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Europe » Austria » Styria » Altaussee June 16th 2013

Because the road and rail is closed between Obertraun and Bad Aussee, Larry took us and our bikes to a top of a hill near Bad Aussee where he would pick us up later in the day. The start was ominous in that the first few kilometres was downhill flat out - which meant we had to bike up it later in the day. Once we arrived at Altaussee, we took the R61 bike trail to Blaa Alm which was several kilometres up a valley to a ski field, through forest and on to open meadow. It seems to be a popular place in the weekend with many cyclists and motor bikers coming and going. Coming back down to the ski lift we had lunch and headed back down to the lake of Altausseer See where ... read more
So incredibly hot

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Kirchberg in Tyrol June 15th 2013

Woke up that day feeling nervous because in a few hours I would be flying off the ground in a parachute and that terrified me because I am scared of heights. People were talking about the masked party the night before at the bar which was apparently a lot of fun. Some back story, Venice is known for its Masks which allowed in the old days people of nobility and peasants to go to parties. So last night's parties people had bought masks in Venice and wore them to the party. The bus left fairly early that morning because we had a long ride to Austria and we had to be there shortly after noon for the optionals. We were just pulling out when I realized I had left my jacket which had my passport in ... read more
Cable car up the mountain
Paragliding
Paragliding Group

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Hallstatt June 15th 2013

Today is a rest day after many consecutive days of biking. The body is saying enough is enough but that doesn't mean doing nothing. We walked from Obertraun to the Hallstatt railway station which is about a 45minute walk. From the Schiffstation (ferry stop), we took the ferry across the lake to Hallstatt which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it's unique position and history. It sits right on the lakeside between the water and the cliffs which doesn't allow for much room for a village which is essentially carless. Hallstatt is known for its production of salt dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt Culture, a culture often linked to Early Iron Age Europe. It's human history appears to go back 7000 years still based on the trading ... read more
A house in the square at Hallstatt
A street scene in Hallstatt
A wonderful find in Hallstatt

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Obertraun June 14th 2013

Today we had to leave our lovely hosts, Robert and Catherine. We had so much enjoyed staying with them, but we must move on and cover the rest of the trip. The first leg was to bike back to Bad Ischl where we'd been a couple of days ago when it was raining. Today looked dicey too with a few spits but nothing major. We took an alternative route closer to Bad Ischl and guess what? We got off course again and had to backtrack to the right side of the river to get into town. We found the popular café known for it's cakes along the esplanade and ordered a couple of slices with coffee. Very nice. We had a walk through the central area and then figured we'd head across the river and up ... read more
Haus Hepi

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Ebensee June 13th 2013

After getting thoroughly wet yesterday, today is a beautiful clear, sunny and warm day. What a contrast! Our fellow cyclists from Arizona have finished their cycling holiday and left this morning. They will be replaced by another 2 people who weare yet to meet, but it will be fleeting as we leave for Obertraun tomorrow. After yesterday's long distance we decided on something a little shorter today, but unfortunately all uphill for the first part (so much for easy). Since it was sunny and likely to be hot we decided to take the Seilbahn (Cable Car) up to the Feuerkogl in the morning, a peak at 1600m which was along our intended route. I gather the name Feure refers to fire or hell - not sure why. On arriving at the top and marvelling at the ... read more
Alpine Flowers
More alpine flowers
Langbathsee

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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Ebensee June 12th 2013

As the title says, it was wet, bloody wet AND we got lost! A brief respite though, with a little sun in between rain. As I did not want to do 70kms today, I took the train to Bad Ischl while Lindsay biked the 18km. By the time he arrived it started to rain - a big black cloud rolling in from the lake. We sat it out by having coffee and cake at the station and then put on our wet weather gear and heading out towards Lake St Wolfgang. We biked through undulating farmland with huge houses with barns attached. It was a very pretty area to bike through and quiet. St Wolfgang was a whole different story. It is a tourist town and there were bus loads of Asians and Oldies everywhere. I'm ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Ebensee June 11th 2013

After spending time Skyping my sister and getting all the Taranaki news, we set off for Gmunden which is down the other end of the Traunsee (Lake Traun). The weather was looking dicey so we loaded the pannier with our rain gear and lunches and a back pack for incidentals. It was also cold, much the same temps as we had been having at home before we left. On the way we passed the village of Traunkirchen which we visited 2 days ago and continued on the R2 bike path. It is a well marked biking path wide enough for 2 abreast on concrete or asphalt so it's pretty easy going. Close to Gmunden is a promontory covered with lovely trees and the building for Central Congress and the Land Castle Ort. Over a long wooden ... read more
Schloss Ort near Gmunden
The courtyard inside Schloss Ort
The promenade at Gmunden

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Ebensee June 10th 2013

Linds has found that his bike gives him sore wrists so another was to come from Obertraun (where we'll be in a few days). While we waited for the bike we headed off to explore Ebensee and do a circuit around the river on foot. The path we thought we'd take was washed out so we walked the road up the river to a bridge then back through farms and little lanes back to Rosenhof. By which time it was midday. Catherine had made our lunches to have at the house or take with us. We opted for half in half - some now, some later. We are certainly getting a nice selection in our lunch bags - filled rolls, fruit, a muesli bar and a fruit drink. We then sorted out the new bikes. They ... read more
The trail bikes

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 10th 2013

Greetings, Everyone! Today I am off to Austria for a 3.5 week travel adventure through Central Europe. I will be blogging at http://formaedivinae.wordpress.com/ and invite you to travel with me there! (Simply click this link and then click the dark grey tab in the lower right hand corner of the website that says “ + Follow” and then you will get email updates indicating when I have posted!) In addition, I will be posting more photos here under the trip "Meeting God in Austria, Bavaria and Budapest"! A little bit about the purpose of my trip and the blog: The What: To practice the art of paying attention and to discover delight in the sheer pleasure of living and in so doing get a taste of life and life to the fullest! I do not believe ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Ebensee June 9th 2013

Time to move on from Salzburg. It's another lovely day so we filled in the time until pickup by doing a circuit of the river and as we arrived back the driver taking us to Ebensee (Aybensee) had arrived. It was a hour and a half's journey in one very hot vehicle as the air conditioning only worked in the front. We thought that running the inside vehicle temperature at 35 would be a good practice for the Froudes going to Bangkok! However, despite the heat, the driver was friendly and informative. He eventually found the address at Ebensee and it seemed we wound our way through the whole town. On reflection, we did because we're at the back end from the lake. We're now settled into Gasthof Rosenhof which is a large modern guest house ... read more
Rosenhof Gasthaus
The lake front at Ebensee
Ebensee town map showing Rosenhof Gasthaus




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