Austria , Austria how we love you!
Trip Start May 01, 2008
13Trip End Jun 07, 2008
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Lorraine requested a kettle as yet again there was none. Katarina, after some pondering, said 'ah, the water cooker' and promptly went into her store room to get one. Later that day her mother-in-law explained to Lorraine that they no longer put the water cooker in the apartments as people don't know what to do with them....they boil eggs, cook pasta/soup etc. and ruin the water cooker.
Kaprun was absolutely beautiful....we can't give it credit. Everything is so green with clusters of colour everywhere. After being in Italy, especially down south and in Tuscany where the standard colours are mustard, cream and a rusty, salmony colour, it was a feast of loveliness. The houses are so adorable with their flower boxes, their wooden fretwork and decorative painting. We felt so comfortable....the streets were still narrow but the houses were much more open and detached from each other. Their fences were all low and therefore had a much more villagy (I know that's not quite a word) feel.
Snow, yes there was snow. Not in the village but definitely at the top of the surrounding mountains and more importantly on the Kitzsteinhorn!!!!! We drove up the hill, onto a couple of gondolas and found ourselves at 2400 metres above sea level at the Alpincenter
After such a hard day on the slopes, we went out for dinner to a Mexican restaurant that served mostly Italian food....we were hoping for sauerkraut and strudel!
David and Scot went up the mountain the second day and had a ball. David had a new snow experience....he went down a freshly groomed slope with a dusting of new powder and a high speed six person chairlift all to himself. He did this three times, waving to the lift operators as they chuckled, and enjoyed himself immensely. Scot tried snow boarding eating snow as part of the deal
The accom and ski package also included the local swimming pool. David, of course, had to try it out and was pleasantly surprised when Lorraine took her bathers with her. They had a lovely jaunt in the indoor pool whilst looking out at people in the OUTSIDE POOL - people do you understand, this is in Austria where Spring time the temperature is under 10 degrees C. Mad, mad, mad! David however, had to have a go and came back in excitedly beckoning Lorraine to join him......no you say, she wouldn't....well surprise, surprise she did and had a ball. There were kids being dragged by the current around the outside of the pool, yes it was 'torrent pool'. It was circular with an island in the middle and you get taken away...unless you swim against it and get exercise but what's the fun in that. Scot came back the next night with Dave to join in the fun and he tried the Turkish bath which was very hot. Whilst in there he realised he'd lost the bracelet with the locker key on it and knew exactly where it would be....in the outside pool....he didn't enjoy going back in there so much after having just warmed up.
The last night was spent discussing the journey to Lake Como and the length of time it would take...maybe 7 hours maybe more....Shelley was bored already and asked 'Are we there yet'! Oh, it's going to be a loooooong day.