Mitterhofen laybyOctober 21, 2016 in Austria
The everyday sights here in Austria are still leaving us in awe. Travelling east along the valley floor we continued to weave between the mountains, the road heading directly towards their massive forms, only to veer off to one side to avoid the climb. The rivers running alongside are so clear you can see the stones on the bottom, even at relatively deep sections.
In France we had often seen people playing boules on public pitches, today we saw the Austrian equivalent - a community curling match!
We'd heard there was a beautiful church at Am Maria and so took a bit of a detour to see it. Like many churches in this region, the spire was incredibly tall and narrow. Getting up close we saw that instead of stone slates, the overlapping tiles were made of wood, like many of the beautiful buildings.
Looking more closely at the prestidential election posters and trying to translate their messages, we saw one saying no to 'oxit'. After a little while we realised it was the Austrian equivalent of Brexit. We imagine this politician will now have a stronger argument for staying in the EU with the value of Britain's pound having plummeted since the referendum, something we are feeling very directly.
There wasn't an economically priced stopover on our route so we were keeping our eyes open for a suitable place to park overnight. We spotted a layby but continued to see if there was anything better. After a while we ended up returning to it. Unfortunately it was through a 5.1km tunnel that had built up a hazy smog. The layby was close to a busy road so it was quite noisy. We'd seen few places with public toilets and so the public used this layby as a toilet, with several people pulling up and unzipping while we were there. The view however made up for these disadvantages. We were in sight of what Vicky called a Toblerone mountain range with a good covering of snow on the peaks. The adjacent field had a small herd of brown and white cattle and two ponies. Their antics amused us and drew our attention away from the road noise. Young bullocks cavorted, kicking up their heals and one was repeatedly startled by a flock of starlings as they landed close to him. The ponies were equally playful with the Haflinger chasing the starlings whenever it saw them land and encouraging the Shetland to chase it in turn.Read more