OK, I am on a cruise after all, so you know there will be food. We're also visiting 5 countries along the river and the food is part of the culture. So how to keep my MAINtenance goal in mind while still thoroughly enjoying the experience?
Breakfast is easy. I get coffee and juice at the "Early Bird" breakfast and go out for a run as I described in my earlier blogs. Afterwards, I join Joe at the regular breakfast - a full buffet where I choose oatmeal, yogurt and fruit. Occasionally some scrambled eggs
Lunch is a combination. There is always a buffet of beautiful stuff
Here's a my typical salad. Isn't it colorful?
Then there are delicious soups like this
A small entree is also offered
I always order those too. These are cabbage rolls
I never turn down dessert either. Each is special for the region and really not a large portion
We are offered a full course dinner with appetiser, soup and a choice of entrees and desserts
I never skipped a course.
However, it's not all about the food. Most mornings, afternoons and a few evenings we are off the ship on learning and discovery tours
A medieval French village where a "Viennese celebration" was in progress
A "Stork Park" where once endangered birds breed in a protected environment.
These are 2 weeks old
A huge Roman Museum in Cologne, Germany with more artifacts than I've seen anywhere outside of Rome itself.
Huge room sized mosaics
Joe with some 2nd century friends
Through the window behind a glass collection of thousands of pieces you can see the Cathedral.
As we sailed from one place to another, history passed before our eyes
We visited local people in their homes and in their workplace
In a small village a fisherman who had done this work for 44 years described his day (4 am - 7 pm) and even played his accordian for us
A shoemaker showed us how wooden shoes are made.
Yes, they are still worn by farmers and millers (those who live in and work the traditional windmills)
Everywhere onshore there were many opportunities for food and drink. I decided ahead of time that I would not "graze" and only sample items that we wouldn't get on the ship or looked really interesting.
One delicacy I was not tempted to try.
This is Jorn, our program director, demonstrating the proper way to eat herring.
Not a big decision since I'm allergic to fish.
Is my weight still exactly the same as when I left home?
The scale onboard is suddenly not working, so I can't be sure any longer.
Once home I will update whether I was able to outrun, out-walk, and out-tour my fork.
Happy Birthday USA!
I am very grateful for my freedom and the ability to visit these wonderful countries and share their pride in their own countries.