Monday, 12 October 2015
Despite no lay overs and plenty of room in economy plus bulkhead seats I was exhausted. The kids came over for a couple of hours and by 5 I was sound asleep in bed.
Reportedly the smallest house in Amsterdam.
Tomorrow we are off for home. No more pictures of buildings, mountains, countryside or food. I'm ambivalent about returning home. Except for hanging out with the kids and walking the dogs which I've missed a lot I think I'd prefer to continue to travel. In the past I would be anxious about doing things like going back to the gym and yoga. The upcoming ski season. Now I have my walking stick and escalating doses of medication.
I'm going to reiterate what I've said before. I am so appreciative of my husband who has been amazing at organizing this trip. From the big things like hotel and cruise reservations to the small where he is frequently checking in with me, taking care of the boarding passes and pass ports. Asking me how I'm doing and adjusting outings accordingly. All I have to do is follow along and enjoy my self. I love you Joseph Broom.
Friday, 9 October 2015
The Cologne Cathedral was of the gothic style of architecture (between medieval and Renaissance period). Construction started in 1240 and completed in 1880 - over 600 years. The building halted because of finances until the 19th century. It was largely left intact during the war despite a devastated city around it some think to serve as a navigational point.
love being walked.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
We took a trip to the music museum. It was surprisingly very nice and interesting. Not a museum of particular of instruments but more the machines that play themselves. Something you would find on a carousel and some organ grinders. The ones with collared monkeys that in movies always get in some kind of mischief. When I posed the question which came first the monkey or the organ he thought the monkey. People would often display exotic animals in the markets. Google says the monkey was added to hold the tin cup for donations freeing up both hands for the organ grinder.
Then it was up to Koblenz. The stretch between Redenshiem and Koblenz is essentially what the Rhine River tour is about. It is one medieval castle after another tucked up in the hills surrounded by vineyards and stands of trees with the brilliance of fall colors. Most of the structures have been restored from previous conflicts. When first entertaining the idea of a river cruise I imagined it would be 7 days of castles perched on hillsides. It's certainly been beautiful and relaxing. The reality is that there is one stretch of castles all destroyed and rebuilt - turned into hotels and youth hostels and towns that thrives on tourist trade.
I'm pretty sure I prefer the cycling way of seeing Europe. Out of the way back roads with great views, crazy ascents and descents, small and uncomfortable rooms,mediocre food and not another foreigner encountered in days.
But I'm grateful that I get to do what I get to do with my husband - making memories.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Most of you probably know that Joseph is a great collector of Christmas ornaments which is perfectly fine by me. It's a creative outlet for him plus it gives him a chance to reminisce about past Christmases and past travels. The rest of the year he is like me and not prone to having knick knacks and clutter around the house. For some reason the spirit didn't move him and he only bought one ornament.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Kristallnacht approximately half escaped to the United States and the other half were exterminated. Now Bamberg has a progressive Jewish community with a modern synagogue and a female rabbi.
There will be a quiz tomorrow.
Once again I have to credit my husband for most of these outstanding photos - great eye and editing skills.