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Saturday, May 7, 2016
May 6th - Travel Blog
Hi, it’s Christina –
Greetings from somewhere
between Melk & Linz. Today our excursion is taking us back to the Czech
Republic. It runs between 9 and 5, so I will be gone most of the day, so I need
to hustle my bustle if I plan on getting you a blog post today.
Dürnstein was adorable. It’s
a tiny mountain village with around a thousand inhabitants, and the ruins of
the castle where Richard the Lion Hearted was imprisoned. I tried making my way
up to the ruins, but half way up the mountain I must have made a wrong turn,
because I ended up in someone’s back yard with nowhere else to climb. So,
sorry, the only pictures you’ll have of the ruin are from very far away.
Shopping around yesterday
was a bit of a challenge because it was a holiday – Ascension – and most
businesses were closed, and yet I was still able to purchase my first souvenir for
myself. Yes, I do realize I did pick up paprika in Budapest Market, but that’s
not really a souvenir now is it? I got myself a Christmas ornament. It’s a
little moose, and when you pull on the string, his arms and legs go up and
down. He’s so cute.
We were only in Dürnstein
for a few hours, and then we started making our way to Melk. I cannot remember
what the region was called, but they weren’t kidding when they said it was the
most picturesque on our voyage.
I was in the library, which is in the stern of
the ship, working on yesterday’s blog, and then I’d look up, and there was
something wonderful to photograph, so I would go above deck. I’d stay out there
for a few minutes, snap as many pictures as I could, then go back to the
Did I mention it was cold and windy yesterday? At least it was until
the mid-afternoon, just in time for us to go and explore Melk.
didn’t hear everything they were saying about the towns, villages, settlements
we were passing, but I did get a little bit. One of the villages was called
Krems (yeah, that’s all I heard – LOL).
Michael’s was built in 980 ad by a man with the last name of Seibenhase, which
directly translates to 7 rabbits or hares, and they believe that is why, on the
roof of the church there are seven rabbits – you have to look close, but they
I was seriously debating
forgoing the Abbey tour, because quite frankly, I’m getting tired of visiting
churches, but I caved to peer pressure and went. My favorite part, hands down, the
frescos on the ceilings. It’s funny, one of the ceilings is a curved ceiling,
the other is not. Can you figure out which is which?
From the Abbey we wandered
our way through Melk back down to the boat, but not without taking a little
break on the way. Janet decided to take the bus back, but Trevor hung back and
walked with mom, Jennifer, and me.
We stopped at a café for a bit of
refreshments. I had the best iced coffee, we seriously should make them this
way in the states. Picture an old fashioned root beer float glass. In the
bottom a double shot of espresso, then a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and then a mountain of whipped cream sprinkled with chocolate, and two of those cylinder
cookies stuck in the cream to look like straws. Oh my!
The absolute highlight of
the day was the dinner last night. The crew dressed in lederhosen. The chef
outdid himself with the authentic German cuisine. We were entertained by a man
with a accordion and another with a guitar. We ate, we drank (yup, even me), we
sang, we laughed. It was a roaring good time.
After dinner we climbed to
the lounge on the third deck where we played a music trivial game. Again,
another roaring good time – even though all we were drinking was water. You
see, your team got points, not only for correct answers, but also for dancing,
so… we danced…
Okay, now it’s time to put
the photos together to go with this blog. I’m still hoping to get this finished
and posted before we have to leave, but no promises. You may be getting it
around dinner time.
Until tomorrow, have a
WONDERFUL day & happy writing.