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Austrian Wine Country – Part II: The Wachau

Austrian Wine Country – Part II: The Wachau

The Wachau is an area of Austria that I have visited regularly since childhood.  It is a valley that runs along the Danube river for 33 km from Melk to Krems but today is the first time I viewed it from the Danube itself.  I left Krems on the Austria, one of several vessels from Brandner that run along the river and disembarked in Weißenkirchen one hour later.
A short walk …

Austrian Wine Country – I. Part

Austrian Wine Country – I. Part

Join me as I embark upon a tour to the three main wine-growing regions of Austria.
I departed New York on 4 September via Austrian Airlines, coincidentally on the first day of ownership of the airline by Lufthansa.  Fortunately, not much has changed and hopefully, as the Austrian newspapers have written, it will simply be “red uniforms without red ink.”
The first order of business was to pick up a …

The Burgenland Region of Austria

The Burgenland Region of Austria

The Burgenland, Austria’s youngest Bundesland or state, shares the Neusiedler See, Austria’s largest lake, with Hungary. Eisenstadt (Kismarton), its capital, was the seat of the Eszterházy Hungarian noble family and Joseph Haydn lived there as Hofkapellmeister under Esterházy patronage. 2009 is the Hadyn-Jahr (Haydn Year) in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer´s death. This area was once referred to as “German-speaking western Hungary”.

Visiting Northern Italy

Visiting Northern Italy

Many business travelers head south for the weather, Italian food and wine, and the “Northern Italy” experience. This section describes some of the cities and towns just off of the A22 (the Autostrada del Brennero), which is the main toll road running north-to-south through the region. It starts at the Brennerpaß, south of Innsbruck and the Europa Bridge. Signposted as “Passo del Brennero” in Italy, it is the lowest pass …

The Wachau Region of Austria

The Wachau Region of Austria

The Wachau region along the Danube (Donau) river in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), namely the village of Dürnstein as well as Stift Melk have become destinations for visitors.
Dürnstein is where Richard Löwenherz (Richard the Lionhearted) was held captive during the Crusades and you can visit the ruins atop a hill today. It is also a wonderful place to bike ride, enjoy good Austrian wine (Grüner Veltliner, for example), and excellent Austrian …

Visiting Milan, Italy

Visiting Milan, Italy

Milan is the commercial hub of northern Italy, the capital of the financial, business, and fashion worlds.  As a result, visitors to the city are more typically business travelers than traditional tourists.  Milan is the second largest in Italy, with a population of ca.1.3 million.
While Milan is big, crowded, expensive, and has car restrictions in the city center if you are driving, it is also filled with history and sophistication. …

Visiting London, England

Visiting London, England

London is the capital of both the U.K. and England; it’s also the largest metropolitan area in the EU with 7.5 million people in Greater London and 12-14 million in the London metropolitan area. Its history goes back to the city’s founding by the Romans.
For a bird’s-eye view of and introduction to the city, book a “flight” on the London Eye, the world’s largest (135 m) cantilevered observation wheel.  …