This is a sister ship of the Amalegro. We were both at Melk at the same time. They headed downstream to Vienna and we headed upstream towards Linz.
I always seem to find some sort of vegetation to photograph. Oh boy, frost! The people from Toronto thought I was nuts taking a picture of frost, then I explained that I come from Los Angeles and rarely see frost, much less snow!
The view from the parking lot.
There it is - Melk Abbey - all 500 rooms!
There goes the blue group, now where did I put my ticket to the Abbey? It's either in my neck wallet, my camera bag or....?
Just a statue as we start out tour.
I think you can figure out what we can and can't do thanks to this sign!
This tower is the oldest part of the Abbey.
The painted ceiling in an outdoor passage.
The original parquet floors are gorgeous.
These wonderful stoves that warmed the Abbey are filled from doors in the corridors, so that the Imperial visitors would never be disturbed.
There were several rooms of beautiful religious artifacts and art.
This is from the medieval abbey.
The mirror room has some fun illusions with the large statues.
David enjoyed his Kindle reader as he's been on this tour several times.
I enjoyed the fun effects of the mirror and the statues.
This room is heaven on earth. Love those Baroque cherubs!
The bishop's mitre. It is still used for special occasions.
The is a reusable coffin, circa late 1700's. Part of Joseph's reformations.
Some ceiling detail with the Imperial eagle.
Detail from a stove.
Incredible ceiling fresco.
There seemed to be no end to all the beautiful details at Melk.
Here's a simple (ha!) door.
View of the town of Melk from the Abbey.
Another view of town.
And of the river. It's a lovely small town in Austria.
The front of the church.
The rampart that overlooks the town. Churches were all built at the highest point possible.
Great statue in the library.
And another statue - look at the beautiful detail on the wall.
The library ceiling!
An old library shelf to hold rolled up manuscripts. The infinity symbol...
Another manuscript on display.
We're finally in the church! It's amazing.
The sanctuary is overwhelming in its Baroque detail.
Get a load of this!
A section of the ceiling.
One side altar of many - this one has Archangel Michael.
More angel detail.
Look back towards the organ.
A very large Advent wreath.
The dome of the church.
Another angel. I'm in love with these Baroque angels!
A bit of Imperial gaudiness and more angels.