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August 04, 2019



wow it's great. It certainly gives some perspective on time.

Su-sieee! Mac

I enjoyed this day's outing, too. I don't think of abbeys as looking like cathedrals. The Sound of Music influence, I suppose.

ellen b.

I've been so intrigued with these river cruises that look more relaxing to me then the ocean cruises. The Abbey looks wonderful. Going to sleep and waking up at a new destination sounds good to me, too.


I like the primitivness of this cruise. Such a marvelous excursion.

ellen b.

Great shots. Looks like a great visit to the Abbey. It's always mind boggling to be able to visit such old buildings. Glad you could take this trip.


LOVING your posts of this trip. This Abbey would be a place I would like to explore. Just beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

Photo Cache

Oh what a lovely place. It's a pity many don't allow photography. The steps are really nice. Very instagram worthy.

Peter B.

What a beautiful Abbey! I'm enjoying your river cruise and looking forward to the next port-of-call!

Stevenson Que

What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing these views of Vienna!

Alan Bates

That abbey is amazing. Too bad you couldn’t get a n overall shot that you liked. I find that a lot with older buildings sometimes, too constrained to get back far enough. I bought a wide angle lens to help with that.
I see so many of my blog friends have good experiences on river cruises, I am thinking that might be for me. I am retiring next spring and I want to take a trip somewhere afterwards.


There is always so much to look forward to in your posts!
and signs will be reborn under Tom the Backwoods Traveller's banner starting next week.


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William Kendall

The abbey is amazing!

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

Ybbs is indeed a great name! The abbey is beautiful!

riitta k

Beautiful. So glad you experienced a lot during this dream vacation!

Linda Walcroft

Beautiful abbey! That's a lot of steps though.
I think there's a tongue twister in "Tie the boat to the bollards on the bank."


What a beautiful Abby, so full of history! That staircase was so intricate and the views from the top looked wonderful


Thank you Sallie for heaping all these kind things on me:) A blog is a great outlet, and do whatever I like, because when I started it, I had my job and had to be very controlled, making difficult decisions every day:) How long was your cruise actually?

betty - NZ

Goodness, what a fabulous place! Great photos that tell a story about the places you visit, Sallie! Thanks for sharing.

I enjoyed your post at 'My Corner of the World' this week!
My Corner of the World


the abbey is gorgeous, so incredibly beautiful, i would love to see it. your pictures are awesome and certainly represent it well!! i would be afraid to part ways from my traveling companion, wondering, will i ever see you again!! hehehehe i wondered about all the walking and if it caused either of you any trouble. sorry for the mr. but best to stay behind if need be. i am afraid i would never be able to do all this walking!!!

Amy Franks

wow that's a very grand abbey! well looked after too.


Wow! What an amazing trip and these photos are great. So very interesting! I love traveling with you Sallie, even from my armchair :)

Sharon Wagner

It looks like you're having a great time. A river cruise has been at the top of my bucket list for quite sometime. Enjoy!


...what a lovely trip through a land of treasure. I would find this to be a sensory overload! Sallie thanks for sharing all of this beauty, enjoy your week.


A wonderful Diary of a fascinating trip! One could almost have been there with you both😊.

// Heidrun

Again a wonderful Post about your travel, thank you for sharing. It's fantastisc in Vienna. I was long time ago there. I had to work there...

Happy MosaicMonday

handmade by amalia

What a wonderful trip. Sailing on the Danube sounds like a dream.


Looks like that sign needs a vowel! I do love that staircase.


Looks like a great trip Sallie, such fabulous architecture in European cities...wish I could visit too. Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog post "Brisbane 2019 Highlights"
Cath@Home :)


Glad you had a nice time
Happy misaic Monday


A ShutterBug Explores

What a magnificent place and such wisdom ~ beautiful photos and so glad you are having an awesome journey ~ ^_^

Happy Day to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)


What an interesting place. Monasteries hold the key to much of our history. I am thrilled to be travelling alongside you on this trip. Great photos.

bill burke

What a grand time you had. I cracked up over your added translation, "just shut up and pay attention". I liked that town sign too and would have taken a photo of it.
Great photos, Sallie and thanks for sharing your trip.


Another lovely post...it is amazing all you can see from the ship!

Lavender Dreamer

Your trip is just amazing! How wonderful to see so many beautiful things and go to so many countries. Glad you got the photo of the whole building while you could. I always want to search online and learn more when I find something that interests me. Thanks for sharing!


Wow, so much adventure on one day! The docking (or however you call it) was a perilous experience! Love all the sight of the Benedict castle. The literal translation is "Arrive and you will Hear" so I would go with your first explanation - interesting but I can totally imagine that to be part of their life slogan:) Beautiful landscapes - you had it all on this trip - thank you for sharing the highlights with All Seasons!

Lady Fi

Lovely shots. That Abbey is fabulous!

David Gascoigne

It was a wonderful trip, Sallie, and you will have memories to last a lifetime. Thank goodness for digital photography. Please accept condolences from Miriam and me for this latest round of mass killings. It is hard to fathom that this can keep happening without the political will to stop it. I hope people bear this in mind when they vote.


What an interesting way to travel. My parents did that many years ago. I think I would like a small boat rather than a huge cruise ship if I ever did travel that way. - Margy

Eileen Wise

Hello Sallie,

The views of the Abbey are beautiful. I can not imagine having to wash 365 windows, the monks were busy and quiet. I love the pretty gardens, just lovely. Wonderful photos from your trip! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

Linda P

It was interesting to see the docking of the cruise boat. Lots of walking to do up steps, but must have been worth it to see the views from the gardens of the abbey and the amazing interior. It looks strategically placed and the history of its survival is interesting. It sounds like a well organised trip and with the bus ride you got to see the countryside around Melk. I think of the novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (which was made into a movie) as one of the characters, a monk, came from Melk.


You saw a lot ! The words on the steps didn't make any sense to me, but I am not a monk either ! Our guide had a nice expression for us "BCA"she said because in Austria and all Eastern countries it is the case ! It means (such a bloody church again)lol


Sallie - I love forms of travel where you sleep and end up in a new place! I have the good fortune to be able to sleep on planes, so that works for me! The Abbey is stunning, and I am shocked that you did not take the time to verify it has 365 windows!!! LOL. Glad you got reunited with your traveling partner … and did you figure out how to pronounce Ybbs? Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

MaryBeth Schwartz

Beautiful shots. Ybbs---interesting name glad you saved it
Also happy you all met up alright


What a perfect way to travel. I would love to see the Abbey. It certainly gives some perspective on time.


Looks like you had such a wonderful time - thanks for sharing!

Penelope Notes

That’s a great shot with the tossed tangle of rope. Glad it all turned out well in the end. What spectacular architecture and lots of stairs. My trip through Europe didn’t include Vienna, unfortunately, but it did include a lot of hills and stairs. I saw very few, if any, wheelchairs or baby strollers during that trip!

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