Germany’s Medieval Treasures: The villages of Bavaria

Germany’s Medieval Treasures: The villages of Bavaria

One of the joys of exploring Europe’s waterways is that you encounter so many beautifully preserved medieval settlements. Of course in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the rivers were important trade routes, hence the number of castle keeps along the Rhine, there, largely to extract river tolls from those transporting goods on the waterways. It made sense to settle close to the rivers.

Wurzburg: An encounter with opulence

If you think you’ve seen one palace you’ve seen them all …. then make an exception for the Wurzburg Residence. It is quite literally jaw droppingly spectacular!Our river cruise has moved, via the Main – Danube Canal to the Main River, pronounced ‘Mine’.  Its one of Europe’s prettiest rivers, narrow and leafy. The riverbanks dotted […]

A Watery Staircase: The Main-Danube Canal

A Watery Staircase: The Main-Danube Canal

The mighty Main-Danube Canal is a spectacular piece of engineering. It makes it possible to take a ship all the way from the Black Sea to the North Sea using the river system.

Cesky Krumlov :  A Sleeping Beauty

Cesky Krumlov : A Sleeping Beauty

We have reached the end of the beautiful Wachau Valley and while the Avalon Passion lies quietly alongside the riverbank, we board a coach for the short trip across the border to the Czech Republic.  This is one of the optional tours on offer on our river cruise.

Durnstein : A rollicking good yarn!

Durnstein : A rollicking good yarn!

I was captivated by Durnstein.

It is a quiet little historic town surrounded by the vineyards of the Wachau region. Part of the old town wall still exists and dates back to the 12th century. Just 800 people live here.

The Wachau Valley …. a pastoral delight

The Wachau Valley …. a pastoral delight

The Avalon Passion has tied up in Krems, about 70k from Vienna. From here we’ll take a bus to explore the beautiful Gottweig Abbey. The Wachau Valley is a World Heritage Site and one of Austria’s most popular tourist destinations.  

Romantic Vienna

Romantic Vienna

Its early summer in the Austrian capital, Vienna.  The Horse Chestnuts and Linden trees are in full glorious bloom. The Chestnuts were apparently brought here by the invading Turks to provide food for their horses.

River cruising: Budapest to Amsterdam

River cruising: Budapest to Amsterdam

Welcome to my very first travel blog. This one is a kind of extended blog really because there’s so much to tell you!

Quirky Bratislava

Quirky Bratislava

As we sleep the Avalon Passion presses on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. A splendid castle keeps watch over the old town. Its known affectionately as ‘ The upside down table’ as the turrets on each corner look like the legs of an upturned table.

24 Hours in Budapest

24 Hours in Budapest

Wonderful way to begin a River Cruise. The Danube, which is far from blue, runs through the city,separating Buda on the west side from the Pest on the east.