Amsterdam: Catnip for millennials?

Its billed as the world’s most popular city with millennials.  It is certainly heaving with them when we arrive at the end of our river cruise  in the midst of the first heatwave of summer. Its the end of May. The thirty degree plus temperatures qualify as a heatwave here because the weather in the […]

Nuremberg/Cologne: In Hitler’s shadow

Nuremberg/Cologne: In Hitler’s shadow

Our Avalon Waterways cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam included a number of optional tours.  Its hard to visit Germany without confronting its Nazi past. Its a history which is very much at the forefront of people’s minds in the new Germany.

A Watery Staircase: The Main-Danube Canal

A Watery Staircase: The Main-Danube Canal

The mighty Main-Danube Canal is a spectacular piece of engineering. It makes it possible to take a ship all the way from the Black Sea to the North Sea using the river system.

24 Hours in Budapest

24 Hours in Budapest

Wonderful way to begin a River Cruise. The Danube, which is far from blue, runs through the city,separating Buda on the west side from the Pest on the east.