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Villach Stadt

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  • Day59

    Zagreb - a full day

    October 30, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Woke up to a cold (about 5 degrees) showery day. Hopefully it will get better (at least stop bring wet) but it will only get to about 9.

    Started exploring,after breakfast, by deciding to walk up a long long set of ancient stairs to the top of a hill - we followed 2 or 3 groups of people thinking they must be going somewhere interesting. Not so!!!! It turned out we were all going to a medical research facility - given some of the people we were following, we decided 🤔not to go inside. We found a roundabout way to get back down to the main part of the city and the old town. We walked around a really large old cathedral and tried to get in through a side gate when it mysteriously opened for us. We were about to go into a building when a guy came running out telling us this is a private property (he was Croatian so we guessed that what he was saying as he ushered us out). Eventually we did find our way into the cathedral and it didn’t disappoint- built over 900 years ago it has a lot of history. We did a lot more walking/exploring including finding the Gric tunnel (about 350 metres long) that was built as a bomb shelter and a promenade. We found a huge open market place (that unfortunately had started to close for the day) as well as lots of other great places/sights - really worth the visit.

    Lunch at where else but an Italian restaurant (they really are everywhere ).

    The weather wasn’t great, but added to the atmosphere.

    Tomorrow we leave Zagreb for Slovenia.
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  • Day61

    Velenge to Villach

    November 1, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    We're heading into back to Austria after a great breakfast - lots of variety and as much as you can eat (lucky I have the ability to fill up for the day ahead).

    I've been meaning to mention the long, long street names found in some European cities (particular in Eastern European countries such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia amongst others). Streets are often named after famous people or politicians etc. Street names like "Zygmunta Krasinskiego Ulica" or "Avenjia Marina Drzica Ulice". Whilst the names might be long (and take a while to say) the streets themselves might be quite short. The problem this presents, when using a GPS, is that by the time the GPS finishes telling you to turn right into "Avenjia Marina Drzica Ulice"", you've actually driven past!!!! The GPS will re-route, but it keeps happening over and over again.

    Slovenia is a small country, but what it lacks in size it makes up in scenery and fantastic roads. We were back into Austria pretty quickly .

    We got to Villach and tried to drive to the hotel which unfortunately (again) located in pedestrian only area in the "old town". Anne tried to convince me to drive down an ever narrowing laneway that lead to the square - thankfully I resisted, the other end was far too skinny for any car. I had only just finished telling her the story of the guy who followed his GPS into a mine shaft and got stuck!! I think we would have had to change our hotel stay from one night to the rest of our lives. Having said that the car would have been parked only about 50 metres from the hotel so it would have been a short walk after we got out of the boot as there would have been no way to open the doors. We found a park, walked to the hotel and got directions on how to get to the court-yard at the back. We did eventually manage to find our way, but I'm pretty sure, from some of the looks we got, we drove the wrong way up some very narrow streets and some footpaths as well. Staying in the middle has a lot of advantages as far as sight seeing, restaurants and people watching,but it is hell on the nervous system😨. We had lunch after booking in - first time in a while I was tempted to have a very large whiskey (to calm the nerves) but I resisted.

    It's a very quiet day due to the "All Saints day" holiday. So hardly anything open. As much as I hate to admit it, we ate at Austria's version of Kentucky Fried Chicken. At least we had a more traditional dinner at the hotel restaurant (though after we did walk down to McDonalds so I could have a sundae - the shame of it all).

    Tomorrow we head into Verona Italy - hopefully my Italian will be as good as I hope it is (I've had a few embarrassments in Italy before😊).
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  • Day9

    OhLaLa... dankä Sämi fürs findä!

    August 26, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    De Domi und ich sind ziemli fesch im Räge umenand gfahre, d Chiisströssli sind zum teil rechti Bächli gsii :)
    Wommer Zabig innere Beiz de Sämi, zämme mit de Angi, ennere Fründin vo ihre und dere ihri Eltere träffed, verzellt er ois, er segi chuum verregnet worde, heg nur es paar Tröpfli gspüürt. Schono spannend... paar Kilometer vonenand entfernt uf andere Route und mer het komplett anders Wätter.

    Zrugg zu de Angi und co: sie het mal mitem Sämi ufem Zürisee gschaffet, isch uu e lustigi und au de rest isch sehr lässig gsii! Mer hend en suppergmüetliche Aabig gha und uf Empfehlig vo de Iiheimische ungwfähr de Platz da aagstüret. Sprich de Sämi isch mit sim Töff voruus und het ois denn a de wunderschöni Platz glotset :) Über "es paar Wurzle und vilicht chratzed mal paar Est am Austoo..." Die Uussag isch biizeli undertriebe gsii und mer hend de einzig Stei ufem Wäg auna tüpft. Aaber mer sind schlussändli heil da aacho.
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  • Day3

    To the start of the trail

    August 27, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Meandered through Jewish ghetto though couldn’t find the synagogue. Lovely day for a stroll through crowded Venice. Manage to not get lost and do find seafood market. Figure out our way to the bus station - via a people mover. Nice ride through flat farmland - mostly grapes and corn?. Mountains rise in front of us. Wind our way into a valley surrounded by large peaks. Lies open up momentarily and then it is over. Unfortunately bus passes by our hotel. A few mile walk back. Too late to swim in thermal pool. Short walk to fish dinner passing our first Alpe Adria trail sign.Read more

  • Day13

    13. + letzte Nacht: Ossiacher See

    September 3, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Morgen Nachmittag ist Zieldurchfahrt in Salzburg :-)

  • Day13

    Post Villach

    October 12, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    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.

  • Day4

    Heimfahrt

    April 14, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück diesmal mit den Männern mit der Tschutschubahn in die Stadt.Besichtigungsrunde danach auf a Kaffeetscherl und schön langsam Heimreise starten.Mittags kommen wir nach Piran wo wir uns alle a ausgezeichnetes Fischmenü gönnen und dann noch a Besichtigungsrunde. So ein entzückendes Örtle😍.Weiter gehts nach Tarvis a Abschlussachterle muss sein, bei manchen werden es auch a bissl mehr.Proscciutojause darf natürlich auch nicht fehlen.Spät kommen wir nach Hause, schön und lustig wars aber auch anstrengend,vorallem die Männer jammern nach den doch sehr anstrengenden Trainingseinheiten.Read more

  • Day1

    Was ist los mit Petrus?

    September 2, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Mit diversen Pausen, einer grösseren Frühstückspause und kleineren Staus sind wir um 16:30 Uhr in Villach angekommen.

    Die Fahrt verlief reibungslos, bis auf 2-3 "Vollidioten" unterwegs- aber wer kennt das nicht!? Als erste kleine Herausforderung stand uns dann die Fahrt über den Arlbergpass bevor, da der Tunnel gesperrt ist! Aber auch das klappte wie am Schnürchen, trotz Schneeregen da oben! Generell meine ich mit "reibungslos" allerdings mehr den Verkehr als das Wetter. Es hat nämlich quasi die gesamte Fahrt, bis auf etwa die letzten 20 Minuten durchgeregnet, und das ziemlich ordentlich!

    Nach einem kurzen Spaziergang, das gute, nein, das trockene Wetter muss schliesslich genutzt werden, freuen wir uns nun auf unser Znacht: Kartoffelsalat mit paniertem Putenschnitzel, a la Mama!
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  • Day12

    Etappe 9: Millstatt - Faak am See (59km)

    October 4, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Wieder am See, wieder am Campen...

    Der Tag begann freundlich und blieb auch freundlich. Super - Wetter. Schöne Strecke entlang des Sees und der Flüße und schließlich angekommen in Faak am See. Ein sehr schöner See, der wohl touristisch ist, aber wohl nicht so touristisch wie der naheliegende Wörthersee. Ich kam gegen 17 Uhr an und stellte mein Zelt auf, kochte mir serbische Bohnensuppe und ließ den Tag mit einem schönen Panorama und Sonnenuntergang enden.Read more

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