Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 – weather: Great until late
Today’s headline is not about a presumption or supposition or any of the other such synonyms from Roget. Instead, it is about the Catholic Holy Day for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. Why does this matter? Because in Catholic parts of Europe, The Assumption, today, is a public holiday and, hence, (almost) all of the shops are closed when people take a tour around Regensburg.
Some time in the morning we left the Canal and entered the mighty Danube. It is certainly wider.
After breakfast, smoked salmon as usual, there is a cooking demo by head chef Budi.
Today the boat is putting on a Bavarian Lunch.
There is a 100% queue around the serving area for people tryin to get some of their Bavarian meal. There was quite some discussion about the merits and rudeness of pushing into the lines, I am quite opposed. I sat on the sidelines for over 40 minutes, waiting for it to thin out a bit. When I finally got there I was not that impressed with what was available.
There are two choices of tours in the afternoon:
(1) A walking tour of Regensburg where we are berthed.
(2) A visit to Weltenburg Abbey. I had signed up for this but did not go.
Julie went on the first tour but mostly did it on her own. Some photos.
Viewing that last photo, one can see that it is a beautiful day. So I decided to visit the top deck where I had not previously gone.
Julie returns and it is nearly time for dinner. The sky is getting more and more cloudy and off in the distance we see rain coming down.
As the meal proceeded the weather deteriorated rapidly. Eventually an impressive lightning show started in the clouds and went on for a couple of hours. Only the occasional bolt went to the ground. There was not a lot of thunder heard, but there was some. Then it started raining heavily. Our burst of great summer weather had come to an abrupt end.