4-29-19 to 5-2-19 Strasbourg, Basel and the River Empress
Our last couple of days on this River Cruise will be documented in pictures. They should give you a good feeling for our experience.
Of course, Strasbourg does have a cathedral – Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. It was the second most visited Notre Dame after the one in Paris. Sad to say, it will now become the most visited one due to the fire.
The original was built in the 14th century! The current astronomical clock was built in 1843 and shares many of the features of its predecessors such as an orrery, a rotating display of the current positions of the sun and moon, a planetary calendar, and even a mechanical rooster. The calculations required to keep the accuracy of the earth and moon in rotation around the sun correctly on the clock is done by a complicated set of cogs on the right hand side of the planetary faceplate. A large celestial globe in front of the planetary clock is also connected to other mechanisms and the stars are in correct position for the day and time of year.
But enough about Strasbourg…off to Basel Switzerland!
The wall shows portraits of rock stars like Janis Joplin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Jim Morisson and the Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, The Who, Pearl Jam, Dave Groll and the Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Kurt Cobain, Pink, Frank Zappa, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. The famous Rolling Stones tongue logo, Who Mod Target logo and Woodstock Festival logo with a dove sitting on a guitar are integrated in the design as well as the Beatle’s album cover “Abbey Road” with George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon walking the crosswalk.
The River Empress was a fantastic home for our adventure from Amsterdam to Basel. There were some highs and lows but mostly highs all along the way. Would we do another UniWorld River Cruise? Yes we would . Actually looking at doing something in 2020 in Eqypt!