Stairway to Heaven~

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I found the stairway to heaven!

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It is in Melk Abbey in lower Austria.

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The Benedictine Abbey was founded in the 12th century and is the oldest continuously operating school in Austria.
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900 lucky co-educational pupils attend school here.
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The Abbey over looks the The Danube River,
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and the medieval town of Melk which was the center of intellectual life in Austria in the middle ages.

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It is off the beaten tourist path in November and is a wonderful place to explore.

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Melk is in the Wachau Valley section of The Danube River which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Cheers to you from the stunning Wachau Valley~

326 thoughts on “Stairway to Heaven~

  1. Cindy, the Abbey, the staircase and the reflection of the castle-like building were gorgeous images. (I realize this holds a school from your description! Wow!) It must have been difficult to limit this post, as you would have been taking innumerable photos. This may be your favorite trip, as it is MY favorite “ride along” in your suitcase trip! 🙂

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  3. **Embarrassing moment reminder** When I was a (stroppy?) teenager, I went to Melk with my parents. Wonderful. However after the visit my mother saw a display of postcards with the sign “Stift” (which I knew to mean Abbey / Monastery) and assuming it mean “Postcard”, asked if she caught buy “ein Stift”… RH

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  4. I love the beautiful images and words in your blog.

    Christmas love
    spreads joyfully to
    friends, new and old, as
    natural as mountain streams
    flow under

    ice and snow
    still moving, to join.
    Harmony
    comes from sharing a
    round table. Buddha

    Mohammad,
    Jesus, Confucius,
    Abraham, Gandhi
    and Luther invite a pope
    to break bread

    under one God
    that all pray to here
    in Gwangju,
    there in Amsterdam,
    and Davao, where the

    hunt for food
    and water reverts to old
    ways, not the
    usual Christmas,
    but children scramble

    for goodies
    like coconuts, fruit, rare meat
    while we feast
    on turkey, baked so
    well, spring rolls folded

    and rolled by
    hands so delicate you can’t
    imagine
    what they’ve done. Merry
    Christmas everyone.

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