Melk Abbey, Wachau Valley, Duernstein & Vienna
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
14Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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After the abbey tour it was back on board and a narration by Dragan, our Cruise Director for the next two hours through the most beautiful and castle-filled valley on the Danube
We pulled into a little town called Duernstein and had an hour walking tour of that beautiful little town where they make wine and grow apricots for apricot brandy. Tried a sample....burned all the way down.
Back to the ship and I went on about a 20 mile bike ride. One excursion option. Sandy declined. Beautiful scenery, but hot...96 degrees. At least there was a cool breeze. Got my exercise.
Back on board and after dinner, a crew talent show. What can I say...not sure any of them are destined for Hollywood.
We sailed all night. Up early and off on a tour of Vienna, Austria. We had been here 38 years ago, but remembered very little about it. Afterwards Sandy and I stopped at a small cafe called Demel. They make beautiful things out of cakes and icing. Had an entire wedding dress made of marzipan. Had a coffeecake and "Coke Light."
Back to the ship for lunch and then afterwards, a tour of the Schoenbrunn Imperial Palace and bakery
After the tour, we had a great demonstration of how to make the famous Austrian Apple Strudel. Very well done. And tasty too. Tasted like Mom's apple pie! That was a fun event.
Back to the ship for dinner, and heading to Bratslavia, Slokakia tonight.
One more thing....buddy of mine wrote me..."sounds like you're having fun....when you're not giving out free iPads and iPhones!!!" LOL!!! I knew I'd be able to laugh at it sooner or later.
All the best!
Dave & Sandy