The final day of the vacation is always a sad one. But a well-said phrase from our program director of the Viking Kvasir states otherwise. "Don't feel so sad that the journey is over, be happy it happened." I'm certainly happy this Rhine Getaway took place, and although I missed out on many opportunities to drink alcohol, I have no regrets.
However, the final day also is the busiest day on our agenda. Starting at nine in the morning, mom and I would embark on a tour around the surrounding terrain, highlights of Lucerne, and its lake. Of course, we were going along with a much larger group, containing passengers from our cruise as well as another. I was actually looking forward to this tour since it pretty much summed up Europe.
Starting from the Swiss Alps, we went up a small hill, Mt. Pilatus, of 2,132 meter
Finally off the ship in Basel of Switzerland, I forgot the feeling of the smooth glide of the boat. Replaced by a bumpy, unpleasant bus ride to our next destination of Lucerne, I immediately missed the blissful form of travel provided on the Viking Kvasir. However, the transfer off the boat was slightly buffered through a long bus ride in which I took a good nap. I didn't miss the important section on the trip though. A trip to where?
Lucerne is our final point on this European Expedition, and the most expensive. Switzerland, although small, has one of the highest QOL ratings in Europe. And the only cheaper you'll find in Switzerland is skiing. Being the eighth-largest city in Switzerland, Lucerne is the entire pre/post-extension of Viking Rhine Getaway. Because of Switzerland's unique spot in Europe, there are four national languages, each further represented with a certain level of cultur
Another perplexing Alsatian town. Difficult to pinpoint what culture it belongs to. By now, I've accepted that these places, switching between the German and French lands in history, have created a new culture altogether.
Today's shore excursion was based in Colmar, one of the hottest spots in France. Being the capital of Alsatian wine, it has a strong sense of culture. Thus, Mom and I hopped from the German warmest city of Breisach to the French driest town of Colmar, and off we went.
Originally derived from German, Colmar is a canal-lined medieval gem and now considered French. Neither of Colmar and Breisach showed its qualities right now, but it is something interesting to point out. Due to Colmar's early German history, the 9th-century streets connected with the 13th-century Gothic church and 17th-century
Today, mom and I entered France. No, Germany. Ehhhh... France. Maybe Germ- no, no, definitely France. By now, after two world wars, everyone in the city of Strasbourg is tired of switching back and forth between the countries. Luckily, both countries use euros, so whatever nation Strasbourg now falls under will use the same currency.
Being one of the largest cities in the romantic Rhine, Strasbourg is the hot spot where Germany meets France, blending cultures in great effect. It absolutely offered a bit of variation versus other stops this trip. Location of the European Quarter, home to many institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe, many expensive neighborhoods could be found in this area. The Petite France district of the old town took immense pride in its history and gave off a picturesque "Paris" vibe. As usual, every narrow street was