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Hallstadt 2

Village on the lake

overcast 19 °C

I certainly understand why Hallstadt is a Unesco listed village. There is limited car use (local only) with only one street only as wide as a small car. We took a turn around the lake on a boat for a broader perspective. Our accommodation is over 600 years old. Jim has gone up a very steep funicular to see the salt mines. I passed on that one. Austria so far is very interesting; scenically, very like Switzerland, but probably more traditional in style, more German.

Posted by kazandjim 07:16 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Hallstadt

Jim's birthday

rain 18 °C

Today is Jim's birthday. It started with a ride on the funicular up to the old fort with views over the whole city. Then off in a hire car through the mountains. Called in at a lakeside cafe for lovely lunch, then onward to Hallstadt, our next stop for 2 nights. Stunning little village right on the water's edge, with majestic mountains all around. Still raining, but not cold. Hoping for some better weather tomorrow. Had another beautiful meal overlooking the lake and a stroll around the village. Tried to order champagne but apparently Austria doesn't do sparkling. Their version is a Chardonnay with sparkling water added to it. Different.

Posted by kazandjim 23:27 Archived in Austria Comments (1)

Salzburg

2 days is not long enough for this city

rain 16 °C

Salzburg epitomises the reason we always try to stay in the "old town" of the cities we visit. Full of interesting architecture and history, it's stunningly beautiful and very quirky. Our 6 hour train ride from Zurich went in a flash. Sitting drinking an Earl Grey (and later, Champagne) watching the scenery go by is my idea of a perfect travel day. The trip was cloudy, with Jim's favourite "sticky" clouds hanging in the mountains. It's been raining since we arrived, but nothing that an umbrella doesn't sort. Our room is in a 13th century hotel, beautifully done, seriously quirky - my favourite kind. I'm not one for regular shopping, so I'm always happily surprised to find shops with items I've never seen before.
Mozart is everywhere you look, but neither of us can confess to being fans. On the hop on hop off bus tour, Jim listened to the Mozart commentary, and I listened to the Sound of Music one. Walked my legs off today. Considering the last few months of some fairly tricky health issues for me, I'm pleased with my efforts, but totally pooped.

Posted by kazandjim 08:57 Archived in Austria Comments (2)

Zurich

30/8/2014

sunny 20 °C

It was easy to get up at 5a.m. seeing as my head still thinks it's 11 a.m. A fairly normal Saturday get up time. Emirates flight to Zurich was 6 hours and quite comfortable in regular economy seats. Airports are such time wasters , so much queuing and waiting. But on the other hand, it never ceases to amaze me that by putting yourself in a capsule, you can be swiftly transported to the other side of the world. Our hotel here is one of the most expensive ones we've booked, and probably the most ordinary, and the cheapest we could find in Zurich. This is Switzerland, nothing is cheap.

Went for a wander in the balmy early evening of the last weekend of summer and stumbled upon a music and food festival. With some yummy food and a few beers, we did some serious people watching. Wandered over what appears to be Zurich's answer to a lock bridge. I'll put up a pic of one that made me laugh.

Posted by kazandjim 07:05 Archived in Switzerland Comments (0)

Dubai

Day 2, 29/8/2014

sunny 42 °C

It was a fairly turbulent flight, but we felt quite spoilt in our exit row seats upstairs. Still economy class, but a small, quiet cabin area with plenty of leg room. Took my first ever sleeping pill, which worked a treat; first time I've ever slept more than half hour on a plane.

Still Friday, and a 7 a.m. arrival in Dubai meant time for a look around the city before checking in to our hotel. Did a deal with a taxi driver, and for under $60 AUD, he drove us around all the sights of the city for 2 hours. A good option for a 42degree morning. It's a city of money, architecture and men. I barely saw a woman on the streets at all, except the tourist variety. After a nana nap we headed to Dubai Mall, complete with ice rink, 4 storey waterfall and out door fountain show at dusk. A big day.

Posted by kazandjim 20:50 Archived in United Arab Emirates Comments (0)

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