VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, part 25 Fall, 2016

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Here we see a plaza in downtown Trier, the oldest city in Germay.  They are getting set up for the Christmas market.

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As you can tell by the people in the photos, it was cold, raw, and rainy.  Debbie and I had to have some kind of hat, so we settled for these.  Not all that fashionable, but they were very warm and worth every euro we paid for them. Note the Donald Trump look on the forehead. Our travel partners loved them (I think), and they all had to have a picture of us with our hats.

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This is the German version of a Dollar Store.

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This is Porta Nigra, a massive stone gate built by the Romans.  Over the centuries, it has turned black, hence the name.

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Debbie and me sporting our new hats.

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Larry and Sue in front of the gate.  I did not realize that I cut Rick in half on the left side of the picture.  The guy holding the sign up was our tour guide.  He really knew his history.

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These two photos are of the same gate from the outside looking in.

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We are on the way to the motor coach, (upscale name for “bus”) that will take us to a  winery/restaurant for lunch.

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And here we are.

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This lady is cooking our lunch on a grill.  She would swing the grill back a forth over the coals and then spin it to get even heat.  They make smaller versions of this grill for home use, but we had no way to get it home.  The food was delicious!

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Part of our group in the restaurant sampling different wines.

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Vantage Cruise Line must have reserved the whole restaurant for their guests.  Almost everyone in there was from our ship.  It was quite dark, which made it difficult to get proper exposure.

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Another one of the beautiful vineyards.

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Water foul always greeted us back to our ship.

Next, we’ll take a walking tour of the town of Bernkastel.

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