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djh1959

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Travel, Aussie Rules football, reading
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    Scenic
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  1. We had a wonderful dinner at The Shard a couple of years ago, in Obelix. The views were sensational. I agree, don't do a dinner cruise. The cruises down to Greenwich are fantastic though.
  2. Really great report and I am loving the humour too, although slightly hard to understand as an Australian. I have never heard of a volksmarcher. The museum in Basel sounds fantastic, unfortunately we only have one day in Basel after our cruise in October and it is a Monday when the museums are all closed. What a shame you didn't have more time in Strasbourg. We spent five nights there back in January and loved every minute, there was so much to see and do and fantastic food. TALAalum, we did a day trip to Riquewihr, wow what a gorgeous village, you will love it. Looking forward to the next instalment.
  3. Thanks for a fantastic review. I love your blog and am saving it to read of your other travels. I should really be finishing my own blog, but would much rather read yours. That trip sounds fantastic incorporating three of my favourite things - wine, cheese and France. We will definitely have to look into Croisie Europe for a future trip. I am also interested in how you fared with the language. I can speak a very little French, but my husband can speak none at all.
  4. Wow, we were so lucky. We were there in January 2019 and it was totally finished and really nice to see. The modern part really could have been my home, Melbourne, or any other city in the world, but the Romer was exactly the type of thing that we love to see when travelling to Europe.
  5. Moo_cruiser, we are also doing our first river cruise in October, from Amsterdam to Basel with Scenic then doing our own thing by train and spending a further two weeks in Vienna and Budapest. I obviously cannot give you any tips as we haven't been yet, but after a year of research it seems that most lines allow you to bring on your own wine and so on. I think Emerald is Scenic's little brother. As far as hotels go, we have been to Amsterdam before and loved it. You will find that hotels are very, very expensive so you should book a cancellable rate asap. We stayed at Banks Mansion last time and loved it, so much so that we have booked it again for three nights before our cruise. Their rate includes breakfast and a free bar with wine, spirits and so on, so we really get our money's worth. Generally you will get a cheaper deal booking things yourself, but you need to work out what Emerald are offering. With Scenic, if we don't take their precruise, which is didn't, we don't get transfers. Cabs are fairly cheap from Amsterdam airport to town though so that isn't a problem. You can also get the train. We haven't been to Budapest before but we are currently booked into the Budapest Marriott with a club lounge room which have stunning views. We also have a reservation at the Sofitel Budapest, but I will cancel that and stick with the Marriott. If you follow these forums, as well as others on Trip Advisor and so on you will get lots of information. Have fun planning.
  6. My photo isn't as pretty as jpalbny's night time shot, but we did take quite a nice one back in January during our few days in Frankfurt. It does show the skyscraper skyline though. We walked from our hotel (Sofitel Opera) through the city to Sachsenhausen. We had lunch at one of the apfelwein taverns named Strewwelpeter, delicious pork schnitzels and a glass of the apfelwein. The schnitzel was great, but the apple wine was awful, sorry notamermain. It was a great experience though. We then walked back to the Römer and later the hotel via Eiserner Steg.
  7. We always fly Emirates. If we are lucky enough to go business you are allowed two pieces of carry on but only one in economy: Economy Class Economy Class passengers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage, subject to the following size and weight limitations: Carry-on baggage: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches)Carry-on baggage: 55 by 38 by 20 centimeters (22 by 15 by 8 inches) Weight must not exceed 7kg kilograms (15lb pounds). Duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in addition to the above. To be fair, I have never had mine weighed, but the point is you cannot risk having more or they won't let you take it on and it needs to be checked. I have heard of many people having theirs weighed and the one piece rule being enforced, we have just been lucky so far, but I do obey their rules.
  8. Those of you extolling the virtues of carry-on only must be from the US. Here in Australia we are only allowed 7kg carry on, anything over must be checked. While I am quite a light packer, there is no way I can pack for a three week European holiday in the winter with a total of 7kg - and that is including my handbag, which I think you call a purse.
  9. I have every intention of wearing good quality black jeans for dinner! I will dress them up with a nice top, but it is what is worn to virtually every restaurant here in Melbourne, and perfectly fits the "smart casual" brief that Scenic says we should wear. I will also have black pants for anything slightly more formal, but after a long day of touring, I certainly couldn't be bothered dressing up any more than that.
  10. Couldn't you have sat on your balcony for outside space?
  11. We rarely use the trains to and from European airports, preferring a taxi, but when we stayed in Lucerne a couple of years ago, we did use the excellent train service to Zurich airport. It is just as described above, and quite easy if you have luggage that rolls. We were only 2nd class, I think, but there was plenty of room for luggage and the train stopped directly under the airport. It was a simple walk with a few escalators up to the hall with the check in desks. We wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
  12. We too are on a river cruise in October and can't wait! We visited Lucerne back in 2014 and stayed at Hotel des Alpes in a river view room with a balcony. The views were spectacular! Worth every penny, although I am sure we paid more than that - is that US dollars or something else? The rooms hadn't been renovated back then, although they were clean. Hopefully five years on they will be renovated. The hotel was great though. Location is perfect, with a wonderful food market outside on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The restaurant was good too, for breakfast and dinner, although expensive as is everywhere in Switzerland.
  13. We are booked with Scenic in October this year. We aren't flying home for a couple of weeks after we get to Basel, but if I look at Manage by Booking on the Scenic site, it tells you the earliest that you can plan flights for.
  14. We were in Lucerne a couple of years ago. We found it incredibly expensive compared to other European cities, so it is possible that you will struggle with your budget, particularly for dinner. Does that amount include wine? One restaurant that we loved there was the Old Swiss House. Best schnitzels we have ever eaten and all crumbed and cooked at the table, it was a real show stopper. This is their website: https://www.oldswisshouse.ch/en/ We have eaten at a few places in Amsterdam. We particularly enjoyed Lucius, which was a seafood restaurant recommended by our hotel and it was delicious. This is their website https://lucius.nl/en/. In Amsterdam you could also try a rijsttafel, which is an Indonesian rice table. There are a number of them in Amsterdam, we tried Indra Pura which was quite nice. Can't help with breakfast as ours was included with our hotel and cannot remember where we ate lunches. Enjoy your trip.
  15. DougK, that is wonderful information. We are having our first Scenic cruise in October, Amsterdam to Basel and I hate organised tours. It is nice to know that we can just use the bus to get into town, or walk would be even better, and then just do our own thing.
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