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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Shrewsbury September 17th 2016

Geo: 52.7101, -2.75208 We decided to go to Sudeley Castle, near Winchombe. The family that owns it still lives there. We drove to Winchcombe and headed toward the road to the castle. The road was closed and traffic was diverted. We couldn't find the road to the castle, so we looked at our atlas and found another way to get there on a single track road. Just before we got to a turnoff there was a fallen tree blocking the road. We had to turn around on the single track road and find another way. We ended up on another single track road and made several turns onto other roads. We were lost! We stopped at a road construction site and asked the man if he knew where the castle was. He said go another half ... read more
The abbey
Stacy in the garden
Ruins of the first castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Stow-on-the-Wold September 15th 2016

Geo: 51.9301, -1.72382 So, yesterday we headed out to Blenheim Palace to look around. It was about a 25 minute drive. So far, I have not hit anything, including Stacy. Ha,ha. I did make one error though. A woman slowed so we could turn right from a side street. I was so intent on watching her that I just turned without looking to the right. A van was coming and he braked and honked at me as I pulled out in front of him. Whoops!!! We arrived at Blenheim Palace in one piece and went inside. This palace is the only palace that is owned by a private citizen. Actually, Winston Churchill was born here. His parents were visiting the 9th Duke of Marlborough at the palace when she went into labor. Winston Churchill is buried ... read more
Door knocker
The back side
One of the gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Stow-on-the-Wold September 13th 2016

Geo: 51.9301, -1.72382 We got up in sunny old London and took a few pics before getting a ride to the airport. We picked up our car, actually an SUV. They said we could take any car from zone 2, but when we got out there, there were no cars in zone 2. A manager came over and said to take the SUV from zone 3 instead. Wow, an upgrade. It is a Nissan compact SUV, a diesel. It seems nice. I drove around the parking lot a few times and then we were off. We drove out to Highclere Castle, which is where Downton Abby was filmed. It was closed and no vehicles were allowed inside. Oh well, you can't win them all. So we headed toward our next stop for the night. We wanted ... read more
The summer solstice rock
Rocks with a lentil
House near Avebury

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 11th 2016

Geo: 51.5085, -0.12574 We woke up to a little drizzle yesterday morning. We headed out towards the Duke of York column where we were to pick our tour for Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard. The guide wasn't sure that the full changing of the guard would happen because of the intermittent rain. Lucky for us it stopped long enough for the full change to take place. He then took us to the entrance of Buckingham Palace and we went inside. There is a security check point there just like at the airports. They said take everything out of your pockets and proceed thru. I had a backpack with me and put it on the belt. Then I stepped thru. BUZZ!!!! Off go the alarms. The guy pulls me aside and wands me. Oops, ... read more
The new soldiers
The old soldiers
The marching band

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 9th 2016

Geo: 51.5085, -0.12574 We got up on Thursday and stopped at a small store to pick up some croissants and some orange juice. We took our laundry to a laundromat and left it with an attendant. Everything is super expensive in Switzerland because the minimum wage is over 20 Swiss Francs per hour. Two loads of laundry cost 33 Swiss Francs. The exchange rate is about 1 to 1. Oh well, we need clean clothes! We took our croissants and sat on a bench near the river and had our breakfast. Next to us were 2 guys drinking beer and smoking, at 9:30 am. We took off and went for a walk past the Marketplatz and on toward one of the city gates. Along the way, we stopped into a Co-op store to get a razor( ... read more
The top of a govt. building
One of the old city gates
Close up.

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Basel September 7th 2016

Geo: 47.5667, 7.6 We woke up on the river and had our next stop. We were met by our buses and went on an excursion to the black forest of Germany. We drove thru a few beautiful little villages. We finally stopped at a place where they demonstrate the making of cuckoo clocks. Also, there was a glass blowing demonstration and the worlds largest cuckoo clock. It covered the entire side of the house where it was mounted. Stacy watched the cuckoo clock making demonstration while I went for a hike into the black forest. We then met up for the glass blowing demo. Stacy says that they had a replica of the first cuckoo clock ever made. It had a rock as the counterweight! We returned to the ship in time for lunch. Then we ... read more
Flower box
Worlds largest cuckoo clock
Little hiker

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 5th 2016

Geo: 48.5839, 7.74553 We woke up in Koblenz, Germany this morning and got ready for our excursion for the day. Stacy didn't feel well this morning and returned to the ship just before the bus left for Marksburg Castle. I soldiered on without her. The castle is one of a very few castles that was never destroyed. It is over 700 years old. It sat up on top of a large hill overlooking the Rhine River. I returned to the ship and we cast off for a day of sailing up the Middle Rhine River thru a gorge. There were 22 castles on the hilltops in this area dating from the 11th century. It was a spectacular voyage. Everyone was up on the observation deck, sitting in lounges and drinking beer and wine. For dinner, we ... read more
Statue by where we were docked.
Door in Marksburg Castle.
The top of Marksburg Castle.

Europe » Germany September 2nd 2016

Geo: 50.9411, 6.95984 We woke up this morning in Kinderdijk. It is in southern Netherlands. This area is all below sea level and the only thing that used to keep the land dry were dikes and the windmills. There are 19 windmills in this area that were built in the 1730's. Some of them still work. Families live in all of them. They have been replaced by electric pumps now. We got to tour one that still works and is furnished as it would have been in the late 1700's. It is really interesting to see how they built these sophisticated machines back in the 1700's. We are talking about gears that are made of wood that are 6 feet in diameter and a main shaft that is about 40 feet long that was made from ... read more
Windmills along the canal
Clog shoes

Europe » Netherlands August 31st 2016

Geo: 52.3738, 4.89095 Got up and headed out to the Ann Frank house. If you remember your history, she was a Jewish girl who kept a diary of her experience hiding with her family in a secret annex during WWII. She and her family and another family lived for 2 years in hiding in a series of small rooms from the Germans. Eventually they were discovered and only one of the people survived the concentration camps after the war. I believe it is the most read book of the 20th century. It is a very humbling experience to see how they had to live just because of their religion. We decided to go on another canal boat tour after that. Then lunch. We then decided to go to the Van Gough Museum. We had to walk ... read more
Beautiful day in Amsterdam
Bicycles on the bridge
Looks like a clown car!

Europe » Netherlands August 29th 2016

Geo: 52.3738, 4.89095 Well we made it to Amsterdam. The flights went well. Our luggage arrived and our driver was there to meet us. He took us to our hotel and we checked in. The room wasn't quite ready, so they gave us a voucher for the bar and we had a drink and waited. And waited,and waited. They said about 20 minutes, so after 45 I went down to inquire. They apologized and gave us another voucher and said 15 minutes. After another 45 minutes I again inquired about the room. This time they gave us a different room on the top floor with a better view. We went up and unpacked and took a long nap. The next morning we went out for a tour of the old part of the city. We visited ... read more
Atlas in the Royal Palace
Old clock
The Royal Palace

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