June 27, 2013 – Guess you’ve been wondering where we’ve been. We posted a link to a map that shows you where we will be for the next several days as we make our way from Vienna to Salzburg. We really enjoyed Vienna even though we spent a day inside because of the torrential down pour of rain. It was ok b/c we needed to get caught up on our expense spread sheet (yes, yet another “Rita job”) and download pictures. It didn’t stop us from seeing the city, it’s just that our pictures were a little off.
The first picture above is the Hofburg Palace where Maria Teresa of Hungary lived here while she was queen. Always nice to see another Hungarian succeeding in life, as you can she married quite well at the age of 15. The second picture is of the Imperial-Royal Government Offices and to us it is quite funny that anyone can walk these grounds, no security, co cameras, no guns or officers. Vienna was ruled by Hungary for such a long time that the goulash here in Vienna is everywhere. The difference is that in Austria they make goulash out of anything, deer, sausage, liverwurst, other game, and it is thicker and more like a stew without vegetables. We have some funny signs of “lost in translation” on other types of cuisine that we will post on the photo page.
Departing from Vienna, we drove to Lake Bled, Slovenia but along the way we stopped at Kindberg, Austria which is a quaint little village of about 4 streets and Friasch which was even smaller. They all of course have their own church and castles, along with new things from today’s century like food trucks on main street.
After leaving these great little villages we drove on to Slovenia and had to drive through a tunnel that was 7 miles long. We both got a little antsy… wanting to get out of it as soon as possible but had to go the speed limit, as there are cameras everywhere and sensors in the roads that capture your speed and automatically send you a speeding ticket. WOW!!! What a concept! To alleviate the cops from hiding out along the road eating donuts so the real police can chase the bad guys and still produce revenue for the municipality. (sorry to all officers out there, not making fun, just pointing out a fact)
We arrived at Lake Bled, Slovenia in pouring down rain and of course Norm started singing the “why me” song… you all know this one… “Why does everything bad happen to me”…LOL!! He was very disappointed that it was raining, as this is one of the most important places along the way that he wanted to see in good weather. As soon as the rain stopped, he took 95 pictures of the island with the church on it and that was BEFORE our boat ride out to the island. (Good thing they are digital and not film). Today the sun is shining and we walked around the entire lake early this morning, so to all of you out there that think I (RITA) does NOT get up in the morning, that is completely WRONG…. I do, I just don’t get up at 4:30 AM or 5:00 AM like NORM does, but it was early morning, around 8 ish and it took us two hours, but well worth it.
Tomorrow we are leaving for the lake district of Austria, (see link to our map mentioned earlier).
Love and miss all of you..
Rita and Norm