Day 180. Christmas Cruise: Passau, Germany

Saturday, December 28th we got to visit Passau, Germany. This was our last stop on the cruise. We had a leisurely morning because the ship didn't arrive in Passau until around 8am. The tour began at 10 and we got to see the town hall, another river, and a far off view of a fortress.…

Day 179. Christmas Cruise: Salzburg, Austria

Friday, December 27th we got to visit Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is the town where some outdoor scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. It is an adorable town and was one of my favorite days on the trip. After breakfast we hopped on a bus for an 1 1/2 hour ride to Salzburg. On the way…

Day 178. Christmas Cruise: Durnstein and Melk, Austria

Thursday, December 26th we got to visit Durnstein and Melk, Austria. We arrived in Durnstein in the morning and had just enough time to explore the town. We walked through the town and then up a hill to the Durnstein castle ruins. These ruins once held Richard the Lionheart imprisoned. It took about 20 minutes…

Day 176. Christmas Cruise: Bratislava, Slovakia

Tuesday, December 24th, we got to visit Bratislava, Slovakia. Before arriving there (we landed there in the early afternoon) the pastry chef held a demonstration about gingerbread. He and his team had baked probably a hundred gingerbread cookies and let guests eat and decorate them! They passed around the recipe, explained how to make the…

Day 175. Christmas Cruise: Budapest, Hungary

Sunday, December 22nd and Monday, December 23rd we got to visit Budapest, Hungary. Gene and I flew into this city on the evening of December 22nd. Viking River Cruises picked us up, along with a few others, and took us to our ship. Almost immediately after arriving at the ship we went to dinner. And…