Travel Blogs from Graz
... were still quite a lot of brickwork as well as a clock and a bell tower. Apparently the city paid a ransom to save these. We have a long day travelling tomorrow getting up at 4:30 so we spent the late afternoon packing and clearing up. We have been without internet at our accomodation but there is free city internet in certain areas so we have been able to plan our transport using ...
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 ...
... br> The trip over the Semmering pass was
as spectacular as indicated in the literature. The train was a real
contrast to the rattletrap we recently took up to Albury. Very
smooth, free wifi on board, display screens with info about next
stop, speed, current location maps, and of course, on time.
At Graz we walked around to our
apartment. It is perfectly adequate and ...
... 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 ...
... green from the very light green of budding trees to the dark green of the pine forests. The plowed but unplanted fields provide a contrast with the dark soil that looks so fertile. And of course, the sun on the snow capped peaks is icing on the cake.
We are amazed at the quality of the roads, even the two laners in the rural areas. Their winter is just as bad as ours, but we have seen NO potholes. What are they doing right that ...