Travel

On the River

Seven days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg on the Scenic Amber was all we hoped it would be.

b51aaa22-b43a-4ce2-bb9a-e2f0b11ad1ab.jpegThe ship was a most comfortable way to travel with good food and friendly service.

Without getting off the boat there was much to see that gave glimpses of the life existing along the Danube.

I would never have guessed there were so many vineyards in Austria, some planted so high and steep as to appear unreachable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was entertaining to watch the activity on the water

and along the river’s edge where many people had little get away cottages.

As tranquil and beautiful as cruising was, there were lovely places off the boat.

Budapest
Budapest

Budapest and Vienna were, as expected, impressive with their beautiful architecture and interesting history.

Durnstein
Durnstein

Most appealing, however, were the small medieval towns that were less crowded and had such history.

The Benedictine monastery in Melk was not only beautiful but fascinating.  Thanks to the money earned from its thousands of visitors, the monks are able to keep the monastery and its grounds in pristine condition. RegensbergThough a little larger than some of the others, Regensburg had a special charm with its varied architecture and color.  

It was hard to get enough of this place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the stops on the Danube had their own story, none more so than Nuremberg where Hitler held his biggest rallies on this site.  It is a grim reminder of a period that will never be forgotten.

That dark spot in its history does not mar the positives of this thriving city known especially for its Christmas Market.

This post is only a glimpse into what a river cruise has to offer.  There’s a lot to take in, but if that gets to be too much, one can choose to stay on the ship and enjoy the river scenes.  That’s equally as special.

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Moving On

It’s always a little sad for a Foodie Adventure to end as it is a wonderful week with great people and the best ever hosts, Michael and Mary Jo, who work so hard to make it a perfect experience. End it must though, and everyone moves on.

Since we were in Europe, the hubby and I decided to maximize our trip by taking a Danube cruise, long on our bucket list. The timing worked out pretty well, but we had a few days before the ship’s departure. Finding it to be a short trip from Rome to Croatia, we went to Dubrovnik.

With its lovely coastal views, it is a lovely place.

It’s hard to believe that just over 20 years ago much of Dubrovnik was in ruins thanks to intensive bombing by the Serbs.

Today most of the city has been restored and is a major tourist destination.

With its charming Old Town, filled with interesting sights and shops, it is easy to see why.

Nowhere have I ever seen so many eateries as there are in such a compact space.

Because of its proximity to the sea, seafood is on every menu.

In some ways Dubrovnik reminds me of Maine because so much of its economy depends on the tourist trade which is about a five month season. That means people work very hard during that time in order to earn enough money to survive the winter.

From Dubrovnik we ventured on to Budapest, a vibrant city filled with beautiful architecture.

While there is much to do there, what we like best about Budapest is spending time with one of our former exchange students and her family. What made this meeting very special was meeting Lulu, the newest family member named in my honor. Talk about turning to mush, this little one completely stole my heart!

Part of spending time with Lulu’s parents means we get to experience their life which includes weekends on Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe where so much of the activity centers around the water.

After an all too short visit, it was time for us to say good by and board our ship to begin a Danube River cruise that would take us from Budapest to Prague. Wow, this is a lot of stimulation in a short period, but each part of the adventure holds something new.

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