Wednesday, October 25, 2017

River Cruise Cuisine (Viking)

I am often asked about "the food" when I return from a trip. Here are some examples of the cuisine we enjoyed on our Viking River Cruise on the Rhine earlier this year.

After a long, 24 hour plus, journey to Amsterdam we were treated to a quick bite on the Aquavit Terrace. 

Lunch could be enjoyed on the terrace or in the adjoining dining room. 
Soup, sandwiches, pasta ...

Another quick lunch before more touring.

Lunch selections included pasta.

I can't say enough good things about the breakfast buffet!
Every morning there was an omelet station.
In addition the chef would cook your eggs to your preference.
The selection was amazing.

Meals were accompanied by fresh salads and appetizers.

The chicken and waffle fad could be had floating the Rhine.

Dinner was something to look forward to.

I ordered the fish for dinner every night.
I was not disappointed!

Amazing flavor combinations.

Beautiful and tasty.

Yum, yum!

I am including some of my husband's choices.

A sweet way to end each meal.

Oh yum, cheese cake!

Banana Split Viking style.

One evening we were treated to a special German-Austrian buffet.
I didn't get a photo of the wienerschnitzel  but it was delicious!

Our chef gave tours of the galley.
It is amazing the quality and quantity of food that is created in this small space every day.

Surf and turf for the final dinner.
Looked delicious. My fish was wonderful.

Chef serving dinner.

Did I mention happy hour?
The lounge was a good place to unwind and get updates for the coming day.

💜peace, Myra

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Beauty of Colmar and on to the Black Forest

There was so much to see and experience in Colmar. My previous post concentrated on the signs and food of Colmar. Here I will share with you the beauty of this sweet storybook village. Then we will take a look at the Black Forest.

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is the sculptor responsible for the Liberty Enlightening the World statue better known as the Statue of Liberty. 
The photo above is detail of the entry to the Musee Bartholdi in Colmar.

Statue by Bartholdi in the courtyard of the museum.

The architecture in Colmar is splendid.
A wonderful mix ofAlsatian homes and French and German Renaissance architecture greets you around every corner. The restored half-timbered houses take one back to another time.

Interesting mix of windows and shutters.

The canals of Colmar are alive with color from the pretty flower boxes.

Walking about Colmar is a treat for the senses.

Beauty on display around every corner.

Some of the store fronts were elaborately decorated with whimsical themes.

Bridge over the Lauch River in Colmar.
This area in Colmar is often referred to as "Little Venice".

Later we traveled by motor coach through the Black Forest.
Magnificent scenery of the countryside, forests and rolling hills. The curving roads provided lots of wow moments along the way. Unfortunately there were few opportunities from the motor coach to capture the beauty in photos.

We did make a stop at the world's largest cuckoo clock (above).
Here we were offered demonstrations making Black Forest Cake and cuckoo clocks as well as glass blowing.

This concluded our Rhine River cruise.
Perhaps I will share some photos from the ship next. 
I hope you will join me.