Last night a few of us enjoyed a very fine meal at the speciality restaurant on board.
Until last night we were travelling up river on the Danube. The Danube runs from the Black Forest to the Black Sea through numerous East European countries. Sometime during the night we left the Danube and joined this immense construction of the Danube/Main Canal. It was only completed about 50 years ago and is quite different to the Victorian constructed canals that we spent several holidays on when we had young children. The canal links the Black Sea to the North Sea and cost some 25 billion US dollars.
We marked leaving the Danube with Blue Danube cocktails all round. 11a.m. may seem a little early for alcohol, but different rules apply on board ship.
Some of the locks are massive and are very cleverly constructed. As the canal doesn’t follow any existing river it has to use stored water to fill the many ( and very deep, 25 m )locks. The technology is clever and expensive, the lock gates are engineering on a herculean scale. If the construction ever makes economic sense it will be due to cruise ships like this one, although tourism was not even considered at the time the canal was planned.
Many of the passengers on this cruise are leaving the ship tomorrow in Nuremburg.
A few of us are staying on board and we will begin to travel downstream on the Main and then the Rhine.
This afternoon we had a walking tour of Nuremburg. The city was established way back in Roman times and there is the remains of a fortress and many half timbered medieaval buildings. Apparently the city was badly destroyed in WW11 so most of the buildings are restorations. Not surprisingly there was a housing crisis after the war so there are many ugly 1950’s apartment blocks also.
The speciality here is sausages and gingerbread. I don’t eat sausages but tried the gingerbread. 6 out of 10!