
through this entrance. It is a truly
over 96ft high and 120 ft wide.
The American embassy
(just joking!) located in Trier, McDonald's.
I did not dine at Mickey D's!
Cathedral. A truly huge building.
It is Germany's oldest
diocesan church. For over 1700 years the
faithful have gathered
here to worship God, hear the good news and above
to gather strength in the Eucharist celebration
The courtyard of the
An ornate fountain in Market Square.
Imperial Throne Room, Basilika, a UNESCO World
Cultural Heritage site.
This is the largest single room from
antiquity, the west wall and apse are
almost completely original.
Today it serves as a protestant church.
The Electoral Palace. This building is adjacent
to the Imperial Throne Room.
The Electoral Palace gardens.
After a great lunch at a local restaurant, I returned
to the River Melody
that was docked in front of the Roman Bridge
UNESCO site .
We sailed away from Trier at 10:30 pm heading
down the Mosel river.
Tuesday, July 31st, dawned cool and with fog having
settled in over the
river cruiser River Melody at Traben-Trarbach.
the river cruiser for an early excursion to Luxembourg.
it is jacket weather as we board our
Our first stop is at the Luxembourg American Cemetery
The cemetery is situated on a glade of which is 50.5
acres in size.
It is one of fourteen permanent World War II
cemeteries on foreign soil.
This site was liberated by the 5th
Armored Division on 10 September 1944.
It became a temporary
military burial ground on 29 December 1944.
The cemetery Chapel is made of white Valor stone from
the Jura mountains of France. It rises 500 feet above its podium.
One of the grave areas
in the cemetery that contain the remains
5,076 American military dead, including a woman Army Nurse,
their lives in the service of their country. These honored
came from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
101 headstones mark the graves of the "Unknowns"
whose remains could not
be positively identified.
Also honored at the cemetery is the
of General George Patton, Jr, he died in an automobile
accident after the war and asked that he be
buried with his men.
Old glory flew high during our visit to the cemetery.
On the pylons near
the chapel were displayed two large maps of the
battle operations that occurred
during the battles of the Bulge.
Behind each of the pylons were
stone tablets with the names of the
Missing in the action in the region.
After our stop at the American Military Cemetery, we
had a brief
stop at Sandweiler cemetery for German Soldiers. The
above photo is of
the gateway leading to them burial grounds.
During the heavy fighting in the
winter and spring of 1945 along the
Luxembourg-Belgium and Luxembourg-Germany
frontiers the American Burial
Service recovered the bodies
of their own as well as German victims of
When the U.S. Army Burial Service had completed its
work the German
cemetery totaled 5,599 graves. Some are
shown in the above photo.
Note the dark stone crosses.
Additional German soldiers were buried later bring
the total of 10,913
German soldiers buried at Sandweiler, of
that number are 4,829 of these
in a large comrades grave.
A typical grave marker at Sandweiler cemetery,
that one soldier was
listed as unknown and the other had his name engraved on the
There were four names to each head stone in this cemetery.
After the cemetery stops, we bussed on to the City of
We stopped at the Monument du Souvenir which takes the
form of a
12 meter-high pyramid. This obelisk is crowned with the
"Gelle Fra" ( Golden Woman)
statue of the Goddess of Victory. The
monument was erected in memory
of the soldiers who fell in the wars
fought by Luxembourg.
On our walking tour we stopped at the present
Cathedral which was
originally a Jesuit Collegiate Church. The church is a
of flamboyant Gothic style.
The Grand-Ducal palace is an architectural and
It was built in `1572-1573 on the orders of
Pierre Ernest de Mansfeld
Governor of the Grand Duchy of
Luxemburg. It is only used
for state functions currently.
Place Guillaume is dominated by the statue of William
II on horseback.
William was King of the Low Countries, the Grand
Luxembourg and founder of the Grand Duchy.
This statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896-1985) was
unveiled in 1990,
the Duchess was one of the most important
in Luxembourg's recent history.
The Hotel du Ville (Town Hall) was built in 1838 in
the neo-classical style.
A fountain designed by the native of Luxembourg
sculptor Will Lofty
in the city's shopping center. It is entitled,
"marche des moutons"
("march of the sheep") and was cast in bronze in
Luxembourg is a beautiful, vibrant city. Our
short stay did not allow
time for an in depth exploration of the city's
I hope to visit it again. We returned to our river cruiser at
for dinner and then set sail at 10 pm
for the Rhine River and the town
Wednesday, August 1st, found our tour group traveling
bus to Marksburg Castle. We are docked at the river port of
It is one of those picturesque river towns found along
the Rhine river.
This castle is one of the most spectacular
castle's along the Rhine river.
Surrounded by vineyards in the
13th century town of Braubach.
This hilltop castle main claim to
fame is that it has
never been It has never been destroyed,
several layers of counts and landgraves.
One of the entrances to Marksburg Castle.
On the way back to the ship, we had a stop at
where we sampled both a light and dark beers,
sausages and big German pretzels.
The River Melody set sail for up river town of Speyer
at 4:00 pm.
We will be sailing along one of the most beautiful
of the river for the next several hours.
The Church of St. Severin with its twin towers dates
back to the 13th century
and is essentially Romanesque in style.
It is easily
seen from the river as we sail away.
One of many picturesque churches found in the
along the Rhine river.
Maus (Deuernburg) Castle. This castle is under
ownership and visitors are not permitted.
The famous statue of the beautiful young maiden,
Lorelei who sits
on a rock combing her golden hair and singing a
This is on the river side just before the Lorelei rock
on the rivers edge.
The Lorelei rock acquired world-wide fame in
the 19th century
thanks to Heinrich Heine's romantic poem Song of the
The Lorelei Rock located a few miles upstream from
to the town of St. Goar. This jutting cliff is
399 feet above the Rhine river at a
point where the river is both narrow
and shallow, so that it has
always been a problem for river navigation.
Shonburg Castle. The town of Oberwesel in the
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. Near Kaub on the rock
cliff in the
middle of the river, and resembling a ship made of stone,
old toll castle, which can be reached only by ferry.
It is almost dinner time and the River Melody has
sailed up river for over
three hours and we have seen many beautiful
castles and river towns
with their distinctive churches.
Sailing up river today has really brought
out the pure pleasure of this
type of cruising.
After sailing overnight we arrived at Speyer, Germany
at 7:00 am. We will be docked here most of the
day with a
traditional city tour scheduled in the morning.
Part of the Speyer ancient city wall, "Heathens
Town Hall, built in 1712-1726.
Church of the Holy Trinity built in 1701-1717.
"Old Mint", erected in 1749 as the town's trade hall.
We sailed from Speyer at 5:00 pm heading up river.
We arrived at Greffern during the night. Our
tour schedule called
for us to begin our trip through the Black Forest
It was a very colorful drive in spite of foggy,
When our bus arrived in Baden Baden we were greeted to
fountain in a park near the city center. This famous
spa town is located
in the narrow Oos Valley in the foothills of
the Black Forest.
The natural hot-water springs were discovered by
The entrance to the thermal
baths which are the hottest in
You can enjoy the wonders of the springs by bathing in
people drink the spa waters. Generally it is
stated that the baths
are more beneficial than drinking the water.
I sampled the
water it did not taste too bad.
The Kurhaus, Germany's oldest (1838) and most famous
The building is very ornate inside and a fee is charged
to gamble there.
There are over 600 millionaires living in
The casino band shell where daily band concerts are
held during the summer season.
Standing near a fountain in downtown Baden-Baden.
It is quite the
bustling shopping center.
After our visit to Baden-Baden
we were bussed to
the Rhine river
where cruiser is docked at
Strasbourg, France. We
have an afternoon tour with a boat ride
for the late afternoon.
After a stroll through downtown Strasbourg, we arrived
at the tour boat
dock where we had a sightseeing boat trip that was over
an hour long.
Unfortunately, our tour boat had a plastic roof so
ability to take photos was severely limited.
Our river tour
On our way to the boat dock we passed the restaurant,
Maison Kammerzell, which is considered to be
the finest half-timber
house in the
Alsace region of France.
Cathedral of Our Lady. This photo was taken
from the south
elevation of the Cathedral. The Cathedral is
hemmed in by
medieval network of urban fabric, the Cathedral
is Strasbourg's symbolic
monument. Because of its downtown
location it was very difficult
to get photos of the
high spires of the Cathedral.
The entrance to Strasbourg's most notable building the
Gothic Cathedral of our Lady. The east end
of the Cathedral
was built in the 12th century.
is the Cathedral's 16th century astronomical clock.
It is a
favorite with the many crowds who gather to
enjoy its midday
To the south of
the Cathedral, is the Palais Rohan was built as a palace for
in 1704. Today the palace building houses several museums,
Museum of Archeology, City Art Gallery
and Museum of Arts and Crafts.
The Chamber of
Commerce (1852), with Gutenberg's statue
by David d'Angers, 1840 in
Located to the
north of Strasbourg. the European quarter has established
itself on the
confluence of the waters of the Ill river and the Marne-Rhin canal.
first building constructed, the Palais de l'Europe, houses the Council
an institution created in 1949.
Along the canal also tower other parliament buildings.
The architecture of the Human Rights Building
(creation of the Commission and Court in 1950)
are established on the opposite bank of the canal in 1995. The establishment of these
government bodies has made Strasbourg an international capitol.
We sailed away
from Strasbourg at 7:00 pm.
We arrived in
Basel, Switzerland to a bright and clear sunrise over the Rhine River.
It is the last day of our tour and it does not seem possible that 14
days have rushed past.
our river cruiser after a lecture about
Basel by a local guide. We
walked to a near by tram station where we used
our new passed to ride
the tram to the Marktplatz.
We started our walking tour at this
Franciscan Church that has become the City History Museum.
Basel has over
170 fountains of drinking water
around the city where one can refresh
The whole city
is dominated by the lovely Munster Cathedral.
The church has
a long embracing the Romanesque and Gothic styles.
dominates the city. The Tinguely fountain is directly
opposite the Basel Theatre. The artist Jean Tinguely used scrap
metal and pieces of everyday junk to create bizarre contraptions
these seem in this water fountain.
Our tour group
making it s way down one of the many
narrow walkways found throughout
Hall. Probably the most colorful city hall I have ever seen.
The City Hall was built in the 16th century to reflect the civic pride
of the city's citizens.
The ornate facade is embellished with
shields, painted figures and golden spire,
and the courtyard has
interesting frescos. This was the end of our walking tour,
the afternoon was free time to explore more or begin to pack for the
It was a
terrific river cruise, new cities were visited, historic sites
explored and river cruising continued to be the best way to visit
foreign countries. For me new friend ships were made with
all over the U.S.A. It was fun getting to know Dan &
Penny & Richard, Barb & Bob, Pat & Rod, Bryon & Ethel, Paul &
Minnie & Terry, Pat & Tom and last but not least Mary from