I promised Garry I would wrap up our trip to Europe before too much time went by so I guess I had better get to it!
Our river cruise had many great stops, all of them really nice. Like all cruises you don’t get to do everything in a short time but with river cruises there is more time on shore, sometimes not leaving until late at night which means you can do meals on shore if you like. There were even two overnight stops. Our stops in this order were Basel, Switzerland (where we started), Breisach, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Mannheim, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Bonn and Cologne, Germany; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. At each town we had a choice of tours. We usually opted for the bus/walking tours and passed on the biking tours and hiking tours. Of course staying on the ship or walking around unguided was also an option.
The trip is pretty impossible to describe. There was no favorite part that we can pick. It was all so good. We met some of the best people in towns along the way and also on the cruise ship. We have cards we exchanged with people and now we need to share some pictures with them. We saw beautiful countries, each with their own personality and feel.
Would we change anything? The only thing we could think of was one place we stayed 3 nights and 2 would have given us more time in Austria, but we still enjoyed those 3 nights…. so maybe we would not change it.
In Amsterdam we missed meeting up with a friend from Des Moines… Lisa and her son. They arrived the afternoon the day before we were leaving and the timing and location where we were staying didn’t work out. And then we found out our friend from Seattle, Tanya, was going to be on a morning flight from Amsterdam to Seattle. She had been visiting family in Russia. We kept looking for her but we found out later she was one flight ahead of us. Wouldn’t that have been something if both of those meet-ups had happened!!??!!
Our flight home was uneventful and long but we arrived a little early, zoomed through customs and our travel agent had a driver and car waiting for us for our short ride home.
So, I guess it’s a wrap!!!!