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    • Day 12

      Exploring Bad Ischl & charming Hallstatt

      October 16, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Off to see what Bad Ischl is all about and we were surprised to find some lovely shopping. As R had found his treasures yesterday, I felt a purchase “coming on” ;). Found a gorgeous 4 seasons slight puffy black velvet jacket but the price scared me off. R found a cozy shirt, both German made and very cool.

      Sissi (note ref in next paragraph) was the wife of Emperor Frank Josef although they were mostly estranged. He spent many months here in Bad Ischl and in fact signed the declaration of war there with Serbia which started WW II.

      Back into car and off to Hallstatt - narrow but comfortable driving. Gorgeous scenes at every corner. All houses white with the brown wood and trailing geraniums. So cool. Alas, the usual Asian invasion at Hallstatt but not as heavy as it would have been in summer. Strolled along, very glad I had not booked the Heritage Hotel as initially planned. Had an amazingly good goulash meal there however, with “Sissi” pink Prosecco for lunch, R a great char and yup, a beer.

      Decided to rent one of the small electric boats and tour about a bit on the Lake. Was actually fun! and so amazingly warm yet again.

      That jacket was calling me so found our way back to parking lot in confusing Bad Ischl and it was just waiting there to come home with me - perfect fit!

      I drove back to St Wolfgang where we went for a swim and then had a more ‘difficult’ experience literally hiking to a different restaurant for a so-so meal but wine was great Gverner Veltliner - the best in Austria. An eve not to be repeated.
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    • Day 13

      Into the Alps!

      October 17, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Gorgeous haze over the water as we prepared to leave St Wolfgangsee. Decided to take the longer route rather than autobahn and yup - considerately longer! Weaving through wee villages, spectacular views of the Alps and precious white and wood with trailing geraniums houses everywhere. One big argument only!! on direction to go and the rest we managed perfectly!

      Beautiful Alpbachtal, in time for tea and snacks then booked massages for Friday and went for a sauna as they were minus “Textiles” LOL!

      Incredible 5 course meal with wonderful Gerner Veltliner wine= lovely eve. Great prawns with Asian veggies, starter of goat cheese “ice cream” and beetroot mousse my fav.
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    • Day 14

      Climbing mountains!!

      October 18, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Incredible breakfast buffet - you could even make your own veggie smoothie if desired and oatmeal (tomorrow’s plan as I’d already put together a cereal mixture). Butter and fresh milk almost right from the cow!

      Decided to do the Wiedersberger Horn gondola and a hike around the top part - spectacular views! And fun to look at where the skiing was, between villages etc - it will be tempting!! to return! Fabulous spot for a St Johanns sausage with mustard and freshly grated horseradish - R a frankfurter and fries Lol. Quite liking their Almdudler soda - R a beer.

      Back down after a few hours up top. Talked to darling gal at front desk “No problem going this route on Ebikes”! Up up up, yes, the bikes are super but ya still have to pedal! Biked for about an hour then decided to turn back and find lower road, back to Alpbach to small road and along aways until time to head back, shadows getting longer.

      Nice rest in our beautiful room, showered and ready for another 5 course meal! And now finished - so full! Time to cut back! - best taste was the escarole - a smoked fish with small mousse bits - stunning presentations and ohhh that dessert buffet!!
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    • Day 15

      Ebiking fiends!

      October 19, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Up after another great sleep. Still puzzled why the church clock bells keep awakening us just before 7 am every day?? Funny. Another amazing breakfast, had the porridge which natch was awesome!

      Decided to grab 2 ebikes and headed out over the Middle road to Inneralpbach. Lovely lady along the way, piling one of those tidy even piles of wood said ”Yah, that’s the route (dirt path) and there will be a “mountain” “- oh yes, a mountain dirt path complete with cow pies 😝, pushed those bikes up very steep last part but then back on tarmac for a great ride into Inneralpbach. Looking for a Kaffe shop!! No such luck but saw lots of ski lifts connecting all these villages. Headed up the other side of the valley thinking we could cut across to main road to Alpbach but nope so back down and tried another route but that would have led us to the top of the gondola from yesterday! These bikes make us seem invincible in where we ride but that was too much lol. Back down to main road and took the cutoff back to our village.

      With bikes returned we popped into a wee cafe below our hotel and had a phenomenal pizza and beer as our reward sitting outside. Wonderful time on the ebike machines! The scenery as delightful as can be.

      A bit of a time in our lovely room before a swim and infra red then a massage. Massage was very relaxing but one of the weakest I’ve ever had!! No tip!

      Yesterday another incredible 5 course meal - too much though so we skipped the soup!
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Alpbach, Åipbåch, الپباخ, Альпбах, 阿尔卑巴赫

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