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A Mid-Week Break

 

...in case you need to cool off (again)!

This is the 1000-yr-old Schönbühel Castle on the Danube River in the Wachau Valley, Austria.




A Mid-Week Break

 

...in case you need to cool off (again)!

This is the 1000-yr-old Schönbühel Castle on the Danube River in the Wachau Valley, Austria.




comments (40)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2013, 00:23
Stunning!
Ginnie Hart: It really is, France. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jul 2013, 01:23
It has a magnificent tower, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: One of the best I saw on the entire river cruise, Ray! Thanks.
Love that Austrian gold...
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Larry! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jul 2013, 04:36
They have a great view on all the enemies that try to pass by boat.....
Great shot for a mid-week-break and love the touch of yellow.
We have to hit the 30 degrees C today, otherwise it is NOT an official 'heat-wave'.....
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt., MLMA. I think you said it has to be 5 days in a row??? The heat is NOT my cuppa tea, so you can imagine why I love that what we're experiencing now is the first since I've lived here. Thankfully, we've been able to stay reasonably cool (with no a/c!).
A real snow castle Ginnie... this is a good one my Lady....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. Don't you just love snow castles! smile
That is a very cool image. I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. Anything to cool us off right now!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2013, 06:03
Cool like this is just what we need, Ginnie. This morning one can begin to breathe again. This picture has all the hallmarks of Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Cool is what WE need here in Dutchland, Lisl. Astrid says if it hits 30C today it will be called an official heatwave (5 days in a row hitting 30C). The rains you had yesterday (?) reached south of us last night and did a lot of damage. This afternoon it should reach us and hopefully cool things off?
Your image makes it look like a chunk of solid gold!!!
Ginnie Hart: Surely it is, Elizabeth! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2013, 06:14
That is grand & imposing architecture Ginnie. I think I'll stick with the weather we have at the present time thank you!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chris. It's a bit too warm/hot for me but at least we've been able to keep our apartment fairly cool with fans (no a/c).
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2013, 06:44
a finely processed photo of this wonderful castle I never heard of, but I know Schönbühel (with Austrian Umlaut)!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Philine. I have just now added the Austrain umlauts to my text. smile
That's incredible Ginnie, it looks as if it's made of gold the way it stands out.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sally. For me, castles ARE made of gold. smile
That's wonderful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pauline.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2013, 07:40
Wow! What a beauty! Oh, for some of the colder weather right now. Once it gets above 22 deg, then it all starts to get too much for me.
Ginnie Hart: You and I are on the same page, Alan. I don't do heat very well, I'm afraid. Fall weather is always my favorite. smile
  • Nokomis
  • France
  • 24 Jul 2013, 07:55
Splendide ! Bonne journée
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks for stopping by, Nokomis. I couldn't figure out how to access your blog, however???
If the days weren't so short I would prefer winter!
Ginnie Hart: I'm with you on that, Bill...but even with short days. I love cozy lights...and candles (such a romantic). smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 24 Jul 2013, 07:58
That is just gorgeous
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie. I LOVE me a good castle. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Jul 2013, 08:20
Wow how grands is that
Ginnie Hart: Nothing like a good castle, Adrian! smile
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 24 Jul 2013, 08:21
A breathtaking view Ginnie. England as cooled to the lower twenties celcius, what we once described as 'boiling hot'.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chad. It appears that Dutchland will start cooling down by the weekend. I sure hope so!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2013, 09:31
Schönbühel means: beautiful hill or mooie heuvel! It is rather a rock thsn a hill, but very beautiful!
(Sadly, I caught a summer 'cold' due to the air condition in the bus in Denmark - now I try to be slowing down and cooling off - despite some fever.)
Ginnie Hart: It's nice to know what these important words mean, Philine, so thanks for that "trivia."

But, ohhhh, I'm so sorry you were affected by the bus a/c. The same thing happens to Astrid when she's exposed like that, so I totally understand what you're going through. Get well soon!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 24 Jul 2013, 10:14
Jolie prise ! Bonne journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, JP. Merci.
It looks like it was carved out of the solid rock, Ginnie,lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Frank. Thank you kindly.
Castles in German-speaking world all share this type of unique look. smile

Pretty please, will you show us some Dutch castles. smile We have seen enough windmills and bicycles. Ha ha.. grin
Ginnie Hart: LOL, LC. Well, the Dutch do have a few castles, you're right. I'll see if I can oblige you one of these days. smile
Our heat wave is over now but last week all we could do was try to stay cool. I was almost waterlogged from beaches and pools. Gorgeous photo! The light dusting of snow certainly adds to the scene.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It looks like the heat wave may be breaking here, which is good news for all. I don't do heat well, I'm afraid!
Looks like a painting!, great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Devavrat.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2013, 12:04
Spectacular!

Thank you, but I don't need to cool off, in fact, I'm FREEZING this morning in the cottage. It is 47° right now! grin

I can't wait for Skype with you in a few hours.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Ruth. It's really that cold there??? Remember all those years when we sweltered to death! Lucky you to have a cool one, though I'm sure you wouldn't mind it to warm up a bit. Surely it has by now! Thank you for stopping by. smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2013, 14:14
An amazing look out point
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Anne. Very well protected, I'm sure!
Such warmth on top of that cold hill! Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Robin. That's a nice way to put it.
That must have evoked an awestruck reaction a millennia ago from the average person.

Reminds me of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, yes, Michael. I can just imagine what this looked like to people back then, knowing what it looks like to us now!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2013, 16:10
chilling out with a view like that would be alright with me.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Rian. And sitting on the sun deck of a river boat! smile
Love the tower with the onion dome on top. The dusting of snow is a lovely addition to this fine scene Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just love onion tops, Janet! Thank you.
What a wonderful place! A bit stark though and unassailable, and very German.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim, Exactly! Bedankt.
unassailable it looks a gem of a castle.
Ginnie Hart: And to think it's been there for a thousand years, Martin! Thanks.
A fine building that looks really good in the bleak and snowy conditions.
Ginnie Hart: A castle by any other name, Brian!
An imposing place, nicely presented, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Tom.
loved the way it is created smile
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Joshi.
What a majestic looking structure this is, Ginnie, and with your wonderful treatment you've made it look even more so.
I'm guessing that it is the lower part of the Castle that is 1000 years old.
Ginnie Hart: Now that you mention it, Beverly, and after rechecking, you are surely right. The castle itself is from the 12th century, standing on Roman ruins! It makes you realize how much we need to "pay attention" when we Google things. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jul 2013, 14:40
A stunning sight and picture.
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Louis.
  • Focales
  • France
  • 25 Jul 2013, 17:07
Je connais bien ce château et c'est un plaisir de le voir sous la neige car je ne l'ai jamais vu ainsi.
Ginnie Hart: We were so hoping for snow on our river cruise, Marie, because we knew we'd see things in a different light from most tourists. We felt so lucky. Merci.
fine treatment here. has a classy, magnificently timeless feel to it
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Ayush. I LOVE castles.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 29 Jul 2013, 11:55
Majestic it may be - but even in the midst of a heat wave - I don't want to see winter.
Ginnie Hart: Well, I just don't so hot very well, George! But I live with someone who does, so I understand. smile

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