Saturday, November 22. Trier to Bernkastel via Schweich
Lovely buffet breakfast onboard. Everything from a speciality of the region (usually sweet), bagels with all the accompaniments, fruit, an omelet station, English fry-up, homemade yoghurt, oatmeal, cream of wheat, juices, cereals, potatoes, meats, cheeses, muesli, breads of all kinds, and it goes on. They also have a breakfast menu if you can’t find what you’d like on the buffet.
A sunny but chilly Trier city tour after breakfast. Oldest city in Germany, founded in 16 BC by Caesar Augustus, a powerful city rivaling Rome in its time. A treasure trove of ancient architecture from the Porta Nigra to the Constantine Baths to a huge amphitheater. Most famous relic of Trier is the robe Jesus wore when he died. Includes the oldest Christian church and pharmacy. Also the birthplace of Karl Marx. The vineyards overlooking the Moselle produce good wines such as the Riesling.
We had an excellent guide in Heidi. Walked past many
old churches (an example to the left), the aforementioned pharmacy, the archbishop’s palace, Karl Marx’s birthplace, ending at the Nigra gate. Bus ride back to Schweich and a safety drill. Sailed again during the drill and through a loch during lunch where I grazed the salad bar and had a shrimp po’boy.
Heard we’d be going through 43 lochs. Can’t imagine it.
Cooking demo of German bread pudding, the German translates “underpants in the oven.” Chef Ross added his Scottish touches. Fun. Reminded me of my brunch soufflé. We decided to skip the chef’s culinary walk in Bernkastel. Rain looks imminent and it will be cold and dark. Looking forward to a long nap instead. (Later I heard it was a sausage tasting adventure. Since I’m vegetarian, the nap was a good choice!)
30-41 degrees F today.
Side note: No travel posts for a week as I’ll be working on my 2016 writing goals over the holidays. Which reminds me: If you’re looking for last minute, inexpensive stocking stuffers, consider my mystery novellas Sinking Ships or Jack Fell Down. You’ll score points with your reader friends, and at 99 cents each, you won’t break the bank!
I wish you and yours a special season of peace, beauty and joy!