During our first week of cruising I decided to take some time away the blog and spend time just
soaking up the views enjoying the food and some great company.
What can I say this cruise so far has been everything and more than I expected and we are looking
forward to another week of luxurious relaxation.
We set off from Amsterdam last Saturday during lunch after doing the fantastic Schanns Windmill tour on Friday before boarding for our first amazing dinner and then a canal tour around Amsterdam.
By dinner we were sailing through the beautiful Dutch countryside and looking forward to arriving in Cologne tomorrow
|The add poles and aluminium sheet
to the required height
|Levi bank Cologne|
Our first off ship walking tour through Cologne was interesting although Cologne was full of history it was also not as clean and attractive as most German cities. The highlights were the Cathedral and purchasing some cologne the original and much copied around the world cologne.
|Corner cleaned for Pope’s visit|
|600 years to build|
They having been making in same spot since Farina settled in Cologne, Germany in the year 1709 where he founded Farina gegenüber, the world’s oldest perfume factory still in existence. His subtle fragrance Eau de Cologne became rapidly famous worldwide and in the 18th century was an indispensable accessory at all royal courts and Napoleon used this exact cologne instead of taking baths.
Back on board is was time to settle in for evening and another fine dining experience. The food just keeps coming and along with the wine and the walking sleep came easy every night.
Our next stop was at Rüdesheim am Rhein where took another half day walking tour and visited Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett An amazing collection of lovingly restored mechanical music machines.
You’ll be mesmerised by the self playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.
The next couple days we stayed on board and spent time on deck watching castle after castle, both sides of the river, Tony our cruise director gave a great commentary filled with lots of historical facts and figures.
After a couple days off it was back off the cruise for another walking tour of Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia, Northern Bavaria, Germany.
Our first week closed with a glimpse of yet another castle just as the sun was setting.
Whatever happens I know it will be another restful, memorable and enjoyable week.
A week in review movie (coming soon)