We're home from our 16 day trip to Belgium, Germany and the Alsace region of France. My thoughts aren't very organized (my journaling attempts once again fell short), but I'll hit the high points and am happy to answer any questions, of course.
June 6 we flew from ATL to Brussels. Had business class tickets on Delta so enjoyed the Sky Club. On time departure and arrival, and easy exit from Brussels with only carryon bags. We were asked only a couple of questions, nothing unusual. Took train into the city, stowed luggage. It took us a bit to get oriented. I did sleep on the plane but we were still pretty tired. Found the Grand Place and had a coffee and some water, passed by Mannequin Pis for photo op, walked to the Musical Instrument Museum where we spent a couple of hours. Back to train station, collected our bags and continued on to Bruges. Spent two nights in Bruges at the best B&B, Huis Koning, just outside the center.
From Bruges, our itinerary was thus:
Cologne 2 nights at the Marriott close to the train station
St Goar 2 nights at Rheinhotel
Würzburg 3 nights at Hotel Grüner Baum
Tübingen 2 nights at Hotel Krone
Colmar (actually Bischwihr) 3 nights at Cote Cour Bischwihr
We flew out of Zurich after one night at the Airport Hilton. We had one passport check before we checked our bags (brought back wine and knives...), where were asked a number of questions about where we'd been, for what purpose, etc. Going through security I forgot to take 3-1-1 bag out of my shoulder bag so they pulled it and made it go back through again. I'd have put it in my checked luggage but I bought essential oil and I was afraid of leakage. Also had to remove all electronics, including ipad and headphones. It was fine the second time around. We were there about 7:30 am and there was no line for security or passport control. I don't remember that there were any questions at this point. We went to the Alliance lounge for breakfast (thank goodness because a cup of coffee in the airport was 6 CHF and we needed at least two each!). One more passport check when we boarded. On time departure. Landed at ATL about 2:30. Mobile Passport did NOT work. We each tried three or four times and no-go, wouldn't submit. Anyway, there was no line for the kiosk, and the next line to chat with the nice officer wasn't all that long either. The longest wait was for our luggage, and that was only 20 minutes or so. One little beagle sniffed us as we walked by and we were out of the airport by 3:15!
I'll fill in some additional details of what we saw, plus other thoughts as they come to me.