Christmas Markets on the Rhine travel blog

Latin university from 1500s. Now a law office

The “Pig” gate. Kept pigs from getting too close to the church

Building on the town square

Plaque commemorating local Jews murdered in WWII

Statue of young Jewish woman who wrote letters ala Ann Frank and...

Docked in Nimegen, Netherlands this a.m. It is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands and the northern frontier of the Roman Empire dating back to 8 AD. It was also instrumental in Operation Market Garden in WWII. It overlooks the Waal River which is a part of the Rhine that splits off here. We took a walking tour of the town and, although it was cold, it was clear and sunny, apparently a rarity for the Netherlands. Most of the streets are cobblestone and the older buildings are really beautiful with statuary, painting and lots of iron work. We passed a statue of a Jewish woman who was killed during WWII. She was famous for the letters she wrote up until the end when she was throwing then out of the train window to tell everyone what was happening. By her statue are plaques with the names, dates and camps where the other Jews from the town were killed. The Netherlands remembers the loss on May 4 and 5th of every year with minutes of silence. Back on the ship and sailing to Amsterdam, arriving after dinner (Xmas Eve). Not looking good for exploration. We have a Stollen making demonstration this afternoon and then the Captain's Farewell Dinner complete with paraded baked Alaska. We leave the ship tomorrow at around 6:30 a.m - Merry Christmas!

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