Strasbourg ~ Ramped up Security and Blockaded Bridges

July 30th ~ Strasbourg, France

Bridges of Strasbourg

Bridges of Strasbourg ~ taken while cruising on the canal

Strasbourg is situated on the eastern border of France with Germany and is the official seat of the European Parliament. They are the second largest port on the Rhine River after Duisburg, Germany as well as a hub of rail and road transportation.  Continue reading

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Colmar ~ Straddling Germany and France with its own Little Venice

July 29th ~ Colmar, France

Colmar, France (Little Venice)

Colmar, France (Little Venice area)

Departing from Basel, and leaving Switzerland behind, our ship next docked in Breisach, Germany but our tour was to Colmar, France. I think that amounted to three countries in less than 24 hours.  Continue reading

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Legendary Rhine and Moselle – How Our Uniworld Adventure Begins!

July 28th ~ Basel, Switzerland: On board the River Queen

Uniworld River Queen

Uniworld River Queen

UNIWORLD – Legendary Rhine and Moselle

Day one of a river cruise is when one simply gets on board, unpack a suitcase or two, perhaps explore the ship a little, find your way to the main lounge, try out the drink of the day or have a glass of wine (or both), and start meeting a few people.  Continue reading

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Switzerland ~ Murren to Basel, and trying to be a local

July 27th ~ Basel, Switzerland

Tim enjoying our final moments in Murren

Tim enjoying our final moments in Murren

We were leaving behind our high mountain base in Murren where we had hiked in the sunshine, been enveloped with clouds, saw a triple rainbow and climbed amongst underground waterfalls. It somehow felt anti-climatic to walk across the street to get on a train, to then take a tram, to then take two more trains.  Continue reading

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Murren, water falls inside a mountain and a return to Schilthorn

July 26th ~ Murren, Switzerland

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On our hike from Murren to Gimmelwald

Our weather improved, so we were out the door for more exploring. First a nice walk through Murren and a hike down the hill toward Gimmelwald, in the valley far below.  Continue reading

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Murren sits on the side of a cliff, Schilthorn towers high above

July 25th ~ Murren, Switzerland

Murren, Switzerland

Murren, Switzerland

First a little more about Murren. It basically sits on the side of a cliff overlooking a large valley far below. We took a cable car and then a small train to get from the valley up to our hotel. This map will give you better idea of where Murren is situated.  Continue reading

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Getting from Lausanne to Murren is not easy

July 24th ~ Lausanne to Murren, Switzerland

Traveling via rail from Lausanne to Murren (going past Lake Geneva)

Traveling via rail from Lausanne to Murren (going past Lake Geneva)

OK, it is not really difficult to get from Lausanne to Murren, but it does require several connections, some of which are very short and it helps if someone points you in the right direction.  Continue reading

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Lausanne, Switzerland ~ Getting into the Olympic Spirit

July 23rd ~ Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

Having a Swiss Pass has made it so easy for us to move about Switzerland. Today we traveled from Zermatt to Lausanne. I’ll start you off with a few shots taken from our train ride:  Continue reading

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Zermatt and Gornergrat Bahn

July 22 ~ Zermatt, Switzerland

At Gonergrat, above Zermatt

On our way up to Gornergrat, above Zermatt

Today we explored the quaint haunt of the rich and famous – Zermatt! Primarily known as a ski resort and mountaineering base for those wanting to challenge the infamous Matterhorn.  Continue reading

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Glacier Express ~ Pontresina to Zermatt

July 21st ~ Zermatt, Switzerland

Traveling on the Glacier Express to Zermatt

Traveling on the Glacier Express to Zermatt

I was sad to leave our little heaven on earth in Pontresina where we had been welcomed like family and treated like VIP’s. But it was time to once again catch a train.  Continue reading

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