Cruising to Strasbourg and Heildelberg, Germany

Bonjour!

We have been busy over the past couple of days.  It’s just exceedingly hard work to have this much fun, and we’re exhausted!  Food, food and more food and excursions, entertainment, laughter, strolling…all are just consuming us!  Many thanks to Doris Todd at Custom Travel for putting together our Burritt Cruisers group again this year.  Next time, we hope to see more of you!  We have 16 in our group and are thoroughly enjoying the commaraderie.

This is our river boat from AMA.  Not a great picture but Bernie took it from the moving bus.

This is our river boat from AMA. Not a great picture but Bernie took it from the moving bus.

This biergarten greeted us as we docked.

This biergarten greeted us as we docked.

The cabin maids work hard to please you with creations like this using our towels, my glasses and phone and the top from a plastic water bottle!

The cabin maids work hard to please you with creations like this using our towels, my glasses and phone and the top from a plastic water bottle!

Yesterday was not the best day for us as it was 34 degrees in the morning with a high of only 44 and strong winds making a cooler wind chill factor.  The tour through Strasbourg was not as much fun as it should have been because of the weather conditions.  Actually, I chose to stay in and catch up on some writing obligations.  I had already been to Strasbourg several times and decided that the weather was not for me.  Bernie did go out for the morning and got only a few pictures.  He was able to connect with his cousin who lives in Strasbourg and they had a nice long chat.

The two great spots to see in Strasbourg are the main town square with the huge cathedral containing the famous astrological clock and the lovely canal area called La Petit France.  We have sent pictures before and sorry that we have only a few this time.  Everyone on the tour nearly froze to death including Bernie.

Old town of Strasbourg

Old town of Strasbourg

Beautiful rose window in the Strasbourg cathedral

Beautiful rose window in the Strasbourg cathedral

A side view of the massive red sandstone cathedral

A side view of the massive red sandstone cathedral in Strasbourg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last evening, our Burritt group of 16 reserved the special fine dining room for a fabulous meal.  We toasted Bernie’s upcoming 75th birthday but forgot to take a picture.  Duh! We will get one before our week is up.

Today, the weather started a little chilly but ended up quite nice with some sun, blue skies and no wind.  We toured the absolutely delightful town of Heidelberg, a place I had never been.  It is best known for its university, and students receive 18 months of free tuition from the government, regardless of whether they are from Germany or not.  Our tour guide was the best and full of naughty little stories which enthralled us, many of which I’m quite sure were not exactly historically accurate.  I fell in love with this charming city  and we have lots of pictures for your enjoyment.

 

The medieval castle ruins in Heidelberg housing the largest wine barrell in Germany

The medieval castle ruins in Heidelberg housing the largest wine barrel in Germany

Aerial view of Heidelberg from atop the castle

Aerial view of Heidelberg from atop the castle

A closer look at the Heidelberg cathedral in the heart of the old historic district

A closer look at the Heidelberg cathedral in the heart of the old historic district

The gate across Old Bridge on the Nectar River (hope that is the correct spelling)

The gate across Old Bridge on the Nectar River (hope that is the correct spelling)

Yummy German pastries along the longest shopping street in Germany in the heart of old town.

Yummy German pastries along the longest shopping street in Germany in the heart of old town.