Saturday, 1 December 2012

Austria, Vienna & Bavaria

Seems ages since my last post.
Its easy taking loads of photos and selecting which ones to blog with but impossible to predict where we'll have the all important Wi Fi, really need to look at alternative connections on our return to the UK at Xmas
The other excuse is that we've really just been enjoying ourselves immensely 
Touring in the van is really easy and is liberating to say the least, the freedom of movement, when and where to stay just opens doors every day
We really have not known where we would end up each day and that is the attraction we think of this lifestyle, any way on with the photos...

Oberammagau, close to the Austrian border, famed for its Passion Play once every 10yrs and its lack of tourists in November!

Nina took this candid shot of me after a brisk walk in the forest.....

The descent in to Innsbruck complete with several escape lanes

This was Hall, a very old village that looked stunning at night

At last, a shop with taste...
I secretly feared the shop manufactured Nina replacements..

Sell am See
Hotel was closed so could not laud it up

On a hike one day, now in deepest Austria, we discovered a Fitnessweg, numerous activity stations along the way that gave little excuse not to have a go

This guy is Herbert
A brief encounter in Laimbach, a small village, led to us being effectively kidnapped and taken for high tea at his home
Together with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, we enjoyed several hours sampling coffee and home made goodies
Their friendliness and welcome took us quite by surprise, many thanks you two

The first sight of the Donau

Vienna was a great day out for us, after having stayed near a Bahnhof overnight, we caught the immaculate train in to the immaculate city
Rose coloured glasses perhaps but I felt really comfortable here and enjoyed it in spite of being a bloke conditioned to not liking shopping

All these were high end shops that we did not go in to
Nina left her facemarks on most of the windows though
You know they are obscenely expensive when the doormen greet you wearing Armani suits
No price tags is another clue....

Just a few shots from probably a hundred that day


Vienna underground

Tiny village in the Tirol

This effectively is an ATM, how civilised

Shots one morning en route past Schliersee in Bavaria

Another Xmas market unfolded later this day involving more Gluhwein, hot sweet red wine, which everyone drinks around the stalls

Big trek one day around a huge lake and hills near Fall on the German / Austrian border

Same campsite, Via Claudia, we took in on our retraced path back across bavaria

The Erwin Hymer museum in Bad Waldsee

Beat this for an interior!

Freiburg Christmas markets, more beer, more sausages..