As we travelled up the Rhine River, our second stop in Germany was at the city of Koblenz.  The city is at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, and the heights above the place give one a truly impressive vista.  The fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in situated on a hill overlooking Koblenz.  We toured […]


After departing from the Netherlands, our Viking riverboat moved up the Rhine into Germany.  The great city of Cologne was our next stop. The Romans established a military post and colony at this place in 50 AD, and that gave Cologne its name. The city eventually became one of the most important trade and production centers […]

More of the Netherlands

I thought it good to share two more photographs of Amsterdam.  The first photo was taken as we lunched with grandniece Molly Zaken and family at a sidewalk café.  Molly’s children, left to right, are Zoe, Talia, and Eitan.  What a beautiful family.  Molly, daughter-in-law Jeannine, me, and granddaughter Audrey are the other people in […]

The Netherlands

Upon arriving in Europe on August 2nd, we spent two delightful days in Holland.  Among the highlights were our excursions to Haarlem and Zolendam.  We truly enjoyed the old town center of Haarlem, a truly beautiful part of greater Amsterdam.  This photograph will give you a sense of the place. Town centers like this are […]