VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, FALL, 2016

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Last fall, Debbie and I were invited to join some friends on a river cruise down the Rhine River.  The trip was planned by  our good friends Ned and Kathy Butera, seasoned travelers.  We were joined by other friends of Ned and Kathy’s at Dulles Airport in Washington.  I’ll introduce them later.  We landed in Zurich, Switzerland on Oct., 26., at 5:00 am.  Ned had arranged for a bus to take us to Luzern.

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We stayed for three days at the Waldstatter Hotel and took several walking tours around the town.

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Across the street from the hotel is the railroad station.  Inside the railroad station is this artwork on the wall.  It must be old railroad parts welded together.

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There were a lot of places to buy food in the station, but nowhere to sit to eat, so we just made do by eating on top of the waste cans.  Kathy, Debbie, Chuck and Cris are enjoying a tasty lunch on top of the cans.  (Note: they were quite clean!)

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The fall leaves were beautiful.  As you can tell, the transportation of choice is bicycles.

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Beautiful swans graced the lake.  In fact, swans were everywhere.  We were greeted by several of them each morning on the Rhine.

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Debbie and I couldn’t resist a pose with the flowered bridge in the background.

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This beautiful bridge spanned the lake in Luzern.  There will be closer photos of it in the next installment.

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