2019 - Historic European Cities

Our cruise of the European Waterways on M/S Balmoral in August 2019
One of the many canals in picturesque Amsterdam, just as night is falling.
Trevor, Debbie, Gill and Carl in Amsterdam.
The famous Atomium landmark in Brussels. It was constructed in 1958 for the World Expo '58 and is to Brussels what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
Atomium entrance. You can go up inside it and the tubes joining the steel spheres contain escalators. There is a restaurant at the top.
Trees, sky and sunlight reflecting of the Atomium.
Galéries Royales Saint-Hubert, which were built in 1846-47.
Galéries Royales Saint-Hubert, which contain shops, boutiques and chocolatiers, and are home to the original Belgian pralines.
Neuhaus, where the very first Belgian praline was created. You can see a bust of Jean Neuhaus made out of chocolate in the window.
The impressive Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) in the Grand-Place de Bruxelles (main square).
Town hall and other ornate and opulent buildings in the main town square in Brussels.
Maison des Brasseurs, Brussels, showing some of the ornate gilded sculptures.
Godiva chocolatier in the main square in Brussels. The square is said to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
The famous Mannekin Pis, Brussels.
Selection of mouthwatering Belgian Waffles.
Gill and Trevor, Carl and me on British Night in the Ballindalloch Restaurant on board the Balmoral.
War Graves Cemetery at Ranville, Normandy. It was beautifully kept but very moving walking around reading some of the gravestones.
"12th June 1944. Age 19". One of the thousands of resting places of the fallen.
The churchyard in Ranville cemetery.
"A German solder". While most of the graves we saw were those of Allied forces, there are still several German graves. This one was still someone's son,…
The immaculately-kept churchyard at Ranville. While we were there the bell was tolling as a funeral was taking place.