VANTAGEHINE RIVER CRUISE, PART 14 FALL, 2016

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We are now on the Rhine River.  We cruise down the river along with freight boats until  we dock in the town of Breisach , and then travel by motor coach to Freiburg, which is in the foothills of the Black Forest region.

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Note that this ship, the Helena, has a car and a boat on the back.  The captains of these ships sometimes live on their boats, so they take their transportation with them. When they dock, sometimes they need a car or a boat to get around. They have their families with them.  The kids are educated by on-line schools.  A lot of them spend their lives and make their living on the river.

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We traversed about 19 locks on this trip.  The locks slow the river down and keep it deep enough to navigate.

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The gate comes down and the ships enter in pairs.  A gate behind them closes and the front gate opens to let out the water.

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When the ships are lowered to the level of the river, the gate rises and lets them go.

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The most popular wine in Germany is Riesling.  The countryside is covered in beautiful vineyards.  We’ll see plenty of these later.

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Someone spent a lot of time making this intricate sidewalk.

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I love the architecture of these buildings.

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Another beautiful church, but we did not go inside.

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Window boxes are very popular in this part of Europe.

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The Rathaus Hotel is where a lot of politicians stay.  It’s aptly named, I’d say.

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This cathedral is under renovation.

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In our next installment, we’ll go inside.

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VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, PART 5 FALL,2016

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This “Old Rugged Cross” overlooks a expansive valley.

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The cog railway ride up the mountain was almost like being in an airplane once it punched through the clouds.

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Debbie’s trying to figure out which way to go.

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The view of the Alps was breath-taking.  We kept looking for Heidi, but we couldn’t find her.

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Man blowing a long horn.  Funny, but it sounds the same way it does in the movies.

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The air is really crisp and cool above the clouds and below the clear blue sky.

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Debbie and one of her good friends, Kathy.

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Another one of Debbie’s good friends.  What a backdrop for a photo!!!

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This couple sure looks familiar.  Wonder who they are.

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We just never got tired of looking at the Alps.

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An outdoor restaurant patio where we had a nice lunch.

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Our group reflected in the restaurant window.

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The cog rail car.

In our next installment, we will go the Bern, Switzerland for the day.  There is a tower clock there that I cannot wait to show you.

 

 

VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, FALL, 2016 Part 4

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This is a sculpture of a dying lion cut into a sandstone quarry wall in Lucerne, Switzerland.  It was carved in 1820-1821 as a memorial to Swiss mercenary guards who were massacred during the French Revolution  serving the  French king Louis XVI in 1792.

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When I saw it, I knew I had seen it before even though I had never been to Lucerne.  Then,  I remembered that I had seen it in the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta and had a photo of it somewhere in my files. And, voila!  This sculpture was modeled after the Lion of Lucerne, and is a memorial to the unknown Confederate dead soldiers.

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Well, of course you have to pose in front of a landmark such as this!

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Headed to the boat to take us to the cog railway.

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Gulls hover around the boat begging for a handout.

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Many beautiful houses line the Lucerne River.

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I would love to know who lives in houses such as these.

 

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Well, this is the cog railway that will take us up the mountain.

Our next installment will take us through the clouds and to the mountain top.

 

VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, FALL,2016, Part 2

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This is the beautiful bridge that spans Lake Luzern.  The structure between the tower and the bridge houses a souvenir shop.

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A view of the buildings across the lake.

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Note: Starbucks is everywhere!

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The view of the bridge from the other end.

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Ducks as well as swans inhabited the lake.

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This is a plaza area off of one of the main streets.

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Roofers just don’t put that much detail into their work anymore!  Wonder what that would cost today in the U.S.

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One of our friends on the trip loves doors.  So I took a lot of door photos.

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Statues and fountains are plentiful in Switzerland.

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A sidewalk display in front of one of the stores.

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Many of the buildings had paintings on the side.  The sign near the top was in German, so it didn’t say a lot to me.

On our next installment we will see a little more of Luzern.  And then on to Berne, the capitol of Switzerland.