1. Many fuel/ rest stops on the main highways have cafes. Some of those are McDonalds and Burger King (I mentioned that before). McDonalds has the best free restrooms. Burger King was a pay restroom. Many public restrooms are pay. Usually 50 cents (euro). We did have a burger once at each. Burger King was best.
2. River cruising is great. Probably won’t ever go back to the floating hotel cruise ships again, but maybe another river cruise some time.
3. Packing light worked for the most part. I have bought a few clothes but mostly because I liked them, not because it was necessary.
4. 99% of the passengers on this cruise are Americans… from all over. There is a group of about 30 here from South Carolina all paid for by one of their local tv stations. All are advertisers on that station. They are really enjoying the cruise.
5. You rarely hear politics discussed on the ship.
6. There are interesting rivalries here between towns; sometimes between their soccer teams or their wine or their castles or their beer or their food. The tour guides give interesting and numerous insight on those topics.
7. There are an amazing amount of RV (caravan) parks over here. There are many right on banks of the Rhine River.
8. Cologne was the first town we were warned about pick pockets.
9. Have seen a total of 6 beggars the whole time we have traveled. And no homeless camps.
10. The 9 hour time difference is really frustrating. I keep forgetting what time it is at home, so forget to call people.
11. Sometimes river cruise boats raft to each other in port. You have to be careful at night about closing your curtain because you don’t know what or who might be staring into your stateroom when you wake up. If you walk on the top deck of your ship you can chat with people on the top deck of their ship. If you are rafted to the outside you walk through the other boat to get to shore.
12. Their were 5 cruise ships in one port but that is still only about 700 tourists.
13. The pilot house on the ship can go up and down if needed so we can clear bridges.
14. You are told not to touch the walls of the locks as you go through them. Most of the men touched the walls anyway. It figures.
15. Garry got to tour the engine room.
16. There are 800,000 people in Amsterdam, but 2.5 million bicycles. Bicycles have right of way over everything. Cars are lowest in priority.
17. It is legal to text and bike but not no texting and driving a car.
18. You don’t need to buy pot to get high in Amsterdam. Just inhale while you are walking around town.
19. Amsterdam is very confusing when walking. Thank goodness for google maps.
20. A huge marathon was in Amsterdam today. Someone said 40,000 runners. No wonder it is so crowded this weekend.
21. There was a marathon when we were in Salzburg, too, but only a half marathon.
22. Home tomorrow!!