Along the Danube, Through the Wachau Valley

After our day at Linz, the next morning we set sail along the Danube toward Bratislava.  This was meant to be a relaxing day absent a bunch of excursions.  The morning was foggy, but along the way, I was able to capture some pictures of some castles and the countryside.  Violeta, our program director, was providing a narration during this porting of the trip, but for some reason, it was difficult to hear and understand her on the top (sun) deck.  As a result, I don’t have a lot of details about these various sights, other than they are picturesque.

There were a lot of interesting sights along the river, but this one really caught my eye.
This portion of the Danube, the Wachau valley is wine country. you can see the terraced vineyards in the background, despite the mist.
This might have been a great picture if it wasn’t for the mist and rain.
This is the castle Violeta referred to as the Watcher on the Wachau.

As is typical on Viking cruises it seems, much of the staff is from Central Europe.  Violeta was from Romania.  She recognized my name immediately as we came on board as being Romanian.  In Romanian “Surdu” means the deaf.  One evening, Violeta gave a presentation about what life was like under the communist regime in Romania that all Americans need to hear.  It was long and suffered from a little meandering, but the content was good.

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