AmaCerto Cruise: Visiting the home of Eau de Cologne in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany – Napoleon Bonaparte loved Eau de Cologne so much that he ordered 50 bottles a month. The famous emperor used the fragrant water extravagantly and supposedly had special boots designed where he could stash an emergency bottle of cologne. “Back then, they didn’t take baths as often as we do today so they used perfume to mask their body odor,” tour guide Marion said. However, some of the perfumes smelled so heavy that they weren’t …

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Cologne and Dusseldorf, Decked out for the Holidays

Since we had been to Cologne recently, we decided to tour nearby Dusseldorf as our choice of excursion today. This is a very cool town, with Frank Ghery modernism combined with medieval churches to produce a dynamic atmosphere.  There are several Christmas Markets in the heart of the city, each with a different personality. One is the Angel Market, another is a traditional market, and one is very controversial . The designers attempted to make this market …

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Shore excursions on river cruises are so simple: you just step off and boat and explore

The true advantage of the river cruise, for me, is to find yourself smack in the middle of an historic old town or city the minute you step off the deck. No long bus ride, no boat transfers, no industrial cruise terminal. Just the venue, waiting to be explored. In Mainz, our guide for the walking tour is Eva, a round and energetic advocate for her city. We each wear a small earphone attached to an electronic …

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