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Politischer Bezirk Zell am See

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  • Day13

    Snow day

    April 13 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We promised Amelia we’d find somewhere she could sledge, so today is the day we need to find some white stuff (we’ve seen some muddy/icy stuff so far).

    We head up the valley and pull in besides a lovely white field, have a little snow ball fight and a roam, and then find a little learner slope for some proper sledging (on the bodyboard of course, no room for ski gear in the Moho this year!). Amelia has a whale of a time, Coen loves the sledge but struggles to find his feet in the very sinky snow (sinking up to my knees) and resembles and upside down tortoise for much of the morning, and then we make a quick exit when Amelia takes her snow gloves off to build a snowman (?!) and very quickly gets frozen fingers.

    Moho lunch on the road, a very cool obstacle course for Amelia while Coen kips and we finish the day with a visit to the ski lifts at Zell am See. We decide we DEFINITELY need to do a ski holiday in the Moho next year.....!!!!

    A 2nd night with the toads as we enjoyed this site so much, and in the morning, we skip the plan to cycle round the lake at Zell when we find the roads are a bit dodgy for Amelia, take a walk instead and narrowly avoid both children taking a swim in the freezing lake...on to Altenmarkt for the next stop - hopefully if our research is accurate a very fun swimming pool...
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  • Day12

    Salt and Snow!!! Awesome Austria...

    April 12 in Austria ⋅ 🌫 8 °C

    Leaving Salzburg, we head off to find salt. Neither of us are sure why we’ve been recommended this, so we’re intrigued. We actually cut back into Germany for this part, as we’ve been told that this particular mine will allow Coen in (bit cruel to keep leaving him in the Moho! ;-) ), to a place called Berchtesgaden. So apparently the rock here is made up of 50% salt (in case you’re wondering why salt mines).

    When our time slot is called, we don our mining suits (the kids look adorable while we look ridiculous!) and hop onto a little mining train. Not quite sure how Coen will react, we’re pleasantly surprised that he doesn’t once try to jump off the train or dive down a lift hatch. We are taken deep into the mines, with a translated tour of every step of the process, a ride down two amazing miners slides, a salt cathedral, a grotto and then a boat across a salt mine lake, seeing how the process has evolved over 500 years (from digging 6cm a day with a hand axe, to 2m or 6m nowadays (depending on whether Nic or I heard that detail correctly!). The kids make it through the whole tour unscathed (ok, Coen did try to jump off the boat!) and we are super pleased we made that stop.

    Now to find some snow to dip our toes in...
    We’ve been told that if we head to Saalbach/Hinterglimm and ‘just drive as far as you can up the valley’ then we will be in snow. It’s getting late and we know we need to find a stopover but we can’t resist checking it out (just in case there’s a motorhome stop that no one else in the world has found) to make sure there is definitely snow.

    Yep, definitely snow, but locals confirm - definitely no where to park Moho! Head back down and find a lovely campsite, a gem in the mountains, free WiFi (blogs finally get released!), surrounded by snowy mountains and lake Waldsee - which to Amelia and Coens utter amazement is teeming with toads!! Thousands of them. This totally occupies Amelia for the two days and nights we are here, and although Coen does try to jump in the lake a few times, it’s worth it to see their faces. They see the toads spawn, dead ones, mating ones (piggy backs) - circle of life in one hit.

    So next, snow day...to be continued...
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  • Day118

    Mittersill layby

    October 22, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Today was the day we'd planned to do another High Alpine Pass. As we drew closer to tall mountains gleaming bright white in the sun mountains our excitement rose. We had specifically got all year round mud and snow tyres with the van so we would be allowed to travel in countries like Austria where they were mandatory in winter. We were therefore understandably deflated when we got to the toll booth and were told we needed specialist winter tyres. The toll booth employee had been on the phone and seemed quite stressed. We think there may have been fresh snow fall and that he didn't feel very comfortable letting people through. Never mind, we are glad we tried and are glad that we were turned back before we encoubtered any danger we weren't equipped for.

    After recalculating our route, we drove on. Soon we passed an incident that police and fire services were attending. Two cars were off the road, one had rolled 360°. We've found that drivers take more risks overtaking here than in Germany and are quicker to use their horns. The deaths caused by road accidents are higher per head of population in Austria than back home. We hope nobody was injured too seriously.

    We'd planned to stay at a campsite but stopped for lunch at a layby we liked so much we stayed. The road was a lot quieter than last night's stop and there was a clear river running alongside down a steep bank. The trees around were radiantly yellow in the sunshine and their leaves fell frequently, providing a strong autumn aroma as we stepped outside.

    At about 3:45pm the sun went down behind the mountain and we set off for a walk up the hill. We spied the sun over the mountain as we climbed but it soon escaped our less than brisk pace.
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  • Day117

    Mitterhofen layby

    October 21, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    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.
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Politischer Bezirk Zell am See, Bezirk Zell am See, Zell am See

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