Vienna and the Austrian Countryside
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Our second day with the vehicle was spent in the Austrian countryside... spending time in small villages... and taking in Maria Theresa's countryside residence, The Hof Palace and manor (farm)... Yes a beautiful castle... but the farm was why we came... with a stable full of Lipizzaner stallions... llamas, camels and exotic old world breeds of unique farm animals... surrounded by a multitude of gardens and a petting zoo full of baby goats and lambs... perfect for the boys... At heart they are farm boys and often talk about living in the country and riding horses, raising sheep and running the hills with their dogs... Not sure if this is in our cards... but it has been a recurring dream we have miraged for some time... only problem... we are living the opposite lifestyle... and are not sure if roots that deep would nourish us... We ended up closing down the place... enjoying being in the quiet countryside... and headed back to Bratislava... went to a new outlet strip near the airport... bought new running shoes for me... good gym shoes for the boys... and a yoghurt shake for Deb... all for a fraction of the price we would have paid in Turkey...
Dropped the car off at the airport... and headed back to Istanbul... via plane... caught a bus to Ankara... over the mountains... to the Anatolian Plateau... and up to our home on the hill... for a week's stay before heading off to the Black Sea to spend our last week of summer vacation... exploring the cool mountains ringing the rocky coastline... the fabled area of the Amazonian tribe of women warriors... and the Golden Fleece taken by Jason and the Argonauts...