Today we drove about to Dürnstein, a tiny little town in the Wachau region, with our visitor Marina. It was just beautiful!
The Wachau region has been on our hit list for a while. They've found evidence of human settlements dating back 32,000 years, so it's been a popular tourist spot for quite some time. Ha ha!
Our first order of business was some lunch at a little tavern. Delicious. The girls even had a glass of sparkling elderberry flower juice to drink. You certainly can't get that in Maine!
Once we had fortified ourselves, we began the hike up to the Dürnstein castle ruins. As usual, there were like 400 steps to climb, and I had to carry Maggie at least part of the time. Actually she did a really good job and did 90% of it on her own. Nina ran up and back without trouble, of course.
According to Wikipedia, the castle was destroyed in 1645 by the Swedes. Intersting! I didn't realize the Swedes had ever gotten this far south. Europe's history is utterly ridiculous. I love how they try to paint Americans like the war-hungry crazies, when they can't go 100 years without turning on each other and killing as many people as they can. Insane. They're all insane.
Anyway, we hiked around the ruins for a while, and Nina found even more rocks to climb because she wasn't tired out enough by the hike up
We rounded the visit out with some shopping at the two little stores that were actually open (it was as boarded up as Boothbay in the winter), and I got a cute hat for just 4.90 (Euros).
It was a big day, and now I'm too pooped to write any more. I do have to put one more picture on here for Erik, though: