Just Cruising

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We did not take the expensive optional tour of Salzburg the home of Mozart. The people who went thought it was like a fair-tale village. I hated to miss it, but it was all day long — more walking than I could possibly do.

I slept until 10:00 a.m. as I was so exhausted and only woke up once because the ship was vibrating. I don’t know what that was all about. We were probably going through a lock. There are so many locks on this river that I lost count.

I missed breakfast entirely as I slept right through it. Lunch will be at noon. There is a light lunch in the lounge or a regular lunch in the dining room. Decisions, decisions. Actually, it was the same food, only a buffet in one place and table service in the other.

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I was enjoying the beautiful scenery from the boat. Meanwhile, back in the cabin, my partner blew out his currency converter, the thing that changes 230 electricity into 110 so American appliances can use it. He borrowed one from another passenger and blew it out too. I don’t know what he is doing. Anyhow, I am sharing mine with him. Hope he doesn’t blow it out.

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He can’t seem to keep the batteries going on his huge camera and fiddled with it through the entire tour yesterday. I don’t know why he doesn’t just take pictures with his cell phone. I have been using my cell as it is smaller and easy to carry. I will use my regular camera, when we take the night cruise as it can take pictures at night and the cell phone cannot.

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While we had a free day, I decided to get a massage. The massage was not exactly like others I’ve had, but still very relaxing. The odd thing was the masseuse did not leave the room while I undressed. I guess Americans are more prudish about such things than Europeans. I left my undies on and grabbed the sheet to cover up as fast as I could.

The boat made a short stop in Linz and we could go exploring on our own. But it rained and was very cloudy and nasty, so most people did not try to shop. There will be other opportunities. Most things are closed on Sunday in Germany anyhow. We enjoyed the lights of Linz that night and took some pictures. After dinner we went to the lounge for the first time as we have always been too tired before. They had a piano player and singer so, we relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment and dancing.

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Up again at 5 a.m. tomorrow for a 6 a.m. departure tour of Vienna. Rumor had it that some people were so mad about the disorganization that they called Premier Travel. We were supposed to get free beer and all-day coffee to make up for it, but nothing can really make it up.  I told the tour director that I liked the Turtle Group and he promised to do it again tomorrow. They are also having two dinner servings — one for people going to an optional concert in Vienna and one for everyone else. Sounds good.

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This museum building changed colors: pink, blue and green.

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The Arrival

We arrived in Munich. I met the tour guide and we were transported by bus to a hotel in Timbuktu. We are out in the German countryside in a new hotel an hour from Munich. I don’t know how much they pay the travel company to come here, but it must be a very good deal for someone. It doesn’t look like the promised Bavarian village to me, just some shops built for tourists.

For some reason, I already think this is not very well planned. We cannot get in our rooms until 4 a.m., so we leave suitcases in a meeting room. We are now supposed to go eat on our own. Some people have no Euros and the hotel restaurant doesn’t take credit cards. They can’t get Euros as it is a holiday and banks are closed. Thank goodness, I thought about currency ahead of time. But, I’m not hungry — I’m tired. Besides, I can’t get up steps with no banister to get to the pizza restaurant where the tourist herd is going.

Oh, wait! I see Morris who came yesterday. Good news! He already has a room, so I retrieved my suitcase and checked in. I wanted to sleep, but he is hungry, so we decided to eat. It is cool and windy, but we walked about a block or two to a German restaurant. I figured I could eat pizza at home. I had Cordon Bleu and he had steak and potatoes. The food was delicious and not much more expensive than a moderate priced chain restaurant at home.

Tomorrow, we will go on a walking tour of Munich. The capital city of Munich is located in Bavaria a state in Germany with picturesque villages and medieval towns. We will begin with a Munich City Tour and see the glockenspiel, a famous clock thingy in the town hall with life-sized wooden figures that dance around. The New Town Hall is supposed to have cool architecture.

After that, we will spend about 3 hours experiencing Oktoberfest. Not sure 3 hours is much of an experience — but, oh well, I didn’t come to drink beer anyhow. However, the wine at dinner was very good and I had a taste of Mo’s beer. I don’t like beer, but it was not bad. Guess I’ll try one tomorrow as beer is what the festival is about, that and King Ludwig’s wedding a few hundred years ago.

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On the bus we had passed a lot of fields with strange posts and wire cages. We found out it was where “hops” for beer is grown on vines that love to climb. The hops have already been harvested for this year, however. The little villages we passed were interesting — clusters of red-roof houses and always a church with a tall steeple, like a Christmas snow globe. Bavaria is what most people think of when they think of Germany.

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These photos were taken later, but are so typical of the scenery that I wanted you to see them.