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  1. Notamermaid, I too thank you for your updates. We have travel booked to Europe in December, but not a cruise this time. We are hoping to visit France, Spain and Portugal, but obviously can't go if there is quarantine. Also travel insurance might be a big problem. Your posts are helping us to decide, so thankyou.
  2. Here in Melbourne, we are finally starting to open up. Today cafes, and restaurants can open. They are limited to only 20 customers, they must have a full meal, not just a snack and/or drinks, and cannot stay for more than two hours. I am not sure how it will work out, but our country only has 400 active cases now, so I doubt it will be too bad. On Saturday we are going to visit our friends for the first time since February. There will be ten of us getting together for take away pizzas. Presumably we will all be social distancing, but the house we are meeting at is easily big enough to allow it. We can't wait!
  3. There are two branches of Figlmuller in Vienna. One of them only sells pork schnitzel, rather than veal, and the other has both.
  4. That is a little like here in Australia. We celebrate the Queen's Birthday with a long weekend in June (which isn't her birthday anyway). I don't believe that they do this in England. Canada sounds a little like us here in Melbourne, golf courses have just opened, five visitors are allowed and now we have been told that cafes and restaurants will reopen from 1st June, with a maximum of twenty guests to start.
  5. Yes, I think that is probably the case. Certainly anyone arriving here must do two weeks quarantine, and I cannot imagine them changing that for a very long time. We could probably manage to travel and have quarantine when we got home, because I only work one day a week and my husband can usually work from home. The problem would be if we had to quarantine going into Europe. I am quite sure that we couldn't afford an extra two weeks accommodation, on top of what is probably going to be much more expensive travel in the future. The US and the UK at this stage appear to be the two places that Australia isn't likely to want travellers from, in fact a lot of the cases that we actually did get here were from the US, because we didn't close the borders quickly enough.
  6. Notamermaid, I have been reading in the Australian press that since Germany has relaxed its restrictions, Covid-19 cases are building up again. Is this true? How exciting about the borders opening. I just heard on the news here that they expect it to be three years before we could fly into Europe or the US. How depressing!
  7. Do try and visit and see it. We were lucky enough to be there in January 2014. It was magnificent, as was the entire museum, probably one of the best museums I have seen.
  8. Notamermaid, Jacinda Adern is apparently meeting (virtually of course) with our prime minister and State premiers tomorrow. We have an app for iphone and android here that uses bluetooth to keep track of our contacts. We have been assured that it is safe. Apparently all data is stored on our phones, if you are then confirmed positive, with your permission they can track all contacts and then contact them. Sounds like a good idea to me, security doesn't worry me, because I am not doing anything wrong. Thanks too for the link to the Deutsche Welles article.
  9. Here in Melbourne we have these screens now at all supermarkets. Great idea, and one I hope that they keep when this is all over, if it ever is. Thanks so much for the reports, notamermaid. Really interesting to hear what is going on in Europe. I did read today in the newspaper though that there had been a spike in new cases in Germany since a slight relaxing of the regulations. Is that true or like much in the newspapers, total nonsense?
  10. ikesyd, we had six days in Budapest last year. Beautiful place! We stayed at the Marriott in an Executive Room - the views from both our room and the Executive Lounge were simply stunning. Highly recommend.
  11. Herman, I have been told by other Scenic fans that the probable reason for the lack of Aussies was the fact that it was a short trip from Amsterdam to Basel. Apparently, most Australians prefer to the lengthier cruises. I sort of understand that, but we obviously didn't fly to Europe for 7 days, we also had two weeks land touring on either side. It was our first river cruise and we didn't want to book a longer one first off. I must say that while I didn't mind it, my husband wasn't that impressed and I would struggle to get him to do another. I didn't really think it was the "5 star luxury" that it is billed as. While it was pleasant and enjoyable, I have had far better food and service in a 5 star hotel for half the price. The scenery along the Rhine made it worthwhile for me though. I hope you enjoy yours when you finally get to go.
  12. Oh I do hope that is right, as we have a trip booked to Spain and Portugal in late December and January. Not a cruise, purely a land trip. Unfortunately, being from Australia, I seriously doubt we will be allowed to fly to Europe, and certainly not with travel insurance, which pretty much makes it impossible.
  13. We did our first river cruise with Scenic last October. We are from Australia and there were only four Australians (including us), on the ship. We were very surprised by this, the vast majority were Canadians, then from the US. The rest were from England or New Zealand.
  14. Thanks so much for that link notamermaid. It brought back so many memories!
  15. I couldn't agree more notamermaid. We were lucky enough to spend five days in Berlin about five years ago and the Pergamon was a massive highlight. I can still see those amazing gates!
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