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Carinthia

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  • Day186

    Bergkapellen, Maria Elend

    December 29, 2016 in Austria

    We were very much looking forward to getting to Italy later that day but there was one last thing we wanted to do before leaving Austria. Jenny, a friend of ours, had recommended visiting the chapel at Maria Elend. When we arrived at the village we had a look at the main church, then followed the signs past a small herd of what we think were buffalo, up the hill towards the 'mountain chapel'. The path left the village and became a steep, rocky track that wound its way between tall pines. There was some amazing ice crystals that had formed like in patches along the way. 40 minutes later and slightly out of breath, we reached 784m above sea level and a beautiful little white and terracotta coloured chapel with amazing views of the sprawling valley below. The chapel itself was closed but there were outdoor pews under a wooden roofed shelter and bell tower. The climb in the cold but clean air had been invigorating and we were far enough away from any other civilisation for it to be wonderfully peaceful. It was a great way to spend our last fews hours in the Austria.Read more

  • Day330

    Today was the start of our 'Swallows' Flight' up to Göteborg (Gothenburg) in Sweden where we would meet Will's sister Sue and our brother in law John, in 11 days time. It had been too hot in the van at times, especially for old Poppy, so it was time to fly north to cooler climes.

    We were sad to leave Slovenia, but bubbling with nervous excitement for our big journey, the new country and adventures that awaited us!

    Will had been busy planning a route and researching places to stay along the way. With 2032km to go, it was a slow but beautiful start to the trip, travelling the winding roads of Slovenia's northern valleys, past hayracks drying cut grass and people handworking the land. After a short time we passed into Austria and the rounded hilltops of mixed deciduous woodland gradually morphed around us. Definite peaks formed at the tops of the hills, whose tree coverage was now more coniferous in nature. The houses became larger, the plains more vast and ornate roadside shrines more frequent.

    We stopped near the Gurktaler Alps at Pension Hochsteiner, a B&B that allowed vans to stay for €3 a night, a charge that was waived with the price of a meal. We'd planned to eat with them but unfortunately Monday was their 'ruestag' or rest day, so this option wasn't available.

    The gravel car park looked out on a rolling meadow with two low hills intersecting at their base beyond a handfull of homesteads. It was brilliant sunshine and hot when we got there but after a while, steely grey clouds formed over the hill behind us and the rumble of thunder could be heard. Shadow covered the van and the meadow, silver flashes of lightning bust forth from the sky, heavy raindrops beat down on the roof and the temperature dropped to 8°C. The storm continued for hours, but near the end, a sunburst shone over the tree tops behind and a rainbow began to form, increasing in intensity until its two tips joined into a glorious arch and the beginnings of a faint double could be seen!

    Will used the afternoon to whip up some homemade scones to go with his homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream (lucky Vicky!).

    Pension Hochsteiner opened at 9am so we went in to see if they had a pastry for breakfast as the mist was rising from the hills. We came away stuffed with fried egg, bread, honey, jams, cheese, ham, OJ, yoghurt etc. For €14 with a peaceful night's stay included it was great value!
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  • Day119

    Die Gailberghöhe Hotel, Kötschache

    October 23, 2016 in Austria

    We set off south hoping to cross the Hohe Tauren mountain range on the main road after having been refused entry to the more scenic high road yesterday. Thankfully it was second time lucky and for an €11 toll we still got to see some beautiful sights but from the safety of a wide road untouched by snow.

    Soon after we were over the range we swung off the north south road and on to a smaller east west route marked as scenic on the map. Our stopover was run by Die Gailberghöhe Hotel and we were treated as guests and encouraged to make use of the facilities. We parked up at a spot where we could see a rocky snowcapped mountain (when the clouds allowed) and because electricity was included in the price, we plugged the van in. It was the first time since we left the UK nearly 4 months ago that we'd had mains electricity and so for tea Will plugged in our Remoska, a little electric saucepan with a heated lid that acts as an oven. It also meant we didn't need to worry about the fridge whose gas flame had been struggling to light due to low air pressure caused by high altitude.

    As the light was fading we went and sat in the comfortable hotel lounge to use the free wifi. Unfortunately it wasn't a good enough connection to do much but we did enjoy stretching out in the plush armchairs with the log fired stove burning in the corner and the contented talk of others around us.
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  • Day13

    Post Villach

    October 12 in Austria

    We spent the night here, and went out to a casino on a beautiful lake and got lessons in playing roulette. They told us that it is the playground of Austria's rich and famous. You don't learn anything in a 10 minute lesson. But it was a lot of fun.

  • Day13

    Der Metnitztaler Hof

    October 12 in Austria

    Lunch stop. Delightful small town. It is mostly the small towns that still look old . The bigger towns were bombed into rubble in the 2nd world war. Then we came up with the Marshall plan and put up the money to rebuild Europe. The cities could choose between old styles or modern styles. So some cities look old and some look new. Lots more corn being grown here for cattle feed.Read more

  • Day32

    12.5 km/173m ascent/1,267m descent
    Day one was everything I hoped for, plus more........more rocky tracks, more icy river crossings, more slippery ice slopes, more cow poo covered, icy slippery rocky slopes .... the challenges just kept coming but we did it and it was incredible.

  • Day31

    Heiligenblut

    June 1 in Austria

    Today we took the train and taxi bus from Salzburg to the alpine village of Heiligenblut which is at the base of the Grossglockner Mountain. We have the perfect combination of blue skies, sunshine and snow on the alps .....picture perfect.

  • Day41

    Huhnersberg to Gmund

    June 11 in Austria

    14km/255m ascent/563m descent/3.5 hours
    An easy day of walking but still very hot in the full sun. Gmünd is a pretty Artists’ town but things were still fairly slow and sleepy because it’s only the beginning of their summer holiday season. Once again we are the only guests in this grand old hotel and it is the most luxurious accommodation we’ve had so far.Read more

  • Day43

    Seeboden to Alexanderhutte

    June 13 in Austria

    22km/8 hours/1670m ascent/466m descent
    We walked up into the clouds today with wonderful views of the lake below and the mountains all around. When we arrived at a mountain hut at midday the owner suggested that we might need to take a shortcut because of a forecast storm. The mountain Gods held off just enough for us to continue on the 2100m ridge line. It was very exposed, cold and rainy but a great adventure. Arriving at our final destination, Alexanderhutte was a wonderful and welcome sight and we retreated out of the rain into a warm cosy room to hot soup and, of course, schnapps. We then spent the evening dining with Bruce and Isabel watching (through the big picture windows) the clouds passing below us and revealing beautiful views - as if we were in an aeroplane.Read more

  • Day38

    Mallnitz to Obervellach

    June 8 in Austria

    17.7 km/230m ascent/730m descent/6.5 hours
    Today was a spectacular day as promised, with a walk out to a mountain lake (Stappitzer See) and then continuing on through 2 river gorges. This path was described as ‘audacious’ which we now understand means ‘hanging off a cliff face over raging torrents and waterfalls’!Read more

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