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Day 12

Bamburg

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April 27 Bamburg
Lazy morning, as we sailed most of the morning. Arrived in Bamburg around 11:30 ahead of schedule. It is a sunny warm day. This was nice as we got off and went for a walk before lunch and our scheduled tour. At 2:00 they loaded us all on the bus for a 5 min ride into Bamburg where we had a guided tour of the old town. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Bamburg. Bamburg has an interesting history and some cool sites. It has a small area off the river that has houses built on stilts and they call it little Venice. It did have similarities. 3FC43020-3F67-4AD5-9231-E3DFAF6D6482.jpeg
Bamburg is built on 7 hills like Rome. Its original town hall was built over/on the river due to a land dispute with the Prince Bishop at the time. The original residence for the royal family King Henry II and his wife Konagunda, is a huge 3 story timber structure, that I immediately recognized from TV. Apparently it has been the backdrop of several movies/tv shows. I remembered it from a Netflix series about the Empress of Russia. It was also the setting for the Orlando Bloom version of The Three Musketeers.
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After our guided tour we had time to explore on our own, so we went back to the cathedral. As far as cathedrals go, it is large no impressive, but lacked the splendour bad decor that so many European cathedrals have inside. Just the same it was grand in size.
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After the cathedral we headed back down the hill to one of the original breweries. The speciality here is a dark porter styles beer that has a smokey taste and smell. I didn’t hate it, but I think it might be more of an acquired taste.
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After the beer we decided to walk back and forgo the bus ride, after all it was a beautiful day for a walk and the busses hadn’t arrived at the designated meeting spot, so we knew we had lots of time to make it back. As we board the boat we are asked by reception if we had just come from downtown, as the cruise director was on the phone asking if any guests had come back on board. Not sure if they waited the busses for a head count, oops, Neither Bill or I remember hearing that we had to take busses back. We shall see if we hear about it later.

Posted by Basebrown 16:17 Archived in Germany

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