Our tour of the city wasn’t scheduled to begin until 10:30 so we had plenty of time to enjoy the breakfast buffet…..
and another showing silver fish swimming one way with a few red fish swimming the other way. It signifies approval for “going against the stream”…something it was felt more Germans should have done in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
During our walk to town, I met fellow passenger and broken-leg buddy, Gwen. Her femur was broken while playing tennis two months ago, necessitating a surgical rod…..and here she was…..passing me up at break-neck speed! Her stamina and perserverance were an inspiration.
Untouched by the bombs of WWII, Regensberg has maintained its medieval charm. Leading into town is the Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke), built in the 12th century to open trade between northern Europe and Venice.
As our guide pointed out various sights along the way, we were drawn to a mural on the side of a tall home. This fresco of David and Goliath was created in the 1500’s. We loved how the artist incorporated the structure of the house by resting Goliath’s arm on a window.
We ended our tour at St Peter’s Cathedral, a shining example of Gothic architecture. We went inside and sat in a pew, hopefully waiting for a pipe organ concert that never materialized. While we were sitting there, we noticed a nun coming toward us….fearing we had committed some Catholic faux pas, we started to leave…..but instead of a reprimand, the nun took out a camera and started taking pictures of a nearby column. Our curiosity was piqued and we found our answer in a church brochure.
The statue on the pillar is called the “Smiling Angel,” described by the Diocese as “the visible expression of the Gospel – the good news of the love of God.” What amazed us is how this very cold, very grey stone statue came to life in our photograph of her.
Back to the boat for lunch….wild boar with gingerbread sauce and potato dumpling…. savory but not “gamey”….it was delicious.
After a rest and an early dinner, we walked to the “Romantic Christmas Market” at the Thurn und Taxis castle with a group of other passengers…..holiday lights illuminating our trek through the narrow streets.
The Thurn und Taxis Christmas Market was exquisite. With the backdrop of a castle, garland-festooned wooden stalls were spread throughout the grounds and in the courtyard. Candles, lanterns and torches gave a soft glow to the fairy-tale setting.
Local artisans….blacksmiths, basket weavers, glass blowers, candlemakers and bakers….demonstrated their unique skills in specially equipped stalls. The items available for purchase were of exceptional quality…..if only our suitcases were larger!
All too soon we had to leave this lovely setting for the long walk back to the boat…..we started our walk early but were soon eclipsed by our fellow passengers…..with my slow gait, it took us twice as long to get to the boat….we were afraid it might leave without us, but the Amadeus Royal was shining like a beacon beckoning us “home.”
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