At this point in the tour, we reached the rear of St. Stephan’s cathedral, which is where the Bishop’s residence is. the next photos are of the fountain in this area. The Bishop’s residence is the blue building. Inside is a famous crucifix; though my photo is too crappy to see it well. The plaster work and fresco are also quite well known. I thought just the door was enchanting and took a photo of it. The cathedral is best known for its 5 organs, which are the second largest in the world. There are two photos of the organ over the entry to the cathedral; one of which shows the side organs. Here is the altar in the cathedral. The cathedral has the fifth organ in the dome of this ceiling. The altar sculpture is a modern work. The chancel is ornate and covered in gold leaf. I noticed that the red marble balisters were exactly the same as the ones in Rome in churches built in this time period [1600's], including the Vatican. Here is the fourth organ, at the side of the main altar. This is a close up of the marble work on a side altar and a distance shot of a side altar that includes railing, altar, frescos, statues, and bas reliefs. Here is the entry to the cathedral with the three towers with green onion domes.
We were released from our tour guide and let go on our own. We decided to shop. The first shop we saw was a chocolate shop! I was amazed by their displays and took two photos before the owner frowned at me. Mom bought some for one of her pals back home. Mom was extremely patient while I tried on lederhosen. But I was not happy with the fit of them; all were too low waisted. The shop lady actually tried to pull them up on me so hard that she lifted me! So I bought nothing. But we had joy at a jewelery shop where we found earrings and a ring fashioned into the distel flower in silver and enamel.
Back on our boat, we only had to cruise a wee bit, and we were in Austria. I took a photo of the typical houses there. It seems that someone had more luck than I did with purchasing lederhosen [black is for married men]. He posed smiling, and then when asked to look German, he put on a serious face.
Tomorrow we are in Linz!
During a fabulous dinner aboard the Viking Legend, the ship was moved from dock 14, which was midpoint on Passau’s isthmus to dock 2. It was very exciting to be on the ship when it was moved! I enjoyed a terrific night’s sleep [with help of Ambien; better life through chemistry] and felt comletely ready to meet the walking tour the next day.
The walking tour took the same path that I had walked the previous day. However, the tour guide talked about how flooding was a huge problem in Passau. She remarked that the flood in 2013 was the biggest ever, and the town was still drying out from it. She pointed out the coat of arms of Passau on a building constructed in 1687. The old wall I had blithely walked past, was originally constructed in 1250! In many places this old wall has flowering plants growing out of it. The Schaiblingstrum is mated to the old wall by a covered bridge made of stone. An azalea grows out of the stone wall; note the magnolia in full bloom above it. A sign post in front of the old wall. A tower from St. Stephan’s looms over everything in town. Many cafés have blankets or in this case, sheepskins for patrons to sit on. St. Paul church is peach colored with a green topped spire [two photos]. A well worn painting is below the flood line. In these next two photos, you can see the Atelier Café is closed and still airing out after last year’s flood. It is apparent that the stone is still damp. Another flood marking on a building left no room for last year’s record flood. The tour guide explained that the new Passau is reworked, but has kept touches of the past, for example, this gargoyle head decorating the corner of a building. This blue house is built in the old style with a slanted roof and small windows. The pansies and primroses are planted by a garden committee that decorates the entire town with the knoweldge that tourism is an important commercial income source for the town. Most citizens rise very early to commute to work at the BMW plant outside of town. I think this is the Bishop’s residence. The Gymnasium is a boy’s school. This is either a Tattoo parlor, or a shop called “Tattoo”. This beautiful bas relief is covered with netting to deter pidgeons. Religious corner decorations on the Hotel Wilderman. A bas relief of Elizabeth of Austria. The Wilden Mann in the Hotel Wilderman. We then walked to the Rathaus and went inside. We were only allowed to take photos of the stained glass windows [two photos], even though the assembly area we were in was filled with beautiful frescos.
Next, our tour guide takes us to St. Stephen’s.
You heard it right! While I was out of the country, two of my favorite blogs moved without telling me! [Maybe I should take the hint!]
The first one was “A PLACE IN THE SUN” by my blogger friend Doug and is now “HEAVEN & EARTH“:
Way to go Doug; keepin it fresh! I love Doug’s blog for the bodybuilders, creative writing and original art.
The next one is by my long-time friend Tony, who is from Bulgaria. He let his blog Attempted Entertainment lapse and has reinvented it as Attemted Entertainment 2:
Tony has quite an eye for international men and never failed to post men from around the world. Sometime I envied his knowlege of worldwide pornstars. So glad to see him back blogging again! Welcome back Tony!
Sorry I am late posting the new Rio Swimsuit, but I was out of the country. But, here it is! Better late than never?!
Get it only at Slick It Up!
Hot guys wear Slick It Up…
Models include: François Sagat, Pavel Petel, David Mason Chlopecki, Felix Barca, Ru Paul, Adam Killian, Alessio Romero, Ian Jopson, Ross. My apologies to those I have not recognized.
Photographers include: Kevin Hoover, Steven Klein, Julien-Stéphane Exterface, and Marco Ovando.
D.O. soaks in his bath looking over at Francesco D’Macho shaving. Once he’s finished, Francesco walks over to his lover. They start to make-out, both of them savoring the feel, the smell, the taste of each other’s flesh. Francesco then aims his uncut cock at his man’s faceand D.O. sniffs the foreskin, nibbles on it teasingly, then swallows the big pole all the way down to its base. Francesco grunts with pleasure, enjoying his partner’s work. Then D.O. emerges from the tub, his cock looming hard and majestic; all Francesco can do is kneel and openwide. He sucks it down his throat, lathering it with his spit to help itslide in and out easily. D.O. then targets Francesco’s butt, spreading the plump ass cheeks apart and digging in deep with his tongue. Francesco is putty in D.O.’s hands and happily surrenders his ass for a more invasive assault. D.O. fucks his ass and the big man grimaces with pained pleasure; his panting grows louder and more labored asthe action intensifies. D.O. fucks, then rims, then fucks Francesco’s manhole some more until, one after the other, the two men jackthemselves off and cum.
This scene was orginally reviewed as part of Raging Stallion Studio’s GIANTS Part 1:
Every frame of scene 2, which starred D.O. and Francesco D’Macho, was a masterpiece. From the opening when Francesco is shaving his neck in the bathroom mirror with only a towel wrapped around his waist and D.O. is in the bath sipping champagne, to the final cum shot of D.O. spraying his cum all over Francesco’s body; the scene was the epitome of what “Giants” means as a movie title. Here are two industry giants creating the perfect sexual encounter for us to watch. I had to tear myself away from it to watch the rest of the movie. Some examples of this are Francesco muttering in his honeyed voice in a tight close-up “I want you to fuck me baby,” and D.O. tipping up Francesco’s ass to rim it in between fucking him in the missionary position and then pulling him closer by the hips; both of which were too, too hot to bear witnessing. This scene was a show stopper!
Now it can also be seen at Stag Homme!
Highly, highly recommended!