Category Archives: Europe

Speyer, Germany ~ A UNESCO Cathedral, 1500 Liters of Wine and a Charter for the Jews

EDITORS NOTE: After a several week hiatus, that included a bit of time with family and friends, a cold that put me down for a while and a fabulous jaunt to my home town of Medford, Oregon, where I reconnected … Continue reading

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Strasbourg ~ Ramped up Security and Blockaded Bridges

July 30th ~ Strasbourg, France 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 … Continue reading

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Colmar ~ Straddling Germany and France with its own Little Venice

July 29th ~ Colmar, France 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. 

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Legendary Rhine and Moselle – How Our Uniworld Adventure Begins!

July 28th ~ Basel, Switzerland: On board the 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 … Continue reading

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

July 27th ~ Basel, Switzerland 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 … Continue reading

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

July 26th ~ Murren, Switzerland 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. 

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

July 25th ~ 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 … Continue reading

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Getting from Lausanne to Murren is not easy

July 24th ~ Lausanne to Murren, Switzerland 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 … Continue reading

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Lausanne, Switzerland ~ Getting into the Olympic Spirit

July 23rd ~ 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: 

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Zermatt and Gornergrat Bahn

July 22 ~ Zermatt, Switzerland 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. 

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