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Wednesday 28 May Schloss This morning we set to walk up the Schloss, the fortified area overlooking the town. It was raining so we popped into a church to have a little look around. A service was starting so we sat down and partook. A great organ and a singer led some of the hymns. Interesting hearing the hymns sung in German as they really are very syllabic, one note per syllable. ...
The town has a central old quarter
which is remarkably preserved. The Holy Roman Emperor had a
residence here at one stage so the cathedral and many palaces of the
officials are suitable magnificent. This area, protected by the
overlooking schloss, survive the 2nd ww bombing but large
swathes of the surrounding residential area were destroyed.
The tourist office runs a walking tour
around the old city which worked really well for us as it ...
Wien to Graz
A leisurely packup this morning. We
have taken to breakfasts of the local dark heavy bread with cheese
and salami type sausage along with an expresso coffee.
We bought OBB train tickets to Graz
and this was obviously a mistake as they are very much dearer than
the internet prices I had seen previously (about X3). Even though the
train was sparsely ...
... of the May Day celebrations and we think it is kind of a variation on a Maypole. We have seen them in many towns and cities in Austria.
The food is all organic and locally sourced. The dinner buffet offered a wide range of food including lamb, fish, salads, pasts, beef, and a range of desserts and cheese.
This has been a welcome break from being a tourist. Tomorrow we head to Rust for one night before returning the rental car in ...
Before leaving Slovenia, we enquired about getting a "Go box," to pay tolls on Austrian motorways. No luck. "Ask in Austria," they say. We read that boxes are available at the "border." Border long closed since the EU. Asked at first petrol station in Austria, on left side of road. THEY have tags for Slovenia. "Try Shell servo on right, through town" ( that had a 3.5 tonnes limit we ignored.) Eventually bought the gadget at the Shell ...
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