Today we had a nice tour deep into the wilderness of Lower Austria. There are places in Waldviertel, really, I don’t want to be buried there – especially as long as I’m still alive. Even the names of the villages could be interpreted as warnings. Nevertheless it’s a beautiful landscape with a lot of historical buildings. A lot - maybe all - of the catholic churches have holy bones, splinters, fabrics in combination with miracles and a really good story to offer. In the end even the church had to come up with a good business plan to keep the interest alive and a long term concept to make a pretty penny. At some point in history pilgrimages were the begin of something, what is called tourism today – even the offerings and the souvenirs didn't change since. In the end people get rid of lot of money and make expensive sacrifices only to take home a cheap candle for a lot of money and overpaid holy water with bacteria. Yes, me too. No, I'm not a Catholic, but I know a very religious person, who is very dear to me, who will believe in it and will be grateful for it.
No, I spare everybody a ton of gothic buildings, instead I post the more strange and funny things. In a niche nearby a church I found not only candles but also a dwarf riding on a turtle. Right around the corner Felix was fooled by a very unmoving and stiff dog with a snail on the back of his head. To be a little bit more serious, I present you the landscape including the Danube river and a glimpse of the Alps - photographed from Maria Taferl.