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... buffet, then back to the cabin to catchup on diary and download photos. Had a chat with our cabin steward, Irena. She is lovely and enjoys a bit of a joke. Asked her a bit about herself and the working conditions. They work everyday and she was done that for the past 3 months. She is 37 and has a 15 yo son back in Bulgaria. We said that must be tough, but she said she is used to it and has been working away from home for the last 7years, firstly on Ocean liners, ...
... 1500 and continued into the 1600-1700's.
It is privately owned with parts of the castle open to the public. We walked through the Gate Tower into a passageway that was no doubt built to protect the castle, into the Arcaded courtyard.
The castle has three levels, the top two with a verandah decorated by deer antlers - heaps of them , but tastefully exhibited.
We ventured into several rooms. The first was ...
Day 2 on our bikes. The ducks wake us up bright and early. We begin our ride stopping very quickly at an adorable Gasthof for a warm cup of kaffee while waiting for the ferry which didn't arrive! The sweet Austrian lady did try to tell us something... It must have been that the ferry is no longer running! So we continue on the left bank, hoping the terrain remains flat. Riding along past fisherman, tiny little villages and strawberry farms, even an old hippie, ...
... villages and admired locals going about their simple lives. Schlogen is to the people of Linz what Rotto is to Perth-ites. It is so picturesque.. So green, so tranquil. Our first night in our tent and a thunderstorm finds us :) we weren't sure if our tent was waterproof- thank goodness it is! We camped beside a little lake which sounded like it was home to Austria's entire duck population! Em ...
... in that the dining room is hot and stuffy and the meal delivery slow and all the time the most delicious scenery is floating past, all bathed in the golden pre-sunset light.
And an early night.
We're in the cabin with the lights off seeing little villages pass, illuminated churches, the very large number of locks and their mechanical workings up so close adding to the surrealness of the moment.
Like I said, what an amazing holiday we're ...