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Sep 18, 2018 - Linz, Austria

First stop: Mondsee ( Moon Lake ), and St Michael’s Basilica where the Major and Maria were married in the Sound of Music. It is a beautiful town, in the Austrian Alps, with houses and shops painted in pastel colours. Next stop: Salzburg, Mirabel Palace and the gardens were beautiful. The palace was built in 1606 by the Archbishop of the time, for his mistress and their 15 children Salzburg Cathedral originally built in the 700’s, renovated in the 1600’s, and again in 1959. It took 14 years to replace the dome that was bombed during the...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Mauthausen

Heavy mist stayed with us for the drive out of Czechia but cleared to a bright sunny day as we crossed into Austria. Our first stop was Mauthausen, home to a WWII concentration camp between 1938 and 1945. Although more of a memorial the site did exhibit glimpses into the atrocities performed by Hitler's SS with original gas chambers, crematories, torture, execution and autopsy rooms all open to visit and oddly without charge. Perhaps not on par with Auschwitz it did provide deep insight into the brutal activities of the SS hierarchy and...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Linz

Today we headed into Linz. First getting into the city was a bit of a nightmare as it had a very complex one-way system and very poor signage. We found somewhere to park then walked through the town to the Danube river. The city was very unappealing everything looked shabby and untidy. Walking along the Danube the parks were untidy with litter bins overfull, graffiti everywhere very unlike any other town we had visited in Austria We decided we would return to base – very disappointed.

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Aug 11, 2018 - St Florian and Steyr

Our campground was near the small town of St Florian and according to our guide book “hides one of Austria’s finest Augustinian abbeys” Yes, another abbey! This was our first stop. The abbey dates back to at least 819 and has been occupied by the Canons Regular, living under Augustinian rule, since 1071. It’s style again was baroque. The church was again exuberant but this time with stucco work and wall paintings. The composer Anton Bruckner was buried in the church. We then travelled south through a patchwork of fields studded with...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Our final stop in Austria- Linz

Today we made our move to our final stop in Austria- Linz. Leaving the campground at St Pölten was a little bit of a challenge but we made it. We had a good journey and it was an easy in and easy set up in the campground at Linz. The weather is forecast to be a little cooler for the next few days.

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Jul 5, 2018 - Bad Ischl

Today we visited the spa town of Bad Ischl. The town came to fame when the Habsburg Princess Sophie took a treatment here to cure her infertility in 1828. Within two years she had given birth to Emperor Franz Josef I. Franz Josef made an annual pilgrimage to Bad Ischl making it his summer residence for the next 60 years and bringing with him many of the European aristocracy in his wake including King Edward VII then Prince Edward of England. The town is a charming spa town like many we have seen before in Europe. We wandered the town for a...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Three lakes – Mondsee, Attersee and Traunsee

After two days of walking we decided on one of our drive tours. We drove first down the west shore of Mondsee to the very end of the lake which was very quiet and pretty. From there we took a road over the hills to the Attersee, the largest lake in the Salzkammergut but less visited. We explored the small village of Steinbach which sits on a hill above the lake. From there we took a road over the hills again to the southern end of Traunsee. Here we found the delightful village of Traunkirchen which sits halfway down the western shore of...

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Jun 30, 2018 - Gmunden

The weather had at last improved. Mum’s crisis seemed to be over so we headed to Gmunden. This Riviera type time sits at the northern end of Lake Traunsee, the deepest lake in Austria with a depth of 192m. The town had a lovely lake side promenade, a lakeside castle – Seeschloss Ort, and a charming old quarter. It was lovely just to wander around and of course stop at one of the many konditories for a drink and kuchen!

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Jun 25, 2018 - Move to Mondsee in the Salzkammergut area

The road out of Inzell was partly open in the direction we were going so that was a relief - we didn’t have to go through the village! It was only a short journey around the northern edge of Salzburg and then into the Salzkammergut region. The road to the campground was narrow but OK through a small village and through farmland. The campground were welcoming and after a bit of a compromise on where they wanted to put us we soon got set up in our spot.

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Jun 25, 2018 - Mondsee

The very helpful receptionist at the campground had told us about a lovely walking path down into Mondsee. We took her advice and enjoyed the 3km walk from the campground into Mondsee. The town of Mondsee sits at the northern tip of the crescent shaped lake of the same name. We explored the lake front finding an interesting small exhibition on the discover of stone age pile dwellings in both the Monsee and the Attersee lakes. We then walked into the small town to visit the now famous parish church. The church was originally built in the...

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Jun 16, 2018 - Pochlarn to Linz

Stage 7 - 100 Kms Well, Bruce had kind of seized up a bit with the the damage he did to himself while riding through Krems an der Donau yesterday, so he decided that discretion is the better part of valor and chose to ride in the van today. Some of our day was still along the Danube and it was lovely to see it again - green and brown though it may be (not 'Blue'). On the one side was the river and on the other were vineyards and eventually we came to Grein, a lovely little town with a castle (of course!) overlooking it. Our Paris to...

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May 1, 2018 - Salzburg and Linz - A Day of Music

On Tuesday, May 1, we were on the buses by 8 o’clock and headed to Salzburg, Austria. It was a two hour ride, with a stop-off at the beautiful lake-side town of Mondsee. St. Michael's church is situated right in the middle of the town centre and was used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film. Since today is May Day, a workers holiday, most of the shops were closed but we privileged to see a parade with a band and costumed people. Also an antique car show was there and was very enjoyable. Then on to Salzburg. Salzburg is an...

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