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Still no Blue Danube. View across the Danube Valley at the end of a miserably murky but exhilarating day cycling along the Danube

Still no Blue Danube. View across the Danube Valley at the end of a miserably murky but exhilarating day cycling along the Danube

The view over the Danube from Durnstein. Finally the Danube is blue

The view over the Danube from Durnstein. Finally the Danube is blue

Durnstein seen from one of the many boats cruising the Danube. For those who are wondering: yes I did take the boat but retraced my route to cycle it as well. It gives a different perspective.

Durnstein seen from one of the many boats cruising the Danube. For those who are wondering: yes I did take the boat but retraced my route to cycle it as well. It gives a different perspective.

Weissenkirchen on the banks of the Danube is a delightful town surrounded by orchards and vineyards.

Weissenkirchen on the banks of the Danube is a delightful town surrounded by orchards and vineyards.

A ferry across the Danube designed especially for cyclists on the Danube Cycle Path. The crossing costs 2

A ferry across the Danube designed especially for cyclists on the Danube Cycle Path. The crossing costs 2

Crossing the Danube at Krems on a very grey day. The Danube is now green and not blue. On my journey down the Blue Danube the river had been dirty brown murky grey green and blue. I think Mr Strauss romanticised his favourite river somewhat.

Crossing the Danube at Krems on a very grey day. The Danube is now green and not blue. On my journey down the Blue Danube the river had been dirty brown murky grey green and blue. I think Mr Strauss romanticised his favourite river somewhat.

Melk is dominated by a Austrias most magnificent Baroque abbey which overlooks the River Danube. As I arrived there mid-morning it was a great place to stop for some Kaffe und Kuchen. In my case it was apfelstrudel lashings of cream and a coffee.

Melk is dominated by a Austrias most magnificent Baroque abbey which overlooks the River Danube. As I arrived there mid-morning it was a great place to stop for some Kaffe und Kuchen. In my case it was apfelstrudel lashings of cream and a coffee.

Where is the Blue Danube? Unbelievably wet windy and grey for the start of my trip  cycling down the Danube to Vienna.

Where is the Blue Danube? Unbelievably wet windy and grey for the start of my trip cycling down the Danube to Vienna.

A well earned rest in the sun after a morning pedalling along the Danube Cycle Path. Stopping for Kafe und Kuchen (Coffee and Cake) was always a temptation as I cycled alongside the Danube.

A well earned rest in the sun after a morning pedalling along the Danube Cycle Path. Stopping for Kafe und Kuchen (Coffee and Cake) was always a temptation as I cycled alongside the Danube.

Austria- Saint Florian Monastery, Sankt Florian. The Abbey at Sankt Florian is well worth a detour from the Danube Cycle Path and along the Anton Bruckner Way. The abbey was a favourite of the composer the cycle path is named after.

The Abbey at Sankt Florian is well worth a detour from the Danube Cycle Path and along the Anton Bruckner Way. The abbey was a favourite of the composer the cycle path is named after.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Valley of the Temples at Agrigento in southern Sicily. Temple of Concordia viewed from the western end. It was built so that sailors out at sea could sea it and be guided home. It is certainly impressive

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Valley of the Temples at Agrigento in southern Sicily. Temple of Concordia viewed from the western end. It was built so that sailors out at sea could sea it and be guided home. It is certainly impressive

Dyffryn Fernant gardens are in the middle of nowhere down a narrow lane to a hidden valley. The interesting and slightly wild and eclectic gardens surround a crushed strawberry coloured cottage. Not what I expected.

Dyffryn Fernant gardens are in the middle of nowhere down a narrow lane to a hidden valley. The interesting and slightly wild and eclectic gardens surround a crushed strawberry coloured cottage. Not what I expected.

The picturesque town of Durnstein has a dark side to its history. Richard the Lionhearted was interred in the castle above the town. The town is best viewed from the far side of the Danube but is worth visiting too.

The picturesque town of Durnstein has a dark side to its history. Richard the Lionhearted was interred in the castle above the town. The town is best viewed from the far side of the Danube but is worth visiting too.

Remains of a tin mine on the path from Goonvrea to Chapel Worth Beach. A wonderful hike in a secluded valley with a variety of terrain and flora and fauna.

Remains of a tin mine on the path from Goonvrea to Chapel Worth Beach. A wonderful hike in a secluded valley with a variety of terrain and flora and fauna.

Sacher torte, cream and coffee in St Florian - the best sachet torte outside of Cafe Sacher, Vienna. Definitely worth cycling the Danube for

Sacher torte, cream and coffee in St Florian - the best sachet torte outside of Cafe Sacher, Vienna. Definitely worth cycling the Danube for

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