The Blue Danube in Black & White.

By Posted in - Europe & Gate 1 River Cruise on May 27th, 2013

As part of our Gate 1 cruise down the Danube River we cruised through the Wachau Valley in Austria. This was by far one of the highlights of our trip. The views were absolutely spectacular and although it was pretty chilly (we were there in mid November) we bundled up and stayed out on the top deck of the Sound Of Music for an hour or so as we watched this gorgeous landscape glide by. The cruise directors were also on deck telling stories and legends about the different areas and at one point passing out pieces of chocolate.

This view AND chocolate?  Perfection.

I hope you don’t mind that I turned all of these images into Black & White. I did this because the shapes, reflections and landscape took on such a beautiful monochromatic tone that seemed to me both simplistic and variegated at the same time. I just didn’t want to the light to have to compete with the color. You might recognize the top image as last week’s Somewhere In Time photo but the others are all brand new. I hope you like them!

If you are curious about seeing these views for yourself or learning more about the Sound Of Music cruise be sure to check out our other stories about traveling with Gate 1.

  


*Please remember all photos on this website, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted and property of Beers and Beans Travel Website & Bethany Salvon. Please do not use them without my permission. If you do want to use one of them please contact me first. Thanks!

**Although Gate 1 hosted us on this trip, our views and opinions are always our own.

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(12) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Jason’s Travels -

    May 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Great shots, Beth. I love it!

  • Vera Marie Badertscher -

    May 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Good decision. They are scrumptious. Look like the best of pencil art. Did I say I love these photos?

  • Naomi -

    May 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Never thought about going to Austria before but after seeing these shots, I’m sold. Such beautiful shots and amazing scenery! I agree with your decision to go for black and white, I think it highlights how striking the landscape is.

  • Lisa @chickybus -

    May 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Love these photos! Mood, contrast, composition, etc. Wow!

  • TammyOnTheMove -

    May 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Stunning photos! This posts strangely reminds me of my first dance at my wedding, as it was to the waltz “Blue Danube”. 🙂

  • Reg of The Spain Scoop -

    May 28, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Love the photo with that bright fall-winter sun shining!

  • Leslie Moon -

    May 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

    magnificent
    thanks for sharing these black and whites

  • Kristin -

    May 30, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Stunning photos Beth! I totally agree with your decision to turn the photos to black & white — some places just beg to be seen in monochrome, and I can tell that this is one of them. As usual, after seeing your photos, I want to hop on a plane and go there now!

  • Kristin -

    May 30, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Stunning photos Beth! I totally agree with your decision to turn the photos to black & white — some places just beg to be seen in monochrome, and I can tell that this is one of them. As usual, after seeing your photos, I want to hop on a plane and go there now!

  • northierthanthou -

    May 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Those sky pics over the water are particularly gorgeous.

  • Michael -

    June 1, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. Very atmospheric shots. I vote for n° 1 & 3. Makes a change from Instagram 😉

  • Mark Hodson -

    June 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Well done for being selected as one our best travel blog posts in May, and thanks for letting us reproduce one of your beautiful images:
    http://www.101holidays.co.uk/news/best-travel-blogs/best-travel-blog-posts-in-may