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  • Day154

    'Zbogom' to Croatia!

    November 27, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    During our month in Croatia we were never far from the clear blue waters of the Adriatic. There was a lot more of the country to explore inland in the North East but as camping outside of designated sites isn't allowed and there weren't many sites listed in this area, we focussed on the tourist orientated coast.

    Visiting outside the summer months meant we weren't able to swim in a warm sea or lakes, but it did give us space to explore a stunningly beautiful country. For us, it would have been too hot and crowded to be enjoyable in summer.

    Things that will stand out in our memory include:
    1. The amazing coast road that kept us so close to the sparkling clear blue sea and the sunsets over it for hundreds of kilometers.
    2. The numerous islands, some of them like the mainland, others devoid of vegetation and others small, round pimples, with lush green trees growing right up to a thin strip of rocky shoreline.
    3. The craggy mountains that rose up parallel to the coastline and contained the most amazing waterfalls in their valleys.
    4. The olives, clementines, pomegranates and figs growing wild or being farmed and harvested. We foraged some and bought them at markets or roadside stalls. Dried figs were a particular favourite of Vicky's.
    5. The markets that sold so much fresh local produce, including fish and seafood straight from the nearby harbour and homemade olive oil.
    6. The number of people who spoke English, not everyone by far, but a huge percentage in the tourist areas.
    7. The abandoned, bullet pocked houses; scars from the war 25 years ago when those Serbians that survived were expelled from the country. It is recent history in Croatia but it made us think of other countries where those that aren't seen as 'indigenous' are the subject of intimidation and violence.
    8. New developments, signs of a tourist industry on its way up.
    9. Stones, and lots of them! Rocky landsacapes supporting not much more than sage, endless dry stone walls, light stone buildings ranging from ancient structures such as Pula's Amphitheatre to tall terraced homes lining narrow stone streets in old town centres.
    10. Our encounters with the numerous cats and dogs roaming free - we did well not to come back with some!
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  • Day155

    Graz, Austria

    November 28, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    After finding one more closed Slovenian stopover, we crossed the border into Austria. There were booths and officials at the border but no passport checks in place.

    The water was turned off at the two Austrian stopovers we tried but we did manage to empty the toilet at one. The need for water becoming more pressing, we decided to head to the €21 a night stopover in Graz that prided itself on being open all year round. On the way we passed a number of houses with Christmas decorations, including leafless garden trees sporting large shining baubles. Small Christmas trees strung with fairy lights stood outside individual shops in towns beneath lights put up by the local authority.

    It was with almost ecstatic relief that we pulled into the large Graz site, turned the fresh water tap and saw that it worked! There were 160 pitches and we couldn't resist parking at number 122, the number of our old home in Netherton. We booked in for 2 nights, giving us plenty of time to make use of the good quality showers, washing machines and tumble dryer :)

    The manager had given us Graz brochures, including one for advent and a bus map. He has circled the stop we were near as well as the central depot so we decided to give it a go and headed to the bus stop, hoping this public transport excursion would go better than the one in Dubrovnik. The buses came every 7 minutes so we didn't need to wait long. Upon boarding we saw there was an information screen with audio announcements that tracked our progress - brilliant!

    Getting off (at the correct stop!) we made a beeline for the Christmas markets. There were about a dozen in total and instead of the huge 'super market' like in Birmingham, they were intimate collections of around a dozen stalls secreted away in small squares. Each specialised in something different, such as handmade items, colours from around the world or the children's Wonderland. The air was infused with Glühwein spices mixed with a little smoke from chestnuts roasting on open fires. We treated ourselves and warmed our hands around steaming mugs of Glühwein.

    As the sun set and the lights were turned on, they'd focussed on the classic fairy lights instead of different coloured LEDs and there were lots of real trees and pine foliage. The effect was to create a warm and classical atmosphere. The main street had hundreds of lit up trees suspended upside down in a grid that criss crossed above the road. The markets had been quiet when we arrived but the atmosphere livened up as the evening progressed. After searching on Will's Maps.Me app, we managed to find the square that contained a nativity scene ice sculpture. Though it hadn't had any signs directing people to it, it was an amazing piece of art.

    We finished the evening off with another mug of Glüwein, fish and chips for Will (just not the same as the ones back home) and a Baumkuchen for Vicky (a dough string spiralled around a cone then toasted and dipped in cinnamon sugar).

    We bussed it back to the site feeling warm, happy and very Chrismassy!
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  • Day5

    Stellplatz in Graz

    October 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Von Wien sind wir nach Graz weitergefahren. Der Stellplatz ist vom selben Betreiber und genauso gut ausgestattet. Sehen uns noch in der näheren Umgebung um.

  • Day213

    Übernachtung in Österreich

    May 2, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Die Übernachtung auf einem Stellplatz in Graz bescherrte uns ein teilweise ohrenbetäubendes Gewitter. Da die Blitze ziemlich heftig und auch nah an uns dran waren, haben wir erst einmal gegoogelt, ob das Auto auch mit aufgeklapptem Dach wie ein faradayscher Käfig funktioniert. Ja, tut es! Mit der Info konnten wir dann einigermaßen entspannt schlafen gehen 😋. Milla hatte vor dem Regen viel Spaß auf dem Stellplatz. Nur Daggy konnten wir leider nicht frei laufen lassen, da es im angrenzenden Wald die hochansteckende Fuchsräude gibt.Read more

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