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04
Oct-2017

4th Oct Burg Eltz was on the agenda for today- described as the ‘best castle in Europe’ by Rick  Steves (the kids’ preferred travel guru- not!!). It was a big call. We left about 8:30am, as Google told us it would be 1 hour 15 mins (therefore we expected it would be at least 2 […]

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3rd Oct We arose to a beautiful day. There was a slight change of plans, as Caleb decided he didn’t want to bike ride, while Mum decided that she did. So Mum, I, Josh and Daniel set off for a short ride along the Mosel to a small town a few kms down the road. […]

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q Traben-Trabrach 2nd Oct Dad was sick with a cold today – it has gone through most of the family now – so we canceled our plans to do a castle. Instead, we left Dad behind to recover and spent the morning at a nearby town (Traben-Trabrach) looking at the shops and buying food. We […]

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  Oct 1st The sun is shining as I sit on our 4th floor balcony with a cup of tea, enjoying the view amongst the vineyards. It is so peaceful. We spent today enjoying our local playground, and taking a cruise on the Mosel from our town, Enkirch. The cruise went for about an hour […]

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30
Sep-2017

30th Sept We had a great day today. We met up with Maike and her family in Koblenz. This was very kind of them, as it was theoretically only an hour away for us, but 3 hours for them. We had a lovely day, with a cable car ride, visiting the enormous fortress on the […]

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Transit to Germany and Enkirch 29th Sept Yesterday was not a lot of fun. Most things worked perfectly – we got up at 5am for breakfast at 5:45, and then headed out of the ship, expecting there to be a huge wait on taxis for so many passengers. We were delighted to be able to […]

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29
Sep-2017

Sept 27th It was another sea day today. Tim and I felt justifiably righteous after spending some time at the gym, and then it was straight on to breakfast. Our day included food, visiting the library, a game of mini golf, a table tennis tournament with others on the boat, the ropes course (which included […]

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26th Sept Our last port was Stokholm, and we decided to do another SPB tour to see the city as, being such an enormous ship, we needed to dock 45 mins away from the centre of town. There are many positives with cruising, but one negative is that it costs quite a bit to do […]

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26
Sep-2017

The day began early again, as we docked in Helsinki at 7am. It is becoming a little tricky to drag everyone out of bed after our gruelling schedule! We got off our ship in the heavy fog, and on to a Hop On Hop Off bus, where we journeyed around to the Sibelius pipes (built […]

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Sept 25 St Petersburg’s treasures are unbelievable. The amazing sights today just kept going and going. We began by meeting our tour guide, Maria, at 8am, and cruising through canals for an hour. As it was prestigious to build houses along the river, there were many palaces and grand houses to be seen. The Hermitage […]

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