04.03.2017 - 04.03.2017 60 °F
Awakened to low 40 degree temps. Time to try out those new long johns. Rebecca led the group out on our walking tour of the old town and into the markets. Having been born and raised in America, she points out cultural differences which native European guides might not be aware of. Many of our group were cold and wanted to return to the boat. We returned for more layers and then rewalked much of the route and found the Beethoven homestead. Returned to the boat for lunch. After lunch, Howie and I walked in warmer temps and sunshine to lovely botanical gardens about 1 1/2 miles from the boat. This was a trip highlight for me. Walked 7.6 miles today. Enjoyed watching kids playing aeronie in the parks. Enjoyed the relaxed attitudes about dogs walking with their owners but off leash. The Dutch and German attitudes about health care, guns, sex, drugs, homelessness and dogs is so much more sensible, relaxed and more than anything: humane.