A little early for the Marillen blooms, but that was fine by us.

Last weekend’s wander found us in the Wachau Valley on a tour that rather conveniently began, and ended, at a favorite wine tavern in St. Michael. Along rocky paths we climbed up, around, and then down through the vineyards overlooking the not-so-Schönen-Blauen-Donau.

St. Michaels fortified church, and a little walkabout the village before we found the trailhead.


A European Peacock Butterfly sunning itself.

The Trailhead. Passing oncoming fellow wanders required a certain grace.

On our way back around, a vineyard owner and her dog out for a walk.

By the time we were winding down the wander the clouds had all but disappeared.

The tavern in St. Michael’s is a favorite. Their Backhendl is exceptional (as is the house wine). And the accompanying Gemischtersalat is the good kind, with no canned green beans or combinations that mix together and leave salad “soup” in the bowl. Another wander done right.