Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Eurocruise 17/05 Regensburg

Regensburg was quite nice. While we had been told our boat was the newest and the best, but this one looked quite impressive. Embedded in its glass windows were Swarovski crystals.


What we weren't told in advance before our trip that because of low bridges, the sun deck would be unusable for five days. Staff put up things when they could, but mostly the deck was flat for five days. One night, about 1am, we were woken by crashing noises. The thrusters thundered  into action and the boat reversed. A member of staff had left deck chairs up and a bridge had collected them. We saw the smashed chairs offloaded in Amsterdam, but before then, a staff member was offloaded, presumably for different duties on another boat.


Valhalla, a tomb for significant people in German, or Bavarian, history.



Oh dear, another church.


Lowering the gangplank.


This dude was not friendly but he was the hottest among the deck staff. He is Romanian and looked very handsome in his formal white uniform and another time in a singlet. The day we left the ship, he suddenly became friendly. The ship captain sung his praises for his competence and his bright future as a river captain.


Little tin fishies, that rattled in the breeze.


Regensburg is quite a large town and and was once home to Schindler of Schindler's List fame.


ABC, another bloody church, Regensburg Cathedral.


Utilising an old town gate.


The paving circle indicates the presence of another gate tower.


The stone bridge.


The cathedral took centuries to build, as funds allowed, and is undergoing permanent maintenance.


The dark part, bottom left, is yet to be cleaned.



A Regensburg shop in preparation for the Melbourne Cup horse race.


I think Germany does have digital music files available, but how nice to see a record shop.



In Australia we call them Match Box cars.


A trailer bus to cart tourists around. We walked.


Would you believe, and I am not sure I do, that this cafe dates back to the 1600's as a cafe? No one was sitting at the outside tables, because the chairs were chained up. We made the cafe owner unchain them for his foreign guests to lunch, and then suddenly people came to eat and I heard a call go out for extra staff.


It was not a bad day at all


After dinner on the boat, we had the trio the Happy Bavarians to entertain us.

18 comments:

  1. GERMANY!! I miss Bavaria already. It's only been two months and I am dying to go back. I need to see Regensburg the next time I go to Bavaria this autumn :)

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    1. Very different place to the US, Keith.

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  2. Ragensburg is a nice city. The churches are lovely especially in the summer heat.

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    1. Gosia, hard to imagine summer heat, but yes, they would be a cool sanctuary.

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  3. I have photos of the same hat store.

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    1. Really Victor? I have another of men's hats in the next window.

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  4. It looks a delightful place - despite the plethora of churches.
    Love that quirky fish scultpture too.

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    1. EC, pity is wasn't windy and the sculpture rattling.

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  5. I am going along with you on this trip, pity about the sun deck, and I know what you mean there are rather a lot of churches in Europe.
    I have two more posts to read.
    Merle..............

    in Europe

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    1. I hoped some would do that Merle.

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  6. The domestic, commercial and religious architecture that you have photographed is amazing. If it was here, the City Council would have destroyed the buildings decades ago :(

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    1. Hels, it only mostly went wrong where areas were heavily bombed and 50s and 60s buildings were put up, but even many of them aren't bad.

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  7. A cafe dating back to the 1600s and still operating? That's impressive!
    Once again, beautiful buildings. I can see why my mum was always a fan of gentle pastel shades, they'd remind her of home. Will you be going up as far as Hamburg?

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    1. River, Hamburg was not part of our trip but not far away at some point, as I remember. Is that where your parents came from?

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  8. Yes and I was born there too. I forgot for a moment you were doing the river cruise and of course it doesn't go to Hamburg.

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    1. Next time I have a map out, I will check where Hamburg is.

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  9. 'Another bloody church' made me smile Andrew.. as much as I adore Paris, it was a relief to get home and see some 'unadorned with sculptures' plain buildings :) but the age of the European churches always totally astounds me.

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    1. Grace, yes, the bones of the church are often nearly 1,000 years old.

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