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Germany..Boppard 1983 & the Rhine 1986

BOPPARD: A short break to the Wine Growing area of the Rhine in 1983 proved to be a memorable few days. Prolonged heavy rain in Switzerland had caused the Rhine to burst it's banks, and by the time our coach arrived in Boppard, many of the streets were flooded. By the following morning the the water was up to the top of the traffic signs and all River traffic was suspended. But the following day the levels went down. We visited Rudesheim, a Wine growing town on the eastern bank of the Rhine, with the usual Wine Tasting. A trip to Cologne (Koln) was memorable for the smart Shops and magnificent Cathedral: And Boppard had much to offer. A Wine Festival: A Cablecar to a high point overlooking the river gave memorable views. Altogether a most enjoyable few days. Below is a selection of Non Digital Digital Photographs, which have been scanned from Photo prints.

Boppard 1983












  Rhine Cruise 1986



A Rhine cruise had been on the agenda for some years, and in 1986 it came to fruition, being combined with a one week holiday at Lugano, in Southern Switzerland.

The cruise itinerary, 22nd to 26th July 1986, was: Day 1: Flight from Birmingham to Amsterdam; coach onwards to Nijmegan, in eastern Holland. Short visit to town, join boat S.S.Austria at 5.30pm, sail at 7.00pm for overnight cruise to Cologne.. After evening meal, Captains welcome reception.

Day 2: Arrive Cologne (Koln) at 9.00am for 3 hour visit, then on past Bonn and Koblenz, visiting Marksburg Castle, and arriving at Braubach at 9.30pm

Day 3: Depart Braubach 6.30am for cruise past the castles, the vineyards, the historic towns, and the Loreley rock. Called at Garnsheim (for Heidelberg excursion) and on to Speyer, where we docked for the night.

Day 4: An early departure from Speyer, onwards with the French border on the right and the Black Forest on the left. Arrived Strasbourg 3.00pm, for visit to city and cathedral.

Day 5: Early morning start from Strasbourg for the final leg to Basle, where we arrived at 3.00pm. Then on by train to Lugano for the second stage of our holiday.

So was the Rhine Cruise on SS Austria a success?. Definitely, although it has to be said that the first and last days were of little scenic interest: but days 2 to 4 more than made up, with the visits to Cologne and Strasbourg most enjoyable. And the "Romantic Rhine", from Cologne southwards past the castles and vineyards, was a delight.

















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