I have been feeling the travel bug lately. Europe is calling and inspiring me to finish blogging about my last trip to Europe, a wonderful riverboat cruise down the Danube. In part one of our European adventure we explored Prague and the Czech Republic. Part two of our cruise took us to Germany and beyond.
Our first stop in Austria was Linz, home of the delicious Linzer Torte.
The town was very charming with beautiful restored buildings and electric trolleys.
We only had time for a quick visit to downtown for our half day visit. Before we knew it we were on our way to Melk.
Melk Abbey is one of Europe’s archetectural treasures. The inside of the Abbey contained many Christian artifacts and it was even more stunning than the palatial Baroque exterior.
The grounds and gardens of the Abbey were lovely, lush with plants and flowers. What started out as a cloudy morning, turned into a perfect July day.
It was on to the Wachau Valley and then Vienna. We were just past the halfway point of the river cruise portion of our vacation.
Several small castles and ruins of castles graced the shores of Wachau.
We arrived in Vienna and docked in front of the striking sight of the Franz of Assisi Church, also called Kaiser Jubilee Church.
Next we had a quick drive through the city where my eyes were bathed with the most beautiful sites and architecture.
I was captivated by the Imperial Hofburg Palace Complex.
The green and gold of copper dome was stunning!
The buildings were displays of art, adorned with statuaries and gold.
Excited by what we saw, walked the rest of the way through the city. There were many outdoor cafes to choose from. We rested our feet for a while and enjoyed lunch and people watching outside on a lovely day.
The Pestsäule (English: Plague Column) or Dreifaltigkeitssäule (English: Trinity Column) is located in the inner city of Vienna. Erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679, the Baroque memorial is one of the most well-known and prominent sculptural pieces of art in the city.
My husband Steven and I both agreed, Vienna was a cultural and architectural delight!
The tall Romanesque and Gothic form of the Saint Stephen’s Cathedral punctuated the city landscape. I was enchanted by the colorful tile roof. We were hoping to see works of the great Viennese artists, like Gustav Klimt, at Belvedere Museum but the day was so full as it was and we had to get ready for our night at the opera.
The evening festivities were highlighted by a tasty dinner and night of music, opera and dance at one of Vienna’s concert halls, Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna’s City Centre. “Salute to Vienna” was a heavenly experience of Waltzes and the music of famous Austria classical composers, brought to life by a talented orchestra and cast.
Vienna is art; you see it around every corner. Many of the greatest artists and composers spent their professional careers in Vienna. I would have liked to have spent a few more days in Vienna but I was also looking forward to the wonders of Hungary. Hope to share that experience with you soon.
Gratefully yours, Linda
“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.'” – Numbers 6: 24-26
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