Thursday, August 27, 2015

Oooops!!! Our Little Corner of the World forgot to post one of the more unique aspects of Amsterdam!!! X-RATED!!!




How could I forget this???


As evening set in...


...yes...we had to stroll down the red light district...
...along with every other tourist in Amsterdam!!! 
X-RATED!!!


It's true...the brothels have windows displaying their "goods"...
and according to our friends who had been there before, about 30 years ago...
the "goods" have changed!!!
Most of the gals were quite attractive...many with the "school girl" or librarian look
with glasses and braids or bun...
a few gyrations to get your attention...
then checking Facebook on their cell phones!!!

On our walk along the district, TheChief spotted the Museum of Prostitution!
In the window there was a Trip Advisor posting of comments...
Instead of 5 stars...the comments had 5 ........  well... consider it X-rated!!!
 We passed...and walked on.


And of course...you don't want to miss the tattoo convention...do you???

Not far from this sign we passed a tattoo parlour...
the quintessential drunk guy was in the doorway discussing the tattoo he wanted...
again...X-rated!!!

I must say that our stroll through the district was quite an education...

In all seriousness...yes...prostitution is legal in Amsterdam...
what we found interesting is that contrary to what we thought, drugs are not.
While we smelled a fair amount of marijuana (enough to think "contact high"!)
we were told by several guides, that in fact, marijuana and other drugs are not legal...
they are merely tolerated. 


Well...enough is enough!!!
Gotta capture the real beauty of the city!!!




Monday, August 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Rollin' Along the River...




One thing they don't tell you in the literature about the
Viking Amsterdam-Budapest cruise....




...is how much time you'll spend, on the front deck, 
watching, as the ship passes through lock, after lock, after lock, after lock...
well over 60 locks in total!!!



The first one was pretty fascinating...


...watching as the lock filled and raised the ship to the height of the next step... 


...fascinating to say the least!
Then of course, you start to notice the little things...


...like the bedraggled swan on the side of the lock, as you first enter...


Then the opening of the gates is pretty incredible...
and we're all of a sudden at the next level...

Then on to the next one...
and the next...
and the next...
until you're saying to yourself...
A-B-L...
ANOTHER  BLOODY  LOCK!!!



...and meeting new friends along the way...



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Friday, August 21, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Expanded to the Middle Rhine!!!



Leaving Koblenz and Marksburg castle,
we headed up the Rhine...
with one last glimpse of the castle...


Did you know that just sailing on the Middle Rhine puts you into
a UNESCO World Heritage site?


I don't think it's because there are goats on the hillsides along the 
banks of the river...


Look!!!  There's a castle!!!


...and a cool house...


...and another castle!!!


...and another castle...


...and another castle...


 ...Oh!!!  And look at the cool patterns the fields make on the hillside!!!


 ...and another castle...


...and a cool church...


Look!!!  Another castle and a cool church!!!


...and another castle...


...and another castle...


 ...and another cool church...


...and another castle...


...and another castle...


...and another castle...


...and what did the Brit say to us as she crossed the upper deck of the ship?
...A-B-C...
...ANOTHER  BLOODY  CASTLE!!!


It was a beautiful afternoon...
beautiful scenery...towns...churches...and all the bloody castles you could want!!!




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Monday, August 10, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Expanded to Marksburg Castle, Koblenz, Germany!!!





Walking up to the castle was a daunting experience...
it's no wonder they were built for defense!!!
Marksburg Castle was built approximately 700 years ago...
and was built as a fortress, high atop a hill, with great vantage points to see an approaching enemy.
The Castle was never besieged by any enemies so it is quite the same as it was 700 years ago.


But they were prepared!!! 


On our way to go into the interior of the castle we passed these beauties...


Part of the kitchen...


And yes...they had indoor potties!!!


...right next to the dining room table!!! 
Didn't they have any building codes back then???


A nice little spot for the ladies to do their handwork...


...and of course a chapel...with a beautiful ceiling!!!


Just a few samples of the armor used back then when battling the enemy...
Those things aren't light either!!!


And of course...if the enemy got in...there were all sorts of ways to deal with them!!!


...as demonstrated in this painting...


A spectacular view from the charming cafe area...
somehow I don't think the cafe is original!!!


The group at large!!!
Dan, me, Art, Linda, Sean, Veronica, Doug...
Debra stayed back at the ship...


Every castle must have it's dog!!!


Another bright spot in a rather dreary day weatherwise...


Then back to the ship...
the Viking Embla!




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