Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Linz, Austria

We arrived very early in the morning in Linz, Austria – so early that I was not witness to this event.

Whilst a great many had chosen the excursion to Salzburg some of us remained and explored Linz. I bought a public transport day ticket after I had been to the “Old Cathedral” – the Church of Ignatius, a Jesuit church.  One very interesting thing there was being able to light the front of the church – for 50 euro cents.

Main square Christmas Market in Linz

lit Front of the Jesuit church of St. Ignatius

Instructions for lighting the front of the church

The organ in the church

Afterwards hopped on a tram and went many stops before getting off at a hand crafts Christmas market where all the trees throughout had been decorated by schools.

Hand crafts Christmas Market

One of the trees decorated by a school
Back to the boat for lunch then more discovering of Linz and the “New Cathedral” before rejoining everyone for the Captain’s Farewell drink and toast as well as the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. We sailed whilst eating.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Coneption
The first stone was laid on 1 May 1862—an event solemnised by the performance of Anton Bruckner's Festive Cantata Preiset den Hern. Although not the highest cathedral in Austria, it is the largest and can seat 20'000 persons!

Whilst there, they were tuning the organ - something that I have personally never witnessed, so one can always do something new.

Nave of the cathedral

one of the many elaborate stained glass windows

A Rudigier organ being tuned

Organ tuner
Christmas lights

Christmas lights on one of the main boulevards

The main Christmas Market at night

Same Christmas Market

Same Christmas Market

A less strenuous day, finally!

Our ever smiling and competent Captain Ivan and Head of Personnel Eva