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Jun 15, 2018 - Horn to Pöchlarn - the sun and the moon and the stars aligned!

Stage 6 - 90 Kms I was last to leave the lovely people at Gasthaus zur Stadt Horn after all the cyclists had gone this morning and, as I was saying goodbye I expressed a wish that the birth of the baby (due to be born by Caesarian section today) to one of the daughters would go well. Grandad, who seemed to be the reigning manager of this family-run Gasthof, asked me what hotel our group is staying at next and said he would send an email to let us all know. As we were sitting down to dinner at the hotel in Pöchlarn tonight, a waiter came in...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Telc to Horn - a hard day for The Driver

Stage 5 - 80 Kms Now, I'm not easily intimidated but I have to admit to being very upset today over an incident that occurred. The group had ridden off and I planned to take my time leaving the hotel trying to do a bit of blog catch-up. 'Basil Fawlty' put paid to that by thumping on my door as soon as the others had gone, telling me it was time to go (it was only 09:00am). When I got outside my careful positioning of The Beast to allow for an easy departure was blown out of the window. I'd had Piotr move the van around in front of another...

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May 2, 2018 - Melk Abbey and Nikolaihof Winery

The Maria Theresa cruised while we slept and we awoke on Wednesday, in Melk, (older spelling: Mölk) a city Austria which is next to the Wachau valley along the Danube. Melk has a population of 5,257. It is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey. We had a delicious breakfast, (I could get accustomed to having some prepare, serve, and clean-up after my 3 meals each day), and boarded busses for the Melk Abbey. Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles. Its...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Castles and Monastery

December 3 - Christine's birthday. So the day started with her opening a card from Iain and his gift which we had selected yesterday in Vienna - an edelweiss charm for her Pandora bracelet. We then got ready and had breakfast. The ship had docked at Durnstein, a small village of about 800 people whose claim to fame is being the sight of the imprisonment by King Richard the Lionheart. A castle, built soon after that event is still visible on the hill above the village. We got ready and set off to reacquaint ourselves with the place. We had...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Melk Abbey and our Danube River cruise

As we had a couple of days to kill before arriving in Vienna we decided to stop by a tiny village of 5,000 inhabitants called Melk and we were really glad that we did. Melk only has one major attraction, the 11th century Benedictine Melk Abbey. The abbey itself is enormous and literally towers over the entire village. Our hotel for the night sat almost under the abbey itself and was hosted by a wonderful couple who were very friendly. The hotel was a throwback to a bygone era and it added to the quaintness of the village itself. Given...

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Dec 6, 2016 - Waking up in Krems, Austria

Tuesday, Dec 6: Krems, and I'm SO sorry I went on and on yesterday! Today will be much shorter, I promise. Awoke in Krems, Austria this morning and we're cruising now to Passau. Our morning excursion was to Gottweig Abby, a beautiful Benedictine abbey which has been on top of its mountain since it was constructed in the 11th century. Almost totally destroyed in a fire in 1580, and struck by fire again in 1718, it's now been restored and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Wachau Valley is gorgeous, one little picturesque...

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Up the Danube

Aug 23, 2016 - And They Call That An Abbey

Melk to Durstein, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 And They Call That An Abbey I'm guessing that Brand G was counting on having passengers who missed the entire five seasons of Downton Abbey to not notice that a 900 year old Benedictine Abbey was not the home of Lord and Lady Grantham. I'm sorry that I have to be the one to tell them but I've seen the real thing on TV and I can tell you without a doubt, that this Benedictine Abbey is no Downton Abbey. What with the Marble Hall and its allegorical painted ceiling, the Imperial Rooms and the famous...

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Jun 19, 2016 - The quaint villages of Melk and Durnstein

To say it is a bit windy today is an understatement. It’s not cold but wow it is blowing. It’s ABA day, Another Bloody Abbey. Fortunately this one turns out to be the most spectacular. We have arrived into Melk, Austria. A small town but one that gets over ½ million visitors every year because it is a Benedictine Abbey. They still have 30 monks on site, the oldest 90 years old. The original St Benedict was considered very strict, so much so that the monks tried to poison him. At the last minute a raven comes a grabs away the bread saving...

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Oct 15, 2015 - October 15 - Durnstein & Melk

2015-October-15 Hi Everyone, Before I start today's blog, I would like to remember our dear Nono's birthday. If my calculation is correct, I think he would be 110 today. Please correct me if I'm wrong. We had an wakeful night because we were woken twice in the night when we went through locks. Earlier on the trip I must have been really tired or consumed enough wine because I slept through the locks in the night. When the boat goes into the lock, it usually bumps a little on the sides of the locks and if you have ever been awoken by a small...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Krems, Austria

24 September 2015 Having had no internet for two days, I am writing this on Saturday after arriving back in Passau at the end of the trip, I hope I can remember everything! After leaving Vienna behind, we headed back up the Danube to Krems, our starting point for our second-last day of riding, going to Emmersdorf, about 37 km. It was much colder, and we all ended up buying some thicker spray jackets as the weather forecast was for rain later in the day, and looked a bit foreboding as we set out. The jackets were great, kept me warm and dry...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 21, 2015 - Melk, Austria

Mon 21st Sept This morning was an early start for the 50km ride from Grein to Melk, was a tad cold initially until we got some sun. With a slight wind on our back it was a easy ride with lots to see, beautiful along the Danube with a smooth path all the way. We dropped into Ybbs for a coffee, one of the best so far on the ride. Met up with a great couple from QLd, -.Kevin & Julie. Kevin is a mad rugby fan (see photo of Kevin's T shirt) & ironically Julie is a retired English teacher, both have a great sense of humour. Kevin was delighted...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Jun 5, 2015 - Day 27 - Dürnstein, Melk

Day 27 Friday 5th June, 2015 - Durnstein, Melk After sailing through the night once again, we arrived at this cute little town of Durnstein (means Dry Stones) at the beginning of the Wachau Valley. There are numerous ships anchored here and heaps of tourists, as you can imagine. Durnstein was made famous when Richard the Lionheart, having encountered shipping problems, was imprisoned here by King Leopold V in 1192. The ruins of an old castle (built in 1130) stand majestically on the top of a high cliff, keeping a lookout for those coming...

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Swiss Trip 2015

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