Saturday, November 24, 2012

Romans and Royalty

We began our day Friday with a walking tour of Regensburg, whose history goes back to the Celts in the Stone Age. We saw Roman ruins, and a great Gothic cathedral.

Our guide said, if you've seen one medieval castle you've seen them all, but that's certainly not true about cathedrals. Each one we've seen has been unique and beautiful in its own way.

One of the cool things, at least if you're a geeky engineer, was the old stone bridge, completed in 1146. An amazing feat of engineering for those times.

In the afternoon we took an optional tour to the palace of modern royalty, formerly a monastery. It was amazing to see the contrasts between the older monastic portion of the building and the very large, elaborate newer section. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but just imagine gilt and silver, brocade and lots of tall mirrors, and huge crystal chandeliers.

We closed out our afternoon by walking around the corner from the palace to a brauhaus. Huh? Oh, a brewhouse. We enjoyed a stein of the local beer before returning to the ship.

One more day. In a way it's sad, but we're also looking forward to getting home.


One final picture for my Muddy babe... a detail of architecture from city hall.

Who knew they fought zombies in the middle ages?


4 comments:

  1. Awesome! You guys look like you are having fun!

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    1. Having a wonderful time. Wish you all were here!

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  2. OH MY PEANUT BUTTER POWERS THAT BE! Spectacular!!!!

    *Giggles* Why did I think it was going to be a garden? :)

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    1. Sorry, no gardens in winter. Just zombies. :)

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