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Day 7 & 8

Amsterdam to Cologne

semi-overcast 13 °C
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April 22
Last night we slept on the boat and woke this morning to a continental breakfast in our room which was lovely. We then joined our included activity, which was a canal cruise with a live guide. Even though we had done a canal cruise the previous day we enjoyed this one as well. Very cool to see buildings from a different perspective. Here are a few more Amsterdam pics.
After reembarking the boat we had lunch and set sail. We sailed all day and all night through several locks along the way. We sailed down a huge canal for several hours and then made a left turn onto the Waal river..the Waal looks more like a river with banks, sandy coves and trees and shrubs. This Waal eventually converged with another river and became the Rhine. We spent quite a bit of time sitting on our small balcony watching the countryside slide by. Very peaceful.
Here are some pictures of the boat and our room.
I can’t believe the boat traffic on these canals and rivers, cargo ships, ships carrying oil or gas and all types of barges with unknown cargo. Prior to supper we were spoiled with a canapé delivered to our room. Off to the welcome reception and captain’s dinner. One thing I can tell you is that we are eating very well. Too well. At some point after I went to bed we entered Germany.

April 23
A little overcast and windy again today. But the overall temperature is forecast to be better. We are still cruising down the Rhine River. The Rhine is a very significantly sized river. We arrive in Cologne around noon and then have a few hours to explore. Bill and I have opted to do our own thing, as we would like to spend more time at the Cathedral then the included tour allows. So….hopefully we don’t get lost and miss the boat, as we sail again tonight. I will let you know later.
We toured the Cologne Cathedral which is immense and amazing. It is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe and features immense twin towers that stand 515 feet (157 metres) tall. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. An older cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1248, and immediately thereafter work began on the present cathedral, which was designed in the Gothic style. Construction continued until 1560. The project then stalled for centuries, with a large wooden crane left standing some 184 feet (56 metres) above the ground, at the top of the south tower. During the 1790s, troops of the French Revolution occupied Cologne and used the cathedral as a stable and a hay barn. Restoration work began again in the 1820,s. In 1842 a new cornerstone was laid by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and work to complete the cathedral resumed in earnest. Construction finally ended in 1880.
This cathedrals claim to fame is that 3 wise men are buried here.
After our cathedral visit we wandered around the downtown area a bit, but felt we needed to get out and stretch our legs. So we went for a lovely brisk walk along the Rhine.
Back on the boat. Just in time, as it has started to rain again. Great supper and evening. Now off to sleep.

Posted by Basebrown 19:57 Archived in Germany

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