Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Linz, Austria - Odds and Ends

This is the final post of the Danube Christmas Cruise with Lueftner on the Amadeus Silver ship.  These are a few scenes of the river as we came to Linz and it will be time to put  my camera away and wait for another adventure.

There are clumps in these trees near the top.  That is mistletoe.  And the little small white things at the water's edge are swans.  I didn't have a good zoom lens to be able to give you a close up photograph.
 We went through about 12 locks on our trip and since we went from Passau to Bratislava and back to Passau, that counts as 24 locks.  They are all different.  Here is the view of one nearest to Linz.
 You can see the lock through the window.
 Homes along the Danube.

 Night in Linz during the "blue hour".  The deep blue sky and the light reflections are very pretty.
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Danube Amadeus Silver - Last Dinner

I am spoiled and I will miss this.

The wine choice for today is
White - 2015 Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
Red - 2015 Dornfelder from Rheinhessen, Germany

Shopska Salad
Cucumber, tomato, olives, bell pepper, fresh chop parsley, olive oil topped with shredded feta cheese.
or Beef Carpaccio with parmesan chips, rucola salad and honey mustard sauce.

My soup selection was Yellow Bell Pepper Potage with prawn dumplings.

or Classic Minestrone with tomato broth with pasta, zucchini, kidney beans and eggplant

My main course choice was Sesame Crusted Barramundi Fillet with egg noodles, vegetables and oyster sauce.
or Austrian Flaker Beef Gulch with Spätzle and pickled cucumber
or Stuffed Mushroom with Feta Cheese served with yogurt dip and vegetables, couscous

My desert choice was Crème Brulée Brown Sugar Crust served with fresh berries.
or Fresh Fruits
orCheese Plate

Danube River - winter Scene

The trees are bare. Life along the river has slowed. The views are best in black and white. We are sailing all day from Bratislava.

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Robert Louis Stevenson

Amadeus Silver - Captain’s Dinner #2

The Captain's Dinner continued...

Lemon Sorbet with sparkling wine and mint.

One of the choices for the main dish was Oven Roasted Fillet of Roastbeef served with ginger-bread sauce, potato gratin, and Romanesco.

My selection was Grilled North Atlantic Salmon served on grilled leek with wild rice and saffron sauce.
Or you could have a Cheese Soufflé with roasted garlic velouté.

Some nice chocolates

Desert was MS Amadeus Silver Baked Alaska.

Amadeus Silver - Captain’s Dinner #1

Tonight we celebrated the trip at the Captain's dinner.
The wine choice was:
White - 2015 Grüner Veltliner, Langenlois, Austria
Red - Blauer Zweigelt, Langenlois, Austria

My appetizer choice was Trio of Smoked Salmon, carpaccio, California roll and tartar with spicy wasabi soy sauce.

Or Arugula salad, cherry tomatoes, roasted nuts, grapes and croutons.

The soup was cappuccino from Forest Mushrooms with Chester Stick.

and an Oven Baked Cannelloni stuffed with Ricotta served with Sauce Alfredo

and it continued!  See the  next post.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia - Architecture from the River View

Bratislava has some nice architecture from the Danube River view.

Bratislava, Slovakia - Doors, Architecture and a Walk along the Danube

I enjoyed the bus ride back to the ship by watching for interesting doors and architecture.  This is some of what I saw.

 Fellow traveler Heike and I decided to take a photo tour of the Danube walkway.  It was nicely bricked and had benches. The river side was lined with trees and street lamps, and there was a grassy park on the other side of the walkway with interesting plants, even in the middle of winter.

 I have always liked the green bark on these trees.
 The small building is a public toilette.

We are back at the Amadeus Silver.  One of the staff is there to help us down the stairs because there is no railing. So thoughtful!!