Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cruising up the Danube

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View from a nicely-located prison
Watercolour and crayon
©2011 Charlene Brown

During the night after our side trip to Bratislava, we continued up the Danube and spent the morning in the picturesque Austrian village of Dürnstein. 
Two outstanding features of this largely Medieval town are the very Baroque blue tower near the river bank, and the ruins of a 12th century castle high above the town. This castle was where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned following his capture on his way home from the Third Crusade in 1193. A group of us from the cruise ship, mostly Australians and a few Canadians, climbed up to what’s left of the prison where I got a start on this sketch of the town and the lovely surrounding area – part of the wine region of the Walchau Valley.   
Back on board, I was able to sketch a postcard, currently posted on A Postcard From My Walk, from the top deck as we manoeuvred back into the channel and sailed on up to Melk.