Mother's Day in Melk

Delphiniums in the Melk Church
We spent Mother's Day in the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site. We glide by small villages, spired churches, terraced vineyards and an occasional castle perched on some craggy peak. This morning, we had a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk.

The original Melk Abbey was built more than 1200 years ago but the current baroque structure was built in the early 18th century. The frescoes, murals and gilt figures are awe-inspiring. The library houses over 100,000 volumes. The monasteries that I have visited in Central Europe were certainly the centres of knowledge in Europe. All along the Danube, we see evidence of a culturally-rich society combined with leafy green forests. My cousin, the Dancing Queen, is doing a bicycle tour here in September. I am sure that late-summer and autumn will be glorious here.

We have been a little unsettled because our mother spent the first night in her new apartment last night. The move was very traumatic for her. After talking to her on Skype, we were a little sad that she was waking up in a strange place on Mother's Day. Monsieur said that he would go over with some flowers
and my daughter is working but will try to have a short visit with her grandma.

We prefer the small villages to the more popular holiday sites. Today, almost all the shops were closed in Melk but we could window shop after we visited the abbey. We saw an Austrian Mother's Day card in the window. Alles Gute zum Muttertag!
Delicate flowers outside a gift shop.