Farewell, Viking Bragi

The Viking Rhine River Cruise aboard the Bragi was the trip of a lifetime! We had so much fun aboard the ship, shopping through the markets, visiting the cathedrals, learning about the culture and on the city excursions. Viking has created an unbelievable itinerary and hosted a number of great activities as we sailed to entertain travelers while we were at sea. I learned two great recipes during my trip: Rudesheimer Coffee:

  • Place 3 sugar cubes in a coffee cup, pour 4 cl of hot Asbach Urald over the cubes and light with a long match.
  • Stir with coffee spoon until all the sugar has melted and allow to burn for 1 minute
  • Fill cup with hot coffee to about 2 cm beneath rim
  • Top with whipped cream sweetened with vanilla sugar and sprinkle with dark chocolate flakes
  • TIP: To heat the Asbach Urald use a microwave and hear resistant vessel for 1 minute at 600 Watts or alternatively use a hot water bath

IMG_9315 Glüwein:

  • Ingredients for 3 bottles of Red Wine (Merlow, Cabernet Sauvignon or as you like)
    • 6 big cinnamon sticks
    • 9 pieces Star Anise
    • 12 cloves
    • 3 Vanilla Beans
    • 6 all spice
    • 3.5 oz. white sugar
    • 3.5 oz. brown sugar
    • Nutmeg
    • 8 oz. raisins
    • 8 oz. almonds blanched
    • Orange segments of 5 oranges
    • Brown rum, amaretto, Cointreau, grand manier, etc.
  • Prepare at least 24 hours in advance (the longer the better)
  • Soak the raisins and almonds with dark Rum. Be aware that the raisins and almonds wll take a lot of liquid, ensure to refill with Rum.
  • Put the white sugar into a pot and melt carefully until light brown, add the brown sugar and let it melt.
  • Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and all spice. Let it develop the flavors for a while and stir carefully. Reduce the heat to avoid overheating.
  • Pour a three quarter of a bottle of red wine add the vanilla beans and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the rest of the wine and pour in some dark rum and other spirits of your liking. Do not heat up above 140F add the orange segments.
  • Put some of the raisins and almonds into a cup. Add the Gluhewin grate and some nutmegg and serve with a spoon!

IMG_0972 Viking also put on “A Taste of Germany” one night for dinner on the boat and we got a real taste of German culture! IMG_9508 IMG_9512 IMG_9510So farewell for now Viking, but I promise I will be back soon!1477625_10204075493746459_6622588272918906643_n

2 thoughts on “Farewell, Viking Bragi

  1. Dearest Bianca,

    I love your blogs, great traveling thru your eyes. I would love to send your blogs to one of my travel publications hopefully they can publish your blogs or maybe even pay you as a contributor to their publication. Should I clear it with your mom first. I don’t want to step on toes! Maybe I’ll send her an email. Your blogs are too great not to be shared with young travel agents.

    Love Ya!


    Doris Siegel, CTC, MCC

    Travel Specialist

    561 750 2253



    1. Doris,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and constant support. It means the world to me you continue follow my travels and enjoy my writing. In the past couple of years I have developed such a love for travel and have gained a deeper appreciation for the places I have visited and the cultures I have learned about through writing and sharing my experiences. It would be a dream to write for a travel publication and to have the opportunity to share my travels and wanderlust with more!

      Thank you again for everything and I hope that Florida is on my list of places to visit this year!

      With love,

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