Friday, June 20, 2014

Eurocruise 19/05 Bamberg

We are half way through our cruise now and today found us at Bamberg and is a UNESCO world heritage city, roughly sited at the point where the Danube-Main Canal joins the Main River, (remember it is pronounced Mine). We found Bamberg absolutely delightful.

European Community elections were about to happen. Our guide for the day was one of the best. She explained that while people should care, and they do care really, they don't see the point of voting and generally ignore the EC elections. You can work our what this party is about, no GM food, no chlorine?, no water privatisation, no reduction in workers rights, no profits before people and no fracking.


Bike lanes much in evidence.


A significant building.


Identifying the shop for the illiterate.


Another important building.


We are on the old bridge, looking at the new bridge.


The water rushed past.


Sticks up for slalom kayaking or something.



Note the leg sticking out of the wall.


It was terrific watching the swirling water.



Yes, another cathedral.




Pretty window box flowers were abundant.


A courtyard entrance with timber paving to keep the clatter of the horse hooves down.





I don't know what the building on high is. We didn't visit it.


A Bamberg speciality is smoked beer. It is quite nice and goes well with your breakfast bacon butty (sandwich). While I had a taste, I stuck with coffee at 10.30 in the morning.



The building behind the boat was an abattoir. Guess where the blood, guts and carcasses went?


On the new bridge now, looking at the old.



A rather good sculpture, weeping tears of pigeon crap.


Ten minutes before our bus departs back to the boat. Not enough time to linger.


Not especially cheap, but so fresh and the strawberries were delicious.


Free loaders in the lock.


They hung on tightly, well they had to keep changing their grip, and kept well back from the boat as the water drained away.


Dad and Dave plodding through the fields.



A local train, for local people.


Our Tour Director Cherie hosting an evening of something. Not only was she a great Tour Director, she was also a good speaker and in spite of living in Europe for most of her life, she had not lost her Australian accent.

20 comments:

  1. Andrew, another great day. Bamberg is so clean city as all German places. Local strawberries were delicious because I was in Germany at the same time as you but neat Sttutgart. I like the sculpture is so original. Bavaria is one of the most beautiful places in this country.

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    1. Gosia, not only clean, but everything works so well.

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  2. Weeping tears of... Occasionally your choice of words betrays a creative and very sensitive side, Andrew!

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    1. FC, I have always been known for my sensitivity.

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  3. I'm enjoying your pictures, I feel like going along with you.
    I was amazed at how fast the rivers flowed in Ireland I used to slow flowing rivers that don't seam to be moving at all.
    I like the buildings.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle, for me it almost like taking the trip again. Agree about the rivers. Australian rivers are very lazy.

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  4. What a stunning city. Clean, beautiful, and with some quirkiness too. Love it. And your photos.

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    1. EC, everywhere we went in Hungary, Austria and Germany were clean. Thanks.

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  5. I loved Bamberg. The place on the hill you didn't visit is an ex Benedictine abbey which is now in the main an old people's home. The church has a chapel full of rococo memento mori which is quite striking and as you can imagine there is also a pretty good view of the whole city from there: in Bamberg they like to joke that Rome is the other city of the seven hills.

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    1. Marcellous, that explains why we didn't visit the ex abbey. Yes, the views from the church area were good, but at this point we were a bit churched out. Amusing anecdote. We quite a number during our tour, and I have forgotten most.

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  6. I've never heard of smoked beer and now I'm also wondering why there is a leg sticking out of that wall.
    As for slalom kayaking, I'd like to see that.
    Bamberg does look very nice.

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    1. The leg in the wall was explained to us River, but I forget now. It was a nice town.

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  7. Hello Andrew:

    As your pictures show, Bamberg is clearly a most attractive town and it would appear that you saw a great deal in a relatively short time.

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    1. JayLa, we did indeed see much. Too much to absorb and store in the memories at times.

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  8. The buildings and flower boxes remind me of here in Switzerland, too. Add 'Bamberg' to that long list that's growing every time I read your blog!

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    1. Kath, the window boxes are a very European/English thing and they add great colour to the streets.

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  9. Bamberg looks tres jolie Andrew, loved the leg sticking out from the wall, well done for spotting it, and the sculpture loved by pigeons :) Blimey you'd have to be a hardy soul to have beer with breakfast! Sorry I don't buy your tour guide's story about people really being interested in their politics It horrifies me how apathetic Europeans are when it comes to voting, you don't have the right to bag your pollies unless you've made the effort to vote them in or out whichever.. then it's game on!

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    1. Grace, we make sure we vote, don't we. And so we don't hold back with our criticisms.

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  10. Not heard of Bamberg before but almost worth a visit to see the tears of pigeon crap.

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    1. Fun60, and like most of the old towns we visited in Europe, car traffic comes after pedestrians, bikes and public transport.

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