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1 hour ago, notamermaid said:

Great photo, by the way, of one of my favourite ships on the rivers - the River Cloud as she was called and which is now the Royal Crown (which makes the photo a bit "old" of course).

I zoomed in on the main photo on the link, and although the ship name got a little fuzzy it seems to be Royal Crown.  She is regularly chartered by Noble-Caledonia:

https://www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/ships/river/royal-crown/#related_tours

 

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Oh thanks, I read it as River Cloud (both capital R and C) and the livery looked a little old. Should have zoomed in myself. The Royal Crown ex-River Cloud is a beautiful ship I find, I loved the reception area (all I was allowed to see on a chance encounter). Good to read she will be sailing again this year for the company - and traversing Europe on a 24-day itinerary! Not stopping at Wertheim, but Miltenberg on the Main, among other places: https://www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/tour/2592/across-europe-by-river-2022/itinerary/?search_url_id=2

 

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Responding to @notamermaid - We visited Wertheim on our first river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam.  It was 15 years ago so my memories are a bit foggy.
The enrichment activity on board before we arrived in Wertheim was a glass blower that had a shop there. He came aboard that morning the with his equipment and an assistant a gave a demonstration and not surprisingly sold his art. Our walking tour had our first stop was to meet our guide at his studio and for a beer. It was after lunch😉.
My most vivid memory of Wertheim is the castle ruins above the city. Quite a climb up to them. The castle itself was not all that impressive but the view was well worth the effort expended to get there. This was on our own, not part of the walking tour. 15 years and pounds later, I don’t think I would attempt that again.
 

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On 3/27/2022 at 4:34 AM, CPT Trips said:

The enrichment activity on board before we arrived in Wertheim was a glass blower that had a shop there.

I have seen the glass blower in the videos of Viking. A popular activity it seems, it having been done for so many years.

 

The castle I think has been mentioned in connection with Amawaterways. But I reckon it is an obvious choice with many tour operators.

 

I wonder if anyone has been on an excursion from Wertheim or on a bike tour?  I think Rothenburg ob der Tauber is mostly done from Würzburg, isn't it?

 

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Our cruise line for this trip was GCT, not Viking.

I know that the tour to Rothenburg was on a cruising day. My recollection (foggy at best) is the ship went from Würzburg to Wertheim stopping briefly in Gerlachshausen to disembark those taking the optional tour to Rothenburg. 
 

Now that I’m typing this, I realize the that I may have erred in post 103 on the timing of when the glassblower boarded the ship.

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The artist that did our demo had his own studio. 
My hunch is that it was a very profitable demo; it looked like a lot of purchases were made. Not us though, no fragile and/or bulky souvenirs allowed. 😎

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Size of souvenirs can be awkward. I tend to go for the standard small ones: fridge magnets, pens, pencils, leather bookmarks. But I have also purchased birthday cards (with motif of the town), old replica coins, jewellery, etc. The bulkiest one so far must be the bathrobe from the Budapest baths, I think. On the Main I perhaps should have bought a mirror in Lohr (the Snow White town) but was only there for two hours. No shopping as such. A fridge magnet and a few postcards it was in Würzburg.

 

Next place on the Main for a souvenir purchase should be Ochsenfurt. I look forward to returning there. It was a pleasant surprise as a place to explore, checked it out for ten minutes. When I am there I must have a look at the old hospital. Apparently it is a well-preserved complex of buildings dating from the 15th century. Intriguing. I stumbled across it as I read an article that the German foundation for the preservation of monuments gave a grant for the renovation in 2021. The hospital as a building site (text says 1.1 million came from a government institution, which is a different source of monies): https://www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/millionen-foerderung-fuer-ochsenfurter-spital,SfgReiV

The building before renovation: https://www.ochsenfurt.de/index.php?id=120&L=6

 

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My mother collected thimbles, beautifully small. As a teenager a travel rep asked my mother and I to fly home with two swords left behind by a customer myself and a rather nice young man had a fence off up and down the eisle can you imagine that now?

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50 minutes ago, Canal archive said:

My mother collected thimbles, beautifully small. As a teenager a travel rep asked my mother and I to fly home with two swords left behind by a customer myself and a rather nice young man had a fence off up and down the eisle can you imagine that now?

Wow!  How the world has changed (sadly)...

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2 hours ago, Canal archive said:

My mother collected thimbles, beautifully small. As a teenager a travel rep asked my mother and I to fly home with two swords left behind by a customer myself and a rather nice young man had a fence off up and down the eisle can you imagine that now?

 

That's awesome. Definitely not happening these days.

 

We bring home local wine and spices as souvenirs. That way they never build up or collect too much space (except for how they inexplicably expand my belly...)

 

For example - we brought home some sea salt from Croatia, and a "few" bottles of wine. While coming home through Paris we went to the gourmet food store at Galleries Lafayette and got some sel gris de Guérand too. It went very well with yesterday's steak!

 

The only other souvenir-type that we bring home is small animal figurines, especially if they are carved out of local stone. We have a collection of them on a shelf in the living room.

 

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On 4/11/2022 at 6:45 PM, jpalbny said:

We bring home local wine and spices as souvenirs.

That is a nice idea. On the Main around Würzburg that is probably an even better idea as elsewhere. Franconian wines are not that easy to get outside of the wider region it seems. Happy to be proven otherwise.

 

We have talked about hiking recently. I found this article about hiking in Franconia: https://www.travelpulse.com/opinions/blog/hike-through-bavarias-wine-region.html

 

Randersacker! Now that rings a bell perhaps. Yes, it was a village we walked through during a trip to Würzburg in 2020, #post 55: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2670259-the-river-main-infos-and-river-cruising-experiences/page/3/#comment-60446776

 

 

I enjoyed Randersacker for the fact that it was a place that attracted few international tourists (a sign of the time in 2020 perhaps) and was quiet, with an attractive spot at the river bank to just watch the locals and the scenery. Würzburg has so much to see and could keep you busy for two days, but if that couple offered wine tours on a river cruise I would definitely not say no to such an excursion.

 

The Main and especially the bends in Franconia have so much to offer, it is worth repeating that I would like to see an international river cruise company offer a more intensive itinerary in that area. On a seven-day trip there is no need to go all the way from Regensburg to Cologne for example. I would be willing to spend all days and nights of such a trip on the Main.

 

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Today and tomorrow are days when you can not only watch the barge and tanker traffic on the Main but may also be able to spot an unusual sight. Another ship hull is on its way to the Netherlands for outfitting. This one is the Viva Two. She is being pushed by Zasavica as she really is only steel and nothing else yet. Currently around Eltmann, she passed the Viking Ve about an hour ago. As she is sailing more slowly than a vessel going downstream on a river would, she still needs quite a bit of time before she reaches the Rhine and her shipyard.

 

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