Krems, Melk, and getting to Prague

Trip Start May 15, 2009
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Trip End Jun 06, 2009


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hello faithful readers,
we are using the desk computer at our hotel, and it is late, so this will be on the short side.
Yesterday we took the trams to get out of town to Melk. It was tricky to figure out the routes, and we spent some time making connections only to ride past our apartment an hour after we left! It was quite funny.
At any rate, the day was beautiful and a little too warm again, and we had a nice lunch outside in Melk, which is on the Danube River. We wandered about the coast for a while until we found the bike rental "office", which was just a shed in a field. But after that, we got going and biked 38Km through about 10 lovely little towns in the Wachau region. The bike road goes between very steep vineyard hills and the river, and is one of the most scenic roads we have ever seen. We did not get many photos being on the bikes, though. Jen is proud that she didn't fall off her bike at all. We were hot and tired when we got to the end in Krems, and found a nice little restaurant in an alley before riding the train back to Vienna. We had to pack a little for leaving the next morning, so it was another long day, but one of our favorites on the trip.

This morning (27 May-we have already mentally adjusted to European dates, distances and times-it is 22:48 right now-I hope we go back to normal when we get back to the States) we left Vienna by bus at 11:30. We had trouble finding the bus station in a nasty storm front. We asked at a building that turned out to be a transportation office for Austria, and the funny thing was that they didn't know the street we were looking for-which was around the corner from their building. Makes you wonder...
We changed buses in Brno, and made it to Prague before 5:00. The bus ride gave me a chance to study yet another language (#3) and city map, and Jen had a chance to sleep. 
We found dinner at U Fleku, having basically missed lunch. It is a fun touristy pub type place with a good dark beer and tuba/accordion music. Then we walked off the meat and potatoes for an hour until dark.
Ryan
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