October 1st – tour Weltenburg Abbey for morning beer tasting and a pretzel.

Sounded good to some of us.  We went for a bit of a bus ride then a bit of a boat ride down a very narrow gorge on the river.  Our designation was another Benedictine Monk monastery.  Our Avalon Waterways boat, Illumination, was moving from Passau to Regensburg while we were gone.

The morning view from the room was not promising….couldn’t even see the shore.  But, the sun had burned through yesterday and got to 70 degrees…so, off we went.

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The gorge was very different (we were on a small ferry boat, going very slowly).

DSC_0788  DSC_0784  Had to sound the horn before we came around this narrow bend.

We spied the Abbey, docked and walked to the our destination.

DSC_0790  DSC_0796 DSC_0801 Another knockout church.

Inside, the vow of poverty didn’t count again for these Benedictines (the same ones who produced the Melk magnificence).

DSC_0807St. George fights a dragon to save the virgin – right on top of the altar.

DSC_0805 Painted ceiling is another beauty.

Then, a beer tasting outside in the garden – this combination is a little disconcerting until they tell you that these monks have been brewing beer here since the year 1.050…the oldest brewery of record in the world.  And they are winning international awards for their work.  (There are only 7 monks here now, including the Abbott).

DSC_0818  DSC_0820  We vouch for the good taste.

The pretzels were very tasty, too…a little crustier and less dough-y version of a Philly pretzel.

This afternoon, everyone went to tour Regensburg…except yours truly.  I stayed in my stateroom, put my feet up and opened the sliders to see the river…until it rained cats & dogs.  I hoped my gang stayed dry. ( I’m reading “I Am Pilgrim” a new spy thriller recommended by Dick Plumeri.)  It was solitude except for the barges and boats going by my door…some of them really close.


They loved Regensburg and maybe Joe will send me some photos, so I can report.  He took some nice “couples” photos tonight at dinner that I hope to post as well.

We are on the move now again.  The Main-Danube-Rhine Canal just opened in 1992 after a century of various attempts.  So, now, the North Sea (at Amsterdam) connects with the Black Sea in Turkey.  We are on this stretch for the next 24 hours until we reach Nuremberg tomorrow night at 6PM.  Our tours of Nuremberg start from a way-station on this canal at Roth.  Lots of locks make travel slow on this stretch.  40 locks?  We get a “lock talk” tomorrow night, so we’ll all be experts.

Disembarkation on Friday, October 3 at 7:30Am to go to Prague for a couple of days.  Flights home on October 6th.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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