Day 28 - Tuesday October 18
18.10.2011 - 18.10.2011 14 °C
After a restless night of coughing we gave in to our 'diseased state' and stayed on board. Like many of our original group and some of the new travelers we have fallen to a 'European' cold/flu. Most frustrating after the Moscow bug. We have some antibiotics so we can avoid another foreign doctor episode with a bit of luck.
Bamberg is a city of 70,000 which is one of the few German cities which escaped allied bombing. The old town is another world heritage site. The city is located on 7 hills (like Rome) with a church at the top of each. The main Cathedral was completed in 1012 but within a hundred years had burnt down and been rebuilt. A bit difficult to make any other comments as our ship is docked in an industrial area with a view of a grain loader (could be worse!) Bamberg is famous for it's Rauchbier (smoked beer).
We are now at the end of the Main-Danube canal as we are about 3 kms from the Main River (which eventually meets up with the Rhine River). In our sleepless state last night we felt the slowing of the boat as it entered 8 locks and then the quiet of the ship moving downward in the locks before the engine kicked into gear and travelled to the next lock.
We set sail for Wurzburg after lunch today. When we entered the Main River (Mien) we are on a stretch of water 387kms long with 26 locks. Will take about 22 hours to go as far as a push bike could go in 1/2 hour! Most of these locks will happen at night so they just go by unnoticed except if you are the crew steering a boat about the same size of the lock without tipping all the passengers out of bed. It is a relaxing way to travel and it is so good not to be living out of a suitcase. The holiday is slipping away quickly as we get towards the end but there is still lots of things to do and see.