Tales from the River – Wertheim, Germany, Oct 4, 2011

We had such big plans today but the first thing we remember is the phone ringing at 12:30 pm. Yes, we had missed the entire morning — breakfast, the glass blowing demonstration, and LUNCH! The Hotel Manager Ben was calling just to make sure we were okay, since the Do Not Disturb sign was on the door and Mariana could not clean our room.

I think all of the walking had finally gotten to Ed and he had gone to sleep as soon as we got back to the room yesterday. I ate dinner last night but didn’t hear the alarm this morning. It was a really good sleep though and I think we both needed it.

I raced to get dressed so that I could take the walking tour of Wertheim, which was interesting, and then just wandered about the marketplace afterward. I did stop at the glass blowing shop and they had such beautiful pieces. I wanted to bring them all home, especially for Christmas decorations, but I limited myself to just a few and had them shipped home, for safe keeping.

Ed had a good day aboard the ship, resting and reading. As we were going to dinner, Mariana saw us and asked if we were okay. She was distraught that she hadn’t been able to clean our room today, especially when we told her it was unnecessary to turn down the bed since it was already turned down from yesterday. She couldn’t help it; she cleaned our bathroom, straightened the bed, and turned it down anyway!

Tonight, we are going to the bar to listen to Robbie, the musician that plays the piano and keyboard and entertains us every evening after any special programs they have. He’s great and he knows all the old American standards, along with local standards, old and new. So now, it’s off to have a nightcap and a hum-along with Robbie.


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