30 Jul Savages
I travel far on a regular base. For business and for my vacations. But sometimes exotic things can be found just around the corner.
Like in this case. I have been to Melk Abbey countless times. It is a massive baroque Benedictine Monastery. I have taken hundreds of images from the river side or inside and also from its library but I just recently discovered the small garden pavilion just outside the main building complex.
Last weekend we went to Melk but the visitor parking lot was full of cars and tour buses so we decided to go to the town instead. Eventually we walked up to the abbey and visited the garden instead of the main building. The garden is nice but the highlight for me is the pavilion or better its frescoes from Johann W. Bergl.
His wall paintings show exotic places all around the world. It reminded me of one of my favorite books when I was a little boy. “Hatschi Bratschi’s Luftballon”. A book written in 1904 full of witches, cannibals and child eating wizards. Just the kind of stuff you need to teach your kids some manners.
I was raised in the 70s. The book was still there though altered, less xenophobic and racist. It was still meant to teach you to listen to your parents otherwise you will get into trouble. But the