We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
More disorganized snaps from our trip. This is steaming through the green Wachau Valley in early morning fog and drizzle.
More pics below the fold -
Famous starlet in the Belvedere Palace gardens:
A gal whose job is to whitewash all of the Sphinx and Harpie statues, and the other statues, in the Belvedere gardens:
Entering a lock on the Danube, with Melk Abbey in the distance:
In a courtyard at Melk Abbey. That is not a church: it's an administrative building for the Abbot.
Another courtyard in the Abbey:
Got Baroque? Inside the chapel at Melk Abbey:
Napoleon used the Abbey as his HQ for his Austrian campaign. My father-in-law's best shot, from below the hill:
Bavarian farmland is easy on the eyes. Like the Berkshires, only bigger and neater, and without evident squalor or poverty or trailer parks. Strong land use laws:
Entering Passau. Inn River on left, Danube off to the right. A small river, the Ilz, also joins the Danube in Passau. Nice town. We heard an organ concert at the Dom, which has the grosste Domorgel der welt.
View of our ship from the top of the Oberhaus - the Prince-Bishop's fortified castle (c. 900) across the Danube from town:
I thought they went out of business. A Woolworth just outside the old town of Passau. Naturally, being tourists, we checked it out. Quite like the Woolworths we grew up with.
There was a nice biergarten across the street. Germans and Austrians serve their beer cool, not ice-cold. I tried the dunkel.
Horsemeat butcher shop, Passau:
One of only a handful of industrial sites along our stretch of the Danube:
Dairy farm in Barnzell, Bavaria:
An outdoor oven at the farm, baking the local rye flatbread for the tourists:
We had to stop at the famous Theresienthal glass factory for a glass-making demo and for shopping. Too expensive for us, plus we don't need anything. BMW now owns the company.
Hotel in Melk:
Cafe stop in Melk, after banging around the Abbey with a BD pupette:
The charming main drag in old Melk. We needed an internet cafe but there wasn't one.
Nice old cafe-restaurant on the riverbank in Melk:
Another early misty morning on the Danube. Morning temps usually in the 60s.
Mrs. BD and a pupette were sweet enough to bring me a doggie bag of real Sacher Torte in Vienna. Tasty:
Partial view of the lounge on our riverboat:
View of the Oberhaus, Passau:
Another farm along the Danube in Austria, upstream of the Wachau Valley:
Outside view of Freud's apartment building at Bergasse 19, Vienna. His office and his apartment adjoined, on the second floor.
Great pics, brings back good memories. My wife and I did the Uniworld cruise from Budapest to Passau this June. If you are looking for a meal off of the ship try Walter Brauer's in Vienna. Intinmate spot, excellent food, escellent service. Our waiter recommended a wine selection to us for each course.