Woke up this morning after a wonderful night of sleep. We headed to breakfast and had eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, etc. Yum to bacon! It was dee-lish. We also sat with some of our new friends, who became our breakfast companions on the ship, we always ended up eating our morning meal together!
After breakfast, we headed out on a walking tour to the small town of Durnstein. It was so lovely (but freezing)! We walked through a gorgeous abbey, that had skeletons that were some of the saints. It was a gift to them from the Romans. Our tour guide also took us to the balcony that overlooks the Danube, and it was really lovely!
After that, we walked to the one and only main road in the town. So cute right? A nice woman was waiting for us with some gluwhein made from white wine, yum! It really helped to warm us up!
Then we were free to shop and explore! It was early, so a lot of shops weren’t open, but we went to the few that were. One was this neat store where she took stones from the Danube, sanded them down flat, and turned it into jewelry! It was really pretty and I bought a few things from her.
Dave wanted to head up to the ruins of the castle, but we couldnot find the way. So instead, we stopped in another store selling spirits of the local fruit – apricots. The had apricot schnapps, punsch mix, soaps, chocolates, just about anything you could want with apricots. We picked up a punsch mix, wild cherry liqueur for me, and chili liqueur for Dave.
After that, we wandered along the main road, and ran back into the very nice Gluwein lady, who offered us a second mug. It wa really cold, so how could we say no? We ran into an Australian couple (currently living in Cali), and chatted with them for a bit.
We decided to attempt to walk up to the ruins of an old castle. Our new friends joined us! It was quite a hike, with lots of tall, assorted steps. After some breaks, I made it to the top, but decided to stop there, instead of venturing up some more steps to the entrance of the castle. It looked pretty, and Dave took a lot of pictures 🙂
After we finished climbing back down, it was time to head to the boat. Shortly after boarding, we went to lunch and we set sail for our next stop, Linz, Austria.
We spent a nice leisurely lunch with our new friends, with a lot of wine 🙂 we ended up staying late and hanging out past the beginning of the security briefing…oops! Luckily, our friends had been on this cruise line before, so they gave us their own version of the security briefing – if anything happens, go to the top deck!
We headed back to our room to relax, and then to the lounge to hear Kristine’s (our cruise director) commentary on the beautiful Wachu valley as we sailed past.
After that, they had an afternoon tea, with sandwiches and cake. It was a nice mid-afternoon snack 🙂 Spent most of the afternoon in the lounge, relaxing and checking email, facebook, twitter when we had internet.
Around 5, we headed back to the room to nap before getting ready for the captains welcome dinner. First was a champagne cocktail where the cabin crew was introduced. A large majority of the crew came from Bulgaria and Romania, and it turned out the Captain and the Ship Manager were married to each other. They also said our cruise director was the Captain’s sister, but I think they were joking 🙂 Then finally it was time for dinner.
It was quite a menu! Beef carpaccio with avocado, tomato & Parmesan, lobster bisque, Gluwein sorbet as a palate cleanser, veal or sole as a main course option, and finally chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. It was an overwhelming amount of food! But sooooo delicious! Oh, and of course, the wine was flowing all night!
We hung out in the lounge for a little it, until I was about to fall asleep mid-conversation. Finally headed to bed and slept well until it was time to get up 🙂