Category Archives: Festivals

Christmas Day in Narni

I know this isn’t Santa Claus or even St. Nikolaus but he looked like a Christmas guy to me when I saw him in the Orvieto cathedral.  For that reason, he will have to act as stand in.  Some of … Continue reading

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La Vigilia di Natale

Otherwise known as Christmas Eve.  December 24th is when most of the Christmas action takes place in Italy.  It is the night of the big meal (featuring plenty of fish) and it is when presents are exchanged.  Because we had … Continue reading

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Narni in December

This is our third stay in Narni, our charming hilltop town in Umbria.  Both earlier trips were in September; some things are different in December. The things that remain the same include:  The loveliness and comfort of our apartment with … Continue reading

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Vienna: Back Where We Started

Tuesday evening, December 12, we arrived back in Vienna where we began our trip on November 30.  A lot of water has flowed down the Danube since then and we have been fortunate to have been floating down with it. … Continue reading

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A Bavarian Christmas Experience

Last night, December 10, our already long day wasn’t over until we had gone out to a farm to experience a Bavarian Christmas.  The drive from the ship was about 40 minutes through the countryside.  Of course, it was dark, … Continue reading

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Nürnberg: First Impressions

We (all twelve of us) arrived in Nürnberg at 12:27 p.m. on a train from Munich.  What a group. Twelve people and at least twenty-four assorted pieces of luggage.  Craziness.  After only a few misturns, we found taxis and were … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas Day: December 6th

As we entered the dining room for breakfast at the Munich City Hilton, we were each given a large foil-covered chocolate St. Nicholas.  Turns out that in Germany, December 6th is St. Nicholas’s Day.  Who knew?  Not me, obviously. I … Continue reading

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Vienna: Day 4 – Pastry and Palaces

  Because I have fallen way behind on my desire to visit one Viennese coffee house each day of our trip, we began our Monday with a stop at Café Central for a bite of breakfast.  Michael, Dave and Claire … Continue reading

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Wilkommen to Vienna

I hate it when I start seeing Christmas merchandise and decorations before Halloween.  I strongly dislike it when I see Christmas merchandise and decorations before Thanksgiving.  But I LOVE it when I see all things Christmas in December.  And I … Continue reading

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Munich: Day 6 – This is the End, This is the End, My Friend

Our last full day in Munich.  What to do before we have to begin the inevitable packing and looking homeward? We all agreed that we should start the day with cappuccini and pastries at our local bakery.  Why change a … Continue reading

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