Our first stop was Krems, a very picturesque town, where we were given an hour to wander around.
Then we started heading toward Emmendsdorf for lunch. The guide showed us barriers that were put up to protect the valley from flooding (he described them as ugly and expensive), and told us that most people in the valley make a living either from tourism or wineries. He also told us that apricots would be in season in a few weeks. I was regretful to have missed out on that, although I will say that I got to eat plenty of other tasty things over the course of the trip.
After that, we headed to Melk. The purpose of going to Melk was to visit a Benedictine abbey, but Scott and I also nipped into town before the abbey tour started. While there, we saw a few quirky sites:
A bicycle covered in yarn...
A polished stone machine...
And a sign in Arabic advertising apple strudel! Too bad the words are both backwards and disconnected!
Part of me wanted to skip the abbey and see what other amazing surprises Melk had in store, but the abbey was lovely, also.
|View from the abbey|