I’m happy to report that I am beginning to find less things quite so new now.
I am meeting people and I’m liking quite a lot of them.
I’m seeing so much of Europe but not enough. This whole cruise along the Danube is like a reconnaissance. All I know for certain is how much I want to come back and explore and sit at cafes and simply be in these beautiful cities and towns.
Today was a visit to Salzburg. And much as I would have loved to see all the tourist sites of the sound of music, I did see some and the city of Salzburg is beautiful.
The hills were well and truly alive.
The Alps that border Austria are breathtaking.
The most wonderful part of today was….no that’s not possible, there were too many to put it down to just one.
I was going to tell you about an amazing woman on the cruise, Johanna. She’ll be 90 next year. She was born in Vienna. She was there when the Anschluss happened.
I have so much more to write about the impact of her story that I will save it for another time.
Yet today it was an honour to walk with her through Salzburg. For Dad and I to be with her so she felt connected was a great pleasure. My Dad is a true gentleman and I had plenty of practice being a granddaughter, that it was delightful to pop back into that role.
But just as wonderful, possibly even more so, was sitting beside my Dad on the long bus ride, back to the ship, from Salzburg to Passau, was falling asleep on his shoulder.
The safety, the comfort, the strength of my dad’s shoulder to fall asleep on can’t be measured. I am so so so so grateful.
More to come soon.