Slip slidin away, today!

Trip Start Dec 09, 2012
Trip End Dec 20, 2012

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Amacerto River Boat
What I did
Thurn and Taxis Palace
St. Peter's Cathedral, Regensburg

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today we are in Regensburg, Germany but…

We are stuck on the boat because during the night is rained and there is ice everywhere. Sitting here in our room I've watch people fall as they tried to walk up a very mild grade.  This morning walking tours were postponed and basically here we sit.  The ships Capitan, the cruise director, and hotel manager are all standing near the doorways encouraging everyone to stay inside because it just isn’t safe to walk anywhere.  The good news is the temperature is supposed to rise so this afternoon should be better and we don’t leave until 7:30pm this evening.   Ah, more Christmas Markets! 

I forgot to tell you about our gingerbread experience in Nuremberg.  After our tour was finished yesterday the guide gave each person a huge, like 5inces big, gingerbread cookie and yes I did eat mine dog gone the consequences and it was melt in your mouth good.

Ok it’s now about six in the evening and Ron and I did venture into town shortly after noon.  The places that had been salted or walked on were ok but the rest of the sidewalks were still slippery and we really had to watch our steps.

We chose not to wait for the city tours because well we were bored and figured we could see the sights just as well on our own.  So I marked the city map with the places I wanted to see and off we went.  Our first stop was at St. Peter’s Cathedral, ok this stop wasn’t circle but the two spirals were just to intriguing to pass up so in we went.  The cathedral has over 100 images of St. Peter within the church and the vaulted ceiling is over 32m high.  It took over 1100 yrs to complete the church as we saw it today.  From St. Peter’s Cathedral we headed back towards the river to see three things.  The first was the Porta Praetoria which was a gateway constructed of giant stones dating back to 179 AD.  The second thing we saw was the oldest sausage kitchen in all of Germany dating back to 1135.  We didn’t sample any but there was a line.  The last thing we saw along the river was The Stone Bridge.  It is an arched bridge which was construction in the 12th century, today only pedestrians use it.  From the river we headed back into town making a stop at the Old Town Hall where Hole Roman Emperors frequently summoned princes, bishops, and ambassadors to discuss affairs of state.

Now after all of that sightseeing I needed some retail therapy so off to one of the many Christmas we went.  In Regensburg we saw all sorts of different booths.  Some sold wooden ornaments others glass ornaments, many sold food and drink.  Which speaking of drink at the Christmas Markets in each town they serve warm wine in specially designed cups so a cheap souvenir is getting a drink and then keeping the cup all for about 5 Euro.     We wandered through two or three different Christmas Markets with one being all handmade crafts similar to Harrisville except nicer and more expensive stuff.  Then we headed even further away from the river to the Christmas Market located in the courtyard of Thurn and Taxis Palace.  This Christmas Market was beautiful.  The stalls were constructed out of wood and had pine boughs and lights adorning them, every so often between the stalls there were warming fires.  The items for sale were pretty much the same as we have already seen but there were also a couple of new things that got our attention.   Thurn and Taxis was a wonderful way to end our day in Regensburg. 

The funniest thing happened when we were searching for the Christmas Markets, we walked pass a sporting goods store and etched on the storefronts window is the name Balzer.  We went inside to see if the store was named Balzer or what exactly was going on well the store wasn’t named Balzer but instead Balzer is a line of sporting good products like fly fishing fly carriers, tackle boxes, backpacks, among other things.  Of course we took a few pictures simply to say "we saw our name" when we were in Germany.

Ok a couple of other interesting Regensburg facts, BMW is one of the largest employers in the area.  Also, Pope Benedict XVI was born in Regensburg and Oskar Schindler, of “Schindler’s List” fame once call Regensburg home.

Now how about some interesting facts about Bavaria, first of all Bavaria is located in the southeast of Germany and is the largest of the sixteen federal states, by area, in Germany.  It is bordered on the south by the Alps making it one of the prettiest parts of Germany and great for ski enthusiasts.  The capital of Bavaria is Munich and it is famous for its annual Oktoberfest.  King Ludwig II built some amazing castles in Bavaria the most famous being Neuschwanstein.  In addition it is a wealthy state and where as most of Germany is Protestant, Bavaria is predominantly Catholic. 

In general German is spoken by all, but much like in the States there are different dialects in different areas so sometimes even though everyone is speaking German another German may not understand what is being said.

We have left the canal where we started our cruise and are now traveling down the Danube river.  The river begins in the Black Forest and empties into the Black Sea in the south.  It is Europe’s second longest river at 1,795 miles.  The Danube traverses ten countries going west to east and unites some very diverse people, religions, and cultures.  Along its shore monasteries, castles, and palaces can all be seen at one time or another.   Unfortunately, we will be cruising mostly at night and tomorrow when we are traveling to Salzburg so we won’t get to see a lot of the scenery but at least I know what I am missing.

Ok I know today’s blog isn’t as long as usual but I have run out of things to say so for now,

Luv to all,

Ron and Ann
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Balzer on

Still cold over there I see. o well it is winter. 2 more days. LOVE YOU.MOM & Dad

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