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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

River cruise — the beginning

Not long after my last post here, my husband and I left for a new-to-us adventure. We've cruised before, but we'd never done a river cruise. It's really a different experience from ocean cruises! In fact, they're so different that I really don't know which I prefer. We chose a cruise that took us mainly to places we'd never been before, and it was thoroughly enjoyable, largely thanks to the people at Viking River Cruises.

We left here on a Saturday morning, though not as early as we'd expected, since our first flight was delayed. Oops! We had a few minutes' worry about whether we'd make our connection, but all went well. Four flights and 21 hours later, we were in Basel, Switzerland, where we boarded the Viking Helvetia to begin our trip. Of course, it was evening by then, so the ship was ready to leave.

The next morning we were to tour the Black Forest near Breisach, Germany, but apparently it is, indeed, possible to get seasick on a river; I spent the day in bed instead. Oh well. I did have visitors, though! Our cabin attendant checked on me regularly, and there were some others who visited via the window. ;)

Luckily for me, I was much better the next day, so I was able to see Strasbourg, France, which is something I've wanted to do for some years. It's a beautiful city! We had the usual city tour, of course, seeing all of the usual sights. Included were the treasured storks, as well as this gorgeous covered bridge.

The city has a canal system, so we also decided to take a canal cruise to see some of the city from a different perspective.

Water transportation meant that many of the buildings are situated right at the water's edge. Lovely, isn't it?

Naturally, we had to visit the magnificent cathedral, Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and I was most impressed by the clock inside. This is one of those that has moving figures at different times of the day, and it's amazing to see it function!

That's enough for one day. ;) I'll add another installment soon!

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