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Austria

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  • Taxik meska, co nas trochu znervozni. S Dankou, ktora nevyzera najlepsie vsak nakoniec odchadzame na letisko.
    Tam pri kontrole oznacia ako inak Dankin kufor velkou cervenou visackou "Heavy" (ukrutne tazky). Po prejdeni vsetkych moznych i nemoznych kontrol Danka mrtva lezi v kresle v odletovej hale a ochka, ale vyzera, ze prevoz na Slovensko prezije ;)

    Cely let Krabi-Doha je uplne bezoblacno. Uzivam si pohlad z 12km vysky na slnko za horizontom a dole rozsvietene mesta (t.j. obloha este cerveno-zlto-modra, ale na zemi uz tma). Takto sa kocham celou Indiou. Kedze lietadlo nie je uplne plne, my traja striedavo okupujeme celkom 8 sedadiel - aspon sa trosku natiahneme (teda Tomco presne jedno a ja s Dankou zvysnych 7). Aby som si aspon ako tak zvysil pohodlie pokradol som po celom lietadle 4 dalsie vankuse. I tak to bol umorny let, hlavne pre Danku, ktora pravidelne dohliada na to, aby lietadlove wcko nezostalo dlho prazdne.

    Na letisku v Dohe dlho hladame ake take vhodne lezovisko. Ked sa to podari zistime, ze sme uz nie len vedla detskeho ihriska, kde kvicia deti (ten rev si neviete predstavit, to treba zazit, jeden tam snad hodinu besnel, akoby ho natahovali na skripci), ale navyse pod superobrovskou obrazovkou. Tam ked sa zmeni obraz, tak vas to zabudi aj pod dekou. (lezovisko a obrazovka na foto)

    Vdaka letu Doha-Vieden Boeingom Dreamlinerom (dream=sen) si zasnivame ako sa asi citia sardinky v plechovke. Sme v tom lietadle neskutocne natlaceni, este aj sedacky sa nam zdaju mensie ako v predchadzajucom Airbuse. Cely let zas bezoblacny. Danka stale nezanedbava lietadlove wc.

    Vo Viedni nekonecna 6 hodinova prestavka. Danka pravidelne na WCku. Obsadzujeme velky cierny gauc, na ktorom si Danka pomocou deky vyrobi svoju vlastnu postel, ale okolo nas cim dalej tym vacsi ruch.
    Netuzime po nicom inom ako trosku sa prespat, ale neda sa.
    Po nekonecnom cakani nastupujeme do nasho posledneho lietadla a po 27 hodinach cestovania konecne vystupujeme na Airport Kosice.
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  • Toll!
    Wien hat so viel zu bieten, vorallem geschichtlich kann man hier eine Menge lernen und das auf eine sehr entspannte Art und Weise indem man einfach mitten im Geschehen ist. 😊
    Wir haben zum Beispiel das schloss Schönbrunn besucht und dabei eine Menge über sisi gelernt.
    Auch haben wir den ältesten Zoo der Welt hier besuchen können.
    Wien hat auch eine tolle Innenstadt und viele weitere interessante museum. ☺
    Hier hätte ich gerne mehr zeit verbracht.
    Wirklich einen Besuch wert 😍
    💚💚💚
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  • Gallneukirchen was a free stopover on the car park of the town sports ground. It was just over a kilometre out of the centre and so nice and quiet. It rained on and off for the two days we stayed and we spent much of the time in the van with Vicky knitting and Will playing Christmas tunes on his flute. We did see a game that looked a bit like curling being played in the sports ground, although there wasn't any ice.

    At night we turned on our battery operated Christmas lights and a large house beside us would turn on the lights that adorned their 30 foot conifer. Unlike many other towns, Gallneukirchen hadn't gone in for Christmas in a big way, it seemed quite a practical town and we managed to find a few bits and bobs for the van that we'd been looking for for a while.
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  • We got supplies and some local cheese and beer from the supermarket in the village (passing scores of Alpine Coughs on the way!).

    Leaving Lichtenstein we passed the border controls again but no staff were present on the Austrian side and we sailed through.

    We plan to do the south west corner of Austria before heading to Croatia for 5 weeks and returning to do the rest of Austria in December.

    Will had planned this part of our journey and took us on a mountain pass called Silvretta Hochalpenstraße (High Alpine Road) - and high it was! There was a toll of €21.50 and we were just in time because it closes every year at the end of October due to the weather and safety.

    There were 34 hairpin bends and we climbed nearly a kilometer to 2032m above sea level and Silvrettasee, the top lake. It was amazing on the climb to see the road behind us snaking down the mountain and the road ahead reflected in the wing mirror as it bent double!

    There were two large lakes on the pass and both were dammed to create hydro electric power. The colour of the water was very different from lakes at lower altitudes, it was a glacier blue. Walking along the dam wall with the snow capped Alps towering over the lake we felt like we were looking at a painting!

    Vicky was a bit overwhelmed by all we'd been doing and so we drove on a bit further to a beautifully situated stopover (with wifi!) and decided to stay a few nights to try and process all the wonderful experiences we've been having.

    The next day Will had downloaded the MAPS.ME map of Austria and done his research. He'd found a track leading 4.5km up the mountainside to a viewpoint. Unfortunately, the track was old and couldn't be seen on the ascent so we ended up walking up the road. An old blue painted wooden bench whose seat was rotted away in the middle signalled the site of the viewpoint that had been left to ruin. However view however, had not been left to ruin. The tree lined river Inn meandered through the valley floor, lush grass fields either side and pine clad mountains rising up to frame it all. We could even see the van! As we were perched on either end of the bench, musing on how much the Toblerone we were eating looked like the mountains it was modelled on, a rainbow formed, stretching itself from the mountain top down to the river! We thought it couldn't get any better when we spotted a faint second rainbow outside the first. So much for having a day without too much excitement!

    There was evidence of the track on the way back down so we thought we'd give it a try, despite not having seen where it came out on the way up. We felt very small walking amongst the tall trees and thinking about the size of the mountains around us. After clambering over and under fallen trunks, we came to a gorge that had opened up through landslides when the hillside was in flood. A large cable emerged from the ground that was probably the reason the path existed. There was a small path leading down the hill to our side but it was very steep and extremely overgrown so after about 20 metres we doubled back the way we'd come to take the road back to the campsite.
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  • Having reached the north western Austrian border, we set off eastwards, through the Austrian lake district and towards Vienna, where we plan to spend Christmas. The going was flat on the motorway and as we moved in and out of valleys and you could tell which ones had industrial chimneys even before you saw them, due to the light smog hanging in the air. As well as this artificially produced haze, there were valleys filled with morning mist and at one point it hid a lake (Mondsee) which appeared only when we were nearly at its shore. It was a serene sight, with features fading the further they were from us.

    Arriving at the large Gmunden car park we couldn't see any designated van parking but there was a fluorescent clad official who told us to park up. We were very lucky to have arrived when we did because in another 15 minutes the car park was full. There dozens of people heading to and from the far end and so intrigued, we followed them, to find a hut selling entry tickets. We didn't know what we were buying entry to but we thought we'd go for it based on the number of people who'd travelled to be there.

    The big attraction turned out to be a Christmas craft market called Schlosser Advent due to the fact it was held inside two lakeside castles and their grounds. The first castle was called Landschloss. We entered its central square through an archway to find huts arranged around an old central tree under which was a quartet of traditionally dressed men playing seasonal tunes brass instruments. The second castle (Seeschloss) was reached by a wooden bridge over the lake Traunsee. There were floating palates supporting lit Christmas trees, a nativity scene and angel to name but a few things. The Landsee market was inside the castles first floor rooms which were impressive in themselves.

    We enjoyed looking at the stalls here more than in Salzburg because there was a far greater range of original handmade products, often with the craftspeople behind the stall creating new items for us to see how they did it. There were some fascinating processes, such as the hand weaving of angels using threads on wooden spools that were plaited around an array of individually placed pins. A chainsaw and angle grinder was used to carve faces in a tree trunk, candles were dipped and wire twisted into jewellery... we could go on but it would take a lot of time to list all the different crafts on exhibit!

    It was exceptionally busy for a Thursday so we searched the date on the internet and found out it was a public holiday to celebrate the immaculate conception!
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  • Carrying on in our journey towards Vienna, we encountered the River Danube once again (we'd stayed near it at a stopover in Germany where we were lucky enough to see an otter!)

    Ardagger Markt wasn't a big village but the 5-space stopover was next to a skate / bike park; part of a larger area that provided great outdoor leisure facilities such as an all weather pitch and adventure playground. Before long, a local family arrived with a little bike, trike and sit on car and the children (aged about 5, 4 and 3), began racing up and down the ramps. We were saying how great this was and musing that both Germany and Austria seem a lot better provisioned than the UK in terms of open access leisure facilities, when Will received a text to say Dudley Council are going to close the Leisure Centre. Point made!

    On the approach to Ardagger we'd seen hundreds of clusters of mistletoe growing high up in bare branched tree canopies. Although it had been on sale at markets and flower shops we'd not yet got any, so set out to try and find some. We found a large field with lots of smaller trees, most of them supporting balls of healthy looking mistletoe that was just out of reach. As is so often the case, persistence is the name of the game and before long we came across a recently pruned tree, whose branches were still on the grass... along with plenty of mistletoe! There was too much for a space as small as the van, so we left most of it, but Will couldn't resist a kiss under a huge clump. Unfortunately for Will, Vicky wasn't keen on how long he'd let his beard grow!

    Back at the van, we were settling in for the evening when a car pulled up and the driver knocked on our door. It was a local who was involved in setting up the stopover, he was very friendly and said that although the water tap was turned off, we could use the drinking water fountain just a few hundred meters away to fill up!

    The overcast, foggy and sometimes rainy weather wasn't very inviting the following day but we wanted to make use of what daylight there was, so took a stroll along the riverside. The Danube was a lot wider here than in Germany, but the flow wasn't too fast and we were considering a canoe trip. We found a few possible launch sites and although the fog gave the scenery a lovely autumnal feel, the cold and rain decided us against a paddle and we returned to the nice warm van for scrambled eggs, a hot cuppa and stollen.

    Later on Will set himself the task of baking traditional Austrian Christmas cookies; a task Vicky was very happy to have him occupied with for more than one reason!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Austria, Republik Österreich, ኦስትሪያ, 오스트리아, オーストリア, អូទ្រីស, ଅଷ୍ଟ୍ରିଆ, ออสเตรีย, ອົອດສະເຕຼຍ, An Ostair, Áo, ʻAositulia, Aostria, Aotrisy, Austerrike, Austri, Austria, Áustria, Àustria, Austria nutome, Austrija, Aŭstrujo, Austurríki, Ausztria, Autriche, Avstrii, Avstrija, Avstriya, Avusturya, Awsteriya, Awstria, Awstrija, Awusituriya, Eysturríki, i-Austria, Itävalta, Nuortariika, Oostenrijk, Oostenryk, Öösterriek, Orílẹ́ède Asítíríà, Österreich, Österrike, Østerrike, Ostiriya, Ɔstria, Østrig, Østrigi, Otilisi, Otiriis, Otirishe, Otirisi, Otrîsi, Rakousko, Rakúsko, República d'Àustria, اتریش, اتريش, آسٹریا, النمسا, نەمسا, אוסטריה, Αυστρία, Австрија, Австрия, Австрія, Аустрија, Аўстрыя, ཨསྟྲི་ཡ།, ཨས་ཊི་ཡ, Ավստրիա, ავსტრია, अष्ट्रिया, ऑस्ट्रिया, ઑસ્ટ્રિયા, ఆస్ట్రియా, ಆಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಾ, ஆஸ்திரியா, ഓസ്ട്രിയ, অস্ট্রিয়া, অস্ট্রিয়া, ဩစတြီးယား, ඔස්ට්‍රියාව, オーストリア共和国, 奥地利