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Hi and happy hump day!
I’m back again with more food and travel pics from my time in Europe. I left off after my stay in Amsterdam (Part I & Part II) which only accounted for about 4 days. After that, Alan and I boarded a river boat:
We chose the Uniworld river boat line, mostly because we had heard good things from friends and this particular package was part of a special deal through Costco. Honestly, what can’t you buy from Costco?!
Anyway, we ended up going all the way from Amsterdam to Budapest, Hungary, but I’m going to split up my pictures over the next few weeks since I took so many. Also, these posts are part of What I Ate Wednesdays which is kind of fun because it will give you an idea of the types of foods I ate on my trip.
I let the folks at Uniworld know ahead of time that I strongly prefer to eat gluten- and dairy-free, so it was pretty interesting to see what they came up with (they were sooooo accommodating, it was really a wonderful experience overall). BTW, I have no affiliation with the companies mentioned, but I’m including links in case you want to check ’em out.
On the first morning, I ended up bringing my own almond milk on-board, but here’s an example of the gluten-free muesli and a fruit shake I had for breakfast:
The breakfast buffet had three types of smoothies already made, but they all had dairy, so the chef made a special one for me with banana, spinach, strawberry, and orange juice! ????
I also had some kiwi from the fresh fruit buffet:
Alan is able to eat eggs no problem, so he was all over the egg bar, plus the bacon and taters:
I had my breakfast with hot tea (I so wish I had taken a picture of the tea bar, there were at least 12 options served to order).
The nicest thing about being on a river boat as opposed to a ginormous cruise ship is that you’re never far from a stop. Our particular itinerary was 15 days, mostly in Germany, and we stopped at one small town after another.
Some of the ports were bigger, like Cologne and Frankfurt, but for the most part they were quaint medieval villages, each with its own character:
We often got off the boat in the morning for a walking tour, and then came back for lunch. I loved having access to the salad bar, plus the additional choice of hot items. The dining manager showed me each day what items at the buffet or on the dinner menu fit within my dietary restrictions.
Here’s an example of a lovely salad I topped with some pot roast and roasted vegetables:
We tried to avoid the dessert bar, but we were never far from sweets:
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how much snacking I would want or need to do on this trip, but I’m so glad I packed a ton of familiar stuff because I did have quite the appetite from all the walking we did.
Dinner on this particular night was sliced turkey roast with steamed vegetables and a baked potato:
Have you ever done a river boat cruise? I’m already looking for a new itinerary since we have the travel bug now BAD!
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