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Last Day - Re- entry to the UK

semi-overcast 18 °C

Last Day / Day 62
Tuesday July 25 Namur to Amersham / 500 km

  • The IBIS offer is reliable but no longer cheap.
  • Euroland is expensive for us Brits, especially with an exchange rate of ¬£1:1.12. For a Monday night with parking we pay 102 euros. Breakfast is extra @ 15 euros per person.
  • The room is small but the bed & pillows are extremely comfortable. In the end we sleep surprisingly well. The capsule bathroom is squeezed around an ample sized shower with abundant hot water. It's better than many we have experienced.
  • We decide to fork out for breakfast. It's a matter of convenience. Service starts at 6 a.m. We don't make it that early, but we are on the road to Calais by 8 a.m.
  • We hope to catch an earlier ferry than booked. We might as well get the arrival back home over & done with as soon as possible.
  • Once home there's the truck to unload, clothes to wash, a supermarket shop to do ( can SG remember how to cook? )

Oh and maybe a whole house to pack up.

  • We don't usually cross the Channel by ferry, but rather by Euro tunnel.
  • On the approach to the port of Calais, we drive along roads with high walls & security fences topped with barbed wire. At junctions and roundabouts where it is impossible to have such security, we see groups of young black men sitting by the roadside. Electronic signs above the motorway warn of dangers of pedestrians crossing the road. It is daylight & barely noon.
  • There is one police vehicle parked up roadside.
  • In our minds and without prejudice, there is no doubt what is going on here. To travel this stretch of road at night, unless in a convoy, must be terrifying.
  • Thoughts about our trip?
  • Regrets? None.
  • It's been fabulous: 16 countries, 62 days and 15000km (all driven by AG)
  • Yes, some difficult days, but no dangerous times, no threat to personal security. And in stark contrast to our London-Sydney trip, we have had no medical issues, no hospital stays.
  • It has given us the opportunity to learn about cultures and countries we previously were pretty ignorant about. Also to meet local people who, without exception, have been charming, helpful and interested in our journey.
  • We return enlightened. Our minds have hopefully been broadened permanently and our hearts made more compassionate. But inevitably this will also make us less tolerant about the faults of our own country & fellow citizens.
  • It's continually mentioned in the media, even boasted, that UK is the 5 th largest economy ( or is it 6th or even 7th now?) From what we've seen abroad, on this trip & others, if we do not change our attitudes soon, we will quickly face relegation. And not only by our European partners. There's a big world out there. They all want a piece of the cake - a cake that does not increase in size proportionately to the number of people who wish to eat it. If we can see this, why can't those who lead & govern?
  • We have covered thousands of miles in very hot climates - we have seen long distance trucks which are travelling across the whole of Europe and beyond. Not once have we seen evidence of a lorry accident, or one on fire or one which has shed its load or one that is blocking the motorway.
  • On the other hand listen to the travel news on any day in the UK - and wonder why...
  • SG has always previously thought it preferable to do a round trip in the truck rather than ship it one way and drive the other. However as we sit homeward bound on the ferry back to Dover, the process of 're-entry' seems slow & painfully drawn out. Much better to ship the truck from a distant location and hop on a plane.
  • We have other trips in mind, but not such long ones. Our wonderful Landcruiser truck is not ready for retirement & deserves more adventures. Another drive to Australia perhaps, or a drive across Canada through North, Central & South America? Around Africa? We will be putting her up for sale shortly.

If you are interested, please get in contact with us.

  • As we have said previously and now say again: Live your dream!

Truck is Packed Up For the Last Time

Truck is Packed Up For the Last Time


This is an SG Set Up - Don't Believe It!

This is an SG Set Up - Don't Believe It!

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One More Sleep - In Namur

overcast 18 °C

Day 61 Monday 24 July
Bad Herrenalb to Namur / 400 km

  • Fortunately church bells do not disturb. Nothing does. We sleep like proverbial logs, even with the windows open.
  • We are long out of the climatic zone where aircon is considered a necessity during summer months. But a ceiling or stand alone fan would make all the difference in most places. Shame so many hotels & B&B's seem reluctant to invest.
  • After the weekend's nightmare of congested motorways, AG is concerned that his scheduled driving time for today is grossly underestimated.
  • Its not the odd day of long driving that tires AG, it is the accumulative effect. And it's now beginning to take its toll.
  • Fortunately holidaymakers seem to have made good their escape. And commercial traffic is less - now that many of them are on vacation too.
  • We cross imperceptibly into Luxembourg. We only realise that the border is behind us because at the next service station we visit, French is the main language of communication, not German.
  • The garage is busy - fuel & cigarettes are cheaper in Luxembourg. Locals crossing to & fro the two countries are taking advantage.
  • This perhaps partially explains the complete lack of service stations on the actual motorway in this area of Germany. It's best to start your motorway journey with plenty of fuel.
  • We arrive in Namur early enough to be able to request a rear facing room at the Ibis Hotel. Both of us feel incredibly fatigued. The momentum that has been driving us along for the last 2 months, at such an incredible pace, has finally run out.
  • The hotel window has a 'security' chain that only permits a small amount of natural ventilation. Children's safety or adult suicide?
  • Why stop in Namur?
  • We originally planned to stay in a B&B in a small village down river from Namur - Profondeville where there seem to be some good local restaurants. When Plan B was put in action we were unable to change our reservation. So the IBIS in Namur it is.
  • In any case neither of us have been here before and we have nothing yet to celebrate. We still have nearly 500 km or so of driving ahead of us tomorrow. And perhaps the worst of all traffic in 2 months of travel - the M25 on Tuesday evening. AG does not wish to tempt any fate.
  • Then there is the house sale - 8 weeks later and there is still no exchange of contract on Bramhall. We're close, very close but the deal is not yet done & dusted.
  • By the time we reach Namur even SG has lost her sightseeing mojo. However a few interesting facts present themselves:
  • A roundabout on entry to the city is embellished with tall bronze figurines on stilts. And a large impressionist painting of men on stilts adorns the walls of our hotel bedroom .
  • What's that about? Well since 1411 there has been a tradition of stilt walker fights in Namur. It happens on the 3rd Sunday in September every year on the Place Saint Aubain.
  • It is a team contest but the members of the winning team then 'stilt' it out to ascertain the overall champion. The prize is a golden stilt and huge kudos. Namur stilt walkers are world famous and travel internationally to give 'stilt walking' performances.
  • Immediately opposite our IBIS hotel is the African Museum of Namur.
  • Why? In the middle of Belgium and in a small city like Namur.
  • Maybe it is a kind of attonement for King Leopold's brutal treatment of his personal colony in Africa between 1885 - 1908. Known nowadays as the Democratic Republic of Congo it only became a State colony from 1908 onwards. Until that time, the blame for atrocities committed against the Congo people and the plundering of their country's rich natural resources, lay squarely with the Belgian king. Read the history books or fact based novels about this era and you will discover that Leopold 2 was not a benign ruler - at least not in the Congo.

So it is not so surprising that Belgium has museums dedicated to African culture.

  • Another claim to notorious fame is also of a political nature. In December 2011, with 589 days on the clock, Belgium broke the record for a developed and democratic country without a formal functioning government. There was stalemate between the parties, an election result that divided interests so equally that no controversial decisions could be made and nothing but routine administration tasks could be achieved.
  • There is no place for schadenfreude here, no last laugh to be had. In reality the current situation in the UK seems uncannily similar.
  • Belgium is perhaps fortunate to have Brussels and the EU headquarters within its national borders.
  • So with nothing particular planned, we walk the short distance into the old town of Namur, wander the streets and try and identify a suitable place to eat supper.
  • Many restaurants have now closed for an extended summer break or just because it is Monday.

So the task is by no means easy - especially if you wish to avoid pasta, fast food, Chinese or kebabs.

  • Namur has an old town and several large churches. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Meuse & Sambre but the architecture is quite sombre in a North European sort of way. There is a reasonable pedestrian zone with shops, cafes and bars - but we're not sure whether it's seen better days or is now on its way up. There are many vacant commercial properties.
  • We end up in Bistro Francois on the Place Saint Aubain, where the stilt fight competition will happen in September. The restaurant is crowded with locals and actually serves a meal better than anticipated. Now for the last sleep of our trip.

Namur is Famous for Stilt Walking

Namur is Famous for Stilt Walking

Cartoon Satire that Combines Congo & Stilt Walking Themes

Cartoon Satire that Combines Congo & Stilt Walking Themes

We See This Advert & Now Understand

We See This Advert & Now Understand


Belgian Chocolates - We Resist

Belgian Chocolates - We Resist

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All This Way & Not Even a Piece of Black Forest Gateau

overcast 18 °C

Day 60 Sunday July 23 2017
Innsbruck to Bad Herrenalb / 396 km

  • Early morning light in Innsbruck is gorgeous.
  • Known by the Romans as Oenipons ( bridge over the river Oen ) Innsbruck in German also means bridge over the River Inn. It rose to prominence from the 13C when its proximity to the Brenner Pass ( the easiest route across the Alps ) made it strategic for transport & communication between northern and Southern Europe. Then with the Hapsburg & Austrian Empires dominating European politics between 16 - 19C, it remained an important place on the historical map.
  • We return to the old town through Innsbruck's famous Triumphforte. A sort of Austrian version of the Arc de Triomphe ( or was it the other way round?). It was built in 1765 by Empress Maria Tesesa to celebrate the wedding of her son, the Duke of Tuscany, to a Spanish princess. With clear Roman Empire aesthetics & perhaps aspirations, it sits rather incongruously in the midst of more conventional Central European architecture. But if that's what an Emperess, wants, that's what she gets.
  • Sadly it turned out that the Triumphforte was not only a celebration of happy & auspicious nuptials but also a commemoration of the death of Maria Teresa's husband. Kaiser Franz Stehan 1. He died during the wedding celebrations! Whilst the south facade is celebratory, the northern facade is a sombre tribute to the late Emperor. .
  • Looking north through the archway, you can see the great ski jump construction. We are both snow sport lovers. Innsbruck has obvious scenic appeal to us. We recall that the city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1976. It was the era of a famous Austrian skier called Franz Klammer. If that doesn't ring a bell, then maybe the names Robin Cousins and John Curry do! John did GB proud and won a gold medal.
  • We have an early breakfast at a place called the Breakfast Club, located between the arch and the old town area. Our hotel, the Nala is famous for its Sunday brunches but service only starts at 10 a.m. That's too late for us.
  • There are beggars on the streets of Innsbruck, admittedly much fewer than in London. They too have dogs.
  • Today's drive is another hard slog. Particularly for AG of course. It is made worse by the volume of traffic. Today's journey takes us across into SW Germany where we will inevitably encounter Germans returning from their holidays in the sun.
  • Caravans and campervans and have become too numerous to mention.
  • Constant sunshine & blue skies are no longer a given.
  • Temperatures struggle to reach the mid 20's.
  • We are spending more money in the last 3 days than we have during the previous 30. AG's comparison and possibly somewhat of an exaggeration. But you get the gist.
  • Last night's wonderful meal hit London price levels, due in part to the poor value of sterling.
  • Today's traffic is indeed awful. A painful acclimatisation for the M25 on Tuesday evening.
  • Yes we're headed home & don't we know it.
  • Our journey takes 7.5 hours with only a short 'comfort' stop. AG is an endurance driver but even he is exhausted and fractious.
  • We're staying in a spa resort in the Black Forest. Bad Herrenalb. A very genteel type of domestic tourist comes here to take the waters and breathe the fresh air. But expensive spa treatments are the last thing on our mind - as usual we arrive hungry and finding somewhere to eat is our main focus. A 10 minute walk into town helps rejuvenate. As does a glass of German beer and a meal of Wiener Schnitizel and for SG, K√§sespaetzle. We both resist the temptation of local gateau.
  • Bad Herrenalb has several churches that chime beautifully on the quater hour and go to even more trouble on the hour. This is after all a region famed for its cuckoo clocks. We just hope that mullahs, minarets and dawn calls to prayer are not replaced by the Christian equivalent - the church bell!
  • Now where are those ear plugs?

Bad Herrenalb - We're in Cuckoo Land

Bad Herrenalb - We're in Cuckoo Land

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Ohrid - Macedonia's Lake District

sunny 30 °C

Day 56 Wednesday July 19 2017
Popova to Ohrid / 213 KM

  • The new Popova to Skopje road will be amazing & very scenic when it is completed. It's not easy terrain to carve out a 4 or 6 lane motorway. Significant civil engineering expertise is being harnessed.
  • Its good to know EU money is being put to good use.
  • En route from Popva to Prilep there are several other vineyards advertised, notably the Stobi Winery, where there are also Roman ruins and Tikves Winery. It may be worth googling further info if you are interested in visiting this area.
  • Apart from agricturally rich valleys, this region of Macedonia consists of rolling wooded hills and mini mountains that stretch for miles all around.
  • In this part of the world, sheep are accompanied by herdsmen and small groups of cattle seem to walk the roads at leisure. We pass through a couple of villages where it's market day - farmers are driving their produce to market in trailers towed by tractor. Not many middlemen in this chain of supply!
  • Today we are heading to Macedonia's Lake District, to a waterside town called Ohrid - site of some of the oldest human settlements in this region of Europe. Across the lake is Albania. Indeed the lake itself has the international national border drawn straight through it. If ever Macedonia becomes a full member of the EU or God forbid the Schengen Zone, it would only be a hop, skip and a jump for Albanians to cross the border.
  • En route to Ohrid we are seeing mosques as well as Orthodox Christian churches. Around 30% of Macedonia's 2.1 million people are Sunni Muslim, many of them of Albanian Muslim heritage. Ethnicity is a confusing issue in this part of the world. Turkish influence from Ottoman Empire days is also very noticeable - the domestic architecture, the food & the language. Macedonian uses Cyrillic script and is a continuum of Bulgarian. But many Turkish words have been incorporated into Macedonian and after spending 3 weeks in Turkey, even we can recognise the simplest examples.
  • Lake Ohrid is a delight. Beautiful, clean and deep water, and plenty of empty spaces lakeside where you can still find a peaceful spot to relax, picnic, swim etc. It is however more commercialised than say Lake Egirdir in Turkey and the holiday season is in full swing. It appears that urbanisation is being confined & controlled. At least for the moment. And so it should be. Lake Ohrid & town have Unesco World Heritage status.
  • SG knows from experience that it is better to get sightseeing out of the way before settling down at our hotel. Once parked up AG is very reluctant to get back in the truck & drive anywhere.
  • So we pass directly through Ohrid and continue along the East shore towards Albania.
  • Apart from in Ohrid town itself there are many accommodation options around the lake - camping, pensions and near to Ohrid itself some larger hotels boasting pool & spa facilities. SG reckons that by installing a spa, no matter how mediocre, hotels can claim extra star rating. On Lake Ohrid they all seem to have one.
  • We stop just short of the Albanian land border at the St Naum Monastery complex. The crowds, the restaurants, the souvenir shops are a shock to our senses. This is meant to be a holy place and yet it has been turned into a kind of entertainment zone. It's not clear whether the monastery is still active. It looks very much as if former living quarters have been converted into an upmarket hotel with glorious lake views.
  • Within the hotel complex is a courtyard & the small chapel of St Archangel. The original church was built here in 10C by St Naum but was destroyed by the Ottomans. It was rebuilt in 16 & 17C and the internal frescoes date from this period. Subsequent restorations have been done with tourist appeal in mind rather than archaeological discipline. We wonder what our Oxford friends @ Afrodisias would say.
  • St Naum is buried here. To come and place your ear on his tombstone & hopefully hear his heartbeat is a pilgrimage that many Macedonians are keen to do. We respectfully observe their ritual.
  • There is no doubt that Ohrid and its lakeside churches, monasteries and Byzantine ruins are best seen from the water. It is probably well worth paying for a boat trip. Sadly we do not have time.
  • On leaving the St Naum complex, a right turn will take us to the Albanian border within minutes. Turn left and we retrace our route lakeside to the Bay of Bones where there is an old Roman fortress, museum and cafe with pleasant views. Again the visuals of this place will be better appreciated from a boat.
  • Adjacent to the small and very average museum is a dive centre. It was here that underwater archaeological research was conducted between 1995- 2005. At a depth of 2.5-5 m, more than 6000 wooden piles were discovered, as well as fragments and whole pieces of household containers, tools & weapons. Ruins of a village built on stilts & dating back to 1200-600B.C. had been discovered.
  • The reconstruction of the village houses is also not the best - but it gives you a rough idea of the domestic architecture of prehistoric times in this area. Interesting is the fact that homes and utility buildings were square or rectangular, made from wood, covered with plaster, and often topped with thatch or twig weave. They had an internal trap door that allowed rapid escape into the water or direct access to their main source of food - fish. Buildings used for cult & ritual purposes were differentiated by their round shape.
  • Macedonian newly weds seek out scenic places such as the Bay of Bones and the St Naum Monastery complex for that special photo opportunity. Why professional photographers do the session at mid day in the harshest of light is a mystery. It is also uncomfortably hot to be dressed up in wedding gear. Maybe the rate is cheaper. Anyway it is all a bit ridiculous really and so contrived - but that is the inevitable impact of our social media age and the pressure to compile a personal portfolio for public consumption.
  • Its time to find our pension - Villa Kale. And then take a stroll into Ohrid in search of a light lunch.
  • Satnavs get us in a real mess. The pension is located near the upper city gate, close to the remains of the ancient Hellenistic theatre. The winding narrow residential streets are not easy to navigate with the Toyota Landcruiser.
  • Temperatures rise and so does AG's blood pressure. It is a major source of displeasure for him drive in endless circles. After all that's why he has a navigator. Despite SG's best efforts, or perhaps because of them, the truck 'grazes' its side on a stone wall. A slight blemish in the scheme of things but it means we have to go forwards - there is no way to reverse through the same narrow space without sustaining more damage. SG walks ahead and crosses every part of her body that the road widens. Phew! It does and more or less immediately we find Villa Kale. If there was a naught step SG would be there. Get over it AG!
  • Villa Kale is very conveniently located - away from the lakeside crowds & noise but accessible by a flight of stone steps to the centre of town within 5 minutes. Walk uphill from Villa Kale and you access:

- the ancient theatre ( check schedule for concerts if you are planning to come )
- the Icon Gallery ( one of the best collections of old Icons in Europe )
- the fortress ( that dates to 4C B.C. when Ohrid was capital of first Bulgarian Empire - did we know there was one?)
- a footpath that leads back down along the coast into the town centre via a few more churches ( notably the gorgeous Saint Jovan at Kaneo & St Sophia )

  • Old Byzantine & Eastern Orthodox Churches, ( as we can testify from our travels,) tend to be built in the most beautiful of locations. It is no surprise therefore that around Lake Ohrid there are meant to be at least 365 different places of worship, one for every day.
  • Lunch and liquid refreshment soon put things into perspective and restore energy levels - for a walk around town and the trail up the hill back to Villa Kale. SG has it all planned - as ever.
  • The city map does not however indicate the detour around a massive & deserted building site - a new hotel complex is being constructed high up on the promontory. It will have the most fantastic views. But it has also engulfed the old church of Sveti Klementi & Pantelejmon (10C origins & restored in a rather contemporary way in 2002 ) & Byzantine ruins of an old Basilica. Eventually it will probably resemble the St Naum complex we saw earlier in the day.
  • We ask the lovely owner of Villa Kale how this has been allowed to happen in an historic town with Unesco Heritage status. He rolls his eyes, shakes his head and utters familiar words: politics & money.
  • We have a pleasant & reasonably priced supper in Damar restaurant just opposite St Sophia church. SG is once again tempted by smoked trout - from the lake & a signature dish in this & many other Ohrid restaurants. Fortunately this time neither taste nor size disappoints. And AG enjoys his slow cooked lamb, accompanied as always, by local wine. Served at the correct temperature.
  • Ohrid - Don't be put off, it is definitely worth a visit, for perhaps 3 nights 2 days but not in high season. Few British tourists have discovered this part of Europe. And that has to be another plus point!

Macedonian Flag

Macedonian Flag

Albania is Very Close to Ohrid

Albania is Very Close to Ohrid

Lake Ohrid - More Sightseeing?!

Lake Ohrid - More Sightseeing?!

Local Car, National Colours

Local Car, National Colours

The Church within the St Naum Monastery Complex

The Church within the St Naum Monastery Complex

Internal 16C Frescoes of Chapel of St Naum Monastery

Internal 16C Frescoes of Chapel of St Naum Monastery

Even the Stone Pillars Are a Work of Art (16C )

Even the Stone Pillars Are a Work of Art (16C )

Listening For St Naum's Heart Beat at his Tomb in Monastery of St Naum

Listening For St Naum's Heart Beat at his Tomb in Monastery of St Naum

Romantic Setting for that Special Wedding Photograph

Romantic Setting for that Special Wedding Photograph

Bay of Bones Museum & Gorgeous Lake Ohrid Ohrid

Bay of Bones Museum & Gorgeous Lake Ohrid Ohrid

Museum at Bay of Bones, Lake Ohrid

Museum at Bay of Bones, Lake Ohrid

St Jovan Kaneo Church - Classic Ohrid Vista

St Jovan Kaneo Church - Classic Ohrid Vista

Another Perspective of St Jovan Kaneo Church

Another Perspective of St Jovan Kaneo Church

The Old Basilica Ruins Are Being Engulfed Within a New Hotel Complex

The Old Basilica Ruins Are Being Engulfed Within a New Hotel Complex

Sveti Klementi Church, Also a now Engulfed Within a New Hotel Complex

Sveti Klementi Church, Also a now Engulfed Within a New Hotel Complex

Ancient Theatre @ Ohrid

Ancient Theatre @ Ohrid

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Europe is On The Move & We're Headed to Innsbruck

sunny 25 °C

Day 59 Saturday July 22 2017
Ljubliana to Innsbruck / Border Crossing / 447 KM

  • Since Plan B is in force and we are now headed back to UK, there is no time to enjoy the lakeside town of Bled or visit the bee museum at Radvolijica, as originally planned.
  • As we leave Ljubiliana in a NW direction towards Austria & Salzburg we see mountains rising in the not so far distance. Driving in western Austria, even on a motorway route, is spectacularly scenic.
  • We are glad we leave the Ljubiliana promptly. The city may be still slumbering on a sunny Saturday morning, but on the various motorways of Central Europe, traffic is already heavily congested and getting worse by the hour. This weekend 22/23 July is one of the busiest of the year for most of Europe, the UK included.
  • As it happens we are headed north and it is only returning holiday makers that share our route. Schools have just finished in many countries and the vast majority of people are going on holiday, on the same day and altogether.

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  • North, south, east & west, as far as the eye can see - a huge human migration is unfolding before our very eyes. Yes it's voluntary not enforced, yes it happens in vehicles and not on foot. But it is still European madness.
  • Some 65 km out of Ljubiliana we queue to cross the Slovenian / Austrian border. It's not passport control, it's a queue to purchase the obligatory vignette.
  • 8.90 euros for a minimum of 7 days. Firstly what a silly amount - 90 cents - all that small change required to service cash transactions.
  • Secondly, that is not the end of the story - in Austria you pay additionally to drive through their longer and extremely splendid tunnels. Within a short distance of the border we pay out a total of 20 euros in tunnel fees.
  • To add insult to financial pain, 50 cents (1/2 euro ) entry is then charged at the toilets at the next motorway service station.
  • It's our first visit to Innsbruck, Austria's 4 th city. Surrounded as it is by high mountains, the vista from the office windows must be very uplifting. You are but a cable car ride away from mountain summits, ski slopes and bike trails.
  • Nala, our hotel for the night, is a short walk from Maria Therese Strasse & the famous Monumental Arch that leads into Innsbruck's old town.
  • Fortunately weekend parking is allowed on the side streets and without charge. We manage to find a space close to our hotel. Otherwise be prepared for a daily fee of around 10 euros.
  • Interior designers have been let loose in the Nala. Yes it's interesting, even eclectic. But light switches are too numerous & complicated, there is no aircon and rooms have bathrooms with sliding glass doors. It would seem that according to contemporary design standards. it is the height of chic to have a bath in the middle of your bedroom and a toilet visible to all.
  • AG comments that they might as well just put the toilet in the middle of the room and just be done with it.
  • Call us old fashioned. We just don't get the appeal. And we have yet to discover anyone who does - except obviously the designers.
  • After another long day on very busy roads AG is exhausted. Sightseeing is restricted to a mere wander around the old town. The main task is to find somewhere suitable to eat. We are craving steak. Woodfire is recommended by reception, but they say they have no space all evening. It pays to reserve in advance at the weekend in Innsbruck.
  • SG navigates a walking trail through the old town purposefully to pass by and check that there really is no availability. It's just 6 p.m. Diners have not yet begun to arrive. They take pity and allocate us a table out on the rear terrace. It's perfect. We're the first to order and to eat. The food, starters & steak main course, is first class in both presentation & flavour. It definitely justifies our perseverance.
  • En route back to our hotel we come across a live music performance in one of the old town's squares. Innsbruck puts on lots of different cultural events during the summer. This evening's concert is part of their annual New Orleans Jazz Festival. We stay a short while and enjoy. But tomorrow's journey, across a Europe very much on the move, looms large. A good night's sleep is essential.

View from Hotel Nala's Terrace - Olympic Ski Jump in Background

View from Hotel Nala's Terrace - Olympic Ski Jump in Background

Religious Icons are Prominent in Austria

Religious Icons are Prominent in Austria

Gothic Window with Over 2500 Copper Tiles in Old Town Innsbruck

Gothic Window with Over 2500 Copper Tiles in Old Town Innsbruck

Another Lovely Drinking Fountain in Innsbruck

Another Lovely Drinking Fountain in Innsbruck

Live Music in Innsbruck with the Golden Roof Behind

Live Music in Innsbruck with the Golden Roof Behind

Night Sky in Innsbruck

Night Sky in Innsbruck

New Orleans Festival in Innsbruck

New Orleans Festival in Innsbruck


Downtown Innsbruck - SG

Downtown Innsbruck - SG

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