Fans of Umberto Eco’s historical thriller, The Name of the Rose, will likely remember the novice, Adso of Melk. The young companion of Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville, narrates the story set in 1327 Italy in an unnamed monastery with a labyrinthine library. Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) was founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1089. The present enormous Baroque-style buildings, built in the early eighteenth century, make the abbey the most prominent feature of this town of about 5,000 residents.
Laetitia arranged with local guides for tours of the town and monastery. Later she and her group went to a concert on the magnificent pipe organ of Melk Abbey Church. Afterwards at the hotel, she sipped from a glass of Grüner Veltliner as she watched the bar scene. The varietal is usually served young and has a slight green tint. Laetitia enjoyed it but found it slightly sweeter than what she usually preferred. Obviously some of the bar patrons really liked it. One woman tippled several glasses and then arranged several chairs in a row and promptly lay down and went to sleep. It spawned the limerick of the day.
The lady thought naught could be finer
Than to drink lots of Grüner Veltliner
And then lay down to sleep
With no need to count sheep
On some chairs arranged like a recliner.