And back again.
The cruise boat left Vienna and travelled overnight back to our embarcation port of Budapest where we left just a week ago. We hadn’t had much of an opportunity to do any sightseeing when we arrived so we planned to rectify that today.… Read the rest
We’d been to Vienna before so today we knew what to expect as we wandered the streets in search of the cities finest architecture. I’m not going to cover that again here because you can read details from our previous visit.… Read the rest
For reasons that I don’t quite understand some of my friends seem to think that I am a bit of a trainspotter. This is not to imply that I like standing at the end of chilly platforms waiting for the latest double bogied diesel to come through and nor do I run a popular Tik-Tok channel.… Read the rest
Given we had a bonus stop overnight in Engelszell it seemed rude not to step out and pay it a visit. It was a tiny place with a huge monastery complete with the cliche beer brewing monks. At the other end of the village was a pretty, well tended church and that was it basically.… Read the rest
Today we visited Krems, Austria a place too small to have its own entry in the walking app. It appeared to be nothing much more than a village so I was surprised when I looked it up on Wikipedia and found that it has twice the population of Wantage, the place I was born.… Read the rest
We weren’t due to arrive at Bratislava until early in the afternoon and so we spent the morning on the boat watching the world go by.
For the most part it was just beautiful tree lined banks with the odd fisherman here and there thrown in for a bit of variety.… Read the rest
Never has there been a more stressful start to a holiday than this. The rumbling on of the pandemic means that there are more hoops to jump through before you can, in our case, set sail to foreign climes.
This started a few days before we were due to fly out to Budapest for the start of our river cruise.… Read the rest
This is the fourth summary of my year that I have done (you can read 2018, 2019 and 2020‘s reports) and, for reasons I will outline below, this year is very much incomplete. Nevertheless it is still worth taking time to assess the year.… Read the rest
For the last seven years (2014/5, 2015/6, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21) I have been documenting our attempts to get out between Christmas and the New Year to get some fresh air and burn off gained calories.… Read the rest
As I write this a lot of hot air is being expelled at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. This is where world leaders, and I use that term loosely, get together to try and agree a plan to reduce the temperature the world is warming by and save humanity.… Read the rest