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Jul 3, 2018 - Three lakes – Mondsee, Attersee and Traunsee

After two days of walking we decided on one of our drive tours. We drove first down the west shore of Mondsee to the very end of the lake which was very quiet and pretty. From there we took a road over the hills to the Attersee, the largest lake in the Salzkammergut but less visited. We explored the small village of Steinbach which sits on a hill above the lake. From there we took a road over the hills again to the southern end of Traunsee. Here we found the delightful village of Traunkirchen which sits halfway down the western shore of...

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Jun 30, 2018 - Gmunden

The weather had at last improved. Mum’s crisis seemed to be over so we headed to Gmunden. This Riviera type time sits at the northern end of Lake Traunsee, the deepest lake in Austria with a depth of 192m. The town had a lovely lake side promenade, a lakeside castle – Seeschloss Ort, and a charming old quarter. It was lovely just to wander around and of course stop at one of the many konditories for a drink and kuchen!

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Jun 25, 2018 - Mondsee

The very helpful receptionist at the campground had told us about a lovely walking path down into Mondsee. We took her advice and enjoyed the 3km walk from the campground into Mondsee. The town of Mondsee sits at the northern tip of the crescent shaped lake of the same name. We explored the lake front finding an interesting small exhibition on the discover of stone age pile dwellings in both the Monsee and the Attersee lakes. We then walked into the small town to visit the now famous parish church. The church was originally built in the...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Move to Mondsee in the Salzkammergut area

The road out of Inzell was partly open in the direction we were going so that was a relief - we didn’t have to go through the village! It was only a short journey around the northern edge of Salzburg and then into the Salzkammergut region. The road to the campground was narrow but OK through a small village and through farmland. The campground were welcoming and after a bit of a compromise on where they wanted to put us we soon got set up in our spot.

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Jun 16, 2018 - Pochlarn to Linz

Stage 7 - 100 Kms Well, Bruce had kind of seized up a bit with the the damage he did to himself while riding through Krems an der Donau yesterday, so he decided that discretion is the better part of valor and chose to ride in the van today. Some of our day was still along the Danube and it was lovely to see it again - green and brown though it may be (not 'Blue'). On the one side was the river and on the other were vineyards and eventually we came to Grein, a lovely little town with a castle (of course!) overlooking it. Our Paris to...

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May 1, 2018 - Salzburg and Linz - A Day of Music

On Tuesday, May 1, we were on the buses by 8 o’clock and headed to Salzburg, Austria. It was a two hour ride, with a stop-off at the beautiful lake-side town of Mondsee. St. Michael's church is situated right in the middle of the town centre and was used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film. Since today is May Day, a workers holiday, most of the shops were closed but we privileged to see a parade with a band and costumed people. Also an antique car show was there and was very enjoyable. Then on to Salzburg. Salzburg is an...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Crusin’ and Snoozin’

Our boat, Maria Theresa overnighted in Passau and this morning we had a choice of activities. Walking tour of the town, a hike along the river and hills, a 6 mile bike ride, or staying on the ship and relaxing. I bet you all thought I choose the later but no—-3 of our group, including me, did the 2 hour walking tour of Passau and the other 5, including Ben did the bike tour. Both groups had a great time and it was fun hearing stories of each adventure over lunch when we returned. We had a local lady for our tour and learned a lot about...

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Aug 22, 2016 - The Green Danube

Passau, Germany, Monday, 22 August 2016 The Green Danube This is the river cruise experience I waited for. Perched at a solitary table on the sun deck, just me and my trusty iPad, I savor the quiet moment. John is having his first massage of the trip, Jennifer and Terri are finishing breakfast and getting ready for the day, and I'm in my element sitting still and watching the beauty go by. There's a nip in the air up here and it makes me smile from the inside out to feel so fortunate to have this experience and be in this moment. Today is...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Grein, Austria and a lazy cruise on the Danube

We started the day in Grein, Austria. Although the exact date of the town's founding isn't known, it was first mentioned in documents in 1147 under the name "grine". It was originally a market town but was granted the status of "city" in 1491 by the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III. There are just over 3,000 residents in Grein today. We took a short walk around town but mostly spent our time in the town square. As we were standing around listening to our tour guide, I noticed a group of lock boxes on the outside wall of the nearby bank. I...

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Back To Our Roots

Oct 16, 2015 - October 16 - Salzburg and Linz

October 16th - Salzburg & Linz Hi Everyone, It is another cool and wet day in Europe. I hope you are all enjoying a nice fall in Canada. I don't believe we have seen the sun (except for a glimpse in London) since we have been to Europe. Fortunately, it is mostly just drizzling and not a 'proper rain' as our guide would say but it is a chillly 7 degrees. This morning we docked in Linz (Austria's third largest city, population about 250,000) at about 6 am, so we were sailing during the night. We had a choice of getting on a bus for a 90...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Untermühl & Engelhartszell

Friday 25 September Last day of riding today, kind of sad, but it has been a great week and have met some lovely people. We headed out with much information about things to see today, the best being a lookout that was a 1.7km walk up a hill to a vantage point that showed where there the Danube loops back on itself , and it looks like two rivers merging. The pictures in the brochures were beautiful so we were keen to see it. We also had 3 ferry crossings today, so would be fun. We were first to leave and headed out keen to get to to...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 20, 2015 - Grein, Austria

Sun 20th Sept We sailed for a number of hours from Passau, to cross over the border to Austria. In the morning most of the guests did not get much sleep due to the generator running all night on the boat, Theodor Körner. This morning was the first day of the ride Mauthausen to Grein, Austria, about 40 km, so a very easy ride dead flat on a nice surface all the way. Arrived Grein about midday to find some great markets happening, and several music buskers, brass & blues band, in a very tidy quaint town. The bikes are reasonable, supplied...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

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