Saturday, January 21, 2012

DURNSTEIN ABBY: A Travel Blog

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DANUBE CRUISE APPROACHING VILLAGE OF DURNSTEIN
The Abby at Durnstein is from the 15th Century

The Danube River, an international waterway, is Europes second longest river.  Known in history as the long standing border of the Roman Empire, the river flows through ten countries, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgary, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania.  My wife, Julie, my sons, Mark and Todd, and I cruised these waters in 1989.

The cruise from Vienna to Durnstein, Austria, (Durnstein is German for Dammed Stones), passed extensive vineyards up the mountain sides, villages, and castles extending out over the river.  In addition to Durnstein we visited the Abby at Melk, but thats a different blog.

Better known to most people is the KUENRINGERBURG CASTLE, although they will not know it by it's name.  That was where Richard I was held captive by Leopold V, the Austrian king and fellow Crusader.  Seems as how old Richard insulted Leopold by casting down his standard and throwing the Austrian flag into a ditch and then had the misfortune of getting caught going through Austria on his way back to England.

You will recall from the Adventures of Robin Hood how John almost took over the throne before the $150,000 mark ransom could be raised.  Mark and Todd climbed the steep path to view what remained of the ancient castle.  (Click on picture for detailed look).


The tour group passed through the Durnstein Abbey to see the rest of the village and buy souveiners..  I did not.  I was truly mesmerized.  The interior of the ancient church was breath takingly beautiful, although it did not contain the gold seen in the Abby at Melk.  The ceiling art was just unbelievable.  Would you believe, that in glass coffins, reposed the remains of the Abby founders, skeltons inside of the armor of the day?  I remained to asorb as much as possible for memory.


Bye-and-bye, in came a tour leader, all out of breath, saying "there you are".   Seems as how two of the tour buses had left and the last one was loaded with the motor running as several guides searched dilgently for me.  WHY WOULD ONE LEAVE SUCH BEAUTY TO BUY TRINKETS?  I didn't!  While I may never return, I shall always remember the Durnstein Abby.


Within a days drive of where you now sit are wonders to behold!
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THEM?
There is absolutely no reason that you, too, cannot enjoy the good life.
PLAN IT AND DO IT!

God Bless You and Yours

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