Last day on Amacerto

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Where I stayed
MS Amacerto
What I did
A few of the 52 churches

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Map of Passau
  
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Nov 17, Sunday: PASSAU, Germany, was the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire.  It has St Stephen's Cathedral, one of 52 churches in this city, which contains the world's largest pipe organ. Often called the "City of Three Rivers," the city has only 50,000 inhabitants which includes 10,000 students.  The University of Passau is renowned for its institutes of Economics, Computer Science, Law, Theology, and Cultural studies.

Italian architects created the Baroque appearance of this city, and it was destroyed by fire twice in the 1600's.  

Our program day began as usual with breakfast served in the restaurant from 7:30 - 9:30am.
At 10a, wine lecture on aromas and tasting with Stephanie of Honig Winery.

A quickie on the aroma of wines.
The aromas of the wine is how wine is tasted by taste receptors on the tongue.  Acidity, bitterness, saltiness, sweetness and savoriness are what most of us recognize.  The "olfactory bulb" perceives the wide array of flavors such as fruit, earthy, floral, herbal, mineral and woodsy.
What is being smelled is the aroma which can be pleasant or unpleasant. 

Wine is evaluated from the sense of smell when we taste it.  Wines served at warmer temperature will be more aromatic.  Swirling the wine will increase the aromatic compounds in the wine.  It's also suggested that the wine be sniffed before a swirling and after the swirling  in a series of short quick sniffs maximizes our sense of smell, because the likelihood of aromatics can be improved.  

Aromas of wines is not easy to detect, and many have different experiences with aroma and taste.   

From personal experience, I enjoy fruity dry wines with my favorites being Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.    
 
 
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Walking tour of Passau at 2pm until 5:15pm.  Our boat leaves for Vilshofen at 5:30pm, our last destination on Amacerto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At 6:30pm, we say goodbye to the crew in the lounge with farewell cocktails.  Dinner at 7pm, and a Vilshofen Oktoberfest with the Mayor and Beer Queen in a special tent in front of our boat for an evening of traditional oompa music, dances, and Bavarian beer. 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This was indeed a fantastic journey on the Danube. 
 

 
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