Get Away With Fran

September 21, 2009

On through Germany on Viking Legend

Filed under: Cruise,International — admin @ 12:01 am

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The Danube rose just enough for the Viking Legend to pass up river, so we experienced only minor itinerary changes, afterall. Sunday we docked in Regensburg, one of Germany best-preserved medieval cities and home to the 12th century Old Sone Bridge (above).

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And then we headed by bus to Nuremberg, known today for its notorious role in World War II – including views of the fairgrounds where Hitler held massive Nazi rallies (the above building is at the site where a giant swastika was once displayed – it was the first thing the Allied Forces bombed when they got to Nuremberg).

We passed too the courthouse where the Nuremberg Trials took place, post-War, calling to attention of the world some of the crimes that had been committed.

I left the Viking Legend at Nuremberg, flying up to Berlin (a quick 50-minute flight) where today I will explore the more recent and joyous history of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 20th anniversary of which is in Nov. My fellow passengers headed on to the Main and Rhine, for another week of cruising. There was word the Rhine waters were shallow too, but the crew was crossing their fingers, toes and anything else they could think of in hopes of getting through to Amsterdam.

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