Today started with another fantastic breakfast served at the Hotel zur Post in Melk. Seen from the street the hotel is not all that impressive — most of its considerable charm is hidden out of sight at the rear.
My single room was small but well appointed with comfortable bed and desk and a very fast Internet connection. Dinner was excellent and the brekkie was top notch: espresso with steamed milk, homemade plum and apricot compotes, eggs, bacon and plenty of pastries, flawless service.
|A very sweet ride|
|The Schloss Schönbühel guards the bank of the river|
|View of Spitz, Austria|
Just before reaching Spitz I passed through a small conservation area where these little signs appeared to alert passersby to the possibility of seeing biber (beaver), birds and other wild creatures. After passing this one I went on high alert and kept my eyes open for snakes!!
|New Cimbali espresso machine — Donauprinzess Cafe — Spitz|
|Danube River flood heights, Spitz on the Danube, Austria|
|Wehrkirche St. Michael — Spitz, Austria|
|A stop along the L7093 — a very rural highway — Danube in background|
|View of a winery from the L7093|
|Riding in sunshine and lilacs|
|I took some lunch beside this old wall|
Thailand has its squat toilets and Austria has what I'll call "turd shelf" toilets. Neither is much to my liking. These Austrian toilets don't have a pool of water to catch your droppings. Instead there is a small reservoir of water in front of the bowl and a dry shelf, I don't know what else to call it, poopdeck maybe?, immediately under your butt. You do your business and there it all sits until you flush, at which point it all, hopefully, disappears. Why a toilet would be built this way is a mystery to me. This is not stuff you'll see in the travel magazines. You saw it here first.
Audio equipment: iPhone 5, PanApp music player Mighty-H Bluetooth headphones
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Golden Palominos: This is how it feels
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