“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 8)

The events on this page took place almost two months ago.  Proving once again that the most time-consuming aspect of any vacation is the subsequent reporting thereof.  Today is June 19 – the Minneapolis StarTribune travel section contained a long story on cruising the Rhine River with Viking.  We got away just in time . . .

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[We are cruising from Vienna to Melk.  While we do so, let’s visit our boat, the Embla.  This is the view from the 3rd deck atrium, sitting at the common computers.  Our room was in the basement, two decks below this.]

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[Looking down on deck two – the lobby.]

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[This is the Super, sitting in . . . the lobby.  Probably posting on FB.]

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[The other side of the third deck atrium from where I’m sitting at the computers.  This is the library – loaded with all kinds of info about Europe and places on our trip.  The Super put this place to good use.]

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[I’m looking down passageways (on both the left and right) toward the front of the ship (or in naval parlance: the front of the ship) where we spent most of our shipboard time – in either the indoor lounge or the outdoor lounge.  You could say we did a lot of “lounging.”]

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[There’s the painting of Embla again.  As I recall, she was either a Norwegian queen or a krumkake princess?]

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[Now our program director, Violeta, has advised to be on the lookout for castles.  They will appear everywhere there is an area high point.  This is the Wachau Valley, from here to Melk. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, “an outstanding example of riverine landscape.”]

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[Pretty day for a cruise and passing by small towns along the way.]

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[Looking aft (a nautical term) at where we’ve been and checking on our “driver.”]

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[And progressives that we are – looking forward again.]

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[Ahoy, castle ahead!]

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[Still a chilly day.  So, when the spirit moved, we’d go outside for a photo op.  If the spirit didn’t move, we’d just shoot through glass.]

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[The Super demonstrates the art of river cruising. Wake early, while still a chill in the air, shoot some castle photos and then hunker down to watch the world go by. Occasionally look back to see where you’ve been and to make sure someone is still at the helm.]

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[As we steam through, it appears likely this was my one and only boat ride through Durnstein, Austria.]

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[Aaahh, this is nice.]

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[The Embla bell . . . oh, you can see that.]

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[Vertical vineyards]

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[Blondel singing to Richard the Lionhearted . . . it may have been”Shelter from the Storm”?]

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[More vertical vineyards]

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[A fellow cruiser]

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[You may occasionally run across a giant nose in someone’s yard, or, if you are an IU alum, run across at town named after a famous Hoosier swimmer.]

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[Past Spitz . . . ]

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[Trending toward Melk . . . ]

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[Shooting from the outdoor lounge to the indoor lounge with folks on the roof.]

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[Dr. Kiehne preferring the views from the inside.]

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[Rescue practice – two guys could not make any progress trying to paddle against the current.]

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[House on a rock?  Is this Wisconsin?]

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[Our first sighting of the Benedictine Abbey at Melk . . . ]

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[Melk, we are here!]

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I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented…. I forgot where I was going with this.  ~  Anon

Up Next:  Part II in Melk

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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