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Europe » Austria » Lower Austria October 23rd 2019

Like always, departing NZ bound for Europe is lengthy. In line with a major event on the professional development calendar late in October, I just had to go. Without P2 this time. Just under 18 hours can pass surprisingly quickly when half of it is asleep. Qatar Airways direct to Doha from Auckland has the longest flight in the world, slightly more than the other Middle Eastern countries and on par nearly with some AirNZ to the America’s. And yet the cabin crew retain that unflappable appearance. Passengers, as myself, look more rugged! Hamad airport was buzzing at midnight, everyone on hasty short or taking-their-time long layovers. Fortunately this aircraft parking spot delivered us (via buses) right to the landmark of the giant teddy bear, lounges, and the much appreciated, Vitality Spa. If I needed a ... read more
Doha
Vineyards near Vienna Woods
Looking east to the Donau

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Haugschlag August 21st 2019

After nine days of fairly full-on travelling, sightseeing and blog writing I am spending three days of relaxation with my close friends Reni and Gerhard in their holiday home in the small village of Haugschlag, in the Waldviertel area of Lower Austria. Waldviertel simply means the Forest Quarter or area, and you can immediately see why. Reni and Gerhard bought a property there over 20 years ago and over the years have lovingly created this extended, comfortable and welcoming property. I love coming here - and I generally manage to get here at New Year and in August. Most people reading this blog already know the story of our friendship. Reni and I were exchange partners aged 14. At the time I really hoped to ‘get’ a partner from the Tirol region, as I had read ... read more
Back together
Walking in the Waldviertel
Late summer sunshine in the Waldviertel

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk October 5th 2018

Sailed overnight to Durnstein. Arrived for breakfast at 8am. Then walked the town. So beatiful and quaint. Climbed half way up to old castle ruins, some more amazing views overlooking the town & river. Departed noon for cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk. Picture perfect villages, churches and riverviews. Arrived Melk 3pm, to tour the Melk Abbey. Interesting tour of Melk Abbey, Benedictine monks still at Abbey also school still running. Enormous grounds, halls and squares. Completely renovated in 1700's baroque style. Back to ship for dinner.... read more
Durnstein monastery
Durnstein
Cruising

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Bad Erlach July 15th 2018

Hallo everyone. Please enjoy These Beautiful Pictures....... read more
Somewhere over Queensland
Northern Territory....looks like Queensland
6 AM Dubai airport

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Bad Erlach July 14th 2018

My apologies to anyone who receives this travel blog twice but some people have said they did not receive it in their mailbox. I am attempting to repost the blog as a "public" post and hope that my friends and family will now be able to read about my adventure so far. Thank you. I have to start off by thanking Michael, Petra, Hannah, Maggie and Johannes (sorry Johannes but someone has to go last) for being so wonderful by allowing me to stay with them in lovely Klingfurth and for being so accommodating and generous with their time to ensure I am fully occupied and enjoying every single moment. Another special thank you to Hannah who has graciously given up her own room for me to stay in while here. My trip started off with ... read more

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Bad Erlach July 13th 2018

My apologies to anyone who receives this travel blog twice but some people have said they did not receive it in their mailbox. I am attempting to repost the blog as a "public" post and hope that my friends and family will now be able to read about my adventure so far. Thank you. Today marks the beginning of week 2 in Europe. I have to start off by thanking Michael, Petra, Hannah, Maggie and Johannes (sorry Johannes but someone has to go last) for being so wonderful by allowing me to stay with them in lovely Klingfurth and for being so accommodating and generous with their time to ensure I am fully occupied and enjoying every single moment. Another special thank you to Hannah who has graciously given up her own room for me to ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk June 8th 2018

When we wake up, we are in Dürstein, a small town (population 900) on the west bank of the Danube. I opt to make a solo trek into Dürstein. It's only about a 10-minute walk along the river. Dürstein is almost ridiculously picturesque. The first thing you notice is the Blue Tower, part of a modest but beautiful little church. But Dürstein is a bit like a game of Myst. How do you get from the path along the river into the town? All you see are walls. Oh, there's a ramp that leads to a small archway that grants you access. Now which way? Wandering around I find a lovely abbey, then backtrack to discover a small palace that is now a 5-star hotel. As in any game, there has to be a goal, and ... read more
Street maze
Path to the castle ruins
Castle ruins

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk May 3rd 2018

I started off the morning at Zum Kirchenwirt in the usual manner: soft boiled egg, hard roll, fresh butter, a couple of slices of cheese and sandwich meats washed down with orange juice. Hot chocolate was out of the question on these increasingly warmer days. Gail worked the opposite side of the buffet table loading up with fruit and yoghurt. Today's drive should take two hours to get from Kellburg to our accommodations at a working farm outside of Melk, Austria. But like Ike and Tina Turner, we never do anything nice and easy. The quickest route is usually the boring route so I aimed the X1 in the general direction of Melk instead of listening to the onboard GPS. I can't say we discovered anything all that exciting but along the way we found plenty ... read more
Not my favorite singer but my favorite Austrian gas
Topping her off
The Linz line

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Krems an der Donau December 19th 2017

This morning we woke to find the Viking Gullweig tied up alongside a small jetty with a prominent sign telling us we had arrived in Krems. Krems or to give it its proper name, Krems an der Donau is a small town about 70km west of Vienna with a modest population of just under 24,000. Although Krems was first mentioned in a document in 985, settlers were probably around long before that as a grave dating back over 27,000 years was found here making it the oldest grave in Austria. This morning’s excursion was to a working monastery known as Gottweig Abbey. Roisin, Kate and Carla had decided to give this tour a miss so I was on my own. As I mentioned in the previous blog, an audio receiver could be found in each cabin ... read more
Entrance to Gottweig Abbey
Ceiling mural of the main Abbey wing
The Holy relic of Blessed Altman's head!!

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria October 16th 2017

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