This fall, we took the Magnificent Europe Cruise on the Avalon Waterways’ Panorama ship. We had a great trip and have many wonderful memories. Beyond the adventure itself, and the beauty we saw, we learned a few things. Such as:
There are no plain church pews in Bratislava, Slovakia: If only we had a handsaw.
The most Fruity Award goes to Durnstein, Austria, where everything is flavored apricot, since it’s the main crop.
The Best Use of Euros: Ice Cream!
We thought Hy-Vee was a large store until we shopped in the Grand Market Hall in Budapest, Hungary.
We knew so little about the Habsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire. Not quite Game of Thrones, but close.
Get Lucky: Turn the Gold Ring at the Nuremberg fountain three times and your wish comes true. But if you say your wish out loud, you become pregnant. (no first-hand knowledge!)
Are you crazy for Christmas? You should visit Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany.
Interesting Telling of the Immaculate Conception: On a church in Wurzburg. Yes, Baby Jesus is sliding down from heaven into Mary’s ear.
The Oldest Pub in Germany is in Miltenberg: Yep, we had a beer and pretzel there.
Interesting Combination: A Protestant Church and a pub. To enter the church, you must walk through the pub. If you don’t make it into the church on Sunday, they broadcast the service in the pub. Seems reasonable.
Quirky WWII Fact: The Germans make their mountain tunnels look like a church, so they wouldn’t be bombed.
Philip will drink coffee if it has brandy, whipped cream and chocolate. Yes, he will, especially if he’s cold and in Rudesheim, Germany.
FYI: “Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers”-George Carlin
On our next blog, we share our “Best of” list. Stay tuned.