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Paris was very cold in mid-August.

SeaQ, I hope you'll post your impressions of the areas you visit and the cruise.


Will try. Internet intermittent as we rely on satellite uplink that gets interrupted when we go under numerous bridges or enter locks.

Bratislava is very pretty town, with lots of medieval-looking alleyways. Old Town touristy, lots of cafés, street vendors, green spaces. Castle is interesting and imposing, overlooking town on hill, but currently being converted to museum so many areas off-limits (this does not stop my wife who seems to get by security by smiling a lot and walking quickly). Like most of Central Europe, easy to find excellent local beers in most small taverns.

We take almost all meals on our ship, where the food and variety are excellent. I am having mostly fresh fish-- salmon, perch, halibut-- perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Service is excellent. Wine (or beer) are included with dinner, and selection unfortunately is small. I don't really take much of a look at the labels as these aren't wines I'll be buying to bring home, but the local 'specialty' wine is served. There was a Badacsonyi Szurkebarat (Hungarian white) that was good; the others were passable but simple. Last night a Slovakian Chardonnay, and the red offering was a Zweigelt which my wife said was soft and fruity, offering more on the nose than the palate.

We're just now docking in Vienna. Hotel Sacher for lunch today, with the obligatory slice of cake with my capuccino.

Hope all are having better summer weather in NA than we are experiencing here. Smile
Montalcino... Fuligni was clearly the best visit! Barrel tasted BdM 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 2010 BdM will be amazing! Thanks to everyone for their trip reports and recommendations. I said hello to Roberto and Sandra at Querce Bettina for Jochems/LB and Katia at San Polino for Kevin_H. On to Almalfi coast tomorrow then finishing in Rome.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Going to visit any Finger Lakes wineries?


Yes, we went to several today and will hit a few tomorrow. Didn't take any in-depth notes, but we confirmed the inkling we already had - reds are hit or miss but the Rieslings are awesome! Especially so at Herman Weimer. The guy pouring in the tasting room was a bit pompous and felt the need to tell us that everything he poured was the best of it'k kind in NY, and that they brut sparkler was the "best Champagne" he ever had for under $100. Settle down, sparky! Several really great Rieslings, though, and a very nice late harvest Chardonnay dessert wine. Dr. Konstantin Frank was a disappointment, even their Rieslings. Heron Hill was a nice surprise. Two really good Rieslings and the best reds (IMO) we had today. Picked up their Cab Franc and a Bordeaux-style blend. Glenora has a great view of Seneca lake and decent Rieslings, but that's about it.

Not trying to pimp for them, but we are enjoying our stay at the Echoes of the Glen B&B. Added bonus is that it's only a block from the entrance of Watkins Glen State Park, where we were able to walk of some of the awesome breakfast climbing stairs to the waterfalls.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Going to visit any Finger Lakes wineries?


Yes, we went to several today and will hit a few tomorrow. Didn't take any in-depth notes, but we confirmed the inkling we already had - reds are hit or miss but the Rieslings are awesome! Especially so at Herman Weimer. The guy pouring in the tasting room was a bit pompous and felt the need to tell us that everything he poured was the best of it'k kind in NY, and that they brut sparkler was the "best Champagne" he ever had for under $100. Settle down, sparky! Several really great Rieslings, though, and a very nice late harvest Chardonnay dessert wine. Dr. Konstantin Frank was a disappointment, even their Rieslings. Heron Hill was a nice surprise. Two really good Rieslings and the best reds (IMO) we had today. Picked up their Cab Franc and a Bordeaux-style blend. Glenora has a great view of Seneca lake and decent Rieslings, but that's about it.

Not trying to pimp for them, but we are enjoying our stay at the Echoes of the Glen B&B. Added bonus is that it's only a block from the entrance of Watkins Glen State Park, where we were able to walk of some of the awesome breakfast climbing stairs to the waterfalls.


Wiemer makes a great TBA. Their dry Riesling is my favorite from the region. I think Dr. Konstantin Frank prodices the best reds in the eastern 3/4 of North America. I'd also recommend Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing, and Lucas.
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Originally posted by snipes:
Buenos Aires - Glad I packed my jacket, it was a bit chilly this morning.


Too hot in Atlanta..too cool in BA.

You would complain if they hung you with a new rope. Razz Wink


Big Grin

Which jacket to pack ranked up there with which ties to bring during my pre-trip ritual. Highs in the mid to low 50's and lows mid 30's really is right down the middle between wind breaker and heavy jacket.

My dad suggested just bring sweaters, VERY glad i didn't take that advice.
As for the rope, as long as it wasn't a scratchy kind I'd be ok. Smile
Recently, Salzburg, Austria; then to Germany-- Pasau, Roth, Nuremberg, more. Fascinating places, lots of history and beauty. Been a great cruise, Danube tranquil, comfortable, relaxing travel.

To Prague tomorrow for a few days, for something a bit more upbeat: jazz, beer, borscht, and goulash, all 4 food groups amply represented.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
Montreal, Quebec

Cool Bienvenue, xhoser.

Unfortunate I won't be able to meet you this time round. Frown


Merci KSC,

Sorry that we won't meet Sunday night but hope that it won't be too long before we can pull corks together! The wife and I have enjoyed our trip together in your beautiful province.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Shavez, if you all get to Venice, check out the Venice Biennale.

July: the ONLY month I would seriously recommend you DON'T go into Venice Eek


Smile

No Venice on this trip, but Rome is so packed with (other) tourists...no surprise there...but we're still having a great time. This time around we didn't have much choice in the timing of our trip...
Recently Salzburg, Passau, Regensberg (lovely), Nurenberg (also beautiful, but this is surpassed by its historical importance, Courtroom 600, etc).

Currently in Prague, Old Town Hilton situated well for walking/shopping/viewing/jazz. Had 2 great dinners-- Kampa Park, excellent food, and must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe to finish your dinner at dusk with the sun setting over the Charles Bridge and the buildings being lit up and reflecting across the water-- only Monet could have done this justice. Other place is Kogo, near Astronomical Clock square, outstanding Italian, outstanding food inc. salty bread that I can still taste, excellent but pricey wine list, took last bottle of '97 Argiano Brunello, very good but not top tier.

This is a great city for walking. We're looking at nice rental apartments tomorrow; could spend 4-8 weeks here without a problem.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Recently Salzburg, Passau, Regensberg (lovely), Nurenberg (also beautiful, but this is surpassed by its historical importance, Courtroom 600, etc).

Currently in Prague, Old Town Hilton situated well for walking/shopping/viewing/jazz. Had 2 great dinners-- Kampa Park, excellent food, and must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe to finish your dinner at dusk with the sun setting over the Charles Bridge and the buildings being lit up and reflecting across the water-- only Monet could have done this justice. Other place is Kogo, near Astronomical Clock square, outstanding Italian, outstanding food inc. salty bread that I can still taste, excellent but pricey wine list, took last bottle of '97 Argiano Brunello, very good but not top tier.

This is a great city for walking. We're looking at nice rental apartments tomorrow; could spend 4-8 weeks here without a problem.


this place is worth trying:
http://www.apostila-prague.cz/

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