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Category: Europe 2013 (page 2 of 2)

Travel down the Danube with thedude


The spectacular Melk Abbey provided plenty of eye-popping splendor on today’s tour. We found a delightful mix of the ultra-modern design and treasures from the past. The library was really stunning, but unfortunately, no photos were allowed. To give you some idea what it looked like, have a look at this amazing 3D shot of a similar library in the Czech Republic.

Hall of gold and mirrors

In a corner of the church.

Looking up in the church.

The most precious item in the Abbey – a portable altar dating from the eleventh century on display in the Green Room.

Portable altar dating from the 11th century.

Spotted on the walk back to the ship from the Abbey. I especially like the knitted QR code. Unfortunately, my QR scanning app won’t scan the code. 🙁

Love the QR code. Have you scanned it yet?

More shots from today’s tour can be found here.


Scenery along the Danube is starting to become really lovely – especially when the sun (almost) makes an appearance.

Spotted on the way to Salzburg

Love locks on the bridge on the way to the castle.

thousands and thousands of love locks

The Salzburg Cathedral. I’m not sure of the significance of the big gold ball or of the dude standing on top of it!

Cathedral with big gold ball.

View more pictures of our visit to Salzburg here.


Now on board the River Beatrice, our first stop is Passau. The site of the worst flooding in 5 centuries, Passau is small and charming. Our guide explains that the city was built at the confluence of three rivers – the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.

Kellster radiates in vibrant fall colors. Passau pastels

More Passau pics here.


I knew before we traveled to Prague that I would search out the awesome staircase in the photo above. I had spotted it on the web somewhere, and knew that it was located in the House of the Black Madonna, which, as luck would have it, was just a few blocks from our hotel.

Our room at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel was lovely.


Motionless guard at the Prague Castle.


We lunched at the wonderfully off-kilter Dancing House.


We saw a fabulous concert at the Smetana Hall in the Prague Municipal House.


More shots from beautiful Prague here.

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