Monthly Archives: September 2016

Austria 2016, Day 14, Monday


Another R and R day where we took a walk to town to purchase some late minute things as gifts and food ended up with a hike to the famous20160926_095303 Golling water falls.

Located around three kilometres from the town centre of Golling is one of the most attractive and romantic natural monuments in the province of Salzburg. The roaring Golling Waterfall was a popular motif of many painters in the 19th century Romantic period.

In the 1800’s, the wealthy of Austria came to Golling to cool off from the heat and to spend time in the wilderness with their own kind.  I can see why, A gorgeous spot. 

Not far from here is a gothic church that was a destination for pilgrims during the same time.

Bildergebnis für photo, saint nicholas church in golling

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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Austria



Austria 2016, Day 12-13, Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, September 24, 2016…Longest Day of the Trip


The view walking out backdoor on our way to the train station in Golling.

We hopped on the the 08:30 for Salzburg, Linz and finally Melk our final destination and the most beautiful Benediction Monastery in the world that sits over looking the city and the Danube Rive. 


The rail jet train headed toward Melk with only one change.  225 k/hr as smooth as can be.  We got home about 1900 in the evening with minds full of memories and pictures of one of the places we have always wanted to see. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Not far from the east west airline corridor across Europe over the Alps I am watching the con trails in the brilliant blue mountain skies.

We left this morning 45 minutes early for mass this morning as it was the “Thanksgiving” mass at the St. Francis of Assisi Church.  We were expecting something special but not a large brass band, 50 veterans…rifles/swords and another group of church goer’s dressed in the area’s long past.  It was spectacular and they are so proud of their heritage. 


We had Weinersnichitchel for lunch at our favorite restaurant on the way home.  A Sunday we will not forget. 

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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Austria



Austria 2016, Days 10, 11, Thursday, Friday

I am sitting on our houses’ veranda looking at the world of Golling, Austria.  Surrounded on all sides by the Alps now partially covered by the clouds.  To the left our hillside is covered by roving chickens busily eating insects .  About a 100 yards beyond the busy state highway, 2 lane, LOL where the cars and commence  of this area flows. The last butterflies of the year are busily looking for nectar before the first hard freeze hits here in the next week ore two.  If there is a paradise, I think we have found it.  Following is the a resume of the past two days activity.

Day 11, Friday, A Day of Rest and Errands

We had quite a day yesterday as you will see and we really needed today.  Up about 6 a.m. 10 hours of sleep.  Made breakfast and then cleaned up the kitchen and did a garbage run to the garage where the cans are kept.  Our landlady who lives below us came down and made sure we had all of the sorting done right…close but no cigar…they are really fussy about that stuff here.

20160923_123722Went grocery shopping, a 1/2 mile walk on what could be our last trip there.  They are getting to know us.  You have to be very organized about food in an Austrian Village as every store including restaurants close at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.  Forgot to go shopping?  You starve.

We then headed down town, another 1/2 mile the opposite way for banking, miscellaneous and lunch at a restaurant in a hotel that opened in 1350.  Oh the20160923_121032 stories this place could stay if it could talk.  We each had a bowl of soup and bread for lunch. Oh yes, a small beer as well…mandatory in Austria.

We re-learned a lot here again on this trip.  Why Europeans are so thin is because they eat basically the same kind of food we do in the USA but the portion is so much smaller and they walk a minimum of 5 miles a day every day!  We walked up to nearly nine miles the other day.  Oh yes, we stopped on the way home for a gelato cone on the way home to balance off the very health meal.  Very small but oh so good. 

We then took a two hour nap and now are having a cup of tea.  Such a good life. 

A quiet evening tonight and then the longest day of the trip coming up. 

Day 10, Thursday, Lost in the Austrian Alps


We headed off at 9 a.m. for an hour and 1/2 long train trip through some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, the Alps, to a world renown lake and skiing center in the world, Zell Am See.  The play ground of the millionaires…the t0wn was IMG_0421 (2)full of middle eastern families who had their vacation villas there.

We cruised the lake and sat in the high mountain sunshine sharing a sweet and drinking lattes and cappuccino’s.  We didn’t filled in with the oil millionaires but we enjoy it for an hour or so.  T

They flew in with their helicopters and we boarded our train…and promptly got lost!  We missed our connection and headed down the wrong valley an it took us two hours to get turned around, thanks to the Austrian train riders who spoke enough English along with our minimal German to get on our way back home.  A long day.

Maybe it was a payback for the cruise we took on a yacht with the oil magnates. 


They let us aboard, for a price of course.  An eventful day. 

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Austria, Train



Austria 2016, Day 9, Wednesday, Sept. 21


We are only half way on our 17,352 steps, 7.68 mile walk for the day. That castle fortress called Castle Hohensalzburg on top of the high hill was our goal today.  To and from the train station was just over 5 miles and it was well worth it. 

We left about 9 a.m. by train from Golling our home village to IMG_0383Salzburg and arrived by 9:50 a.m..  Little did we remember that it was the beginning of one of the biggest religious festivals, St Rupert’s Week.  Bells were tolling in all of the 25 catholic churches in Salzburg at 12 noon to kick off the celebrations.  100’s of booths selling every kind of food, souvenir and drink was being set up as were trudging our 5 miles today.  People were pouring in from all of over the country-side.


We toured the Dom Cathedral that was built in 1614.


We battled through the St. Rupurt’s crowds and headed up the Cog Rail cars 60 degrees up to the top of the fortress wall.


We toured the castle and then had to have a leisurely cup of coffee and a dessert before our long 2 1/2 mile walk to back to the train station. 


Home by train.  Deep refreshing nap and Chinese food in Austria.  It was an experience.  

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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Austria, Museum



Day 8, Tuesday, September 20, Austria 2016

Our yearling cows were waiting for us as we walked out of our front door. 


Errands, local lunch, museum and a restful afternoon nap in the sixth day of on an off rain.  So you think Ireland is green you should see Austria.  The rivers and creeks are running at full tilt and cows are overwhelmed trying to keep up with the growing grass.  A beautiful sight. 

We woke up with a start this morning about 5:30 a.m. thinking “Did the Dodgers beat the Giants?”  We hooked into the wi-fi and watched the Dodger come back in the 9th inning that moved their magic number to 7 games.  Ain’t the Dodgers and wi-fi great?

We ate a healthy breakfast and decided our trip to Salzburg was not in the books for today.  We decided instead to do errands in Golling, have lunch in our favorite restaurant and then take a nap.  It was raining lightly as we headed out at 10:30 a.m. for time.  The bank, the drug store, the butcher and craft store and bakery were visited with success.  Then to the Golling Castle Museum. 

The lady who signed us in and gave us our senior discount was more nervous talking her very limited English as we our very limited German.  We got along just fine however.


The photo above is of the Salz River from the third palisade of the Castle.  And the photo below was a painting in the museum of the area looked 300 hundred years ago. It truly doesn’t look much different at all as the church and castle and houses haven’t changed at all.


We ate at our favorite restaurant, the Hauslwirt where Libby and I both had a huge bowl of very rich goulash filled with peppers, potatoes, onions and sliced sausage and speck.  Farmers fare. 

We headed for home took a very restful nap and I cooked pokt chops with canned peaches and fresh bread.  Heading off to Salzburg by train tomorrow. 

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Austria, Museum, Restauants



Day 7, Monday, Austria 2016

IMG_0271 Yesterday was the final day of the first half of our trip to Austria.  The sky opened up all day and the rain gave our Lake Area tour a first hand account that allowed us an insight into what the mountains and lakes were like 700 years ago.  Few tourists and the lakes and forest looked like they had been there “forever.”

Our tour guide took Libby and I and and another couple for nearly 5 hours to the beautiful and sometimes eerie area. 

IMG_0298The following story and photos will give an idea what our day was like;

One of my favorite books which I have read several times, “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco unexpectedly popped up as we walked through the village of Monsee.  The now famous Basilica of Monsee was the site of where the wedding scene in “Sound of Music” was filmed.  Due to the weather and the time of the year, the Church was all of ours.  Next door, was the now defunct Abby of Monsee…now a hotel…that was the home abbey of the voice telling the story of the “The Name of IMG_0308the Rose” novel.

When this was mentioned by our guide, the story of heresy, murder and politics of the 1327  Franciscan Abbey jumped into my mind and gave the area a all new view.  I could see the desperately poor peasants, the life of the monks that kept the light of education with writing and reading alive in a cruel world.

It was a day that we will never forget due to the unexpected knowledge of our guide Vera.  This day re-enforced what we have found in our travel, “The things you cherish the most when you travel are not what you have planned but the unexpected.”


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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Austria



Days, 4, 5, 6 Fri–Sun…Austria 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016, Day 4

IMG_0241This was an errand day.  We hopped on the train for the first time for Salzburg.  We needed to get our train pass stamped and do some grocery shopping.

The train station also houses the largest “super market” had lots of pre-cooked food which in not available in most food stores. 

Train ride hot…no air conditioning… other wise comfortable.

Back home and resting.

Saturday, 17 September 2016, Day 5

The sky opened up with rain and our well planned rain gear and umbrella’s really came in handy.  Forget the rain we said, we are heading to Salzburg to start our look at the famous old town.


This is Libby walking to the rail station.  We toured Mirabell park where the Catholic Bishop built for his Jewish mistress and their 11 kids a huge mansion.  Took photos of the fountain where part of the “Sound of Music” was filmed. 


We ate at a great restaurant on the Salz River.IMG_0264

We headed home by train, full cars, many refugees with lots of very loud and active kids. 

Good to get home and relax.  Quiet evening listing to the rain fall outside and we slept well.


Sunday, 18 Sunday 2016, Day 5

When you stay in a Austrian Village you are “expected to know” things.  Very few street signs, you are supposed to know they changed church service time an of course are no hours posted for any restaurants.  We  were late for church and it took awhile to find our our first dinner restaurant opened at 5 pm.  Great Wiener Schwein schnizal and  Mixed Grill including 5 kinds of meat.  Great meals but way to much. 


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Posted by on September 18, 2016 in Austria, Germany