River Cruise Poem (aka the Flood Fahrt)
By: Bart Roelofs
Uniworld Cruise Manager
Rembrandt and Van Gogh, now we know it all, some guides explained every paintbrush in great detail.
Český Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic where Český Krumlov Castle is located. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district. We visited the city on Saturday and I am sad to report it is flooded today. As you can see below the water is high and moving very fast. There were people canoeing on this river.
The first excursion of the cruise took us to the National Library. There are over 7.4 million items in the vast collection. We didn't read them all.
The Austrian National Library is the legal successor to the Imperial Royal Court Library of the Austrian Empire. The beginnings of the former court library go back to the second half of the 14th century when the Habsburgs began to collect manuscripts or to commission them. The splendid baroque library constructed between 1723 and 1726 at Josefsplatz housed all the court library's manuscripts, incunabula, autographs, printed books, maps, globes and copper engravings until the late 19th century.
Love this globe.
This is the first time I have used my zoom lens in such a low light situation. I think it did a great job
One of our new friends, Kathy Cook, who was a Librarian so I had to get a photo of her in the library.
Have you heard about the flooding on the Danube? We sure have!!! You can believe what you hear and our itinerary has become a victim of the flooding. We were supposed to travel to Passua Germany by Saturday morning. The old town section of Passua is under water.
Fire Brigades working on flood control. Taken from the terrace at Melk Abby.
A reality of life is stuff happens which is beyond anyone's control. It is how the stuff is handled which makes all the difference. Uniworld, our cruise line, has handled the situation beautifully. First and foremost, they have kept us safe. We are docked at the commercial port in Krems. While not scenic it has a water gate that will keep it from flooding. Believe me when I say the power of this river is impressive.we have experienced it science our first day on the river. We have been sailing upstream and the current was amazing.
The captain choose to move the ship to a safer port and they still manage to come up with nice excursions for us. Yesterday we all went to Cresky Krumlov in the New Czech Republic. We really enjoyed it and I will post on it later. Today we went to the Melk Abby (in the pouring rain) and to a wine tasting. Surprise we enjoyed that as well. We know we will stay in Krems through tomorrow when the river will crest. They are saying we will take the bus to Salzburg but we understand there is flooding there as well, so not sure what they will have in store for us. The cruise director, Bart said he is working on plan K.