Europe 1987

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Europe 1987

We left Grosuplje at about 8:30am and followed the highway through Ljubljana, Škofja Loka and Kranj to Bled, where we took a short diversion to see the famous Sveta Mariya Boža (St Mary in the Lake Church, also known as Assumption of Maria Church), which is situated on a small island in the middle of Lake Bled.  We did manage to see the church, but depending on your perspective, the fog either partially obscured the view or added atmosphere.

Either way, we continued northwards a few kilometres and reached the Austrian border.  The border crossing was a mere formality, and indeed, the Austrian immigration officers didn’t even want to look at our passports.

Our last 70 kilometres through Yugoslavia had been through truly beautiful mountain scenery, but even with that experience behind us, the Austrian scenery was simply breathtaking.  The road descended down a steep mountain from the border crossing and looked over a beautiful village, and then avoiding the autobahn, we took the slow road through Villach, Spittal an der Drau and Millstatt Lake to Seeboden, where we stopped for lunch at a pizzeria.

After lunch we continued our drive on the local road that ran roughly parallel to the A10 highway, passing through Gmünd, Kremsbrücke, Rennweg am Katschberg and Katschberghöhe before re-joining the A10 autobahn at Sankt Michael im Lungau.  Once on the autobahn, we had a fast drive to Salzburg with great scenery continuing on both sides of the road for the entire trip.

We found our Youth Hostel in Salzburg with little difficulty at Haunspergstrasse 27, and had dinner at the hostel.  Following dinner, we walked to the other side of the Salzach River for a look around and to stretch our legs.  As we returned, it started to rain and continued to rain for much of the night.


Day 31

Grosuplje to Salzburg 

Wednesday 12 August 1987