507 Photos - Nov 4, 2014
Photo: The journey begins on an Air France double decker A 380Photo: I was in business class on the upper deck - the view to the lower deckPhoto: The little upstairs lounge areaPhoto: Upper Deck Business ClassPhoto: The appetizer selectionPhoto: Wine Monsieur?Photo: We arrive at the Swisshotel GenevaPhoto: We set out to the tram station for our short trip to the Cern LaboratoryPhoto: Photo: Photo: The Geneva clock towerPhoto: Our tram arrivesPhoto: Photo: We are at Cern and head for the intro exhibitPhoto: Photo: Photo: A diagram of the Cern AcceleratorPhoto: Photo: Photo: No, Al Gore was not here.....Photo: The fundamental particles of matterPhoto: We take a short bus ride to our first stopPhoto: Photo: Photo: Inside the test facility, where they test/repair modules of the accelerator magnetsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We head underground to the detector chamberPhoto: The view to the surface...more than 100 metersPhoto: Wires, computers and cables everywherePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A mock up of the accelerator loop where opposing proton beams are accelerated and energizedPhoto: The detectors - the proton beams are magnetically steered to so that the protons collilde.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our Physicist explains the detector assemblyPhoto: Photo: The collider control roomPhoto: We return to sunset in GenevaPhoto: Photo: Photo: We are on the train to our next stop -ZurichPhoto: Views of Lake GenevaPhoto: Photo: Photo: We start our tour of ZurichPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our guide pointing out the various historic points of interestPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at Bahnhoffstrasse - the Rodeo Drive of ZurichPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Next event - a wonderful ride to Lucerne through the Swiss countrysidePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We stop for lunch in BrunnenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at Vitznau for our boat trip on Lake Lucerne to the city...One of the five star resorts on the lakePhoto: Photo: Photo: We head for the boat - a private charterPhoto: Cyndi and MoireenPhoto: Kathy and EdPhoto: Photo: Photo: A look back at VitznauPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We pass the Meggenhorn EstatePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at LucernePhoto: Photo: Kathy and Moireen - ready for our Lucerne tourPhoto: Bill, Ed and Dick are ready tooPhoto: Photo: Photo: Our guide (a retired teacher) educates us...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The painting inside Chapel BridgePhoto: Photo: Photo: We visit the Jesuit ChurchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Waterfront cafesPhoto: Lunch at the local breweryPhoto: ...with my traveling companion BillPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Pastries anyone???Photo: Airstream and hot dogs at the fair that was in townPhoto: Sunrise in LucernePhoto: We stop at the Sleeping Lion monument as we start the bus trip to BaselPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Basel for a tour and lunchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Cathedral of BaselPhoto: Cathedral SquarePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The RhinePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: John and Joyce enjoying lunchPhoto: The Basel City HallPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We head back to the bus for the short trip to the boatPhoto: We make a brief stop at the corner of three countries - Switzerland, France, and GermanyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at the AMACello - home for the next seven daysPhoto: Photo: Our first stop is Breisach Germany where we board a bus for Riquewihr FrancePhoto: Photo: Photo: We arrive in Riquewihr in the middle of Alsace - essentially unchanged since the 1500'sPhoto: The vineyards of AlsacePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Riquewihr is a remarkable townPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kathy and MoireenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The church of the townPhoto: Photo: Photo: A local vintner waiting for a clientPhoto: Photo: Photo: Joyce and JohnPhoto: Photo: Linda, Jerry and DonPhoto: Macaroons anyone???Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some visitors looking for handouts as we arrive in Strasbourg FrancePhoto: Photo: Photo: Not quite ready for prime time...Photo: Strasbourg is the home of the Council of Europe and the European ParliamentPhoto: Photo: Photo: We head toward City CenterPhoto: Photo: We arrive for our tour of City Center - a UNESCO World Heritage sitePhoto: Photo: Photo: Our tour beginsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The city center plazaPhoto: Cathedral Notre Dame de StrasbourgPhoto: Photo: Photo: It is famous for its astronomical clock - it is displayed every day at 12:30pmPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some very nice little cafe'sPhoto: We are back at the boatPhoto: Photo: Dick and Moireen are ready for the evening receptionPhoto: Photo: Dick with our Cruise Manager Karen - a native of AmsterdamPhoto: Photo: Patti and LucretiaPhoto: Karen conducting the evening brief of the next day's activitiesPhoto: Photo: We arrive for our Chef's Table dinner - Daniel welcomes us with the ChefPhoto: Amelie explains our first winePhoto: Photo: First Course...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Amalie and DanielPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We sail to SpeyerPhoto: Photo: The Cathedral of Speyer.  Speyer was founded in 1024Photo: Photo: We make our arrivalPhoto: Photo: Photo: Thinking about something....Photo: We start our walking tourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Speyer Catherdral from behind - consecrated in 1061 and  completed in 1111Photo: The front of the CathedralPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cathedral SquarePhoto: The Protestant ChurchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We visit the Synagogue - Jews were invited in 1084 by Bishop Rudiger Huzmann to avoid persecution elsewherePhoto: Photo: The sacred and ancient Jewish BathPhoto: We finish the day at the wonderful Technical MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I really want one of thesePhoto: We stop at a local pub for a beer - right across from the boatPhoto: We arrive in Rudesheim for our tourPhoto: Photo: We head for the gondola'sPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A UNESCO World Heritage SitePhoto: Looking back down on the Rhine and our boatPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Buzzed by the LuftwaffePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Walking through RudesheimPhoto: Photo: Photo: And it's time for wine tasting!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We start our cruise of the Rhine Gorge - one of the most beautiful spots in the worldPhoto: Ehernfels CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Rhinestein Castle - many of these castles have been renovated into hotelsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Heimburg CastlePhoto: Photo: Furstenberg CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Stahleck CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Pfalz CastlePhoto: Gutenfels FortressPhoto: Photo: Schonberg CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The narrowest portion of the Rhine - LoreleyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Katz CastlePhoto: Photo: Rhinefels CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Maus CastlePhoto: Photo: Leiberstein CastlePhoto: Sterrenberg CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Marksburg CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Marksburg CastlePhoto: Lahneck CastlePhoto: Photo: Stolzenfeis CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We make our approach to Cologne GermanyPhoto: The Colongne Cathedral - Cologne was settled in 50bc by the Romans, and the Cathedral was the tallest structure in Europe until the Eifel TowerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Making a statement about the payment of taxes - faces toward City HallPhoto: City Hall's responsePhoto: Some thoughts from the Bishop...Photo: The ancient facade of City HallPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kolsch Beer tasting with potato pancakesPhoto: Photo: Photo: On the way to our final stop..AmsterdamPhoto: Photo: First up...a canal cruisePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A replica of the 900 person Hong Kong restaurantPhoto: Photo: Photo: The favorite museum of many women....Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The only windmill in AmsterdamPhoto: