1635 Passau to Linz 1745
The heavy rain during the night has certainly cooled things down. In some places, wheat has been flattened. It is still green, however, so maybe it will grow back. We saw several deer in the wheat as well - the farmers have to put up with quite a bit. Streams were also swollen and the water was full of silt. It was raining slightly when we arrived but it soon stopped and the weather improved gradually during the day.
|The Rathaus is very well decorated|
|The Brauhaus was appropriately located on Brewery Street|
|Decoration above the door of the Brauhaus|
The buildings in Passau are pleasant enough but not exceptional compared with Linz or Graz. We walked along the Inn and then made our way back into the pedestrian part of town where we found a Strudel House. The owner made only strudel of many different types. Mary had wild berry and cheese while I had poppyseed and cherry. These were the owner's wife's special recipe from Hungary.
|Different flavors of strudel, sweet and savory, straight from the oven.|
Several local business people came in with empty cups that they were returning, obviously a regular arrangement.
Passing by this area earlier, we noticed an old, small Dachsund wandering around without a lead. He was polite to other dogs but made it clear that this was his territory. It appears he is owned by the husband and wife that operate adjacent high end men's wear and baby clothes shops. He would go back and forth between the two, especially when one would go into the other shop for a moment. However, he really came to life when their little boy came home from school, ran into see his father, dumped his bag and then ran in to see his mother.
Just down the street was a chocolate shop. There were marzipan potatoes in the window as well as a well shaped pair of breasts (busen) in either dark or milk chocolate.
We walked around a little more and then took the train back to Linz.
Click above to see pictures of Passau.In both directions the train was the latest German high speed train where passengers can watch the driver from behind a glass screen. We sat in this compartment on the way back and it was good to follow what was happening. It seems the driver can opaque the glass at will, it has the appearance of a window with condensation - it comes on and off instantaneously. At one point a lady came in to catch the action. We were running wrong line around a long section of track work. We had just come to the end and had the signal to return to the right hand side over a crossover. A Talent train was approaching the same crossover on our line. We were running at about 40 mph as we approached the crossover and the other passenger train was less than 100 yards from the crossover. The woman cried out but, like in the movies, we switched to the other track just in time. She was pretty relieved. In fact it was an excellent meet set up by the dispatcher!
Arrival back in Linz was on time where we were met by a man who cleaned the windshield - it certainly needed it.
|The windshield is being cleaned on the ICE at Linz|