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  1. The court case has been closed with a compensation, here is the story: https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/tourism/msc-agrees-e2-4m-compensation-for-venice-cruise-ship-collision notamermaid
  2. Let us have a look at the past week: The river has been on the low side, but overall, the intermittent rain has been able to keep it from falling to levels that would cause many ships to have to adjust for several days in a row as we have seen in previous years. For the next two days it looks promising to stay this way but there is quite a margin of figures above and below 300cm which means that the most likely figure marked with a blue line would be a relatively good outcome but the river may well fall below that. That would at this point in time make problems a possible scenario. notamermaid
  3. @SCBarker so you are ready to go, all sorted . Have a great trip with a river cruise in beautiful autumn colours. notamermaid
  4. Thanks, jp. Happy to meet in the village and then walk up to the aqueduct with you. We could join the guide there (if needs be I will do some translating) and I would probably show you the path which will take you to a splendid hotel and later the view over the valley. You could continue while I take the more comfortable option of heading straight back to the village. I am just not good at long distances these days. The whole "Traumpfad" is four hours: https://www.traumpfade.info/pfad/traumpfad/rheingoldbogen/?lang=en Or we break our journey at said hotel and lazily take a taxi back to the valley: https://www.jakobsberg.de/en/ Come to think of it: this hotel and hilly location above Boppard would be ideal for a luxury tour offer by Crystal. I think it would fit well into their portfolio of excursions. The makers of "Traumpfade" must have realized a few years ago that not everyone can walk 3 to 6 hours up and down hill, so they have created the shorter "Traumpfädchen". As the grammatical diminutive "-chen" suggests, these are shorter walks of up to two hours. In fact, they have a suggestions which appears to incorporate the view of the Traumpfad from an easier angle. Description only in German unfortunately: https://www.traumpfade.info/pfad/traumpfaedchen/spayer-blickinstal/ For the serious hikers there are two paths that loosely follow the river in the Middle Rhine valley through the hills on both sides, on the left bank the "RheinBurgenWeg" (see the signpost and my mention above) and on the right bank the "Rheinsteig". Both challenging in parts, but very rewarding. I have been up a short stretch of the Rheinsteig, that was in 2019 when I went to Hammerstein castle ruin (I posted about it at the time). On a river cruise, I think it is a bit impractical to offer hiking stretches, an excursion up to the Vierseenblick, four lakes' view, in Boppard is a great offer instead. Or the view from Marksburg castle is splendid. The Rüdesheim to Assmannshausen walk is also a nice thing to do, seems to work, I think AvalonWaterways offers that. But I will get back to the hiking paths again nevertheless in another post. notamermaid
  5. News from another German company, Viva Cruises. Travelweekly in the UK have picked up on the articles published in German last week. Viva Cruises will be the (says the company) first river cruise line to sail every month of the year. This means they have itineraries in winter: https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/tourism/viva-cruises-adds-winter-river-sailings An unusual move for sure. I am a bit sceptical, knowing German rivers and weather in winter. But with the situation as it is, at least for 2022 it could well pay off. The seven night crime themed cruise along the Northern German canals is intriguing, but would I fly in from another country (or take the Eurostar from the UK) to go there in winter? Not sure. Also, what about the language? Will the crime novel theme be bilingual? Seeing that the company has teamed up with a German crime novel publisher, probably not. notamermaid
  6. Oh dear, must have found a wrong caption under photo information. I guess you have been to Stockport then. Love the railway viaduct. Friends of mine live in the area. Have you navigated the Marple locks? notamermaid
  7. Thanks for those photos, so very English. I have learnt from a quick search that this pub is on the Thames in Oxfordshire. I only know the canal in the Peak District close to Manchester. I think I should continue my little series about travels through Britain... notamermaid
  8. @Texas Trippin Do not worry about the geography details, thye are a challenge when you come from far away, I was kind of unsure where everything is on the Danube between Passau and Budapest and I am European! I am far away from Linz I am afraid. It will stay a dream to join in. If I had the chance, okay, I would not do any herding, leave that to the crew, just join in the fun for a bit. Oh, when in Linz - if you have a sweet tooth - try some Linzer Torte. notamermaid
  9. I have heard of Bourton-on-the-water in the Cotswolds and seen some photos. Have looked it up again and seen that they also have a motor museum. I think I should go there some time. Unfortunately, my travels having concentrated to the East of the country I have not been to the Cotswolds yet. notamermaid
  10. It is Thursday early afternoon so what is happening with the level at Pfelling? In short: a bit better than anticipated. It now stands at 302cm and the prediction is going up minimally then down again. A nice bit of rain over the Danube water basin today, with the next two days bringing little to none. Regensburg as an example: some rain today, none tomorrow, a negligible amount on Saturday, none on Sunday. notamermaid
  11. @Texas Trippin It sounds as if you will have a splendid time and make the best of the situation, even if the boat were to be almost stationary (never going to happen, heaven forbid)! 12 couples . Would love to join for an evening. I think I have never met a Texan in my life, let alone 24 of you. notamermaid
  12. Revisiting Grenzau Earlier this year I had a short trip to the village of Grenzau not far from Koblenz. I wrote about it in post #638: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2765759-river-cruising-water-cooler/page/26/ I was back in August with the foliage in full bloom in bright sunshine (which gave me a hard time taking decent photos). This is an almost identical shot to early Spring: The small brook "Brexbach" runs through the village: The curious thing about this place is the fact that it is well-known in parts of the sporting world as it has a first class table tennis club. The club house and adjoining hotel are huge for this small valley. The photos show the quiet old part of the village with the chapel on the right in this photo, up the hill towards the castle ruin. The regional industry of jug baking and earthenware products is present everywhere. This is the sculpture called "Gänseliesel", a peasant girl looking after her geese: And part of this information panel is also made from the local product: The special nature of the raw material and baking mean that the finished product is grey with the blue having been applied for decoration pre-baking, the typical combination of colours. But variations exist. The restaurant I mentioned in Spring was open on the day we visited but there was not enough time to sample the food. A sign on a renovated house next door indicated a shop of local produce. I spoke to the owner of the restaurant who explained that they had bought the restaurant and house next door, started renovating, "then Corona hit". So they are behind schedule but the restaurant looks lovingly done in old style with modern amenities. There is also bed and breakfast available. This is the entrance: They sell produce and products made regionally, like oils, jams and liqueur. We got jam and Schmalz, which is lard, this one being spreadable, in earthenware pots. Very reasonable prices, seeing that you can reuse the pots: I hope they can keep up the renovation work and be successful, it certainly looks an inviting small place with the beer garden at the stream: I am not saying this is a place that much warrants a detour but if you happen to be in the area and want to see something different you can get there from Koblenz Moselle river dock by car in 25 minutes. You can buy the grey and blue wares in shops in Höhr-Grenzhausen, possibly also in Koblenz. The "Bembel", jugs, that are used in Frankfurt are of the same material and made around Höhr-Grenzhausen as well. notamermaid
  13. @Coral Thank you for the video, very interesting and stunning scenery. New cars from Switzerland? Makes you want to say "from where else?" . The Swiss are masters of this kind of travel and the cable car in Koblenz was built by a Swiss company as well. Again, the Swiss are experts in this. Here is the company info on Koblenz (for the engineers and transport fans among you): https://www.cwa.ch/en/applications/urban/detail/project/koblenz-cable-car/ Hope to hear from you soon about your railway ride. notamermaid
  14. That is correct about the Swiss living close to the German border as well, from what I have read. In Budapest I did not get florins, it was easy to obtain coins by buying some souvenirs in Estergom, my first stop in Hungary, and take it from there. I paid mostly in euros, change was mostly in florins and occasionally I paid in florins. It got me through 36 hours without changing any money at a bank. Watch out for "exchange offices" that give you very unfavourable rates there. notamermaid
  15. A quick look at Kaub. We have had some rain so the level in the Rhine Gorge has stayed pleasant for sailing but there has been a slight downward trend. The next few days will see little rain but it is cold and drizzly enough to keep the level over 100cm for the next three days most likely. Brief info for those new to the subject: a level at Kaub gauge of 90cm on a downward trend is not good and at 78cm the navigation channel is only 190cm deep which can cause problems for the ships with a deep draft. It affects the 135m ships first. notamermaid
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