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Our Europe Tour Begins

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Are you one of those people who can sleep on a plane? If you are, I’m jealous. Bill and I slept for about an hour on our flight last night. There’s so much going on and so much noise.. Just when you fall asleep, a baby starts crying or the seatbelt sign goes on or off with a “bing”. And maybe we should have upgraded to Delta Comfort Class. Main cabin seats are so short on space…Glad neither one of us is exceptionally tall.

Otherwise, we really had no problems with the flight. We were served dinner…not the best but it was edible and they served free beer and wine…which of course made the dinner edible! Landed on time at 8:30 am Frankfurt Time. Germany must be short on people working too. Only two border control agents to service our entire plane. Easily took an hour to get through the line :). Luggage was waiting for us and off we went to find our tour leader.

Rene’ was waiting for us in the main terminal area and after a short wait we headed out to the bus. And, Wow, what a nice bus. It is a deluxe motor coach tour bus and with only 24 of us, there is lots of room to stretch out. 44EBA9F7-5298-4D66-B750-86146DF433A7.jpeg. Hans is piloting the bus and does a good job of it, especially on the Autobahn. Some of those cars are moving at 100 mph! We do enjoy the beautiful Bavarian countryside too. 868416F4-623D-4FAC-AEFD-87D3EC63FCB1.jpeg

Rene’ is Dutch and this is his 8th year leading the WWII tour for Image Tours. Seems like a nice guy and has a thorough knowledge of WWII as he works in Holland in their WWII archives.

Instead of going direct to Nuremberg, which is a 3+ hour drive from Frankfurt, we stopped in the little town of Wurzburg. Beautiful German town on the Main River filled with steeples, castles and old stone buildings. 98B2C870-4D55-4470-A03B-E2A4F39EFB5C.jpeg AC1643EB-5B25-44D0-88BA-33B23D172CB2.jpeg.

The town was known as a fiefdom for the church and Marienberg Fortress served as the home of local price-bishops for almost five centuries. large_27E030ED-A4E9-4790-AB5A-04DC6B953BA3.jpeg. Also interesting…Wurzburg was the home of one of the largest peace-time trials between 1626 and 1631. During the Wurzburg Witch Trials between 600 and 900 alleged witches were burnt. During WWII, almost 90% of the city was destroyed in just 17 minutes due to firing bombing from the British. Most of what we saw today has been painstakingly and accurately reconstructed.

We enjoyed walking the center of town and Bill enjoyed his first of what will be many Bavarian pretzels. CE284842-F09E-4D5F-A787-CB8E94EACF00

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Upon leaving we headed back on the autobahn for a 1.5 hour drive to Nuremberg to our hotel for the next few nights. We’re staying at the Seminaris Hotel which is very close to the sights we will be viewing tomorrow. B4144C08-244B-4F29-8CF5-EB842097BE4C.jpeg This seems to be a newer hotel and the only words I can think of to describe it are industrial and edgy. 98B64AD9-1147-4E74-8598-8A2F9474F857.jpeg4F30A489-FD60-45B7-A2CB-4C5BF02284AB.jpeg

However it’s clean, has good food and, more importantly, has comfy beds where I’m sure we’ll get a good night’s sleep tonight :)

Posted by pklein9747 17:52 Archived in Germany

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Glad you made it and have a comfy hotel in which to rest up. Going to be a fantastic experience. What a great bus for a group of 40 - nice not to be jammed into something small. Love following your blog.

by Joe Crim

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