The Hills are Alive

Trip Start Dec 19, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Caravan Park

Flag of Austria  , Salzburg,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

The plan was developed to move the caravan of trouble to a venue closer to Salzberg in order to discover the western parts of Austria. We headed off in Bertha and planned to meet Mikkel and Lara in Salzberg later in the day as they organised to pick up a car to make the trip. Being bigger and slower this was a good plan as we would probably arrive at roughly the same time with the speed limit of 130 and Bertha chugging along at 90 to 100km/h. Perfect plan!
We headed north along the Danube and around the amazing bends which are covered with thick green vegetation and the moutains towering us as we travelled along the winding river. We came to many small beatiful towns along the way with castles and churches that we have come to see in each and every town. You could imagine all those years ago when the vantage points were fiercly fought over to gain the best positions. One castle imparticular which was stuck ontop of the highest and steepest peak near the town of Melk was something amazing. How the hell did they build such a massive castle atop such a steep cliff? Can't see the unions these days allowing this to happen, but hey they have been there for 500 plus years. Are we too precious and guarded today??? Hmm
We made our way back to the motor way and continued with Mel getting out the map and Lonely Planet to see where we would make our home for the next week. St Gilgen was the place as it sat on St Wolfgang Lake at the foot of some amazingly high peaks which in the winter make a wonderland for those adventure seekers. The caravan park was great on the shores of the lake and it warm enough for us to swim every day. Lara and Mikkel arrived later on and found a B and B a few minutes down the road which was ideal to catch up when ever we liked.
The next week had many highlights including the crystal clear waters of the lake, the hike over to St Wolfgang and up into the hills behind where we danced like Julie Andrews and sand the entire song list from the sound of music. We saw the train which takes tourists up a hill so steep that the train is sloped so the passengers are vertical rather than horizontal. At the top of the mountain there is a hotel and nothing else so tourists travel up for a drink and then return. You could walk but the 4 -5 hour trip up a steep hill was not something we had the energy to do. 
we had a great week catching up with LAra and Mikkel and they left later in the week with the promise we would catch up later in the year back in the UK. For us and Bertha it was a good wash before what we new would be a week of free camping after living in such luxuries and completely blowing our budget.
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