SAILING THE NEDER RIJN

Leaving Rotterdam's outskirts

Leaving Rotterdam’s outskirts

Heavy industry on the Neder Rijn

Heavy industry on the Neder Rijn

Close up, this has a stark, brutal beauty

Close up, this has a stark, brutal beauty

Ferries criss crossed our route

Ferries criss crossed our route

Banks of plane trees lined the river

Banks of plane trees lined the river

Looking down from mu cabin balcony

Looking down from mu cabin balcony

These power plants were random and impressive

These power plants were random sights

The cathedrals of the 21st century

The cathedrals of the 21st century

All the panoply of the gods of industry

All the panoply of the gods of industry

Giving way to sudden swathes of green

Giving way to sudden swathes of green

Small, tidy villages ranged along the river

Small, tidy villages ranged along the river

Sunsets were tender, mellow affairs

Sunsets were tender, mellow affairs

Evenings served up some amazing vistas

Evenings served up some amazing vistas

Mirror images of evening fall

Mirror images of evening fall

We ghosted under a series of bridges

We ghosted under a series of bridges

Spring evenings had a special magic

Spring evenings had a special magic

Fields and roads, forests and ravines

Fields and roads, forests and ravines

Row upon row of serried plane trees

Row upon row of serried plane trees

Winding bends revealed new vistas

Winding bends revealed new vistas

Bridges of all shapes and sizes

Bridges of all shapes and sizes

And quirky little river boats

And quirky little river boats

And river towns like famous Arnhem....

And river towns like famous Arnhem….

A-ROSA FLORA PICTURE GALLERY PART III

Promenade corridor on the A-Rosa Flora

Promenade corridor on the A-Rosa Flora

Restaurant level on the A-Rosa Flora

Restaurant level on the A-Rosa Flora

Only the best is good enough on here

Only the best is good enough on here

Outdoor terrace, facing forward

Outdoor terrace, facing forward

Eclectic divider for the main dining area

Eclectic divider for the main dining area

Gangway down in an en route pit stop

Gangway down in an en route pit stop

The main bar in the panorama lounge

The main bar in the panorama lounge

A typically diverse array of cheeses on board

A typically diverse array of cheeses on board

Food  was always amazing

Food was always amazing

The variety and quality was stunning

The variety and quality was stunning

All the bread was fresh baked daily

All the bread was fresh baked daily

Quality took place over quantity all the time

Quality took place over quantity all the time

Even the Cappucino was beautifully presented

Even the Cappucino was beautifully presented

My boudoir, cabin 320 on the upper deck

My boudoir, cabin 320 on the upper deck

Upper deck as we sailed the Rhine

Upper deck as we sailed the Rhine

The A-Rosa flag flying on board

The A-Rosa flag flying on board

ANTWERP PANORAMA- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS

The old harbour of Antwerp

The old harbour of Antwerp

Yachts in the inner harbour

Yachts in the inner harbour

Belgian wall art on the streets, Antwerp

Belgian wall art on the streets, Antwerp

Tables from an outdoor cafe

Tables from an outdoor cafe

Typical cobbled streets of the old town

Typical cobbled streets of the old town

Ornate facades abound in Antwerp

Ornate facades abound in Antwerp

Old stucco architecture abounds here

Old stucco architecture abounds here

The town square, called the Grote Markt

The town square, called the Grote Markt

Corner styling on Antwerp's town hall

Corner styling on Antwerp’s town hall

Steen Castle, the guardian of Antwerp

Steen Castle, the guardian of Antwerp

The main entrance to the Steen

The main entrance to the Steen

Close up aspect of the Steen

Close up aspect of the Steen

Part of the old courtyard of the castle

Part of the old courtyard of the castle

Another shot down into fairy tale Antwerp

Another shot down into fairy tale Antwerp

Inside the courtyard of the Steen

Inside the courtyard of the Steen

Another view of the castle complex

Another view of the castle complex

Back in the centre of the old town

Back in the centre of the old town

Close up of the old town facades

Close up of the old town facades

Refuelling stop outside, Antwerp style

Refuelling stop outside, Antwerp style

Horse and cart bus in the city centre

Horse and cart bus in the city centre

More zany Belgian street art in Antwerp

More zany Belgian street art in Antwerp

Courtyard cafe in the old town of Antwerp

Courtyard cafe in the old town of Antwerp

SNAPSHOTS FROM AMSTERDAM

Spring in Amsterdam; the old city awash in sunlight

Spring in Amsterdam; the old city awash in sunlight

Still the quintessential city of bikes and canals

Still the quintessential city of bikes and canals, Amsterdam is a classic

Brownstone gable houses have long typified this amazing city

Brownstone gable houses have long typified this amazing city

Those canals give the city it's unique, freewheeling vibe

Those canals give the city it’s unique vibe

The famous frontage of Dam Square on a perfect day

The famous frontage of Dam Square on a perfect day

The facade of the Town Hall, one of the city's crown jewels

The facade of the Town Hall, one of the city’s jewels

A perfect Amsterdam pastiche; bridge and canal

A perfect Amsterdam pastiche; bridge and canal

Mirrored reflections in a golden stream..

Mirrored reflections in a golden stream..

Amsterdam's cafe scene is not limited to land

Amsterdam’s cafe scene is not limited to land

ROTTERDAM AND IT’S HARBOUR- A PICTURE ESSAY

The Sunday morning Rotterdam skyline

The Sunday morning Rotterdam skyline

City centre bridge vista

City centre bridge vista

Rotterdam still has some old buildings

Rotterdam still has some old buildings

The canals make for a pleasant stroll

The canals make for a pleasant stroll

A very eclectic skyline

A very eclectic skyline

Rotterdam is a hugely under rated city

Rotterdam is a hugely under rated city

The city is almost joined to the sea

The city is almost joined to the sea

Holland and flowers. But of course...

Holland and flowers. But of course…

Old bridges recall those in Paris

Old bridges recall those in Paris

Lightship in the old port of Rotterdam

Lightship in the old port of Rotterdam

Old local coaster in Rotterdam's old port

Old local coaster in Rotterdam’s old port

Cutting edge, funky new buildings

Cutting edge, funky new buildings

Rotterdam's famous Euromast

Rotterdam’s famous Euromast

Sailing past the outskirts of Rotterdam

Sailing past the outskirts of Rotterdam

More of the quirky, modern stuff

More of the quirky, modern stuff

Heading back past the old city centre

Heading back past the old city centre

Old style paddle steamer on the Rhine

Old style paddle steamer on the Rhine

Old and new in perfect harmony

Old and new in perfect harmony

A last, sideways glance at Rotterdam

A last, sideways glance at Rotterdam

A-ROSA FLORA PICTURE GALLERY II

The restaurant

The restaurant

Pool from aft

Pool from aft

A-Rosa Flora pool deck

A-Rosa Flora pool deck

Forward panorama lounge

Forward panorama lounge

Alongside at Hoorn

Alongside at Hoorn

Bow of the A-Rosa Flora

Bow of the A-Rosa Flora

A-Rosa Flora at Hoorn

A-Rosa Flora at Hoorn

Kissy shot

Kissy shot

Full length starboard side shot

Full length starboard side shot

Outdoor forward terrace

Outdoor forward terrace

Upper deck love seat!

Upper deck love seat!

Outdoor lunch buffet goodies

Outdoor lunch buffet goodies

Beautifully presented fare

Beautifully presented fare

Corridor to my cabin

Corridor to my cabin

The restaurant

The restaurant

Another restaurant view

Another restaurant view

Corridor to reception

Corridor to reception

More culinary goodies

More culinary goodies

Excellent German cuisine

Excellent German cuisine

Yum-tastic stuff it was, too

Yum-tastic stuff it was, too

Mirror image, shot from my room

Mirror image, shot from my room

Twilight on A-Rosa Flora

Twilight on A-Rosa Flora

HOORN PHOTO GALLERY

Hoorn waterfront

Hoorn waterfront

Hoorn from the river

Hoorn from the river

The waterfront tower, close up

The waterfront tower, close up

Old steamer on the waterfront

Old steamer on the waterfront

Yachts and gables. Typical Holland

Yachts and gables. Typical Holland

Rooftops of old Hoorn

Rooftops of old Hoorn

Hoorn town centre

Hoorn town centre

Hoorn statuary

Hoorn statuary

Dutch coaster on the bay

Dutch coaster on the bay

Amazing water sculpture

Amazing water sculpture

Beautiful waterfront vistas

Beautiful waterfront vistas

Sunset over Hoorn hafen

Sunset over Hoorn hafen

Springtime twilight

Springtime twilight

Hoorn at dusk is spellbinding

Hoorn at dusk is spellbinding

Early evening in town

Early evening in town

ROLLING DOWN THE RHINE IN STYLE; THE A-ROSA FLORA PICTURE GALLERY

A rose is still a rose

A rose is still a rose

A-Rosa Flora pool

A-Rosa Flora pool

Want tea? You got it

Want tea? You got it

Bar selctions

Bar selections

Indoor spa, A-Rosa Flora

Indoor spa, A-Rosa Flora

Through the spa window....

Through the spa window….

It's a luxurious spa for a river boat

It’s a luxurious spa for a river boat

Even the foot basins are fab

Even the foot basins are fab

Exercise bikes for healthy types

Exercise bikes for healthy types

Looking out over the bow

Looking out over the bow

Inside, chilling out with some Reisling

Inside, chilling out with some Reisling

View from the promenade

View from the promenade

Corner unit of my cabin aboard A-Rosa Flora

Corner unit of my cabin aboard A-Rosa Flora

Bed and corner unit

Bed and corner unit

View from my balcony as we head for home

View from my balcony as we head for home

The bar/lounge, looking forward

The bar/lounge, looking forward

Food for thought. Magnificent food, too

Food for thought. Magnificent food, too

Balcony sunset. On the Rhine? Yep.

Balcony sunset. On the Rhine? Yep.

PANORAMIC RHINE- SAILING THE GREAT RIVER

 

Looking over the Rhine from on board in the town of Arnhem

Looking over the Rhine from on board in the town of Arnhem

Waterfront promenade at Arnhem, seen from on board A-Rosa Flora

Waterfront promenade at Arnhem, seen from on board A-Rosa Flora

Sailing under the 'Bridge Too Far', Arnhem, en route to Cologne

Sailing under the ‘Bridge Too Far’, Arnhem, en route to Cologne

Horses enjoying one of the beaches along the edge of the Rhine

Horses enjoying one of the beaches along the edge of the Rhine

Not sure which surprised me more- beaches or sunbathing horses!

Not sure which surprised me more- beaches or sunbathing horses!

Small ferries like this one cross the width of the Rhine night and day

Small ferries like this one cross the width of the Rhine night and day

Inside comfort allows matchless views of outdoor splendour

Inside comfort allows matchless views of outdoor splendour

The A-Rosa Flora was a luxurious and elegant way to travel

The A-Rosa Flora was a luxurious and elegant way to travel

Spa towns and seaside resorts paraded past our sun loungers

Spa towns and seaside resorts paraded past our sun loungers

A series of vaulting bridges loomed overhead during our transit

A series of vaulting bridges loomed overhead during our transit

Ancient church spires clustered around by a slew of little hamlets

Ancient church spires clustered around by a slew of little hamlets

Believe it or not, this apparent monstrosity is actually a fun fair

Believe it or not, this apparent monstrosity is actually a fun fair

The river produced one spellbinding sight after another

The river produced one spellbinding sight after another

This looks like some kind of olde worlde hotel or spa resort

This looks like some kind of olde worlde hotel or spa resort

Sunsets on the Rhine had an amazing, mellow tenderness

Sunsets on the Rhine had an amazing, mellow tenderness

Skies transformed each night into amazing, fiery vistas

Skies transformed each night into amazing, fiery vistas

Petro chemical plants and heavy industry had its own, brutal beauty

Petro chemical plants and heavy industry had its own, brutal beauty

Plane trees standing black against the early springtime sunset

Plane trees standing black against the early springtime sunset

ARNHEM PHOTO GALLERY; THE CITY AND ‘THE’ BRIDGE

The gates of old Arnhem town

The gates of old Arnhem town, rebuilt after the fighting in 1944

Arnhem Cathedral was restored after the Second World War

Arnhem Cathedral was restored after the Second World War

Modern Arnhem sculpture on the struggle of the ordinary man

Modern Arnhem sculpture on the struggle of the ordinary man

Cobbled streets and tall, gabled houses are typically Dutch

Cobbled streets and tall, gabled houses are typically Dutch

Another view of the street scene in contemporary Arnhem today

Another view of the street scene in contemporary Arnhem today

This is Arnhem's pretty little cinema, set on the town square

This is Arnhem’s pretty little cinema, set on the town square

Cafe life in Arnhem centres around the main squares

Cafe life in Arnhem centres around the main squares

Arnhem is far more than just the site of a famous battle

Arnhem is far more than just the site of a famous battle

This is the river front promenade that overlooks the Rhine

This is the river front promenade that overlooks the Rhine

A cafe with a view. Umbrella shaded vistas of the mighty Rhine

A cafe with a view. Umbrella shaded vistas of the mighty Rhine

The lovely little river side promenade leads into the old town proper

The lovely little river side promenade leads into the old town proper

Really? I'll let you be the judge of that. Cafe table, Arnhem style

Really? I’ll let you be the judge of that. Cafe table, Arnhem style

Dutch table side delights. A lovely location for a warm summer night

Dutch table side delights. A lovely location for a warm summer night

25 pounder British filed gun, open air museum, Arnhem

25 pounder British filed gun, open air museum, Arnhem

Panorama of Arnhem after the battle and bombing in 1944

Panorama of Arnhem after the battle and bombing in 1944

Business end shot of the same British field gun, Arnhem museum

Business end shot of the same British field gun, Arnhem museum

The reconstructed 'Bridge Too Far' is an exact replica

The reconstructed ‘Bridge Too Far’ is an exact replica of the original

Looking down the Rhine from on top of Arnhem Bridge

Looking down the Rhine from on top of Arnhem Bridge

View of the bridge from the 'German; side. Identical to 1944

View of the bridge from the ‘German’ side. Identical to 1944

Gun post from which Frost's men fought off German attacks

Gun post from which Frost’s men fought off German attacks

Shot of the underside of the bridge. over to the far bank of the Rhine

Shot of the underside of the bridge. over to the far bank of the Rhine