Saturday, November 24, 2012

Goodbye, Europe

If it's Saturday, this must be Nuremburg.

We've reached the end of our journey here, and it's been wonderful. Our city tour today took us past Hitler's rally grounds and into the unfinished stadium where he expected to address tens of thousands.

Our tour guide was a German man, and he spoke with great sensitivity about the difficulty of growing up knowing his grandparents had been Nazis. He said the stadium would never be finished or used for anything, but also would never be destroyed, lest the German people forget.

Then we bussed to the center of the city to see the castle. It has stood on the hill there for a thousand years, although has been reconstructed after being bombed in the war.

We saw the courthouse where the Nuremburg trials took place, and spent an hour or so in the city shopping area.

Finally we returned to the Viking Embla for our last dinner aboard. Now our alarms are set to leave for the airport at 3:30 a.m.

See you all on the flip side.

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