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  1. Taxis should certainly be available at that hour but to make sure, have the ship’s desk order one for you the night before. With little traffic, the trip should take no more than 15 minutes and cost between €15 and €20. For Viking to charge $60 per person is a big rip off.
  2. Strasbourg and the rest of Alsace follow the German practice of closing shops on Sunday. However souvenir shops in the centre of the city will be open as well as restaurants. The Cathedral is open for visitors on Sunday afternoons and all museums will also be open (museums usually close on Mondays). So there’s lots to see and do in Strasbourg on a Sunday. In answer to the OP, Cologne Cathedral is also open to visitors on Sunday afternoons.
  3. Unless you are transported there by bus as well as back, I doubt that this tour will actually take you into the Black Forest, which is really too far away by bike for the time available. It would also involve some fairly steep climbs. More likely, it will be through the foothills of the Black Forest north or south of Freiburg, which is largely a wine growing area with many pretty villages. Or perhaps most likely, it will be through the Kaiserstühl, an area between the Rhine and the foothills to the east. The Kaiserstühl is also quite pretty, with its old volcanic hills rising from the Rhine valley. It has lots of vineyards and picturesque villages and Breisach is its principal town.
  4. This map has three walking tours of the former town of Chicoutimi, now Saguenay. https://tourisme.saguenay.ca/files/circuits_patrimoniaux_pdf/depliant_patrimonial_chicoutimi.pdf
  5. Without a doubt stay in Sarlat. It’s a beautiful historic town with a famous market (Wednesday and Saturday) and close to many of the top attractions in Périgord. You’ll want to spend some time exploring Sarlat itself. Périgueux is interesting enough but too far from most of the places you will want to visit in 4 days. There are many prehistoric caves near Sarlat, particularly in the Vézère valley. Even though the original cave at Lascaux has been closed to visitors for many years, there are reproductions you can visit. I visited Lascaux II and was most impressed, but recently Lascaux IV has been opened and is apparently stunning. If you want to visit an original cave, the Font-du-Gaume in les Éysies-de-Tayac is open, but restricts the number of visitors daily. You need to reserve well in advance. Also in the Vézère valley is La Roque St-Christophe, a large open cave overlooking the river which was inhabited from Neolithic times until the Middle Ages. It’s well worth a visit. Aside from caves, the Dordogne is known for its castles and fortified towns (bastides), many of which were built during the Hundred Years’ War and often changed hands between the French and English. You’ll certainly want to visit Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and Castelnaud among others. You also might want to take a short cruise on the Dordogne river from La Roque-Gageac in a gabarre, the traditional cargo boat. There’s much more a bit further afield that I could mention but your four days will go by quickly without your venturing too far beyond Sarlat.
  6. Regarding Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov, I’d recommend the latter. It’s a very attractive town with many mediaeval structures. You’ve already been to Salzburg and it doesn’t seem that your partner is set on it. I wouldn’t go just for the Christmas market. As to a city to visit after Budapest, if your aim is an impressive Christmas market, then you must see the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg. I assume that your cruise does not include it. It’s one of the oldest, biggest and certainly most impressive in Germany if not all Europe. Munich would also be a good choice. I can’t speak for Prague as I’ve never been there at that time of the year.
  7. I have made a connection from an Air Canada international arrival to the Fernbahnhof. As I recall, my flight arrived at 0820 and because I was concerned about the time to get my bags and through customs and passport control I opted for a train at 1050. Although it is a long walk I arrived at the station about 0930 and could easily have made an earlier train. However there are always variables and you may wish to err on the side of caution.
  8. Le Continental and Lapin Sauté are both good suggestions. Like martincath I am of two minds about Aux Anciens Canadiens. It really does date as a restaurant from the 18th Century and is attractively decorated, although as martincath suggests, verges towards kitschy. The food is traditional Québecois, meaning it is very hearty indeed and you should come with a good appetite. This is not a place for haute cuisine à la francaise. If you want to have dinner there, if you order before 6PM the lunchtime prices apply—the evening prices are considerably higher. For lunch, if you are in the Lower Town, you might try Le Cochon Dingue (crazy pig) a French bistro across the street from Lapin Sauté and under the same ownership. In the Upper Town, for lunch I like the Pub D’Orsay where I usually have their mussels and fries. Pub St-Alexandre is another favourite of mine. If if you want to splurge for dinner with traditional French cuisine, I think it’s hard to beat Le Saint-Amour in the Upper Town. Laurie Raphaël and Légende are also very good restaurants in this category. If you are looking for something cutting edge, there are a number of places in the Saint-Roch district that you could look up. In the tourist parts of Québec City, you will have no problems with a lack of French. Those dealing with the public will speak English and English menus are generally available
  9. Excellent advice from martincath. The only thing I might add is that you might consider the train from Montréal to Québec. It’s a pleasant trip and as the train leaves from Central Station (Gare Centrale), it would be very convenient if you stay nearby after arriving on Amtrak. There are 5 or 6 trains a day. Check details at www.viarail.ca.
  10. Thanks GMT. The first time I saw the term "Federweisser" was in the Rheingau and I didn't know then if it was a local term or not. Obviously it has become the general term for this type of wine.
  11. When I lived in Baden-Württemberg some years ago this newly fermented wine was generally known as Neuer Wein or Neuer Süsser. I also recall that in Austria it was usually called Sturm. Perhaps Federweisser is replacing these terms. Whatever the name, it is quite tasty, but easy to over-indulge in. As others have pointed out, Zwiebelkuchen is a necessary accompaniment.
  12. They’re both “quaint” and “cute” and overrun with tourists.
  13. Host Bonjour, you mentioned that you struggled with the French title and I would agree that it does not read well. My gentle suggestion is to change it to “À propos de Montréal”.
  14. You will clear US Customs and Immigration in Montreal so that when you land in Detroit it will be as though you are coming off a domestic flight. Even so, 38 minutes is not much between flights. Are both flights with the same airline?
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