On the road again

Trip Start Mar 22, 2010
Trip End Jun 10, 2010

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Nord Sam Campingplatz

Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Monday, April 5, 2010

Got up to another magnificent shower in the bathroom which looks over the alps, and has a warmed floor - I seriously could have slept there, just beautiful, and then another superb spread at breakfast thanks to Kat. We sat having coffees with Kat and Henning  as we tried to figure out our next move with maps and local knowledge! Seano spent a bit of time outside with Alois changing the batteries over in Hans Bubi (we have light!!) and then it was time to get going. I had a lovely chat with Alois’ Mum about her garden and about our travels, and she said next time we were coming through Bavaria to come back to stay with them!

I was really sad to say goodbye to our new friends (and old friend) after having such a magnificent time. Alois gave us a series of cycling maps of the area around Swabering, because we had been looking at them at breakfast yesterday. (S: Amazed at how much cycling there is and the fantastic infrastructure. WE noticed the cycling paths all around the lakes and it would be so fantastic to just do a cycling holiday….although next time I would make sure I had a geared bike…) We left Andi and Magdalena with Aussie flags, and made them promise when they come to Australia to come to stay with us. We hope Kat, our enchanting friend, will come to stay again.

Back in Hans Bubi, and on the road to Salzburg, Austria. So excited at the prospect of seeing the Sound of Music sites, and such a beautiful city. The drive was lovely, windy, and delightfully slow. At one stage, we were stopped by a man in Lederhosen as a parade of people on decorated horses wearing traditional Bavarian costume crossed over the road. The mountains are amazing - I think I took another 50 shots of snow covered Alps - It is hard to believe that they are just THERE. The locals tell me they don’t even see them anymore. I can’t imagine getting used to something so breathtaking.

Arrived in Salzburg, and thought we would have a little explore around the city, and had planned on staying out of town in a little place (Hallstadt) that Catherine W had recommended to us. However, as Seano pointed out, Salzburg seems to be a city designed for short people, and short cars, because every parking area had a roof of less than 2 metres (Hans is about 3), so we meandered through the city, reversed out of a few parking stations feeling very TopGear….Sorry, sorry…as we are going the wrong way…. I was completely amazed by the buildings, cathedrals, tiny little shops and restaurants, and the Easter decorations, while poor Seano navigated our way beautifully through these tiny little streets, negotiating 3 point turns in areas where I think the charade would struggle. In the end, we stopped outside a service station to plan our next move - turns out there is a little campingplatz only about 5ks out of town, so we made our way there to settle, because we had a feeling that Salzburg deserves quite a decent exploration!

Got a great little secluded spot in Nord Sam camping ground, which has lovely clean showers and toilets, and a really friendly feel about it - there was no-one in the office, but the jovial sign said to make ourselves at home, and we could sort it all out later! So we did. Got the bikes off the back and Seano led us on to a bike track down past a little stream and then out onto the main river into town. Still completely amazed that as we ride along the alps are just sitting there being stunning. I have to concentrate on riding, not staring at the snow covered mountains just in front of me, but that is a hard task.

Got into town and locked the bikes up (another very bike friendly city), and had a lovely meander through the tiny streets and alleyways in the Altstadt (old town). We saw the house where Mozart was born, and everywhere you look there are people selling round red and silver covered chocolates which I understand are referred to as “Mozart’s balls”. Haven’t tried them yet!

There are shops dedicated to traditional costume, and I found just the one I wanted with a green dress and a shiny green apron. Unfortunately, the price of 600 €was a wee bit prohibitive. There are alleyways dedicated to jewellery, costumes, shoes, bags, and on the main alley, there are all sorts of shops, but mostly icecream shops. It must have been about 6 degrees, and people everywhere were still eating icecream! (I had talked about this with the Bavarians - they thought it was so silly that we associated icecream with a trip in to the beach!).

Had a coffee at McDonalds (yerk) because we thought we could get internet access - we couldn’t. Got out of there and continued wandering. Found a lovely little fresh food market where we picked up some tomatoes, bread, and cheese. Something we have noticed is that a lot of the food is just out in the air - there were enormous wheels of cheese, almost as wide as my own armspan, just sitting out, and chains of wurst hanging from the rooves of the stalls. None of the fruit and veg was in any sort of plastic wrapping, you just picked what you wanted and that was it. All very refreshing!   

We wandered about for an hour or so and made our way back to the bikes and set about looking for some beer halls we had read about called Augustiner Bräustübl, where the monks have been brewing since 1621. We got a little lost finding the place, before we stumbled up a little alley and noticed a small sign above a door with a small bike rack outside. We parked the bikes and went in and the place looked like a monastry (funnily enough) we went through a couple of doors and down some steps before the passage ways opened out to a big food hall and there were large rooms off to the side full of people. We found a room and settled in and went for some beers. The whole place seemed to be where people come to meet. There were families having picnic dinners, people playing cards, meetings of the local Rotarians. It had such a nice feel to the place. We had a few beers and some Pretzels. We eventually headed off around 8.30pm, it was dark and cold outside so we rugged up in gloves and beanies and jumped on the bikes. The ride was nice, although the rain that started part way home was less than welcome. We got home and had nice hot showers and got into some dry clothes before having some spatzle for dinner and hitting the hay. 

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Miss kerrie on

I hope you're talking about your Charade.. because the crazy bitch would laugh in the general direction of those narrow streets mwahh hahahaha

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