Long, rambling tale of our Viking Rhine Getaway on the Mani 8/26/16

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Tuesday, August 30 Heidelberg

I think this should get me through the winter!


The people in this photo should give you some idea of the size


You could go up this spiral staircase and walk around the barrel. I think you could go underneath, but I didn't. I was losing our group again, and I wanted to get a shot of Elector Carl Philipp, court jester Perkeo. He entertained court society with his jokes and frequent puns. His ability to drink is legendary and is the subject of many an anecdote. As a painted wooden figure, Perkeo still has an eye on the Great Barrel today.



This is Perkeo


They had a wine bar, but we didn't have time for tasting any here


And I'm leaving you here for a bit with a shot of the Portcullis - don't want to get caught under that!



After this we went back outside for some more scenic views, which I shared earlier, and then we headed back to the buses.

They took us back into the City of Heidelberg itself and dropped us off by the lock I posted earlier. From there we had a walking tour of the town

Later ...
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Originally posted by Bailey Swedishfish
Kath,

My husband and I have been enjoying your recap. We did that cruise (in the opposite direction) with our two early 20's sons. We have a blast with them, and while the ship was docked very late in Rudsheim, our sons went off and partied with the crew. Unfortunately, they missed the castle portion of the Rhine. (The crew promised us they'd get the guys back on board and not leave them behind...) (But they didn't stop them from getting so hammered their hangover came before scenery!)

Don't hesitate to take a Christmas Market cruise. December in Europe is much more mild that northern US. We've done several (and getting ready for another!) and honestly, it's never been much colder than the mid-40s. We had one day on the Danube between Vienna and Melk that was completely socked in fog and we couldn't see the Wachau Valley (our poor cruise director was beside himself...it was apparently clear about 30' up from the river but at our altitude--PEA SOUP) But we've never had snow or ice or bitter cold. (And we're from MN and know cold. )

Ironically, when we were Rothenburg ob der Tauber, home of Kathe Wolfhart, we asked if there were any stores in the United States. Why yes! There is ONE! In Stillwater MN! (about 90 minutes from us.) HAHAHA. I chuckled as I checked out with $$$ worth of ornaments I was going to haul home...that I could have bought in MINNESOTA. But I'd highly recommend the Danube Waltz Christmas Market cruise. It's fabulous. Fun. A great mix of different cultures (Budapest! *swoon* Vienna! Salzburg! Linz! Bratislava! Passau!)
Sorry your sons missed the castles, but I suspect they would say they had a better time with the crew!

I have a Christmas Market cruise on the back burner. We'll see. We want to do the Viking Ocean West Indies Explorer and the East Coast Explorer from Montreal to NYC. And I have my eye on the Castles & Legends. Please do let me know how you like it. Are you visiting Mad Ludwig's Castle? It's a bucket list thing for me.

LOL - over finding that you and a Kathe Wolfhart store close to home. I think my in-laws might have sent that crystal ornament to me, and that's probably where they got it. They used to live in CO and the traveled around quite a bit by car.

Sorry - about the fog in the Wachau. I think I'll stop complaining about the few clouds during our Rhine Gorge transit!
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Loving your review Kath, especially all the detail in the pics. One of the best things for me was the invention of digital cameras!

On a side note, I had to go to our local Dutch store to get some Spatzle for our Sauerbraten I'm making and found your klompen slippers. Guess we don't have to get them in Amsterdam, so that leaves me more $$ to spend at the Christmas stores.
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Originally posted by Daisi
Loving your review Kath, especially all the detail in the pics. One of the best things for me was the invention of digital cameras!



On a side note, I had to go to our local Dutch store to get some Spatzle for our Sauerbraten I'm making and found your klompen slippers. Guess we don't have to get them in Amsterdam, so that leaves me more $$ to spend at the Christmas stores.

Thanks! I love Spatzle! We had a neighbor who used to make it - so good!

LOL about the klompen slippers. My husband decided he really liked them, so he found a place to order them on the internet


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I have to apologize again. I do mean to finish this. I'm writing it up in a Word Doc, so I can read it myself! I got all caught up in the holidays and then January went zooming by!

Plus we booked the West Indies Explorer on Viking Ocean, so now I'm in research mode again, as well!

Perhaps I'll use Super Bowl weekend since I'm not into that whole thing

Please be patient! I will finish!
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Originally posted by Cyber Kat
I have to apologize again. I do mean to finish this. I'm writing it up in a Word Doc, so I can read it myself! I got all caught up in the holidays and then January went zooming by!

Plus we booked the West Indies Explorer on Viking Ocean, so now I'm in research mode again, as well!

Perhaps I'll use Super Bowl weekend since I'm not into that whole thing

Please be patient! I will finish!
Yeah -- it's just the same old, same old Patriots again
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Thanks for a great review! I just booked the Rhine Getaway on the Viking Vidar today and was so excited to find your review!
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I love your review and appreciate the time you are taking with all the pictures and details. We will be on this cruise in April and having this information is wonderful! Looking forward to your review of Breisach, and Colmar if you went. I have read that Colmar is one of the ten most picturesque towns to visit.
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what a wonderful report!We too are booked on this cruise(our first) in June, 2017 going opposite direction
Look forward to reading the rest of your report
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Originally posted by Cyber Kat
After the Canal House museum, we headed back to the hotel because the reception person - I hate that I have forgotten her name (they remembered ours!) - had said that the room would be ready around 11:00am.
We did Amsterdam to Basel in 2016, I have really enjoyed reliving our trip as I read your account.

We are doing Viking Air this year, Business Class, Atlanta to Paris. We are traveling a day early to have a jet lag day. Be aware that you loose your Viking Transfer if you don't fly Viking's schedule. Our intent had been to get an airport hotel and crash. Then meet the Viking Transfer the next day. Viking doesn't allow that, we have to arrange our own transfer. So we have book a downtown hotel, will Uber to hotel. Do some sightseeing the next morning, then Uber to ship. We will have Viking Transfer on the return.

We have alway splurge and booked Veranda Suite. I get up early, go get coffee and pastry and come back to room and read, transfer photos, write notes, without disturbing Carol who sleeps in to the last minute. It works well for us.
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