The Danube isn’t blue, it’s green!

We biked for 10 days from Schärding to Vienna along the Donau (Danube), mostly in Austria. About 60 kilometers (36-40 miles) a day.

Schärding pastels

Schärding pastels


Schärding: the Inn

Schärding: the Inn


Knight in shining armor

Knight in shining armor


Engelhartszell

Engelhartszell


The ferry at Schlögen

The ferry at Schlögen


The ferry at Schlögen

The ferry at Schlögen


Tiefenbach, before Grein

Tiefenbach, before Grein


St Michael, past Emmersdorf

St Michael, past Emmersdorf


Past Traismauer

Past Traismauer


Wiener Prater

Wiener Prater


A busker of a different color

A busker of a different color


Renske and Schönbrunn

Renske and Schönbrunn


Sisi's garden, Schönbrunn

Sisi’s garden, Schönbrunn

During a shower

During a shower

The garden

With an all-out attack on slugs our garden is doing quite well, even after a vacation of 10 days and little rain. The only thing really new is that I’ve torn up the flower bed devoted to insects: it had been taken over by weeds. We’ve turned it into a bed of buckwheat.

Tomatillos and zucchini

Tomatillos and zucchini


Snowpeas (under nets) and beans

Snowpeas (under nets) and beans

Buckwheat (cover crop)

Buckwheat (cover crop)


Lettuce

Lettuce


Potatoes

Potatoes


Corn

Corn


Carrots

Carrots


Beets

Beets

Botanic Sunshine

This was our balcony about a week ago.
We bring you liquid botanic sunshine.

Big Smile (Little Smile)

Big Smile (Little Smile)

Northern Ireland: 31 May-14 June

And now for something completely different

We decide to go on a walking tour of Northern Ireland, along the Ulster Way.

Part 1: The glens of Antrim and the north coast

1 June

Ballynure to Larne to Glenarm

Ballynure to Larne to Glenarm


Ballynure to Larne

Ballynure to Larne


Ballynure to Larne

Ballynure to Larne


Entering the forest near Ballyboley

Entering the forest near Ballyboley


In the forest near Ballyboley

In the forest near Ballyboley


Ballynure to Larne

Ballynure to Larne


Out of the woods

Out of the woods


Approaching Agnew's Hill

Approaching Agnew’s Hill


Approaching Agnew's Hill

Approaching Agnew’s Hill


Ballynure to Larne

Ballynure to Larne


Ballynure to Larne

Ballynure to Larne


The Manor House, Larne

The Manor House, Larne

2 June

Larne to Glenarm, along the hills and glens of Antrim

Antrim moor

Antrim moor


On top of Black Hill

On top of Black Hill


Glenarm

Glenarm

3 June

Ray had problems with his leg the previous night and we didn’t think that a long, hilly walk would be a good idea. Thanks to the people of Water’s Edge B&B we stayed in Glenarm and eventually got a taxi lift to Ballycastle, along with our backpacks.

Ballycastle to Portstewart

Ballycastle to Portstewart

4 June

We went from Ballycastle to Ballintoy via the rope bridge of Carrick-a-Rede. The stay at Sheep Island View was a joke. Fullerton Arms prevented us from dying of hunger or stupid excuses.

approaching the rope bridge

approaching the rope bridge


approaching the rope bridge

approaching the rope bridge


Well guys, this is the rope bridge

Well guys, this is the rope bridge


Going back

Going back


Portrait

He hasn’t looked this good in 20 years

5 June

It’s a long walk from Ballintoy to Bushmills. We were glad that the tide was out along the coast, otherwise we would have had to swim.

In Bushmills we were allowed to eat in “Tartine,” shortly after the head waiter chased us away.

Somewere past Ballintoy Harbour

Somewere past Ballintoy Harbour


Too warm: getting rid of clothes

Too warm: getting rid of clothes


And this was difficult

And this was difficult


And suddenly we're free

And suddenly we’re free


Don't know what it is, but it's my favorite picture

Don’t know what it is, but it’s my favorite picture


Looking back

Looking back


Climbing over a stile

Climbing over a stile


Two different stacks of basalt

Two different stacks of basalt


So this is what all the noise is about...

So this is what all the noise is about…


...the Giant's Causeway

…the Giant’s Causeway

6 June

We walk from Bushmills to Portstewart. Nice beaches! The hostel in Portstewart is another joke. We don’t even come across the owner. But it’s “sleep cheap.”

The cows were interested in Renske

The cows were interested in Renske


Dunluce castle, past Portballintrae

Dunluce castle, past Portballintrae


Curran Strand, approaching Portrush

Curran Strand, approaching Portrush


These could be basalt pillows

These could be basalt pillows

7 June

We have the whole day to go by bus to Coleraine and then by train to Belfast. Then from Belfast by bus first to Newry, then to Rostrevor. It rains, but we have few problems with that. We wind up at B&B Oystercatcher, with James, the most eccentic of our hosts. Renske didn’t think he was eccentic, just recently divorced and fairly sloppy.

In the train to Belfast

In the train to Belfast

Part 2: The Mountains of Mourne

Rostrevor to Newcastle

Rostrevor to Newcastle

8 June

We walk from Rostrevor via Hen Mountain to Hilltown. As you can see, the sky has turned grey. We wind up at Clonmurr B&B, run by Ciara Fegan. Ray likes her because she understands his sense of humor and throws her own back at him.

A lot of rough terrain on the way

A lot of rough terrain on the way


On paths between the mountains

On paths between the mountains


Ray reading "The Aeneid" in B&B The Clonmurr

Ray reading “The Aeneid” in B&B The Clonmurr

9 June

It’s a nice long walk to Newcastle. This walk takes us over two peaks, maybe 500 meter high. For the rest it’s not too much up-and-down. Mountains in the mist!

Mountains in the mist

Mountains in the mist


In the valley, closer to Newcastle

In the valley, closer to Newcastle


Newcastle to Downpatrick via Ardglass

Newcastle to Downpatrick via Ardglass

10 June

It’s an easy walk from Newcastle to Dundrum, with the largest mountain, Slieve Donard, in view in the background. We go to Dundrum Castle with 60 (other) children. We stay at Carriage House B&B with Maureen and her cat Orca.

The stone walls in the whole country were interesting, especially those in Newcastle, which were topped by a double row of sharp stones.

Walls in Newcastle

Walls in Newcastle


More walls

More walls


On the beach

On the beach


Behind Ray is Slieve Donard

Behind Ray is Slieve Donard


Dundrum Castle with kids

Dundrum Castle with kids


Carriage House

Carriage House

11 June

We take a taxi from Dundrum to Ballykinler. And it’s a nice long walk to Ardglass. We stay at Burford Lodge B&B. On internet it sounded really chic, but it was simply a larger B&B with extra help.

A marker!

A marker!


If you lived here, you'd be home by now: St. John's Church

If you lived here, you’d be home by now: St. John’s Church

Finally at Burford Lodge

Finally at Burford Lodge

12 June

A change of plans: No busses ride on Sunday, taxi’s have to come from Downpatrick and there’s a soft rain. We decide to walk from Ardglass directly to Downpatick instead of to Strangford (and taxi to Downpatrick). We stay at B&B Number Nine. We drink and eat at Denvir’s. The pub was really bustling!

Ray reads books at Number Nine B&B

Ray reads books at Number Nine B&B

13 June

We bus back to Belfast and have plenty of time for a bus tour of the city: a good way to get to know it. The Unionist and Republican communities are really interesting. We drink and eat at the Crown Bar and disappear the next day.

The Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum


Murals about the Troubles

Murals about the Troubles


The Peace Wall between Falls Rd. & Shankill Rd.

The Peace Wall between Falls Rd. & Shankill Rd.

Limbabwe

Celebrating a vacation in Simpelveld, Limburg.

Renske in Limburg

Renske in Limburg

Edinburgh and Burns Night

We travel to Edinburgh for Burns Night

We didn’t have a camera on Burns Night. Pity, it was really nice, cultural and entertaining. Here are two links to films on Youtube, one of the storytellers we saw and one of the actor Donald Smith reciting and performing Tam o’Shanter by Robert Burns. Check it out!

Coates Gardens

The view from our hotel room



Water of Leith

Along the Water of Leith Walkway



A tower

On Princes Street



A bagpipe busker

Just off Princes Street



Gardens leading to the Castle

West Princes Street Gardens



High Street, near Cockburn Street

High Street, near Cockburn Street



The Castle

The Castle from Old Town Grassmarket



Grassmarket

Grassmarket



On the Esplanade

On the Esplanade in front of the Castle



Holyrood Park

Climbing Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park



The view from Holyrood Park

The view from Holyrood Park



Lunch at the foot of Arthur's Seat

Lunch at the foot of Arthur’s Seat



A view from Rennies Isle, Leith

A view from Rennies Isle, Leith


All good things come to an end. As we arrived at the airport, it started to rain. After four days of good weather.

Schier

One week Schiermonnikoog.
A quiet week on an island. Only one afternoon of rain. For the rest, plenty of sun.

Mik on the dike

Mik on the dike


Mik again

Mik again


Looking at the village from the dike

Looking at the village from the dike


A view of the ferry harbour

A view of the ferry harbour

Schier

Ray on the bunker

Ray on the bunker


Renske on the bunker

Renske on the bunker


Cemetary for victims of WW II

Cemetary for victims of WW II


The interior

The interior


The kitchen

The kitchen


The exterior

The exterior

Schier

One week Schiermonnikoog.
A quiet week on an island. Only one afternoon of rain. For the rest, plenty of sun.

A lighthouse in the backgroune

Lighthouse in the background


Which way?

Which way?


sails on the beach

sails on the beach

Lisboa

From 2 to 8 June we were in Lisboa, Portugal. A great city for walking. Definitely recommended! And a day-trip to Sintra, by train.

Trees in bloom

Trees in bloom, botanic garden

Remnants of an aquaduct in Rato

Remnants of an aquaduct in Rato

Looking over Park Eduard VII and Avenida da Liberdade

Looking over Park Eduard VII and Avenida da Liberdade

Narrow streets and places to eat in Bairro Alto

Narrow streets and places to eat in Bairro Alto

Tram 28

Tram 28

Alone on a hill: looking at Castelo from a viewpoint

Alone on a hill: looking at Castelo from a viewpoint

Getting off the elevador da Gloria

Getting off the elevador da Gloria

At the river near Praça do Comercio

At the river near Praça do Comercio

Looking at the arc of Victory from Rua Augusta

Looking at the arc of Victory from Rua Augusta

On our way to the Thieves' Market

On our way to the Thieves’ Market

Castelo do São Jorge

Castelo do São Jorge

Street art in Belém

Street art in Belém

Art in the Museum Collection Berardo

Art in the Museum Collection Berardo, Belém

Same museum, different art, Ray doesn't get it

Same museum, different art, Ray doesn’t get it

The aquarium: beats Chicago!

The aquarium: beats Chicago!

Sintra National Palace, Sintra

Sintra National Palace, Sintra

Looking out over Sintra

Looking out over Sintra

Center of town, Sintra

Center of town, Sintra

Painting of "Maria Josefina" by Antonio Carneiro, Museum of Modern Art, Sintra

Painting of “Maria Josefina” by Antonio Carneiro, Museum of Modern Art, Sintra

Taking a break in the Jardim da Estrela, across from the Basilique, Lisboa

Taking a break in the Jardim da Estrela, across from the Basilique, Lisboa