Durnstein at dawn. Yes, it was cold.

Getting there is half the fun. Isn’t it?

Not all travel goes according to plan. Pack clean knickers in your carry-on luggage.


We manage to make it to Budapest

A tour of Budapest – and a look at the night lights from the river

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

The delightful town of Durnstein

Durnstein – wine, apricots and Richard the Lionheart

The Wachau Valley and the abbey at Melk

The Wachau valley and the Abbey at Melk – gorgeous scenery and over-the-top opulence.

The train to Salzburg, home of The Sound of Music and Mozart

By train to Salzburg – the Sound of Music, ordinary apfel strudel, and a narrow escape

Regensburg and medieval fast food

Regensburg and the world’s oldest fast food shop

Over the European watershed and on to Nuremberg

Crossing the European watershed and on to Nuremberg, which is not just about the Nazis

Bamberg – a city which wasn’t flattened in WW2

Bamberg – a lesson in medieval history

Kitzingen and the fortified town of Rothenburg

Kitzingen and Rothenburg – a wine queen who wasn’t, and the home of the famous Christmas markets

Glass-blowing and mind-blowing scenery

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.

Siegfried’s Musical Cabinets and the Rhine gorge

Self-playing musical instruments, then the robber baron castles of the Rhine Gorge

Cologne – famous for its cathedral and its Roman ruins

Down the Rhine into Cologne – a mix of Roman ruins and cathedrals

Amsterdam. Artists and the red light district

Amsterdam, the van Gogh museum and the red light district

Amsterdam and family history

Amsterdam: the house where I was born, the Resistance Museum, and old memories