|Some of the people who went from a river cruise|
to a river cruise/bus tour in Central Europe in August.
I'm the one in a blue Buffalo Bisons' cap in the back right.
Then came the email a few days before we headed to Amsterdam. Due to a drought in Europe, water levels had dropped to unsafe levels in certain portions of the planned route. So everyone would be hopping on a bus for a couple of nights and taken to a hotel. All right, the packing and unpacking of three weeks' of clothes would be a pain, but we'd adapt.
But once we got on the boat named Rhapsody, we were told that conditions had become worse. The ship could get no further up the river than Koblenz, Germany. Two nights off the boat had become six. Details to come.
|Some of the tourists no doubt visited the lounge|
for an adult beverage after returning
to a boat after six nights in the "wilderness."
When someone asks me, "How was your trip?", words such as excellent and fascinating comes to mind but don't quite cut it. I like to come up with a full story - mostly to get some easily forgettable observations down on paper before they pass away. This time, I asked some of my fellow passengers what they noticed along the way, and they came through nicely with suggestions for this article. Thanks to them for the help. I'll eventually have thoughts on individual places on my travel blog, buddroadtrips.blogspot.com. Some notes could be essays in themselves, others are shorter subjects, and some are trivial to silly, but all reflect on what for us what a unique experience.
One last rule - a long vacation means a long blog. Don't say you weren't warned.
BUT FIRST, A RELEVANT JOKE