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Month: August 2016

Holy cow!

Holy cow!

So here we are, back in Styria again. The Oldies realise now that I’m not prepared to just sit around on my window sill anymore, so I was brought along on an outing to the Sommeralm/Teichalm area, just 30km north of Graz. This is one of the largest continuous alpine pasture areas in Europe, very popular with hill-walkers, climbers, paragliders, and of course, alpine and cross-country skiers. The Oldies are very lucky to have all this on their doorstep. In winter,…

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Feeding frenzies

Feeding frenzies

We’ve settled nicely into camp life again and, what with the warmer Croatian weather and the ready availability of fresh fish, his lordship is getting back into the cooking too. That’s his department, thank goodness. I shouldn’t tell tales about her ladyship’s culinary exploits (well, if you twist my wing, I might spill the beans someday), but for the moment, let’s just say that her talents lie far, far away from the kitchen. His lordship, on the other hand, is…

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Roaming amongst Roman remains

Roaming amongst Roman remains

Apart from almost nightly thunderstorms, the weather here in Istria is glorious and the oldies are just lapping it up. Her ladyship is getting quite lazy! Every time himself suggests an outing, she reminds him of the importance of topping up their tans while they still have the chance. Yesterday, however, he did manage to drag her (and me) onto a bus to Pula, the largest town in Istria. It was well worth the visit. A port on the southern…

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Loitering within tent

Loitering within tent

Typically, our journey from the Czech Republic to Croatia was far from uneventful. His lordship, not a great believer in modern technology, refuses to buy a SatNav. Her ladyship’s map-reading skills are, as we already know, quite woeful, and as neither of them puts much stock in planning, preferring to just follow their elderly noses wherever they may lead them, the return journey was yet another mystery tour – eine Fahrt ins Blaue. And a very big Fahrt it turned…

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Czech list

Czech list

Hurray! We’re going back to Croatia. Back to the sea! However… I have to admit, it is with more than a slight tinge of sadness that I leave the Czech Republic. This beautiful little country has captured my heart, and let’s just say that if the Oldies ever consider coming here again, I won’t object so strongly next time. In fact, I won’t object at all. It is a country full of surprises, full of hidden treasures. Lots of things…

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Keep taking the Pils

Keep taking the Pils

His Lordship had a great idea – for once. He suggested we take the train to Plzeň (a good hour away) rather than driving there. Good plan: time to enjoy the scenery in comfort, arriving directly in the city centre, no parking challenges and all for only 8 euros per return ticket. We enjoyed our stroll around town, taking in the impressive architecture … and meeting the locals. The highlights for us included the Great Synagogue, the third largest synagogue…

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Locked up in Loket

Locked up in Loket

Well, I should feel at home here. The weather is positively Irish: cool and drizzly. And that’s when it’s not raining cats and dogs. But like in Ireland, it doesn’t really matter. It somehow suits the territory, and it certainly explains why the soft, rolling hills are so lush and green. There is so much to do and see here in any case, the weather is not really an issue. We are spoiled for choice. Our very friendly campsite owners…

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