VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, part 18 Fall, 2016

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In my last post of the Cathedrale de Notre Dame, I left out the astrological clock. “The what?” you may ask.  Astrological clocks date back over 1000 years and were a wonder of the medieval world.  They have special mechanisms and dials to display astrological information such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and major planets.  I think you can even tell time on it. This is the third clock to stand in this spot.  The first was in the 14th century, the second on the 16th century, and this clock dates from 1843.

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This day was very cold and I felt sorry for these ducks.  They did not have enough sense to get out of the water.  I found out later this is a hot spring and they were keeping warm.  Baden is the German word for spa, or hot spring.  So, I guess I was the one who didn’t have enough sense to get into the water.  We are in the town of Baden-Baden,  so named because of the abundance of hot springs.  It was a town so nice they had to name it twice.

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This is the Lichtentaler Allee Casino.  It seems that no expense was spared in decorating the inside.

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See what I mean.

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I don’t gamble, so I can’t tell you what is played on some of these tables.  But judging from the décor, I’d say the odds are stacked in favor of the house.

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A couple of racy statues.

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I don’t know what these chandeliers cost, but I’d venture to say each of them cost more than my house.

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The ceilings were a highlight of the building.

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However, I’m pretty sure that this is where they play blackjack.

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The ubiquitous one-armed bandits.

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I think poker is played at this table.

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Upon exiting the building, we were greeted by this beautiful garden. (Sorry, I over-exposed the shot just a tad.

Our next stop will be next door at the Trinkhalle Spa.

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