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Cologne Cathedral

A Winter Walking Tour of Cologne, Germany

Cologne Cathedral

Updated 11.01.2015 Pastel-colored buildings enhance the snowy scene when AmaWaterways Amacello pulls into her spot along the banks of the Rhine River in Cologne. But Alan and I aren’t going to let a little snow on the ground keep us from exploring Germany’s 4th largest city and our first Christmas markets stop of this Rhine […]

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Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Gorge

Winter on the Rhine

Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Gorge

Updated 11.01.2015 On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a […]

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Gothic cathedral rises above Schwerin, Germany

Take a walking tour in Schwerin

Gothic cathedral rises above Schwerin, Germany

Updated 10.01.2013 A walkable European city with cobblestone streets, historic half-timbered buildings and a castle that sits in the middle of a lake—does this sound like a fairytale setting to you? On a walking tour in Schwerin, Germany, you’ll discover this charming scene complemented by cultural festivals and plenty of active travel opportunities. Schwerin might […]

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pier-heiligendamm-germany

Saturday’s scene: into the Baltic Sea

pier-heiligendamm-germany

The pier at Grand Hotel Heiligendamm stretches into the Baltic Sea during my rainy September visit. In good weather, the luxury resort in northern Germany provides seaside activities for families, couples and those looking to rejeuvenate in a world renowned spa. The resort’s classical white buildings are the backdrop for the natural beauty of the […]

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rudesheim

Saturday’s scene: the Rudesheim Christmas market

rudesheim

Updated 11.01.2015 The Rudesheim Christmas market more than met my expectations of a Christmas market scene in Germany. When Alan and I walked from the AmaWaterways Amacello into the small German village, we discovered a winter tableau worthy of the front cover of a Christmas card. After crossing some rail tracks near the pier, we […]

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anticipation

Saturday’s scene: anticipation

anticipation

Trip anticipation—it’s one of my favorite parts of travel. When UPS delivered the documents for our AMA Waterways Christmas market cruise, I ripped open the box immediately. What did I discover? A black pouch holding cruise vouchers, luggage tags, a brochure with tips about preparing for the cruise, a detailed itinerary and a guidebook. Before […]

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Classical music in Berlin

Saturday’s scene: appreciating classical music in Berlin

Classical music in Berlin

Classical music is king when it comes to culture in Berlin. Did you know that the city has seven major symphony orchestras, three major opera houses and hundreds of  smaller performing groups? Berlin is a paradise for boomer travelers who are also music lovers. I took this photo during a chamber music concert at Charlottenburg Castle where […]

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The Wall by Yadegar Asisi

Remembering the Berlin Wall

The Wall by Yadegar Asisi

Do you remember the Berlin Wall? I can still hear President John F. Kennedy saying, “Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner),” as he stood near the wall that imprisoned the citizens of East Berlin. His show of U.S. support for West Berlin threatened to catapult humankind into World War III. As I discovered […]

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