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Cheese, Wooden Shoes and Windmills

Boarding AMALucia

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3 November 2022

We were to have our bags out in the morning by 9 am and I worried all night about how we would get them packed. So I asked for a wake-up call at 6:30 and was up and dressed and organizing the things in the room. I had decided to put the back-up-in-case of-emergency meds into the battery box, but by mistake I put them in the box for the scooter charger. Mike and Lesley came in (they have one of my keys and the other one is in the slot to keep the lights on), and they made short work of the packing.

One of the things the hotel room lacks is a clock .
IMG_5670.JPGBreakfast menu

Breakfast menu


We had breakfast - this time I ordered an
Asparagus omlet

Asparagus omlet


and tea. The tea came in a tea press.

Tea and tea press

Tea and tea press

We have an excursion this morning out to Zaandijk which is an area where Dutch crafts are demonstrated before we board the AmaLucia. I took a similar trip with J in 2018. Excursion in 2018

They loaded our luggage and the scooter into a bus, and we drove out to Zaanse Schans. I was sitting in the front, so I took some photos
7d307420-9c69-11ed-89f8-4f047fc40f2e.JPGDoubletree Hotel and Grand Hotel Amrâth

Doubletree Hotel and Grand Hotel Amrâth


Church steeple from the bus

Church steeple from the bus


Street signs - bike path on right

Street signs - bike path on right

81c0aaa0-9c69-11ed-89f8-4f047fc40f2e.JPGTunnel under the Science Museum

Tunnel under the Science Museum


Windmills from the bus

Windmills from the bus

Windmill from the highway

Windmill from the highway

They took a photo of us at the entrance, and after it was printed, Leslie bought it and gave it to me.
Leslie, me and Mike

Leslie, me and Mike

Millwheels at the entrance

Millwheels at the entrance


Windmills - lady from Arizona on right

Windmills - lady from Arizona on right


The site was completely paved with cobblestones

First we saw them making wooden shoes.
Shoemaker

Shoemaker

Wooden shoe workshop

Wooden shoe workshop

And then we went to the cheese shop. Here there was a very steep bridge which Mike had to push the scooter from behind to get it up and then it was a swoopy ride down.
Cheese maker

Cheese maker

Wheels of cheese

Wheels of cheese


And of course after we saw the cheese demonstration which included the note that the rennet we used was vegetarian now, I had to do the bridge again. I couldn't do the windmill visit because of steps, so they dropped me off at the bus before they went to look at the windmills
Windmill

Windmill


IMG_8494.jpgWindmill grinding mills

Windmill grinding mills

The bus driver wasn't there. I asked one of the other bus drivers if they knew where he was and one of them said they would get him for me. And eventually he turned up and we got on the bus. Lesley and Mike got some hot chocolate I think.

Then the bus drove back to the AmaLucia.
Dock area

Dock area


And we got on just about the same time as the 68 Canadians did that were with a big travel agency together with their travel agents.
Sun deck

Sun deck


They let us go to our rooms right away. I decided to ask (since the boat is not full) if I could have the room opposite Mike since that worked well with Rob in Ecuador. And they said yes.

Lesley unpacked for her and Mike and then she came in and unpacked me and got me somewhat organized before I went down with Mike and had a very late lunch
Bistro lunch menu

Bistro lunch menu


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Green garden salad/babycorn/carrots and Rigatoni Pasta


There was soup, but it was split pea which is Bob's favorite, and not mine.

The rooms are smaller than the rooms on AmaCello or AmaViola and in my opinion, not as nice. I cannot even get the rollator past the bed to the window without collapsing it and it is my travel rollator - the smaller one. The space between the bed and the bathroom wall is too narrow for the scooter. I can ride the scooter past the bottom of the bed but it is quite close. Lesley said that she would put the extra chair in her room, but eventually they decided that they could put it in an empty room. The bedside tables have outlets where you can plug in a US plug - one of them is 110 and one of them is 220. There is a safe in an overhead cabinet and a SMALL refrigerator under the desk. The under the bed storage is a pull -out bin and it is too small for the suitcase so that has to be in the closet.
TV and dresser - Safe is in the cabinet on the top left

TV and dresser - Safe is in the cabinet on the top left


The water they supply instead of being in regular little bottles is in two huge glass bottles which I guess we are to pour into glasses to drink. That does not work for me - the bottles are too heavy for me to handle. There is also a huge gallon bottle of distilled water which ditto - too heavy for me to handle.

There was a stool in the bathroom and my knees are thankful that the toilet is a lot higher. I have successfully taken a shower. The cruise director Frederico gave us supplementary directions which made the shower easy to operate - there are two buttons which can be pushed - one for the overhead shower head and one for the hand operated one. They have a little picture on each one which tells you which one it is. And the temperature control knob has the temperature in the middle marked. The waste basket is a pull out bin and there is also a cabinet to store things which I can almost reach from the toilet.

On the way to dinner, I sent out the laundry that I had worn - the dress I flew in, the nightgown, a top, and all the socks. They were back the next evening.
Lounge

Lounge

In the lounge before dinner

In the lounge before dinner


We had a meeting with Frederico before dinner. We got champagne and little hors d'oeuvres. Mike had one with caviar, and I had black olives
My hors d’oeuvre.

My hors d’oeuvre.


We had the safety briefing from the Captain and we heard from the hotel manager, and then we went to dinner.
Dinner menu

Dinner menu

Dinner menu

Dinner menu


I had the
Baked coconut crab cake

Baked coconut crab cake

Tomato consume with pancake roulade

Tomato consume with pancake roulade


Lesley had the cream of mushroom soup which looked better. And then both Lesley and I had the
Slow cooked prime beef

Slow cooked prime beef


and Mike had the sea bream fillet.
Dessert

Dessert


I had the ice cup Strawberry Heaven for dessert and they brought us some candy too, but we were too full to eat it.
Candy

Candy

My TV with the bow camers at night (with 3 big bottles of water)

My TV with the bow camers at night (with 3 big bottles of water)


Lesley had made two reservations for Anne Frank's house, because she wasn't sure if she would have time to do it last night, so she had extra tickets which she thought some of the Canadian group might like, but it didn't happen.

Night- Lesley's picture

Night- Lesley's picture

Posted by greatgrandmaR 04:19 Archived in Netherlands

Happy 85th Birthday

First day

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4 November 2022

We went down and sat at the same table and the waiter brings me cranberry juice without asking. I had the Wellness Bowl, which sounded good when the waiter said what it was - cinnamon apples.
Wellness bowl

Wellness bowl


It was OK but it had a lot of other stuff in it like strawberries and nuts. I also had one poached egg
Poached egg

Poached egg


Lesley had a very nice looking waffle
Lesley's photo of her waffle

Lesley's photo of her waffle


Message on the TV from the room steward

Message on the TV from the room steward

Laundry returned

Laundry returned

On the bed this morning

On the bed this morning


I almost didn't go on the canal trip this morning because I did it with Bob in 2016, and it was supposed to be raining today. But I decided to go and it was a better tour boat than we had before and also it was sunny. We walked (I was on the scooter) about 10 minutes to the boat and the boat had all clean windows so taking photos from it was easy.
Tour boat

Tour boat


I took some photos and Lesley took some too.
Protect Clean Amsterdam

Protect Clean Amsterdam

The EYE screens films and hosts cinema-related exhibitions

The EYE screens films and hosts cinema-related exhibitions

Canal boat by Lesley

Canal boat by Lesley

IMG_5683.JPG29dcbfa0-9df3-11ed-94f6-bd9f2d5da80d.JPGIMG_5688.JPGWesterkerk Tower

Westerkerk Tower

Seven arches

Seven arches

Mint tower

Mint tower

Dutch boat-I just got the large paddles, but Lesley got the whole boat

Dutch boat-I just got the large paddles, but Lesley got the whole boat

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Sea Palace Restaurant

Swans on the Canals

Swans on the Canals

Church of St. Nicholas

Church of St. Nicholas


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Afterward we went back to the boat. I ran the scooter on the side of the water where it wasn't cobblestones, and it was much more comfortable, but that made Mike nervous.
Scootering on the smooth edge of the water

Scootering on the smooth edge of the water

The boat ramp has cleats on it which I could probably do, but I think it will be better to just walk up as it has hand rails. When we got back to the room there was the menu for tonight at the Chef table and the AMA scarf.
Complimentary scarf

Complimentary scarf

Me in the elevator - Mike waiting for us

Me in the elevator - Mike waiting for us


We are lunch in the little 'bistro' area in front of the lounge.
Lunch menu

Lunch menu


Lesley and Mike had hamburgers which looked good and I had a tuna melt, and bread pudding.
Tuna melt

Tuna melt

Bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard

Bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard


By this time we had started for Cologne. Lesley noticed a building with a red horse on it and I tried to zoom my camera in to see it. There were swings on the other side
IMG_6468.JPGRed Horse and Swings

Red Horse and Swings

Beer?

Beer?


After lunch, Frederico told us the schedule for the next day.
Frederico

Frederico


I went back to my room
Steaming to the Rhine

Steaming to the Rhine

Heading down the river

Heading down the river

Sunset at the lock

Sunset at the lock


When we went through the first lock. I watched it on the bow camera.
IMG_5747.JPGLock on the bow camers

Lock on the bow camers

Open lock gates

Open lock gates

Sunset after the lock

Sunset after the lock

Posted by greatgrandmaR 14:20 Archived in Netherlands

At the Chef's Table

For my 85th Birthday

I took a little nap while taking occasional photos of the sunset
Sunset

Sunset

Lesley's photo of Sunset on the river

Lesley's photo of Sunset on the river


Then we went to the Chef's table which I missed doing on the Tulip cruise. We could either go a short distance to the stern from our floor and go up steps, or we could walk all the way down to the elevator and go up and walk all the way back with no steps. We did the second way.
Chef's table restaurant

Chef's table restaurant

Chef in the kitchen

Chef in the kitchen

Mike across the table from me

Mike across the table from me


There were 7 courses
IMG_5768.JPGClose-up Chef Welcome - heirloom tomato, mozzarella pearls

Close-up Chef Welcome - heirloom tomato, mozzarella pearls


1) tomato on cheese

Get the Taste - Grilled Tiger Shrimp, Tahini humus and sun dried tomato paste

Get the Taste - Grilled Tiger Shrimp, Tahini humus and sun dried tomato paste


2) tiger shrimp

Taste the Senses - Cauliflower Veloute, marzipan, grilled figs, almonds

Taste the Senses - Cauliflower Veloute, marzipan, grilled figs, almonds


3) cauliflower soup

From the Rivers - Pan fried salmon trout, pumpkin mash, spinach, braised Navette

From the Rivers - Pan fried salmon trout, pumpkin mash, spinach, braised Navette

4) fish with pumpkin mash
5) Sorbet

Country Spirit - Braised Irish short ribs, horseradish puree, sweet potato, heritage carrots, wild broccoli

Country Spirit - Braised Irish short ribs, horseradish puree, sweet potato, heritage carrots, wild broccoli

6) Short ribs with sweet potato and wild broccoli

From Heaven - caramel chocolate tart, lime macaron, mango ice cream

From Heaven - caramel chocolate tart, lime macaron, mango ice cream

7) Caramel chocolate tart

I was full before dessert. And then, they brought me a cake and sang happy birthday.
Happy birthday cake

Happy birthday cake


We absolutely couldn't eat any more, so they sliced up the cake and we took it to the room. But the plate was too big to fit in the refrigerator so Lesley took the plastic cutlery that I had in my suitcase and put the cake in the glasses that we had in our rooms.
Cake made of towels

Cake made of towels


The room steward made a cake out of towels - three layers tied with red ribbon and pinned Happy Birthday to the curtains.
Happy Birthday pinned to the window curtains

Happy Birthday pinned to the window curtains


Lesley brought a Happy Birthday magnet sign which she was going to put on the door, but it isn't magnetic so she put it in the bathroom.
Happy Birthday in the bathroom

Happy Birthday in the bathroom


I was completely unable to get to the internet to open anything so I could read it, so I just decided to go to bed.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:20 Archived in Netherlands

Cruising Up the Rhine toward Cologne

Life on the River


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5 November 2022
Lesley's sunrise photo

Lesley's sunrise photo


AmaLucia's bell

AmaLucia's bell

This morning I had an
Avocado tartine for breakfast - it is a poached egg with avocado on the side

Avocado tartine for breakfast - it is a poached egg with avocado on the side



We are traveling down the Rhine to Cologne. I spent some time this morning sitting by my window with the window open and taking photos.
Horseback riding

Horseback riding

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Walking along the river


Travel trailers and boat trailer launching site

Travel trailers and boat trailer launching site


IMG_6482.JPGRiver markers - #3 and No Anchoring

River markers - #3 and No Anchoring


IMG_6499.JPGBicyclist on a bridge under construction

Bicyclist on a bridge under construction


Bridge Workers

Bridge Workers


River signs (no parking for 500 m)

River signs (no parking for 500 m)


IMG_6518.JPGBirds flying up from our bow wave

Birds flying up from our bow wave


IMG_6517.JPGRowing teams

Rowing teams


IMG_6527.JPGNo anchoring 100 m (left, right and across)

No anchoring 100 m (left, right and across)


I was also watching a spider trying to build a web there.
Spider at my window

Spider at my window


IMG_6529.JPGPlaying with your dog

Playing with your dog


IMG_6536.JPGFishermen

Fishermen


Mike reading in the lounge

Mike reading in the lounge


It got close to lunch time, so I went up to the lounge and spent some time outside on the fore-deck taking photos of the scenery passing by.
Mike and me on the foredeck

Mike and me on the foredeck


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Koln-Mulheim


Viking boat

Viking boat

We went into the lounge and then had lunch in the 'cafe' area at the bow just forward of the lounge. Mike and Lesley seemed to prefer to eat here, but there is more variety at the regular dining room
Bistro lunch

Bistro lunch


I ordered
A Hamburger from the always available menu

A Hamburger from the always available menu


because the ones Lesley and Mike had yesterday looked so good, but they brought me the special which was
the Monte Cristo sandwich

the Monte Cristo sandwich


and I should have just eaten it because it looked good. I didn't get dessert - I went back to the room and ate some of my birthday cake.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 02:20 Archived in Germany

2022 -The Third of Three Visits -first 1950 second 1964

Trying to Match the Photos of Cologne


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When my family was in Cologne in 1950, the town was demolished except for the cathedral. My father took photos of the devastation
6210790-Cathedral_in_1950_Cologne.jpgRubble for blocks surrounding the cathedral

Rubble for blocks surrounding the cathedral

1950

1950

Cathedral through the RR station roof

Cathedral through the RR station roof

When we docked near Cologne, Lesley went to meet her friend that she worked with at Girl Scout camp years ago, and Mike and I went to take the gentle walker tour. We first had to get to the bus which was up on a hill (steps) so we went along the bike/walker path until we came to a ramp, very cobble-stony) up to the street.
The bus leaving the boat

The bus leaving the boat

Getting to town

Getting to town


We went past the railroad station which was next to the cathedral
IMG_6568.JPGRailroad station

Railroad station


Obelisk of Tutankhamun

Obelisk of Tutankhamun


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IMG_6569.JPGCathedral steeples

Cathedral steeples

When we got to Cologne we split into two groups - we were the gentle walker group and there was another couple with us. We were with gentle walkers because it took some time to get the scooter around obstacles.

Guide by the statue ot Edith Stein who was a German philosopher, fighter for women's rights and a Catholic nun with the name Teresia Benedicta a Cruce. She was of Jewish descent and was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau on 9 August 1942.

Guide by the statue ot Edith Stein who was a German philosopher, fighter for women's rights and a Catholic nun with the name Teresia Benedicta a Cruce. She was of Jewish descent and was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau on 9 August 1942.


IMG_6578.JPGHistoric Zeughaus- former city museum

Historic Zeughaus- former city museum


Romulus and Remus fountain on Komödienstrasse, next to Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Romulus and Remus fountain on Komödienstrasse, next to Kölnisches Stadtmuseum


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Roman ruins


The Taubenbrunnen is a fountain sculpture designed by Ewald Mataré and erected in 1953 in the Altstadt-Nord district of Cologne, situated directly in front of the west side of the Cologne Cathedral, The sculptor Mataré designed the fountain as early as 1950 as a drinking opportunity for the "cathedral pigeons" on the station forecourt

The Taubenbrunnen is a fountain sculpture designed by Ewald Mataré and erected in 1953 in the Altstadt-Nord district of Cologne, situated directly in front of the west side of the Cologne Cathedral, The sculptor Mataré designed the fountain as early as 1950 as a drinking opportunity for the "cathedral pigeons" on the station forecourt


We looked around at the outside of the cathedral. In 1950 the cathedral stood alone - it is quite different around it now. I think we went in the side door and I couldn't get a photo of the side door this time.
Then - right Now-left  Shows that outside of the cathedral has been cleaned - I am on the steps at 12 years old with a head scarf and a light colored sweater and saddle shoes

Then - right Now-left Shows that outside of the cathedral has been cleaned - I am on the steps at 12 years old with a head scarf and a light colored sweater and saddle shoes


That door has been closed permanently because people were running through from one side door to another to catch the train. Disrupting services and a safety hazard. I not only could not get a photo of that door, but the whole Dom Hotel where we stayed is covered in scaffolding because they are redoing it - the foundation was apparently rotten.
Dom Hotel before WWII

Dom Hotel before WWII


Dom Hotel in 1950

Dom Hotel in 1950


After WWII, there were apparently only three rooms that were undamaged.
Back of the Dom Hotel in 1950

Back of the Dom Hotel in 1950

View from the window at the end of the hall

View from the window at the end of the hall

View of the cathedral from our hotel window

View of the cathedral from our hotel window

Dom hotel next to the cathedral years later

Dom hotel next to the cathedral years later


Built up plaza in front of the cathedral

Built up plaza in front of the cathedral

Cathedral steeple

Cathedral steeple


IMG_6592.JPGDetail of the cathedral

Detail of the cathedral


IMG_6597.JPGSide of the cathedral

Side of the cathedral


Next we went to this memorial which is located in a predestined location not far from Cologne Cathedral in front of the traditional Früh brewery. The Cologne sculptors Edmund Renard and his son Heinrich Renard were commissioned by the Kölner Verschönerungsverein to create this memorial square on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the poet August Kopisch. Made of local sandstone and now excellently restored, the fountain tells the story of these invisible helpers from a bygone era.
IMG_6603.JPGElves doing the work so the men of Cologne could sleep

Elves doing the work so the men of Cologne could sleep


The Taylor's Wife above the working elves

The Taylor's Wife above the working elves

Climbing on a wall

Climbing on a wall


Next we went to another building (I've forgotten the name)
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There was a huge parade/demonstration which apparently had something to do with Ukraine and maybe there was another issue too.
IMG_8827.jpg Demonstration parade

Demonstration parade


Lesley got photos of it but I did not. Lesley also went to a famous brewhouse and had some of their beer. Apparently they keep filling you glass until you put a coaster over the top.
IMG_8824.jpgSion beer

Sion beer


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I showed the guide my photos and he was apparently under the impression that I had the originals. At the end of the tour, I gave him the prints - these and others.
Bridge in Cologne

Bridge in Cologne


Detail of the cathedral doorway in 1950

Detail of the cathedral doorway in 1950


6210740-View_from_the_river_in_1950_Cologne.jpgLooking back at the cathedral from the boat

Looking back at the cathedral from the boat


Ruins in Cologne

Ruins in Cologne


F1721-2070.jpgRuins and rubble

Ruins and rubble


F1721-2076.jpgOdd building - a block from our hotel

Odd building - a block from our hotel

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Black market region in Koln

Black market region in Koln

The tour lasted about 2 hours and that is about my limit so the guide let us off to go in the cathedral, which we did,Statues around the door in 2022

Statues around the door in 2022


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Cathedral

Stained glass window

Stained glass window

IMG_6617.JPGStained glass windows

Stained glass windows

Cathedral ceiling

Cathedral ceiling


Golden altar

Golden altar


Then Mike got us a taxi back to the ship
From the taxi on the way back to the boat

From the taxi on the way back to the boat


. The taxi drove down the ramp to the walking path so all we had to do was get on the boat.
Road by the river

Road by the river


For dinner I had
IMG_5793.JPGBeef carpacio and Cream of parsnip soup

Beef carpacio and Cream of parsnip soup


(which was good). Lesley had the Beef carpachio and
Salad at dinner

Salad at dinner


and
Wiener schnitzel

Wiener schnitzel


Dessert was good but I forgot to take a photo of the menu so I don't remember what it was.
Dessert

Dessert


Riverside at night

Riverside at night


Boat at night

Boat at night

I had hoped to be able to match the photos up with the present day town. I had been able to do this with my photos in 1964 and the ones I took in 2019. Unfortunately the photos from 1964 have been lost and the photos from 1950 are really different because the town has been rebuilt. But I have made an effort to match up parts of the cathedral although the angles are a little different because I could not get far enough away from the cathedral to take the same view - buildings have been built where my father stood to take his photos. The photos taken in 2022 are on the left.
Old railroad station ceiling on the right

Old railroad station ceiling on the right


Looking down the street to the cathedral-1950 on the right

Looking down the street to the cathedral-1950 on the right

Cathedral on the right with nothing around it in 1950

Cathedral on the right with nothing around it in 1950


Side entrance and spire on right in full view in 1950 - on left buildings crowding in

Side entrance and spire on right in full view in 1950 - on left buildings crowding in


Spire of church from two perspectives-restricted view in 2022 on the left

Spire of church from two perspectives-restricted view in 2022 on the left

Front of the cathedral - right from the Dom hotel in 1950

Front of the cathedral - right from the Dom hotel in 1950

The boat has started down the Rhine toward the Rhine river gorge and the castles. I'm hoping that I will have more success matching the castles that we saw on the cruise we took in 1950. I know that we started and ended in Cologne, but I'm not sure which direction we went.

Tomorrow is Sunday and they go back to standard time. .

Posted by greatgrandmaR 23:08 Archived in Germany

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