Europe’s Heartland River Cruise/Land Tour – Prague to Paris
notes from The Hopkins’
Carolyn and I are back home safely. We had a marvelous trip and created many great memories. Prague, Germany, Luxembourg and Paris were each beautiful, exciting and full of enormous history. Among other things, Carolyn and I conquered the Eiffel Tower, climbing as high as they allow and then taking the elevator the very top for a late afternoon view of Paris and a glass of Champagne. We left a lot of younger people panting in the dust and are quite proud of ourselves.
Of the many new friends, we met two Israeli couples on the river cruise. Haim Yavin, who looks like Walter Matthau, is Israel’s answer to Walter Cronkite. We have a standing invitation to visit Israel.
Another special memory is from Prague. We attended a concert at St. Francis Cathedral that has the original organ built in 1702, ranks, console, keyboard and all which was played by Mozart himself. Because of my interest in music, the Cathedral Director took us on a private tour of the organ chamber after the concert and allowed me to play the very same keyboard Mozart played. What a thrill!
Would highly recommend AmaWaterways. The Intercontinental Hotel where they put us in Prague was great. The shore excursions were great, except the Heidelberg excursion was just ok—the Autobahn had excessive traffic with delays. The staff was great, and the Cruise Director is now a friend. I spent three hours in the wheelhouse with the Captain while going through a lock. The food and the local wines were excellent. Paris exceeded our expectations and would go back. I took 3,406 photos with my new camera that has a 16 gig disk.