June 24, 2013. Today we are waking up in Vienna. We last blogged on Friday the 21st. We have been vey busy. We spent the afternoon with Rita’s Aunt Lisel on Friday. Had a great time. Shared photos, family history, good stories, sad stories, laughed and cried. We also met Lisel’s son Sigfried, his wife Peggy, and their daughter Alexandra. Shared coffee and other pastries with them, took photos and said our “good-byes.” The entire afternoon was made so convenient by a young German man, Fabian, that we met in a restaurant and ended up being our interpreter for the afternoon. We would have been lost without him! We have posted photos for you to see. Of course, Rita looks just like her Aunt. If i have forgotten anything about the visit, Rita will share it when she gets up this morning! We left Landshut on Saturday morning June 22nd, Rita driving and me navigating. As soon as we entered the motorway, Rita increased our speed to 120 kilometers per hours. Everyone, trucks, buses, motorcycles were passing us like we were standing still. So, Rita gradually picked it up to 140 KPH. But, the Mercedes and BMW’s were still whizzing by us. Before long, we were going 160 KPH at which time I converted the KPH to MPH on my IPAD and realized Rita was cruising along in the slow lane at 100 MPH!!! Know wonder the German countryside was a blur!!! We had no problem driving on the motorways in Germany. We were headed for Vienna, but we decided to make a side trip to see Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates from the 13th century. It has a castle and a beautiful church. A small river runs through the village and lots of Czech’s were rafting and enjoying the 27 degrees celsius weather which I converted on my IPAD to 80 degrees fahrenheit. From Cesky Krumlov, we drove to Melk Austria where there is a Benedictine abbey called the Stift Melk Abbey dating from the 1089! We arrived in Melk in the evening. It had only 3 hotels. None had air conditioning. So, we chose Hotel Zu Post, and it was not too bad after an evening rain cooled things down a bit. The Danube flooded the old town of Melk two weeks ago and the waters came right up to where our hotel was located. On Sunday June 23rd, we attended Mass in the Abbey. It has been totally restored and is an excellent example of Baroque Architecture. The size of the Abbey is overwhelming, as well as the beauty of its ornamentation. It has over 500 rooms just for the monks, 10 libraries, a museum, several chapels, a school that has over 900 students, and many other rooms that were off limits to the public. We will post photos because it cannot be described in words. It has been the most beautiful site we have seen on our trip to date. Well, Rita is up and we are ready to work out, get breakfast and see what this city has to offer. If I have missed anything about Landshut, Cesky Krumlov, or Melk, Rita may supplement my report. Today is my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday Sis. I love and miss you. Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. Love and miss you all. –Norm & Rita
Rolls Royce convention here
There were 48 of them with number 1 being the oldest.
Friasch, Austria little village street.
Parking in Friasch – Yeah, can’t back out of this one.
Little cherub anyone?sh fruit / vegetable stand in Kindberg
Main street Kindberg
Fresh fruit / vegetable stand in Kindberg
New styles coming to the US soon!
Lost in translation… screwed chicken?
Lost in translation??? Running sushi??
This was sent to our room b/c our Air Conditioning was making a terrible noise. Grapes, cherries and strawberries. YUM!
Can’t wait to make a Cosmo out of this
For all of Norm’s Fiji friends?? LOL! without glasses that’s what it looks like
Theatre in Vienna
Had some hot chocolate here and some desserts
Multi colored roof tiles of St. Stephen’s
Monument to the survivors of the Black Plague
Pedestrian street shopping area Vienna
IT department hard at work again, looking for our hotel in Vienna, off we go!
Great lunch here in Durnstein, along the way to ViennaView from our lunch table..
A little street in Durnstein
View from our lunch table..
Simple home in Durnstein
Fields of Durnstein
This is what we saw along the way while driving
Re-Usable coffin by Joseph I, you put the body in the top half, dig the hole and partially lower the coffin into the hole, then turn the lever on the end and the body drops out of the bottom of the coffin. He had some strange ideas back then, this was only used for about a century.
Ceiling in Marble room – looks like it is curved ceiling but it’s an optical illusion
This is from the 15th century and they still use this entire get-up ( except the shoes) on Easter, Christmas, and special religious holy days
View of Melk from Abbey
Random people walking in Abbey Corridor, at the end is the entrance to the church
Close up of St. John the Baptist Alter
St. John the Baptist Alter
Explanation (YOU MAY HAVE TO DOUBLE CLICK THIS TO ENLARGE THE PRINT)
interior pillar of church
One of the courtyards in the Abbey
Abbey Church Alter – We attended 9:30 mass here on Sunday June 23rd. It was in German but easy to follow along.
Front view of the courtyard to church
Our hotel, NO A/C. Our window is the top left..
Arrived late in the afternoon, raining, and afterwards it was beautiful. Stift Abbey – Melk
View after the rain, beautiful sky
Kitty on a ledge (third story) said Hello to us
Streets of Melk – pretty place
Two weeks ago, this place was flooded up to the top step of Hotel. Good timing on our part!
Small church in Melk, mass was going on here when we arrived.
Ah.. Yeah… Schnitzel… perfect thinness
First glimpse of Abbey
Cute place to sit outside and have a drink.
These two… I love this!! This will be my two older sisters… Mary.. you’re the one in the house coat!! LOL ! Looks like they’re arguing over ice cream.
Everyone was dressed up in costume, almost everyone..
Lots of water activities all day along the river.
Church in Cesky Krumlov There was a festival going on here, pretty cool.
Lots of water activities all day along the river.
Close up of church dome in Cesky Krumlov
Think we’ll have to do this and just keep going…