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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas cruise on the Danube River - Dec 27th/2014....

It is getting increasingly colder with light snow flurries as we began the walking tour of Wertheim.    The town is known for its wine, castle ruins and medieval town center.   We walked through the medieval town center with half-timbered houses and small streets. 

 In the center of the town, there is “The Blue House”  with the only known paint that uses blue grass fragments for color.    The foremost landmark is the Wertheim Castle  on the hill overlooking the town. 

By the time we were ready to depart Wertheim to return to the ship, the snow was coming down harder and accumulating.  Lunch today was only the second time that I went to the dining room - the soup was a beef consomm√© with pancake strips and meat balls.  The main course was pieces of veal and mushrooms in gravy with mashed potatoes and vegetables.  I had white wine.  For dessert, there were custard-filled caramel balls with ice cream.  It was a very nice lunch.

A few brief comments about the Main River -  it is 341 miles long and one of the more significant tributaries of the Rhine River.  By the time the Main flows into the Rhine River opposite Mainz, it is a formidable river. 

 By the time the walking tour of Miltenberg was ready to leave, it was snowing very hard - I had seen Miltenberg once before, so I decided not to go on the walking tour.

For supper, I  had the grape cocktail with schnapps; it was the schnapps which convinced me to order this.   For the soup, I had the veal consomm√©. then a fillet of sole and a few glasses of white wine.  For dessert, cake with chocolate sauce and raspberry sorbet.  It was another very satisfying dinner.  There was a local music group who performed after dinner and there was also a late night snack in the lounge -  I did not attend either of them.

Photos belong to Phil Bianco

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