Our ship docked in Passau in mid-afternoon. It was our first opportunity to set foot on German soil and we were not disappointed. Passau lies at the confluence of the Danube and Inn rivers in the region of Bavaria. Its winding cobbled laneways and streets are lined with immaculately preserved old buildings, many of which are now souvenir shops for tourists. There are flower beds and blossom trees dotted around the town. Church bells ring out across the town every hour. Under blue skies, Passau looked simply stunning.

Marg, of course, located a craft shop and bought some wool and needles. Being such a warm day, I checked out the local men’s wear stores for a pair of shorts, but somehow I don’t really think lederhosen are my style.

We walked through the town to the bank of the Inn and followed that for a while before heading back to our ship. It would still be a few hours before the members of our cruise who opted for the Salzburg excursion would return, and we relished the opportunity to just take our time and enjoy wandering through this beautiful German town. I was quite captivated by Passau.

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