|NOTE: Sorry about the Prague Photos (having a Senior Moment)but I won't have time to put them in the right Journal so for now they will stay in this one.
11/12th April 2012:
Wednesday: We have a bit of time before the shuttle arrives to take us to Passau so we walk to the Tecnique Musuem. A pleasant walk (good weather) until the very end where there was a sharp rise to the top of the hill where the museum stands.
The museum had the theme of technical development of all industries in Czech history, such as transport (aviation, road, rail, boat), printing, photography, astronomical, models, futuristic designs of the new ways of habituating (houses). The museum was well laid out and very informative. A morning well spent. Back at the apartments, the shuttle arrives, same driver that took us from Chesky Krumlov to Prague. We have an uneventful trip to Passau, exception being that old snow was still visible at various locations along the way.
At Passau, our hotel is the Hotel Atrium, walking distance to town. The weather has become wet and cold so we opt for a local taxi to take us to town. The restaurant we select has an Italian theme. The food, drink and service was all good.
Thursday: By the next day the weather has improved so we take a boat cruise along the river Danube or Donau (as it traditionally called). The 2 hour journey leaves from Pier 11 and travels past the point where 3 rivers meet (the Donau, the Inn and the Ilz) and down the Donau for an hour returning to the same position after the 2 hours. The ship (Crystal Ship) was luxurious, 3 decks, heated, captains lounge, crystal water features, chandelier, harp staircase, water theatre, etc. Although nearly 80 metres in length, the ship could still turn around on the Danube easily. What a wonderful way to spend time on this river.
After the cruise Yvonne and I share a pizza for lunch. Lester decides to return to the Hotel while Yvonne, Roz and I grab a shuttle and head to the look out at Fortress "Vesta Oberhaus". Built in 1219 by Passua's Prince-Bishops in order to control commerce across the rivers. In the 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars the castle was one of the strongholds against the Austrians. Fantastic views of Passau and surrounding regions from up here.
The walk back to the hotel is longer than expected but the exercise was good for me.
Evening meal was lamb and veggies, done to perfection. Yvonne has heard more about her lost property from the French rail system. We respond straight away because we are unsure when the next wifi connection will be. It appears the French Rail system is convinced the item they found is ours and will send it to us if we agree to pay the fee. Communication is ongoing.
Early to bed as we have an early rise tomorrow.