Durnstein to Melk

Trip Start May 21, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2008

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

12th June
Durnstein/ Wachau/ Melk
Happy Happy Birthday to Jared; today we sailed through the beautiful Wachau valley, this area is famous for wines, castles and wonderful scenery.
Durnstein is also famous for the Kuenringer Castle; the ruins still overlook the township.  King Richard the Lion heart was imprisoned here in 1192/1193.
Durnstein is very small only 1000 population.
We visited the Augustine Abbey, the vineyards and the old town.  This area has a micro-climate that is very suitable for growing the grapes and apricots. The shops sell quite a lot of the various liqueurs and of course the wines.
After leaving this pretty little town, we sailed through the valley onto Melk. This town is over 1000 years old.  Visited another Abbey St. Benedict's', the monks have been here for 900 years. There is a school, a Museum, Library and quite impressive Chapel/Church.  Once again the gold trimmings are everywhere, trying to bring heaven to earth, but what it could do for the needy.
Our evening entertainment was a music quiz, "Name that tune" and we so needed Geraldine, we could remember the tunes, but the names or the movies?  We were going to ring you and hold the phone up to get the answers. I am sure we would have won if you had been with us.
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