This morning, ms Grace is docked in Kehl, Germany, for a visit to Strasbourg, France, located on the other side of the Rhine from Kehl. That's right, Germany is on one side of the river and France on the other.
ms Grace docked in Kehl, Germany
After breakfast, guests began disembarking to board the motorcoaches for the short drive to Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region in France and the seat of the European Parliament. Having been a part of Germany on occasion throughout history, this region has developed a blend of German and French culture. It is not really French, but not German either. You could argue that it is this middle ground that makes it ideal for its position of importance in the EU.
The city's main attraction is the Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame. The cathedral was built from 1187 to 1439. At 466 feet tall it was, for a period of time, the world's tallest building.
Cathedral Notre Dame, Strasbourg
The 16th-century astronomical clock found inside is the single most interesting feature of this amazing cathedral. It has various figures that move around and do different things based on what time it is when the clock goes into action.
Strasbourg is a good city for walking. There are lots of shops, cafes and bistros. A stop at a boulangarie for a freshly baked baguette or pastry is usually part of our standard routine.
About 60 guests returned to ms Grace in time for lunch. The remaining guests opted to stay in Strasbourg a little longer and take one of the shuttles offered by Tauck back to the boat. We opted for a delicious lunch onboard in Compass Rose. There is always a variety of salads, sandwiches, cold cuts, hot dishes and a carving station from which to choose. Roast duck was on the carving board today, and it looked very good. However, Rickee and I had a big breakfast this morning, so we stuck with the salads and soup. Joanna and Jenelyn took very good care of us at lunch, as they always do.
Jenelyn and Joanna
This afternoon, we were treated to Alsatian Folk Music and Dance presented by local performers. The lively show was enjoyed by all who attended. Some of the guests even got into the act when the performers plucked them from the audience for a whirl around the dance floor.
Alsatian dancers perform in Panorama Lounge
During the briefing this afternoon, we are reminded that this wonderful cruise is quickly coming to an end. We had to attend the dreaded 'Disembarkation Lecture'. What a downer! Who wants to leave? Nevertheless, apparently Tauck has organized our disembarkation with the same efficiency we've experienced on this entire voyage.
Maggie talks about disembarkation in Basel
It has been another great day aboard ms Grace and we are looking forward to visiting Lucerne, Switzerland, tomorrow!