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The Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is a village in the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region (now part of Nouvelle-Aquitaine) of France.  The new Oradour-sur-Glane was rebuilt after World War II next to the original village which was destroyed by a German Waffen-SS company.

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jollity farm in correze

Life on a French Farm in Corrèze

Trusted Housesitters

I wanted to go to the French Open in Paris for a day, but it was a long way to go from the USA without other plans.  Having visited Paris previously, I was looking for other options when I found a “housesit” in Lagraulière, a town in Corrèze on a website called Trusted Housesitters.  There are several other similar ones, but basically the site matches house and pet sitters with homeowners who need help with pet and home care.

I paid my application fee for the site, applied to the job in Corrèze which includes details about the owners, pets and home, and miraculously got it!  After some communication back and forth, I booked my plane and train tickets in preparation for my next adventure.

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Weisenkirchen on Danube River Cruise

Danube River Cruise

The Danube River

The Danube River originates in Germany and flows southeast 1,770 miles through ten countries and into the Black Sea.  With the help of a lock system, 1,500 of those miles are navigable, thus it is an attractive river cruise destination.

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Sedlec Ossuary

Kutná Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary

Kristin and I planned two and a half days in Prague.  Then I found out about this town, Kutná Hora, and the Sedlec Ossuary, and I wasn’t sure how to spend my time.  My friends have raved about Prague, and many have claimed Prague was their favorite European City to visit.  As such, with all the places to see and things to do, I figured I at least needed our planned two and a half days to visit, maybe more. 

But after seeing pictures of the Sedlec Ossuary, I felt like I was too close (only an hour away by train) to pass up a chance to see it.  After much deliberation, I signed on to a six-hour tour of Kutná Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary with Discover Prague.  While I really enjoyed Prague, I’m so glad I took the time to see Kutná Hora and Sedlec Ossuary.

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Old Town Prague

Top Places to See in Prague

Praha Train Station

Once the historical capital of Bohemia, Prague is now the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic with 1.3 million people.  We arrived in the fifth most visited European city via bus from Nuremberg which was the fastest mode of public transportation.  The bus dropped us off at the main train station, Praha, which interestingly used to be called the Wilson Station, after American president Woodrow Wilson!

Woodrow Wilson was a leading supporter of Czech and Slovak independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  He recognized the sovereignty of a defacto government modeled after the US constitution which was set up by Masaryk who was in US exile.  Soon the Czechs and Slovaks joined together to form the independent Czechoslovakia in 1918.    

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Trodel Markt in Nuremberg

Nuremberg’s Walkable Old Town

We arrived in the morning to Nuremberg on our last day of our Danube Cruise and organized a taxi ride from port to our hotel in Old Town for around 20 euro.

Where to Stay in Nuremberg

Our hotel, Gideon Designhotel, was in the Old Town of Nuremberg’s southeast corner.  The hotel was conveniently located near a variety of restaurants, the pedestrian area, as well as the train and bus station.  We really liked the location.

WALKING TOUR
Exhibit in Nurember's Documentation Center

A History Lesson in Nuremberg

Nuremberg

When in Nuremberg, it’s worth investigating the history of the Nazi Regime and World War II.  Just visiting the Documentation Center, Nazi Party Rally Grounds, and the Memorium Nuremberg Trials which includes Courtroom 600 takes an entire winter day!

HISTORY LESSON
View of Old Town Regensburg from Stone Bridge

Top Places to Visit in Regensburg

Cruising the Danube

Our seventh stop on the Danube was in Regensburg, the fourth largest city in Bavaria, Germany with a population of 150,000.  Due to the challenging parking, many residents bike, thus we dodged several cyclists as we walked Regensburg’s Old Town.

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Passau

Top Things to Do in Passau

Passau

Our ship sailed all night and through the morning until we reached our next destination, Passau.  We docked aside another ship and walked across it (a common occurrence on the Danube) to begin our walking tour of Old Town located on the peninsula between the Danube and Inn Rivers.

Passau, a German city of 52,000 people sits on the border of Austria in the Bavaria region at the confluence of three rivers.  The third being the Ilz.  As such, Passau, a bishopric since 739, profited from important salt trade routes and remained independent until it was incorporated into Bavaria during the Napoleonic times of 1803.

Today, attractions in Passau can be found on both sides of the river.

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Durnstein

From Dürnstein to Melk

Since we’ve been on the Danube, three days, all of our cruising has taken place at night.  Today, however, we enjoyed the river’s beautiful scenery in the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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