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Nature’s Decorations of the Season

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It’s a dreary Christmas morning in Virginia,
but it was beautiful last week in the Black Forest in Germany.



Even indoors, nature provided the decorations.
This “tree” of all poinsettia plants was in the theater in Wiesbaden.



Merry Christmas!

  
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JESSICABOOTY 12/27/2012 7:29PM

    Both photos were so beautiful. Chicago didn't get its white Christmas this year so seeing yours felt good.
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LOLATURTLE 12/27/2012 11:52AM

    Those are beautiful!! You are a good photographer. emoticon Merry Christmas!

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SOUTH_FORK 12/26/2012 9:48AM

    Just caught up on your blogs since returning state-side! I truly looks like a wonderful trip. Hope your Christmas was very, very merry!

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ALLISON145 12/25/2012 1:14PM

    Beautiful! We were supposed to have a white Christmas here in Arkansas, but nothing yet!

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CELIAMINER 12/25/2012 11:13AM

    Great pictures! Glad the Virginia fog has given way to a brilliantly sunny day!

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2012 9:54AM

    Beautiful indeed!

It's a snowy day here for Christmas, quite pictueresque: and I'm hoping for skiing tomorrow!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 9:45AM

    Beautiful!

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BRASKIN 12/25/2012 9:07AM

  beautiful photos.

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BOOKWORM27S 12/25/2012 8:49AM

    That is beautiful! I'm in Texas, and all we have is rain this morning.

Merry Christmas! Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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WILSONWR 12/25/2012 8:43AM

    I love Europe in the winter. Great pictures! Merry Christmas!

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BOILHAM 12/25/2012 8:39AM

    Bright and sunny here in Florida. Alas, no snow!

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KANOE10 12/25/2012 8:07AM

    Have a great clelbration with your family today. I love your pictures.

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DMEYER4 12/25/2012 7:36AM

  have a wonderful holiday

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A symbol of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation

Monday, December 24, 2012

On December 14th we were visiting St Stephen’s Church in Maintz, Germany. This is the site of the Chagall stained glass windows where visitors sit in rather austere surroundings bathed in ethereal light from the all blue windows throughout the church.



Chagall, the Russian-born Jewish artist, who fled Nazi-occupied France, wanted nothing to do with Germany after the war. Yet he was prevailed upon by his friend Msgr. Klaus Mayer to create a symbol of reconciliation in his church. Chagall began this project in 1976 when he was 90 years old. He had completed the nine main windows when he died in 1985. The rest were completed by his assistant Charles Marq. Final installation was done in 2000.

We returned to our ship that day to learn of the news from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut - holocaust on a smaller, but no less horrific, scale.

You can get a better sense of the scope of these Biblical and abstract images at this website.

www.google.com/search?q=Chagall+Main
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univ&sa=X&ei=SULYUI3bDcLS0wHitIHgDA&ve
d=0CEAQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=571


I wish you all a tranquil holiday and a peaceful new year.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 12:10AM

    Beautiful!

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LOLATURTLE 12/24/2012 12:00PM

    Those are lovely, thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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CELIAMINER 12/24/2012 11:36AM

    Spectacular pictures! Thanks for sharing your own and the link to the others!

Merry Christmas!
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WILSONWR 12/24/2012 10:38AM

    Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the story!

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2012 10:18AM

    Thank you for the link! Chagall is such an amazing artisti . . . and these images and colours are glorious. As a former art history teacher, the aesthetic is for me pretty consitently the main portal to spiritual experience.

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DAWN14163 12/24/2012 9:42AM

    I'm not a church goer, but I get tingles every time I enter these beautiful cathedrals.

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BOILHAM 12/24/2012 8:51AM

    Gorgeous, thanks for posting.

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MARYJOANNA 12/24/2012 8:09AM

  Beautiful windows!

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No way to track this stuff!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

DH began the journey by sampling everything.


The Christmas Markets have wonderful crafts and cultural items but also LOTS of FOOD – everywhere!

Both in the shops


and in the market stalls



In all 4 countries – the type of food may change, but not the quantity.


By the end of the trip even DH was just taking pictures of the possibilities. After all, once back on the ship, there would be MORE FOOD.

Maybe that's the key to moderation when traveling? Spend time photographing the temptations to minimize eating time? LOL

  
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LOLATURTLE 12/24/2012 11:59AM

    Beautiful!

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CELIAMINER 12/23/2012 4:11PM

    Wow, better you than me! Not sure I would have just taken pictures.
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KANOE10 12/23/2012 12:37PM

    Love your pictures. Great idea of taking p emoticon ictures instead of eating the foods.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/23/2012 11:00AM

    I see a LOT of gingerbread!

With that much abundance, I'd be so overwhelmed that I probably wouldn't have any, lol!

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BOILHAM 12/23/2012 10:00AM

    He sure looks happy! Nice pictures!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 9:59AM

    Those pics are AMAZING and no cal!!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/23/2012 9:16AM

    That may be it. Pictures have no calories.

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WILSONWR 12/23/2012 8:50AM

    Great idea! I'll do that on our cruise in January!

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FITFOODIE806 12/23/2012 8:42AM

    I like that strategy!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics with us.

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NELLJONES 12/23/2012 7:35AM

    I remember when I used to look a pictures of food instead of eating it. Cookbooks with beautiful pics were my mainstay.

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Desserts – My biggest challenge when cruising

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Although you’re never hungry, river cruising is more about the sights and touring than the 24/7 food of ocean cruises.

Lunch and dinner is ordered from the menu with an occasional lunch buffet exception to accommodate tour schedules. So you actually have to make an effort to overeat. The wait staff will bring you additional servings if you request it.

This is what dessert usually looked like.

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Occasionally I did order two.


They were small, very delicious and usually an example of the culture of the port we were visiting and I really wanted to try them.

Then there was “Afternoon Tea!” Fortunately, the trays of local cookies were heavy on the gingerbread, not a favorite of mine so I was OK trying just a few. Sometimes we were in port and DH and I spent “tea time” there. That was a different challenge since the Christmas Markets include LOTS of food. More on that tomorrow.

But one day we were sailing during the afternoon and I was confronted with this.


OK, I give up. I ate THREE of these.

Still, as I wrote yesterday, I came home only 2 pounds heavier and that is gradually going down. So I’m happy to report that it is very possible to cruise, not feel deprived and maintain.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:06PM

    Glad to see you back, and you survived all those things., emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:06PM

    Glad to see you back, and you survived all those things., emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/22/2012 8:10PM

    Brooklyn, so glad you are back! The desserts look heavenly, especially the size! I love just a taste, but if someone puts a big hunk of cake in front of me...I'll eat it, unfortunately. Hope you had a blast on the cruise!

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DEBBY4576 12/22/2012 7:34PM

    There is no one on earth, okay well on Sparks, that would have resisted those yummy things. You did well on your portion control obvioulsy, since you came home with only 2 extra pounds.

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2012 1:42PM

    I'd call 2 pounds up stupendous success in the face of THOSE temptations!!

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BOILHAM 12/22/2012 11:58AM

    Moderation is one of my favorite words.Deprivation is not such a good word. Good for you.

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KANDOLAKER 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    Welcome home! And, two pounds is not bad for having temptations like that. Way to make it happen.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/22/2012 9:48AM

    Lesson learned! I don't think I had a single dessert on our cruise. Maybe I would have had a lot better time if I had!

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DAWN14163 12/22/2012 9:35AM

    The desserts look lovely and you have to try the local food when travelling....I think you did a great job!

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KANOE10 12/22/2012 9:23AM

    Those deserts look amazing. Two pounds up from a cruise was great. YOu will lose them quickly! I think you did a great job of enjoying yourself and staying healthy.

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ONMYMEDS 12/22/2012 9:19AM

    With all that dessert available, the only thing that would save me is jumping overboard and swimming down the river behind the ship.

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WILSONWR 12/22/2012 8:52AM

    Great job! I'm glad you had an enjoyable cruise without all of excess calories! Two pounds is "nothing."

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FITFOODIE806 12/22/2012 8:32AM

    Sounds like fun! Nice work. Enjoying the local treats without overdoing it!

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Never hungry on the River Concerto

Friday, December 21, 2012

Back in the USA! A wonderful trip exploring the Christmas Markets along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, marred only by the horrible news from Connecticut.

After sleeping for 12 hours, I had my regular breakfast of peanut butter on ww toast with OJ and coffee.

This is what the breakfast buffet looked like on the River Concerto.


I began each day with lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, oat cereal, scrambled eggs and cheese and a few strips of bacon. I avoided the pastries, pancakes, waffles, syrups, deli meats and assorted sausages. With all the fresh citrus available, there was no need for my morning orange juice either.

Lunch and Dinner were from the menu:
Appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert with a salad and pasta buffet available as alternatives or additions. I always included salad (so many types of fresh vegetables and fruit!!), but I skipped the pasta. More on this tomorrow.

This was an amazing AND healthy trip. I gained only 2 pounds and I bet some of that is due to the salty airplane food on the way home. Now it’s time to get back to real life. No one to ask if “Madame would like more coffee” Sigh!

  
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MJZHERE 12/22/2012 2:29PM

  Good job! I am glad you had a good time and are safely home.

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DAWN14163 12/22/2012 9:39AM

    Welcome home! I'm pleased you enjoyed seeing a bit of Europe. I'm loving the weather here in Orlando but struggling to find healthy options on the menu......sort of expected that though!!!

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KANOE10 12/22/2012 9:24AM

    What a wonderful trip and so fun to be waited on. I think only gaining two pounds was great!

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GREENGENES 12/21/2012 8:29PM

    What an awesome trip.

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JESSICABOOTY 12/21/2012 3:55PM

    Sounds like a fantastic trip. The food was a challenge but I think you did great. And you are so right about airplane food. 100% salt. Glad you made it back safe and sound.
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WILSONWR 12/21/2012 3:38PM

    Good for you - eating healthy while on vacation! I hope you had a great time.

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DEBBY4576 12/21/2012 3:25PM

    I'm thrilled you had such a trip of a lifetime!!! I am REALLY glad you hardly gained anything. You HAD to have been really really good. Congrats on that and glad you are back.

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LOLATURTLE 12/21/2012 1:56PM

    Welcome back!!

Sounds amazing!! Well done on keeping the weight in check; I hope we hear more about the amazing sights you got to see!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/21/2012 1:02PM

    I am jealous as well. But it looks like you survived the buffets, which are minefields for people like me.

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BOILHAM 12/21/2012 12:35PM

    So jealous! But, glad you had a good time and ate healthily.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/21/2012 11:56AM

    Can't believe your cruise is over already! I guess that was one thing I liked best about traveling abroad and cruising--being called "Madame"! Haha!

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LEB0401 12/21/2012 11:36AM

    Lovely!

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