Landgasthof zur Blauen Traube
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... we have while we are here! I must say my buddy has gone up and above the call of duty! Yesterday she walked up to the mall, and today she showed us the train station (translated so I could get my train pass), both of IMC's campuses, and the river! She is from Germany, and was previously on exchange in Edmonton for a whole year! Her English is amazing and she has been a huge blessing answering a million and one questions about anything and everything!
... the Crusades (ruins now - see photo) a long time ago. A little touristy now but quaint and nothing like it in Australia.
We came back to the ship at 10.00am then onto the buss to take us to the Melk Benedictine Monastery / Abbey. Wasn't as good for me as led to believe but the church itself was impressive with its 900 years of art history (see photos).
Crusing now ...
... but this beauty does it all in one boil in just a couple of hours. Several barrels were seen in the back. They're the mash of various fruits that are fermenting for a couple weeks. When they're done, the mash is added to the still to distill the alcohol.
I'm no expert but I've read enough to know how it works and loved seeing the different steps via glass windows and lights to see inside. It was very impressive and we got to ...
... was very leisurely, but we did see the Blue Church, named for its color, which is apparently a very unusual color for a Catholic church.
From Durnstein we made the quick drive to Spitz, where we picked up the ferry and took an hour-long cruise down the Danube to Melk. The cruise was beautiful and we passed several interesting ruins and buildings on the side of the river.
By far the most impressive site of the day was ...
... ended up staying there for over two hours.
I was a little nervous for my first class just because I didnt know what to expect and how it would differ from classes in Canada. Also I was heading to class by myself so it was definitely going to be interesting. I gave myself a solid 25 mins to walk to campus (although the building is probably not even 10 mins away) just in case I got lost. I had no problems finding the room and now was standing in the hallway ...