Breisach and the Black Forest

The gorgeous Viking Baldur alongside in the fog in Breisach, Germany today.  Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The gorgeous Viking Baldur alongside in the fog in Breisach, Germany today. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to visit Germany’s famed Schwarzwald – or Black Forest – region. Today, I had that opportunity as Viking RiversViking Baldur came alongside in the quaint town of Breisach, Germany.

After a restful night’s sleep, I flung open my balcony and stepped out (see how that comes in handy?) to a brisk but refreshing morning at our Breisach berth. Enshrouded in heavy, damp mist, the conditions outside masked our true balmy temperatures, which reached as high as 3 degrees Celsius.

The view this morning: wintery fog and swans off Viking Baldur in Breisach, Germany.  Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The view this morning: wintery fog and swans off Viking Baldur in Breisach, Germany. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

One thing I have always loved about Viking Rivers is their breakfast service. I can get a light breakfast in the Viking Lounge; a continental breakfast in the Aquavit Lounge; or a full buffet breakfast in The Restaurant.

I always chose the buffet breakfast because I like the variety. I also appreciate the little touches that, frankly, Viking doesn’t have to provide, but does anyway. This includes fresh-squeezed orange juice, freshly-made yogurt creations, and a variety of meats, fruits, cereals and made-to-order items that are sure to suit any palate. They even have my favorite breakfast item: capers and raw salmon.

On Tour: our Welsh Guide, Jack, guides us through Germany's Black Forest.  Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

On Tour: our Welsh Guide, Jack, guides us through Germany’s Black Forest. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

I have to pause for a minute here to say how much I am enamoured by the carpeting aboard Viking Baldur. In the Restaurant, it seems inspired by the Norwegian flag, with shades of red, blue and white intermingled into the burnt grey tones. In the hallways, it’s a deep arctic blue with Scandinavian earthtones. It’s odd to be talking about the impact of the carpets aboard the ship, but I’ve seen the Viking Longships progress so far from when I first stepped aboard Viking Odin last year that I am continually amazed and impressed by the successive – but subtle – tweaks Viking is making to the product.

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Our Live Voyage Report along the Christmas Markets of the Rhine aboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur continues tomorrow from Strasbourg, France! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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