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Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 – Bonn to Nurnberg, Germany (& Rhine Cruise)

All photos taken on June 21, 1984.

We were up, ate our continental breakfast of rolls, coffee and juice quickly and climbed onto our tour bus to Boppard for our Rhine cruise departure at 9 AM. The cruise would take us to Sankt Goar, a trip of about 30 minutes by car. By boat, it would be a relaxing 90 minutes. This was an included tour and fortunately, the weather was stellar.

We settled in and drifted down the Rhine past towns and castles a-plenty. It was too early for a “wobbly-pop”, but we were happy for our orange drinks.

Pulling away from Boppard
Burg Liebenstein & Burg Sterrenberg, known as the Feindliche Brüder (“Adversarial Brothers”) after German legend that arose in 16th century – near Kamp-Bornhofen
Living the life on the Rhine
town along the Rhine
sailing down the Rhine
Burg Maus above village of Wellmich (built 1356-1386)
Rheinfels Castle – construction started in 1245 and was the largest fortress in the Middle Rhein Valley between Koblenz and Mainz
enjoying the sights with friends near Sankt Goar
Rheinfels Castle at Sankt Goar
Burg Katz (Katz Castle) above Sankt Goar (built around 1371)
Lorelei Rock – 132-metre-high (433 ft), steep slate rock

Disembarking at Sankt Goarhausen, we found Enzo and our coach waiting for us. We all loaded on the bus and were soon speeding??? on past Frankfurt, Wurzburg and onward to Nurnberg. It was a 4 hour drive, but with stops and slower driving, we made it in 6 hours. Yay, Enzo.

We ate lunch in a café along the way. I had Goulash Soup with a roll and beer. Pat had bratwurst, kartoffellpuffer, sauerkraut and strawberries and milk.

In Nurnberg, we opted to do the tour, before heading to the hotel (as a matter of fact, our tour guide did not offer any other option).

14th Schonner Brunnen fountain on Haupkarkt Nurnberg West Germany
gate at Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Kaiserberg or Nurnberg Castle – fortifications first appeared on this hill around 1000 and were added to until late medieval centuries
view of Nurnberg from Kaiserberg
Allan at Kaiserberg
Pat at Kaiserberg
statuary on St. Sebald’s church Nurenberg – built 1225-1255
Pegnitz River in Nurenberg
Heilig-Geist-Spital on Pegnitz River Nurnberg West Germany – largest hospital in the former free Imperial City of Nurnberg – built 1339 for ill, elderly and poor people

Touring done, it was time to head for to our hotel (Hotel Merkur) and hopefully dinner. Dinner in the hotel restaurant was Cabbage soup, fish, potatoes, fruit cup and beer. Is it just me or does it seem beer goes with everything in this country? Yeah, its just me!


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 – Bonn to Nurnberg, Germany (& Rhine Cruise)

    1. The included tours were a good cross section of interest. The carefully controlled arrival times and hotel locations made our tour time too short usually. I don’t think we had any rain on the entire trip. Maybe that would have been Cosmos $13.50 optional. Thanks for reading Linda. Happy Sunday. Allan

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  1. I think you’re right about the beer. They make very good beer in Germany. Looks like you had a very interesting trip and saw a lot of sights. It’s a good way to get the flavour of the country (especially with the beer).

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      1. I think you would find Germany very changed, and having lost its “German” flavour with all the mass immigration. I haven’t been back in decades but I have contact with several friends who live there, and the things they tell me make me shudder. (Not feeling safe on the trains anymore, is just one of many changes).

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    1. We have been so lucky in our travels, our bucket list is about the people, rather than the places, so Ireland, New Brunswick, England and New Zealand. If we could get back to Italy or to Spain, that would be our wish. Thanks for reading. Allan

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