June 24, 2015 – Passau, Germany

I am not feeling well this morning so John proceeds to the walking tour of Passau without me. I am hoping to feel better this afternoon and have John give me a private tour himself.

After a nap and lunch things are looking up. We head into the pretty town of Passau.

Town of Passau
Town of Passau

Passau is situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, the Inn, and the Ilz. So of course it gets flooded frequently. In 2013 it experienced the highest flood waters in 500 years. There is still evidence of the flood in stucco and bricks that remain wet even after 2 years.

Watchtower with watermark from the 2013 flood
Watchtower with watermark from the 2013 flood

The town has a lovely Baroque cathedral, St. Stephen’s. The church was originally medieval but was mostly burned in the town fire of 1662. It was replaced with an updated interior. There are many paintings and sculptures in the side altars. John and I walk around identifying as many of the saints as we can by their attributes.

Approaching St. Stephen's
Approaching St. Stephen’s
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau
St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau
Interior of St. Stephen's
Interior of St. Stephen’s
St. Jerome with his lion, skull, and hat
St. Jerome with his lion, skull, and hat

We stroll around the town on the way back to the ship. There is a picturesque artists’ alley with colorful umbrellas hanging overhead. The city hall has an old clock and a painted facade.

Artists' alley
Artists’ alley
Old City Hall in Passau
Old City Hall in Passau
Detail of City Hall with painted facade
Detail of City Hall with painted facade

We join Peg and Ted and another couple for dinner. I have osso buco and John has halibut. Both dishes are okay. We finish the evening listening to a musical tribute to Elvis Presley. I think you have to be over 70 to appreciate it.

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