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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

Jun 4, 2015 - Day 26 - Vienna to Durnstein

Day 26 Thursday 4th June, 2015 - Vienna There were several options offered for today but we elected not to take up any of them but to go bike riding instead - free of charge as the bikes are kept on board. It was a public holiday today for Ascension Day, so shops were closed anyway and the bike ways were teaming with people and bicycles. It was fun and we arrived back minus any scraps or scratches. Most of the designated bike tracks were in the shade which was a bonus on another hot day. Lunch was later today to cater for people going...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jun 4, 2015 - Melk Austria

The stretch of the Danube between Krems and Melk, known locally as "the Wachau", is possibly the loveliest along the entire length of this majestic river. Both banks are dotted with ruined castles and medieval towns and are lined with terraced vineyards. The Wachau is described as "an outstanding example of riverine landscape". Besides its beauty the valley is also known for its high quality wines. With its cobblestone streets and majestic abbey, Melk is a highlight of a visit to the Danube Valley. Melk Abbey, possibly the most famous abbey...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Melk Abbey & Apricots in Durnstein

Oct. 9th – Melk Abbey, Cruising the Wachau Valley to Durnstein During breakfast, we started the day by going through our first lock on the river. Actually, it was our fourth, but we had gone through those at night, so it was fascinating to watch the mechanics as we were lowered down 37 feet in 11.2 minutes. We will descend through eight such locks on this cruise, much less than on the Rhine River, so now we are half-way. Shortly after, we arrived in Melk and toured the historic, 900 year old baroque-style Melk Abbey. Umberto Eco, author of...

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Down the Danube

Aug 3, 2014 - Krems, Austria (Cruise Day 11)

8/3/14, Sunday We docked in the afternoon in Krems, Austria. Most shops were closed since it was Sunday, but we were able to walk around town for awhile, do some window shopping and stop in at a local café for a beer with some of our friends. I tried their local Schwartzebier (Black Beer) which was the best I have had so far. VERY SMOOTH!!! Then back to the ship for a "Taste of Austria" night. The ship's chefs set up food stations in several areas of the ship to try local dishes from Austria. They brought in a guitar and an accordion...

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2014 European Trip

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