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Published: June 10th 2018
Weather forecast last night said we would have rain all day from 8am. Woke to blue sky and sunshine and a forecast now for rain starting midday. Not a drop dropped until the usual 6pm downpour with thundery effects.
Kisbee came out of the Tandy's boot. Macs in sacs went into the back-box as a precaution and off we went. Not actually quite sure where we did go but we visited a couple of pretty flower decked villages, took photos across fields to the mountainous backdrop and went a little way up a couple of mountain roads.
First stop was "Loch Ness" which is the public swimming area directly across from the campsite on lake Putterersee. We had seen it from our side of the lake and wondered what it is. No idea if the water on this side is any clearer of if they swim in thick green here too but there are diving boards and plenty of people splashing about. We had already made the decision not to swim in the lake today as Bob discovered an odd rash down his inner arm last night which we suspected was from something he touched (or which touched him
!) in the water. Decided we prefer to see what we are swimming through.
Next stop was the church in Irdning and this proved to be one of our holiday little treasures. Noticed lots of people outside in traditional Austrian clothing. Men in ledderhosen and ladies in dirndls. Nearly everyone was dressed up including little children. What an absolute delight for us as tourists and we felt quite privileged to see it. I found someone who spoke English to explain. It was the Confirmation Service and inside the church were all the youngsters who were receiving their first communion. I asked if it was ok to take photos and was told that was fine so I did and some even posed for me.
We went on our way rather delighted to have happened to have been passing at the right moment. Next stop (not including several photo opportunities along the way) was at the next village along the valley, Donnersbach. I heard oompah oompah music so we stopped to investigate and found a party setting up under a marquee which must have been for all the celebrants from the Irdning church.
After a quick trip up a
couple of mountain roads to see the lovely views we set off back. The sun had popped in and I thought we might get rained on but we didn't. Don't know why I bother with the weather forecasts at all, might as well just look out of the window.
I spotted a restaurant (Kirchenwirt Aigen
.), the only eatery we had seen, so we went in to find lunch. Quite a big place once we got inside with several big tables laid up. A really lucky find. We so often find ourselves in places which cater for tourists. This was where the Austrian locals go for Sunday dinner out. Ok we had quite a long wait before our food came but they were very busy and when the food came it was delicious. Enjoyed every mouthful.
Back at the campsite and a read in the sun plus a surprise treat from the German couple in the caravan behind us when they came across with slices of a rather good strawberry flan.
Then a quick thunder storm on the dot of 6pm before dinner and a drink at the campsite bar with a couple we had met earlier, Brian and Jan. Lovely to be able to sit outside until 10pm putting the world to rights.
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