Day 17 – Street views from Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

According to the most recent figures, the 850.000 residents (442.693 households) of Amsterdam together own 847.000 bicycles. That represents 1.91 bicyles per household. 78% of people 12 years and older owns at least one bike. Bonus fact: each year between 12,000 and 15,000 bikes are fished up from city’s canals.

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Day 16 – Kinderdijk, Holland

Kinderdijk is a village in the the Netherlands’ South Holland province, known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 mills and 3 pumping stations, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land). Waterways, footpaths and bike trails crisscross the area, leading to the main visitors center and museums in preserved working windmills.

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more from Cologne

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Day 15 – Cologne

More tomorrow but I wanted to post this beautiful picture now ….

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Day 14 – Views from the Rhine River … castle & castles & more castles .. all very beautiful.

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Day 13 – Wertheim

Wertheim is a town in southwestern Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of around 23,400. It is located on the confluence of the rivers Tauber and Main. Wertheim is best known for its landmark castle and medieval town centre.

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Day 12 – Rothenburg and Wurzburg

Wow .. Rothenburg is fabulous and so is the Bishop’s Palace.

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Day 11 – Bamberg … we are in the upper Franconia region of Bavaria. Bamberg boasts the highest concentration of breweries in the world. The city dates back to 920 AD. Unlike Nuremberg, Bamberg wasn’t bombed in WWII, at least, no significant bombing occurred. It’s a beautiful little town that we really enjoyed.

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Day 10 – Nuremberg

Today we toured Nuremberg … Nuremberg was heavily bombed by the Allies during WWII so much of the old city has been completely rebuilt. The highlight of the day was a tour entitled “Nuremberg & World War II. If you have watched some of the old film of Hitler speaking to the Nazis you will recognize some of these locations. We toured a museum that documented Hitler’s rise to power, along with the horrors that he brought to the world. Chilling.

click on the pictures to enlarge and view as a slideshow…

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Day 9 – Regensburg … ok, I want to live here

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