I was attempting to "right" two images, see below and then create a stand
alone thread and poof! The entire thread went away! Jim here are the two and please add you other images an narrative! My apologies!
Re: I goofed! Jim's river cruise thread was deleted!
Thanks, John, no problema. I realized that the verticals would be a problem but some shots just require it. The four photos above are from our visit to the village of Edam, famous for Edam cheese. Later in the day we visited a large cheese shop where we could taste (and purchase) the variations available, everything from smoked to pesto or pepper-flavored versions of the local specialty. The windmill is one of over 900 original old style windmills still existent in the Netherlands. There are also hundreds of new style windmills that are used to generate power here. The riverboat route from Amsterdam takes the North Holland (man-made) canal to the Waal River, which becomes the Rhine across the border with Germany. So now we are sailing on the Rhine and we are just passing Dusseldorf as I write this early Sunday morning. Later this morning we dock in Cologne, where we have a walking tour scheduled for this afternoon. However, the forecast is for rain so we'll have to see about that. Here are a few more photos from our visit to Edam. The decorated house is/was the headquarters of the cheese guilds. A few words about travelling here in the age of Covid: masks are not required but encouraged on board our ship. Since Germany is a federal state, we were advised that regulations can vary from location to location, so we were told to keep a mask in our pocket in case we should need it. We brought Emed tests with us since the US still requires a negative test result within 24 hours of flying home. I sure wish that would go away.
Our ship visited Cologne on Sunday, June 5. Sunday was a religious holiday (Pentecost Sunday,) so we were not able to go inside the spectacular Gothic Cathedral, the twin spires of which dominate the skyline. Cologne is the 4th largest city in Germany. It was heavily bombed during WWII and only the cathedral and 12 Romanesque churches survived. The city has been beautifully rebuilt. The local beer is called Kolsch and is served in relatively small 200 ml glasses. On the riverbank there is a monument to the GLBTQ victims of the holocaust incorporating a pink triangle, the symbol of that imprisoned gay people were forced to wear in the concentration camps.
[FONT="]Our Rhine River cruise, "Amsterdam And The Castles Of The Rhine" brought us Monday to the town of Cochem, Germany. Cochem is situated on the Moselle River, a tributary of the Rhine. Cochem probably dates back to early medieval times. Now Cochem is a part of a beautiful resort area along the Moselle. The castle perched high on a hill overlooking the town is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. The castle was destroyed and rebuilt a couple of times. Escorted tours allow visitors to see the interior rooms as well as the spectacular views of the countryside from the castle. The town also has timbered houses dating from early times. It is a lovely place to visit.
Tuesday we started our tour in Koblenz, where the Moselle joins the Rhine. Koblenz was heavily bombed during WWII, but several Romanesque churches survived and today they are the main attractions in the town. After Koblenz we sailed the Rhine as it enters the Rhenish State Mountains: this is the "heroic gap," and the highlight of the trip. The steep slopes are planted with terraced vineyards and interspersed with castle ruins. This is the Romantic Rhine, the most beautiful section. I lost count of the number of castles we spotted.
Wednesday our ship docked in Mannheim, Germany. We went by motor coach to nearby Heidelberg, where the famous castle sits on the slopes of Mt. Konigstuhl 70 meters above the Neckar River. The castle, partly in ruins, is home to the largest wine barrel in the world, made from 130 oak trees and has a capacity of 221,726 litres. Heidelberg was spared from bombing during the Second World War, so it retains its charm and character from olden times. In the afternoon our ship docked in Speyer, the site of the largest Romanesque cathedral in the world.
I didn’t know anything about the Speyer Cathedral, so found this write-up:
”Speyer Cathedral, Germany - the jewel in the crown of Romanesque architecture and a medieval monument to imperial power. In Speyer, all roads lead to the cathedral. Emperors and bishops processed along the city's expansive boulevard. But it was an emperor, rather than a bishop, who actually built Speyer Cathedral. Shortly after his coronation, Conrad II set about creating the cathedral. The Pope may have given him the crown, but it was God who gave him his power and glory, at least according to the emperor himself. The cathedral has always been a symbol of state power. . . . This gigantic church took so long to build that it was Conrad's grandson, Emperor Henry IV, who finally witnessed its consecration over 30 years later. Henry then ordered some significant changes that made the cathedral even bigger.“ https://www.britannica.com/video/179842/Overview-Speyer-Cathedral-Germany
Thanks, Jim, for our continuing tour & this “learning moment.”