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Jul 25, 2018 - A drive north of Graz

Our final day in Graz saw us driving north out of the city. We visited Rein Abbey which is the oldest existing Cistercian abbey in the world as monks have lived here since 1129. The church as usual was ornate but artistically pleasing. From there we drove through wooded hills and found the start of a walk through Kesselfallklamm but the path was poor and there were ladders which Daisy could not manage. So, we gave that up as a bad job. We eventually found the lovely small town of Frohnleiten and enjoyed a walk by the Mur and explored the...

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Jul 24, 2018 - Second visit in Graz

After a day of rain/rest we made a second visit into Graz. This time we started on the western side of the Mur River where ever since 2003 when Graz was the cultural capital of Europe the “friendly alien” Kunsthaus has made its home. It certainly stood out nestled between the old houses. Crossing the Mur there was another piece of modern architecture the “Murinsel” which takes the form of a floating shell linked by footbridges to the banks. Interesting! Once across the river we decided we would go up to the top of the 473m Schlossberg. We...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Schloss Eggenberg

Much cooler day today thank goodness. After Daisy’s exciting visit yesterday and a cool day we left daisy at the coach ( a very rare occasion) to visit Schloss Eggenberg on the outskirts of Graz. The palace owes its name to its famous owner; Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg (1568-1634) who rose from being the son of a provincial patrician to becoming one of the most powerful statesmen of his times. He was a close confident of Emperor Ferdinand II and steered the political fortunes of the Austrian/Hungarian Empire at the start of the Thirty...

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Jul 21, 2018 - Piber Lipizzaner Stud Farm

Today we visited the Piber Lipizzaner Stud Farm where the famous Vienna Spanish Riding School horses are reared and also where they enjoy their retirement. We were surprised that they allowed dogs at the stud but they said the horses loved having dogs around so Daisy came along too. With an excellent audio-guide we toured the stud and Daisy met he horses. We learnt some interest facts. - The Lipizzaner foals are not born white but it can take up to three years before they change colour. - The young stallion foals spend their summers on the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Stübling Austrian Open-Air Museum

Another hot day so we headed out to Stübling Open Air Museum. This museum was a wander across the regions of Austria, from Burgenland to Vorarlberg in terms of the history of farming and a rural way of life . There was over 90 historic buildings and a couple of museums giving an insight into rural traditions and processes. The only downside was there was very little in English. However, the whole site was in woodlands so it was a good place to explore on a hot day.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Drive in the surrounding countryside and a visit to Burg Riegersburg.

After a day in the city and it was forecast to be very hot we decided we would take a drive into the surrounding countryside. It was a mixture of vineyards and arable farming with rolling hills and dales. Our main stop on our drive was the 850 year old Riegersburg Castle which sits on top of a 482m extinct volcano. A modern inclined elevator took us up to the castle which had spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. We also visited the Kornberg Castle which was in much better state of repair.

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Jul 18, 2018 - First visit to Graz

On arriving at the stellplatz we had been given a lot of information produced by the Graz tourist information. One leaflet had three suggested walks around Graz. We drove into the town and thanks once again to the tourist map quickly found a car park. We then started walking following the Graz historic centre walking tour. Graz was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 for its best-preserved city centre of Central Europe. We started at the Landhaus Courtyard , a beautiful arched inner courtyard of the Italian Renaissance The...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Move to Graz

We headed further east and slightly north to the second largest city in Austria- Graz. We had a good journey and arrived at the stellplatz on the edge of Graz. We had reserved and when we arrived the manager gave us a choice of several sites which we could easily get on. The motorhome service point was excellent, designed with good access and to cope with three or four motorhomes at one time. As always in a stellplatz, the pitches are always close together but this one felt more like a campground. It was united European nations- German,...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Down a Salt Mine

We had lost the day before due to concerns about Heather’s Mum. She had been in hospital from the 20 June after once again going unresponsive. Again, she had both a chest infection and UTI and also managed to break her wrist by being too independent going to the loo. On Tuesday evening Heather’s sister had been called into the hospital as Mum now had pneumonia and they were not sure whether she would make it. However, by Wednesday she had improved and was responding to treatment. We had all had a concerning 24 hours and had planned our...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Last day in Austria

August 13 -Day 17 Today we left Vienna and headed to Graz, Austria for our first exhibition game. The trip to Graz was a beautiful one as the landscape of the Austrian countryside is very beautiful. We stopped in the downtown centre of Graz for about an hour and a half, once again the buildings found in the square had a lot of character . We did not have a lot or time to wander around before heading to the hotel. The boys won their first game this evening against a team in Graz , Austria . It was a more physical game then they have seen...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Austria - Graz

12th & 13th August 2012 (Bed 62) Today we are back in Austria in the town of Graz. It is funny how quickly you can become complacent with an area and stop admiring its surroundings. Having been to Austria in 1991, although different, the towns are very familiar to us. When this happens, you know that a change in scenery is in order. Don’t misunderstand me, Graz is a lovely town. It has some amazing things to see, with its beautifully decorated building, compact streets and unusual architecture. While it was great wandering round and seeing...

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Feb 16, 2012 - Day 41 - "Penthouse Suite?!"

Just a quick one today really to put my marker on the map, as little has happened, other than the usual to be honest. The Mistelbach hotel was lovely, and we enjoyed a delightful lunch there Wednesday lunchtime, which was also great for the fact I managed to get Luke and Hannah to sit and have a meal together and chat, so alls good there. We watched Naked Gun in the evening too! The show today was pretty awful if I'm honest. We'd arrived, what with only having one show today in high spirits... which were quickly dispersed by the very rude...

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