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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Linz January 11th 2019

Let's be honest now, the Austrian city of Linz hardly springs to mind when you begin to list out all of the places and cultural facets for which Austria is best known. That said, Linz is the nation's third-largest metropolis, so on that level alone, it would appear that there should be something of interest to capture the tourist's attention, at least for just one full day, as was the quota of time set aside within which to unravel the various threads of Linz and see how the whole package fared. Landmarks here are fairly plentiful, and the key area from which all other orientation can be measured is the main square, with its detailed monument and colourful, stylish buildings flanking it. The variety of churches and cathedrals within the city's confines is impressive enough, and ... read more
The main square, Linz
The old town, Linz
Prominent church, Linz

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck December 16th 2018

16:38, le bruit de la neige fondue qui tombe goutte à goutte sur ma fenêtre, le soleil déjà derrière les montagnes. J'étais parti pour ne rien écrire et bosser ma présentation, mais ça me ferait trop mal de ne pas garder de trace écrite des merveilles de ces deux derniers jours. Un des grands avantages de mon boulot, c'est qu'il me permet de voyager régulièrement dans différentes parties d'Europe. Cela fait un peu plus d'un an que j'y suis, et déjà j'ai pu me rendre à Bruxelles, Sophia, Pünderich, Dublin, et aujourd'hui Innsbrück. Comme à mon habitude, je me suis pris quelques jours avant pour pouvoir partir explorer modestement la ville. Au carrefour de l'Europe, Innsbrück et la région du Tyrol sont à quelques encablures seulement de l'Allemagne, l'Italie, la France et les Balkans. J'ai donc ... read more
The Inn
Le toit du monde

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 13th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, It’s been an uncomfortably long time without a blog, and an uncomfortably low number of requests for an update. However, perseverance is the secret to all triumphs so settle in for a whistle-stop tour of a wonderful summer in Vienna! The sweltering heat of Japan and Korea acclimatized us well for the summer heat of central Europe. On one of my wanders around Oberdobling, I stumbled across the beautiful Turkenshanz Park which is worth a trip out of the city centre to see. It has a fantastic lake with huge fountains and an old lookout post in the centre. Sky now has exclusivity of the Austrian Bundesliga football, so we were treated to go and see the opening game of the season – Austria Vienna vs Innsbruck. Prior to the game, we stopped ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 11th 2018

Like all other European capitals, Vienna is full of mysteries. Tombs of the royalty, unusual museums, and much more. Unorthodox attractions are here in on every corner, some of them being centuries old, and some surprisingly new. Our guide gives you a look on some of the most unique places to see while visiting the Austrian capital: from the (in)famous sewers, to the best Wien escape rooms. If you want your trip to Vienna to be unusual and different to what most tourists there experience, take our favourites into consideration while planning the stay! Arkham Asylum The Narrenturm (most commonly translated to Fool’s Tower or Madhouse Tower) is one of the oldest asylums for insane people - or at least for those who were considered insane by the society back in the day. The inmates were ... read more

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Linz October 7th 2018

Woke up this morning in Brandstadt near Linz, back in Austria. Easy breakfast then Kelly & Dalyse going on the Open Air Village Bavarian Forest. Displays of buildings from 1580 to 1850, oldest German primary school from 1666, old farms, chapels & mills. Farm gardens & animals, also farmhouses furnished as they would have been. Pio & Rob stayed on deck as weather miserable. Back for lunch then have to start packing up as tomorrow transferring to TM Diamond. Water is so low cannot pass through the locks so will transfer to Diamond other side of the lock. We will be busing to Nuremburg for visit & lunch then onto other ship.... read more
Brandstadt. Calm but rainy
View into courtyard

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

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 4th 2018

We have a couple of days in Vienna such a fantastic city, with beautiful grand buildings and architecture. Cruising along the Danube is wonderful, just watching the scenery go by. Of course eating so much good food. This morning caught shuttle bus to town at 9.15am. Walked around looked at beautiful buildings and statues. Tried to catch 11am bus back but didnt turn up so caught taxi back. There was a fire emergency in next street so all traffic was diverted away. Had some lunch then went for a bike ride this afternoon along the river bank. Lovely bunch of people we are with, mostly Aussies and few from NZ. Tonight late we start cruising again.... read more
Doorway with statues
Franz Joseph
Another statue in the park

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 3rd 2018

Cruised overnight along the Danube, breakfast at 7.30am then back to room to rest and watch the riverside go by. Very relaxing and plenty to watch. Also bit of reading and washing. About midday cam to lock which was fascinating to see how it all works. Afterwards lunch was served then decided to go into town for some clothes shopping for Pio & Dalyse. Both need some warmer clothes as it has turned cold Caught taxi into town with Marion. Had look at H&M, Zara and other stores Caught taxi back to shop anout 4.30pm. ... read more
Another fishing shed
Fishing shed

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 2nd 2018

Good sleep, shower then breakfast at 7.30am. Decided to stay on ship today as only 14 degrees and raining. Pio & Rob not the best to be out in the weather. Walked to pharmacy and market, also aldi. Kelly bought a better jacket for the cold. Lunch then safety briefing then on to Austria. Spent the day cruising, mostly stayed in room, watched movie and scenery from our window. Went up to sun deck for a very short while but far too cold & windy, so back to room. Beautiful sunset tonight. Captains reception cocktails then gala welcome dinner tonight.... read more
TM Jewel
Government building
Village along the Danube

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 2nd 2018

Kathleen en ik stonden op het gemakske op. Met 2 gaat alles ook veel sneller. We namen een uitgebreide douche (het douchegebouw was zo goed als volledig open, dus ijskoud. Het was dus geen makkelijke beslissing om eronder uit te komen) en aten ons ontbijt. We hadden eindelijk eens plek op de tafel en zeer weinig afwas J alletwee kwamen we tot de conclusie dat we ons een dag hadden misrekend. We hadden dus nog een vrij in te plannen dag. Er werden alvast enkele denkpistes verkend en besloten deze straks voor te leggen aan het koppeltje. (Het zou een half dagje Zwarte Woud worden voor een boswandeling + dan moeten we zaterdag minder lang rijden naar huis) Dan terug richting Wenen. Het weer was slecht (regen en kou), maar het beloofde wel mooi weer te ... read more

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