A “Melk” Kind of Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day!  And this mother is ridiculously behind in her reporting of recent adventures.   So behind, in fact that we are breaking the chronological order of events to celebrate the fact that Mother and Father have joined us in Europe!   Our adventures in Prague were followed by speed-sight-seeing in Berlin. However, that post will have to wait, because my Mother is just that important.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM! We are soooo glad you are here!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM! We are soooo glad you are here!

We didn’t allow them any jet lag, instead we headed straight to Vienna!

When one drives from Salzburg to Vienna, one MUST stop in the town of Melk, to see the Melk Abbey.   Rick Steves reports it is one of Europe’s great sights.

Melk Abbey from street level

Melk Abbey from street level, it towers over the Danube River and the little town of Melk.

close-up of the Abbey, this version is full on 18th century Baroque.

close-up of the Abbey, this version is full on 18th century Baroque.

We started our tour tooling around the little town. This is Eliot, tooling.

We started our tour tooling around the little town. This is Eliot, tooling.

Yes, those are shorts he is wearing!  Yeah for warm temps.

Shot of the massive abbey from town

Shot of the massive abbey from town

Approaching Melk Abbey

Approaching Melk Abbey

This is not just another pretty old-church… but a live working Benedictine abbey .  The Monks of St. Benedict have lived and worked here for 900 years and continue to work at furthering Christianity and culture to the region.

Kim and Reed in the courtyard

Kim and Reed in the courtyard…

As you step out onto the balcony (above where we are now standing)...there are impressive views.

As you step out onto the balcony (above where we are now standing)…there are seriously impressive views.

The charming town of Melk, where many of the Monks live in the community.

The charming town of Melk, where many of the Monks live in the community to further God’s work.

The Danube River!

The Danube River!

And, the Abbey, even closer-up

And, the facade of the church.

closer and closer up...

The risen Christ, the central message of the entire place. (Thanks, Rick Steves for the tip.)

But, let's get to the inside, a full museum, here the Green room (blue room in the distance)

And let’s get to the inside, a full museum, here the Green room (blue room in the distance), with the message of Christianity throughout.

crazy staircases...

crazy staircases…

Frescos on the ceiling, totally incredible

Frescos on the ceiling, totally incredible, and incredible hard to capture.

And now, the church. More and more baroque.

And now, the church. More and more baroque.

I simply can't get enough of these ceilings.

I simply can’t get enough of these ceilings.

Check the side view out, St. Michael's Altar and CATACOMB.

Check the side view out, St. Michael’s Altar and CATACOMB.

This time, when I say “catacomb” I actually mean a dead person.  (see here for another cool catacombic experience).  See the dude on his side?

A dead saint.  He was a gift in 1722 from a Cardinal.

A dead saint. He was a gift in 1722 from a Cardinal.

I feel like making up a bad joke about dead-guys as gifts, but that may be poor taste, so let’s move on…

The alter or pulpit part of the sanctuary. You know, the front-part!

The alter or pulpit part of the sanctuary. You know, the front-part!

The Baroque-ness is nearly over-the-top at this point. Okay, one more ceiling, then I promise to stop.

Basilica ceiling

Basilica ceiling

It was a GREAT little stop on our way to Vienna!  Soooo glad to have Grandma and Grandpa here.   Eliot is in heaven.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the Momma’s out there- may all of our Mom’s and Grandma’s feel extra special this day.

More reports of Europe, this time with Grandparents in tow, to come.

Yours in Monks and Frescos, Kim

Yours in Monks and Frescos, Kim

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