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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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Oct 7, 2014 - Cesky Krumlov

Oct. 7 – Cesky Krumlov to Linz, Austria Last night, after I posted to my blog, we met a group from the pre-trip who recommended a restaurant near the hotel. So a group of six of us (Connie & Jim, Mary Sue & Dick, Darrel & I) went there, the Zelivarna. I had a delicious chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies and a SALAD with manchego cheese and lots of crisp vegetables. Darrel had the pork ribs which are a Czech specialty. Then he and I walked down the block to a little grocery store for bottled water for his C-Pap machine. The store was...

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Down the Danube

Oct 6, 2014 - Linz

After bypassing Vienna I was on route to Linz, a very pleasant 2 hour train ride away. I wasn't staying in Linz itself though I was collected at the airport and driven to a small Enns a small town just outside and to a hotel that didn't quite meet my usual standards (post backpacking). Ultimately, it was comfortable and for 39euro of Britvic's money good value for money. Had a decent meal at a restaurant in the town centre, chose a local wild pork dish but the dumplings were a bit heavy.

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Sep 19, 2014 - Hallstatt, Austria

September 19, 2014 Lots of street noise last night and we seem to be so far off the beaten path...and in the wee hours of the morning...and at dawn with service trucks and church bells! Great little breakfast room here...everything is homemade. Really strong, good coffee! Couple of hours on the bus (winding road through beautiful rural countryside), group photo in front of the lake, and then a 45 minute boat ride around the lake (scenic tour) to our hotel here in Hallstatt (population, 1000). Hotel...five star!! Wow...I could get lost in my...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Wednesday morning

Today we started our drive with a photo stop by the lake. The whole group as well as our tour guide and bus driver had a group photo. We traveled on to Mauthausen to the Concentration Work Camp. It was actie from 1938-1945 and was the last concentration camp to be liberated. It was built on a hill outside town but the first wall was a fence and finally the stone wall was built in 1943. Over 200,000 prisoners from all over Europe were held here during these 7 years and only 17,000 were liberated. They were forced to work in the quarry...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Gmunden, Austria

8/27/14, Wednesday. We hit the road again today after stopping in at several shops in Hallstatt for last minute items. With no plan on where we were going to stop, we found a neat little lakeside town named Traunkirchen. We just took the exit, drove through the town and snapped a few photos. Awhile later, we were driving through the small town of AltMunster when we saw a neat looking church so decided to stop for a look. St. Benedict's Church is one of the oldest in Austria and was built in 1236. A short while later, we came to Gmunden,...

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2014 European Trip

Aug 26, 2014 - Tuesday

I could have stayed in Salzburg at least one more day so I could explore more of the town, tour Mozart's Museum, take more pictures in the cemetery and of the wrought iron signs, etc. But--We boarded the bus to Hallstatt today to the Austrian Lake District between the mountains and the lake. We learned a little more about the making of the movie, The Sound of Music. The cemetery scene was made to resemble Salzburg's St. Peter's Cemetery. We stopped at Hellbrun to see the tree lined path where the children skipped and played after...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Hallstatt, Austria

8/25/14, Monday Well, we said Goodbye to the Edelweiss today. We drove into Garmisch to get a European phone for the rest of the trip. Then we took off for Austria. It took me a few minutes to get used to the driving in Germany (fast) and the signs. But we had a good GPS in the car so that helped a lot. At one point, we were on what I would describe as a cow-path but was actually a road, a VERY narrow road with no markings of any kind. We occasionally met another car coming the other way so one of us would have to pull over and let the...

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2014 European Trip

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