AUSTRIA - DURNSTEIN We got back on the River Aria at 10:45 AM for our “run” on down to Durnstein, the prison-city for Richard the Lion Hearted. Everyone sat atop the ship again and basked in the sunshine and beauty of the justly famed Wachau Valley as it slipped by and past us. Erika narrated the trip, telling us about the grapes, apricots, and peaches grown on the hilly terraces here in this surprisingly warm micro-climate on the Danube. Austria claims that these grapes produce the best wines in Europe! There were storybook villages from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and storied castles and fortresses all along our way. One expected to see Rapunzel and her long blonde hair blowing the breezes from the windows of these surreal places.
CASTLE / PRISON ABOVE DURNSTEIN
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