Monday, January 21, 2008

Cruise on the Danube

First layout done with Club Scrap 'Sunken Treasure' kit & glitter chipboard letters from DCWV. Second layout uses paper from the KI Memories.

After our shopping spree in the beautiful town of Durnstein we took a three hour cruise on the Danube. What beautiful countryside we saw! There were castles towering over us from craggy cliffs. One of the ruins belonged to a family of robber barons. For over a thousand years this family attacked and stole from people passing on the river. Even today, as you pass under the castle you get the ominous feeling of being watched! There is another castle that shows distinct Turkish influence with a minaret and onion shaped domes. All these castles gave me a feeling of being in some historical romantic novel!

We had our lunch on the boat. It was extremely pleasant sipping chilled Riesling and meandering past the countryside where the wine is made. We disembarked at Melk, famous for its Abbey, which is an important seat of learning even today. The Abbey gained worldwide fame when Umberto Eco based his novel 'Nome Della Rosa' here. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the Abbey becuase we had a bus to catch - to Salzburg!

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