Not all travel goes according to plan. Pack clean knickers in your carry-on luggage.
We manage to make it to Budapest
Doing the Budapest tourist thing
The ship cruised up to Vienna overnight, where it was culture, concerts, and the rugby world cup
We took a bus trip off the Bratislava for a taste of communist Europe
Durnstein – wine, apricots and Richard the Lionheart
The Wachau valley and the Abbey at Melk – gorgeous scenery and over-the-top opulence.
By train to Salzburg – the Sound of Music, ordinary apfel strudel, and a narrow escape
Regensburg and the world’s oldest fast food shop
Crossing the European watershed and on to Nuremberg, which is not just about the Nazis
Bamberg – a lesson in medieval history
Kitzingen and Rothenburg – a wine queen who wasn’t, and the home of the famous Christmas markets
We see a demonstration of glass-blowing as we drift past mind-blowing scenery on to Miltenberg and the castle where Queen Victoria was conceived.
Self-playing musical instruments, then the robber baron castles of the Rhine Gorge
Down the Rhine into Cologne – a mix of Roman ruins and cathedrals
Amsterdam, the van Gogh museum and the red light district
Amsterdam: the house where I was born, the Resistance Museum, and old memories