Yesterday, sailing out of Vienna enjoying our view
Durnstein, castle ruin
Stift Durnstein - beautiful blue, matches the sky
One of the (many) nice things about river cruises is that even if there are multiple ships in a port there are still only 200 people in town, not 10,000! Allows photos like this...
This picture doesn't do the church justice. Also, there are two skeletons, dressed in beautiful period clothing (is it 'period clothing' if it is REALLY the true clothing of the times, not something re-created?) covered in jewelry. The one on the left as you enter has the name Clementis and the one on the right has the name Favstini (both have an S above the name and an M below - no idea what the significance of that is)
Go through an unmarked doorway in the church and down a hallway and suddenly you're on the church steeple, looking over the river.
We've been supremely lucky with our weather so far
Looking over the Wachau Valley
Ken and I 'found' a biergarten and conveniently the only other 4 people there were friends from the ship so Patsy took our picture
The Main Street in Durnstein (didn't write the street name down and don't have the map handy at the moment)
We did another climb, up the hill towards the ruins (they may call it a mountain, but since we're only at 600ft above sea level here and we live near the Sierra, it's a hill)
I stopped to do a quick 2 minute sketch (amazing what getting back into art does)
A vineyard with the castle wall in the background
Here's the sketch - I said it was quick
Back on the ship, Ken gets to enjoy his cigar and a beer
Scenic sailing down the Danube, castles dotting the shore - we're told this is nothing compared to our sail down the Rhine in a few days.
Stift Durnstein from the ship
Richard the Lionheart and his minstrel (again, don't have my notes handy - the guy who went up and down the area looking for King Richard and found him when they both sang the same song)
The scenery is like nothing I've seen in America. Not saying one is better or worse than the other. Just different.
Got me in a photo with the family now
This building has rabbits running along the middle roof line - Tamas told us a story about rabbit shit....you probably had to be there to find the humor! ;-)
Everywhere we looked was something wonderful
The day was also very special because it was Mom's birthday. It may be cheesy but we 6 wore the same shirt once we were back on the ship and to dinner. Oh, and every day we meet someone who walks up to us (even without the shirts) and asks me if I'm Pam and Randy's daughter.
Dinner was the usual multi-course affair, but tonight we had many visitors to our table wishing Mom a happy birthday, and after our normal dessert, the crew brought out a wonderful chocolate mousse cake for Mom and some of the lovely friends we've mentioned came over and sang happy birthday, but it wasn't just the normal happy birthday song, nope, one of the friends, Susan, is an opera singer. It was goose bump time during this particular happy birthday song!
Happy Birthday to Mom!!! Love you!