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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Magnificent Melk Abbey, along the Danube River's Wachau Valley

The English historian, Edward Gibbon, once remarked that, “According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.” Gibbon might well be...

Passau perches precariously on a peninsula between the Inn and Danube Rivers, making it prone to severe flooding. Note the more muddy waters of the Inn River, at tip, which carries silt from melting glaciers.

The phrase “last but not least” comes to mind when I think of Passau. My Viking River ship had sailed down the Rhine, turned left onto the Main River near Frankfort,...

My favorite medieval tower in Regensburg, Germany

Cruises are not a great way to get to know places in any depth. At most, guests have a few hours in each destination. But they are a good way to...

Bamberg's Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), sits on an artificial island in the center of the River Regnitz

Sometime during the night my Viking River cruise ship left the castles of the Middle Rhine behind and turned left onto the Main River. Just east of Frankfurt we crossed over...

Katz Castle in St. Soarshausen, sister to Katz Castle, named for the "Cat and Mouse" game played by its owners

I threw open the drapes of my stateroom and gasped. Gone were the gray skies of Amsterdam and Cologne. Brilliant sunshine promised a perfect day of sailing through the Middle Rhine...

The nave of Cologne Cathedral, looking east. Note the wooden pulpit on the right and the north transept organ with gallery on the left

More than once I’ve been told by fellow travelers not to bother visiting the city of Cologne, Germany. “Don’t waste your time,” they said. “The only thing to see is the...

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