Today the sun is shining. Until now from a clear blue sky. I take the tent to the yard again. There are some violent winds, so I can't leave it be, but it was also almost dry.
With the help of Berni I succeed attaching the inner tent without putting it up properly. But I have to mount one stick to make it happen.
I go downtown, but another route today. Again I end at the museum area
and choose to take the same trip as yesterday. Everything looks better
in the sunshine, but there are a LOT of people = tourists.
Have to send the final postcard for the Maier family. Find a little shop with postcards for 0,50€, but stamps they don't have. The main post office lies around the corner and some hundred meters ahead. Outside a japanese looking woman adresses me - in french! She stands with a map in despair. Has found out where she is, but which direction will she have to go to get to the Dom? I can help her - can you believe it?
On my way I passed a café, where they serve nice cakes. It's called Café Diglas. I, normally for chocolate, have gone mad about fruit cakes. And when they don't have Pflaumenkuchen one with currant, black currant and raspberries will have to do.
Then I find Schweden Platz, at the Donau Canal from where the tour boats leave, with no problems. I buy the red cruise where I will be let off at the Donau and will have to take the U-bahn back again to my bike. It's 50 min until leave, so I roll down the path along the canal and remember the scattered spots where you can go up and down to the canal. I cross the canal and come back at another street. That's the usual. You have be familiar with the cycle tracks, to be able to use them efficient. Now I get back only 10 min before departure and people have started entering the ship.
Now I'm a real tourist among tourists. A lot of them slovaks I think, due to their language. Bratislava is only a mere 70 km away. We have to go all the way south of the "island" which is cut off by the canal.
It doesn't take long before it's green along the river even the blocks can be vaguely made out behind. Up comes some industry to the right and after that all the fishermens houses built on pillars, to the left - one after the other. 10 at least. With square nets that can be lowered into the water. The pillars must be due to different levels of the water through out the year.
The sluice is the most interesting in the tour. It comes after we've rounded the southern point and have entered the Donau. Right now the moorings disappear, they're inside hemispheres above each other. The water rises! What about out mooring? It must be somewhere down there?
I go to the stern to have a look. Ah, in front there's a mooring that follows the water. But what about the barrier in front? To the rear there were sluice doors, but the barrier goes all the way from one side to the other.
In the end the water has the same level on both sides of the barrier - it takes a while, then sounds a "duut"... And soon after the sailor let go and the engine accelerates. The barrier seems to have been moved deeper into the water, so we can sail across?
The sky has long darkened to the north. I wonder if I reach back home before the rain?
There are a few drips while I'm still on the boat, but strangely enough not any more. Markus later tells me it rained for hours where he works.
I have invited them to a restaurant in the evening. The indian one we're heading for is closed, but Markus asks his way to another. Maximillian has fallen asleep in the folding pram and sleeps his way through the meal.
It's UNBELIEVABLE! Fabulous. The meal is normally for two people. The roasted lamb has maybe been added because we're three? I can't describe it properly. It's not only the taste, but also the consistency I never met before. It's the usual spicies: cardemom capsules, cinnamon, clove... but you'll never get that taste by yourself - that takes an expert....
It's also more expensive than I'd expected, but it's worth every euro.