Excursions offer river cruisers chance to experience history and culture
View from one part of the castle to the other in Old Cesky Krumlov

Excursions offer river cruisers chance to experience history and culture

Wolfe chose a river cruise because friends at home in Salt Lake City raved about their experiences with their kids and all were having a fun week

Continue Reading Excursions offer river cruisers chance to experience history and culture
Biking in the pouring rain – along the Danube in the Wachau Valley of Austria
Soaked but happy at the end of our nearly 40-mile ride in the rain along the Danube

Biking in the pouring rain – along the Danube in the Wachau Valley of Austria

It is pouring, raining so hard that we’re getting soaked despite good rain gear. Did I mention we are on bikes riding alongside the Danube River in Austria?

Continue Reading Biking in the pouring rain – along the Danube in the Wachau Valley of Austria
In Vienna, after a 28-mile morning bike ride — Sacher Torte and ice-cream coffee!
One of the famous tiles roofs on St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna

In Vienna, after a 28-mile morning bike ride — Sacher Torte and ice-cream coffee!

Sacher torte is a chocolate cake invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna. It is one of Austria’s most famous pastries

Continue Reading In Vienna, after a 28-mile morning bike ride — Sacher Torte and ice-cream coffee!
In Bratislava – the “Iron Curtain” bike tour turns goes awry for two of us
One of the most visited statues in Bratislava

In Bratislava – the “Iron Curtain” bike tour turns goes awry for two of us

The "Iron Curtain" bike ride was to take us about 18 miles through the country side into Austria from Slovakia -- the border made famous by Winston Churchill and the Cold War.

Continue Reading In Bratislava – the “Iron Curtain” bike tour turns goes awry for two of us
Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans
Salzburg is celebrating Mozart’s 260th birthday (Jan 27) and the 175th anniversary of the Mozart Orchestra Salzburg

Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans

I think this picturesque city would be a good place to base yourself for several days or a week, though it can get crowded as the city of 150,000 welcomes more than 1.5 million tourists a year

Continue Reading Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans
An Austrian monastery underappreciated by the Hapsburgs
Benedictine Abbey Gottsweig near Krems Austria

An Austrian monastery underappreciated by the Hapsburgs

Today, the Benedictine Abbey “Gottweig” may be the most famous symbol of this region—a huge complex at the top of the mountain that houses, besides the gorgeous church, a youth center, inn and one building that was built for the Hapsburgs to stay though they never did and boasting the largest staircase in all of Austria.

Continue Reading An Austrian monastery underappreciated by the Hapsburgs