Full disclosure here, I was deathly sick of my wardrobe by the end of our riverboat cruise. I brought a compact collection of clothes in neutral colors which made life easy but boring. On the plus side, I breezed through airports and never had to wait at a luggage carousel wondering if my bag would materialize.
All my clothes and accessories fit into this very small carry-on bag plus a handheld. I bought this size because the airlines take the wheels into account when measuring what they allow in the cabin. When a company advertises an 18″ carry-on it’s actual dimensions are closer to 22″ which can get rejected at the gate. My husband’s bag was rejected by Swiss Air, mine was not.
Day 5- Bratislava
It was no longer raining and beginning to warm up so I wore my favorite knit pants, a black cashmere sweater, and lightweight silk duster.
The walking tour meant miles of cobblestone streets so I wore my stable, comfy Eileen Fisher sport sandals. This new version has a black sole so looks more dressy than other sport sandals. My hat was rolled and tucked into my tote bag until I was in the blazing sun. That’s the main reason I carried the tote..for my hat.
I brought 2 pairs of these pants so you’ll see me wear them often.
Day 6- Vienna, Austria
The weather was warming up but still not blistering.
After lunch aboard the ship, we headed out to a tour of the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace. By this time it was blistering hot and the sun was brutal. We headed back to the ship for dinner then changed for a Mozart & Strauss Concert in downtown Vienna. My hair was seriously flat so it ended up in a banana clip again. I forgot to get an outfit photo but I wore this leopard cardi, this stretch pencil skirt, sandals-similar and carried this bag as a handheld. If you go on this cruise, I highly recommend this optional tour of the concert. It was amazing!
Day 7- Krems, Austria
The next day we had a morning tour of Gottweig Abbey. It sits on a hilltop overlooking the stunning Wachau valley. It’s an active Benedictine Monastery which produces its own wine and special sparkling apricot wine.
We got back on board for lunch then set sail down 18 miles of the most scenic stretch of the Danube. Dotted with charming towns and castle ruins, it is a photographer’s dream. I set myself up on a lounge chair on the top deck with my book but don’t think I read one word.
Day 8- Linz, Austria
The next day was Linz. It was steamy hot and we were really feeling it. We took a walking tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle which is amazing.The moat of the castle uses bears for protection, although they seem like big pets now. She was not happy being photographed so took off as soon as we spotted her.
Sadly I lost this scarf during the day. It wasn’t valuable but had priceless sentimental value which taught me to leave precious accessories at home when I travel. We wandered the cobblestone streets for several hours then enjoyed a lunch by the river.
By now I’m
bored to death getting bored simply editing these pictures of my outfits. You must be getting bored too…so let’s stop.
I’ll try to wrap this up tomorrow then explain the one item I hand washed 3 times in my tiny sink.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Have you taken a riverboat cruise?