|Again overnight sailing to Durnstein, a small village with a beautiful blue church in the baroque style. Durnstein is in the heart of the apricot and wine growing district in this section of the Danube soall the shop had local wine and apricot products including Apricot Schnapps, Apricot Liqueur and Apricot Cream. We had to have a taste any they were lovely, unfortunately we bought our limit at Brisbane airport to pick up on the way back so cannot bring it home.
The middle of the day was spent sailing through the beautiful Wachau Valley with a commentry by our cruise director. There was a drink available to keep out the chill up on the “sun” deck. It was a Lumumba which is hot chocolate fortified with white rum and topped with cream. We did not really notice the chilly weather. The weather has been very nice, sunny days with temperatures from about 0C overnight to about 10C during the day.
In the afternoon we arrived at Melk where we went for a guided tour of the Melk Abbey. Wow, the chapel is just jaw dropping. 3 kilos of gold leaf has been used to great effect, as well as paintings. We decided to walk back to the ship, about 30 minutes. We are trying to get rid of some of the lovely food we consume at each sitting.
After returning to the ship we had a presentation and tasting of the local wines of the Wachau Valley, which are mainly whites. One of these tastes very similar sauvignon blanc and was Alison’s favourite. Then off to dinner and then bed. Again not much rocking required.