Graz, Austria – Nov 2017

Very reluctantly left Enzesfeld this morning for Graz but if I’d stayed any longer I might never have left and I am already gaining too much weight. Many thanks to the Family Dedic for making me feel so welcome. Words cannot express…

Of course, having left my summer tyres with Profi Reifen, Leobersdorfer Strasse 153 (I record those details here because I know I’ll forget them), I will have to return in the Spring. Great stuff! See you then if not before.

The journey down the A2 motorway from Vienna to Graz went very well (it was brilliant sunshine and beautiful scenery all the way) and even the view from a motorway service station wasn’t bad. I did the necessary diesel stop and I also took time out at the village of Bad Waltersdorf to fill the Van’s garage with Gruner Veltliner. Well, there’s room now I’ve been able to unload the tyres that were changed at Colmar.

View from the motorway service station on the A2

 

View of the Bad Waltersdorf church from the local supermarket together with a photo of one of the Gruner Veltliner’s I bought.

Graz operate a camper van Stellplatz (which accommodates up to 160 vehicles although there are only 3 here now – GPS N47,02472 E15,39694) and it is a simple 15 minute journey by bus from this Stellplatz into the city centre. I popped into the town for a couple of hours to get my bearings and I will return tomorrow morning to see a bit more but what is left of this evening will be given over to the Gruner Veltliner I opened earlier and to determining whether I travel into Hungary, Slovenia or Italy tomorrow. Time will tell.

First view of Graz from a bridge over the River Mur

Graz like everywhere else, it seems, is preoccupied with setting up Christmas decorations but upside down hanging Christmas trees?!?

I wouldn’t mind but these Christmas market stalls in Germany and Austria are spoiling a great many photos – Bah! Humbug!

Interesting that the opera house is about to show Verdi’s Il trovatore which I last saw on my 50th at the Prague Opera House – remember that Nick, Simon, Mette and Petter?

I’ll head back into Graz first thing tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Graz, Austria – Nov 2017”

  1. Hi Dave,
    Great to hear from you today and I’ve just looked at your Blog on the trip to date.
    Ypres and Colmar stand out for me as I’ve been to both and they are special places. You never mentioned the speciality of Colmar which is Onion Flan…
    The other thing that really stands out is the amount of alcohol you seem to be consuming – It really is NOT enough for the Dave Jenkins I once knew. Please can you address this before your next stop.
    Have a great journey to Greece for the Winter and hopefully next year we will see you in Normandy for a drink of course….
    Enjoy

    Graham

    1. I have been remiss in not talking sufficiently about some of the food I have enjoyed during this tour but I am hoping to remedy that when Will teaches me more about Trip Advisor. The one time I ate out in Colmar was at the Jupiler Cafe on the Place de la Cathedrale when I ate the “saucisses tyroliennes”. Next time, it will be the onion flan.
      I look forward to Normandy. All the best.

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