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Dec 23, 2019 - Salzburg

With predictions of rain Martha, Judi, and I boarded our bus for a 2 hour ride to Salzburg from Passau, Germany. We drove through lower Bavaria which is mostly farmland. (So many green fields and cloudy rainy skies! It does not feel like winter).. Growing corn, which is used to feed dairy and beef cattle and making canola oil, is their main focus. Farmers supplement their incomes by supporting the local tourist industry in various ways. There are also health spas with healing mineral waters....benefiting troublesome hips and knees. After an...

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Christmas Markets

Oct 7, 2019 - Salzburg

I’m short on photos today. It rained pretty much the whole day so I walked around and spent a lot of time eating and drinking coffee. I had some apple strudel, very good! The red bull photo is from yesterday. I guess it originates in Austria. Our guide yesterday said they are extremely wealthy. Not only do they have their own plane but they also have their own runway. She said a number of years ago they flew in the real Marie VonTrapp in from the US for some special dedication. She was over 90 years old. That is the daughter Marie, not the...

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Oct 6, 2019 - The Sound of Music

A great day today. I went on a Sound of Music tour today. There were only 3 of us so it was fantastic. My wifi isn’t cooperating so I couldn’t add more photos but oh my goodness the scenery was absolutely amazing!! I am spoiled with all the beauty I’ve seen in the past couple of weeks. The tour guide did a great job of showing us all the locations filmed in the movie as well as the picturesque village of Hallstatt. On the way back to Salzburg she played some songs from the movie. We were out for almost 8 hours. A perfect day. :) I sure...

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Oct 5, 2019 - Travel to Salzburg

Well I made it to Salzburg but what a trip it was lol!! The pictures aren’t the best but they show a bit of the countryside. It started to get overcast and a bit of rain on the way. Tomorrow’s forecast is looking alright but the next day a really good chance of rain. I walked to the train station in Ljubljana and boarded the train. I thought I have 4 hours to sit, relax and enjoy the view. About an hour out of Ljubljana the train stops and the man is telling everyone to get off the train. At least that Was what I thought since I didn’t...

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Sep 12, 2019 - Passau and Salzburg

We were on the Autobahn and also local roads as our day's tour began. Crops included corn (lots; grown only for cattle feed), garden plants, mustard, buckwheat, flowers to encourage bees, and flowers for tillage. We crossed the border into Austria. We were told the onion-like domes on churches looked like burning candles, the light of God. Salzburg was central to the salt trade in medieval times. Buildings had specific color codes (due to illiteracy) which are required to be maintained to this day. Yellow indicates Gasthaus, red the...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Grossglockner to Mittersill

Grossglockner to Mittersill. Today’s ride, which unfortunately I did not do, went over the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (high alpine road). Unfortunately the luggage van in which I travelled was too heavy to manage the steep roads and Guillermo, the driver, was also concerned about his brakes on the steep descent. We took a different route which had us almost returning to Salzburg before picking up the main road. This was much less steep, though by no means flat, and passed over bridges and through many many tunnels and avalanche...

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Jun 16, 2019 - Salzburg to Bad Gastein to Grossglockner

Last night it thundered and rained for quite a long time but eventually the showers eased. We were all a bit concerned about having to pack tents and bags in the rain but the morning dawned cloudy but dry. Bruce and I made sure that we had waterproofs with us just in case. The first 60 km were gently rising as we cycled alongside the Salzach river. We were then faced with a 15 km climb which included 3km with gradients seldom below 11% and mostly around 15% which is what the sign at the bottom stated. At one stage we were told by Ype that...

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Jun 16, 2019 - Day 33 - Werfen

Day 33 - Sunday 16 June 19 - Werfen We were up late but managed to be away just after breakfast at 0900hrs. Our first objective was the world’s largest ice caves at Eisriesenwelt. This required an 11 km drive to the Visitor Centre where we were able to secure a carpark nearby before the crowds gathered. We then hiked 1.1km uphill to the transit Talstation cable car for the ascent to what we thought would be the cave entrance. Unfortunately it was another 1+km further uphill at a height of 1685m; so high we were in the clouds which possibly...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Salzburg rest day (reflections from Bruce)

Salzburg rest day. Hi, Bruce here. About time I hit the keyboard I think. It’s a rest day for us after 4 days of riding. We have been sightseeing in town in rather warm temperatures again, it’s 28C at 3 pm. Before I get onto what we have been doing in Salzburg, I’ll let you know of some of my observations of the first week living cheek by jowl with Jack. Firstly, he’s not hesitant in advising of the status of certain bodily functions. It’s generally too much information for me and it’s certainly too much for you, so that stays on the...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Day 32 - Werfen

Day 32- Saturday 15 June 19 - Werfen Our early departure (0840 hrs) for Werfen was only interrupted by a stop at a Macca’s on the outskirts of Graz; we were in need of a salad and Macca’s normally comes to the party. We chose badly and left less than satisfied of a healthy dish. Our 213km drive combined both the autostrade and regional roads and it was only in the later stage of the trip that the mountains closed in on us in a memory of Lienz. We had stopped once for a coffee and sandwich at a servo to break up the trip. Our objective for...

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Jun 14, 2019 - Palfau to Salzburg via Hallstatter See

Palfau to Hallstatter See Woke to an overcast sky and mild 17C temperature. I decided to carry my light rain jacket as the forecast was for 40% showers. As it turned out I need not have bothered. Once again we followed the Salza river downstream and watched it grow wider and calmer. After some distance we spotted what looked like a ruined castle on the hillside, the Burgruine Gallenstein. I think that it may be a museum. After changing to another route we came across some roadworks. Callum was already there and said that he had been waiting...

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Jul 4, 2018 - Walk around Lake Fuschlsee

Another glorious day so we decided we would walk around Lake Fuschlsee one of the smaller lakes in the region. Most of the walk was shaded by trees and close to the lake shore. There was a number of interest exhibition boards giving information about the various types of trees around the lake. At the western end of the lake there was a small stream which was a spawn stream for the lake trout.

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