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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 ...
... it appears
that the lady and child have just moved out for the duration, leaving
everything, clothes, food etc in situ. She obviously has an interest
in things Indian as an incense smell pervades. The nose tunes out to
it after a short while.
Graz is a university town with loads
of people whizzing around on bikes so one needs to keep ones wits
sharpened to survive.
... For an additional fee, you can reserve one for your stay. Couples seem to be quite comfortable with snuggling in full view of people walking by. There are people napping around every corner.
The pools are huge, heated to 36 C. and interconnected. It is not busy but we estimate that if full, there would be around 500 people here.
We have included one picture of what looks like a Christmas tree on a tall pole. We are told the this ...
... is one of the few surviving dual stairways. The 'kissing' nickname comes from the design. The man and woman each take a different side of the spiral stairway and they meet at each landing for a kiss.
Graz is the second largest city in Austria and shares a similar past with other cities we have visited. The conflict between the Catholic and Protestant churches and the Hapsburgs building their empire shaped much of the cities ...