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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Days 227 to 233 - Vienna to Raab and HOME! Tues 8 to 14 Oct

Days 227 to 233 - Vienna to Raab and HOME! Tues 8 to 14 Oct
Sun shining again, not really cold. Before embarking on final stage of GlobalTrek 2013 with our drive to Raab /storage today, walked down to Paradise Gardens to see Ernst Fushs private museum in Wagner's restored house. Founder of the Phantastic Realist School, his work is fabulous, gaudy, glitzy with bright textiles, and semi-erotic statues. The multi-face metal statue in the garden was an amazing work. 







Austria is so beautiful, we have to come back and see all the arts, do walks, especially the woods. Stopped in pub/ cafe for breakfast, had to choose furtherest table to avoid smokers. Halloween decorations in shops, wreaths on doors - a time of harvest festival in Europe. Pumpkins abound in fields, church spires on cobblestones in middle of quaint villages, flowers in window boxes, castles on every hill, sunflowers and yellow grain growing, corn being harvested. Amazed to see miles and miles of solar panels on edges of fields and running alongside railway tracks. Bypassed Liszt, pulled over to have salmon wraps for lunch.



































Arrived Raab mid afternoon and met Erich the Bremarch proprietor discussing storage, repairs, and documents for Austrian and German Customs.  Detailed the list of jobs to be done before we leave for Australia (for roadworthy) and whilst we are away (tail lights, reattach number plate, replace door lock, Webasto water heater, service on steps/ holder, wheel balance, replace neck of fuel tank to fit cap, repair electric motor that pumps fuel from reserve to main tank etc etc). He was happy for us to stay in his workshop and use toilets, power, washing machine etc for next couple of days - what a relief to be on site, and can sort, pack, clean etc around repairs. Met up with Guy and Cheryl as they returned from a foray into the village - they take the train to Munich tomorrow. Dinner at pub with amazing barmaid, giving us free aperitifs and telling funny stories about gypsies and how they (didn't!) use toilets.
















Farewelled our erstwhile travelling companions. Erich’s sister Etti gave us a lift to Passau station, caught train to Munich, bus to airport and flew home via Abu Dabi and Singapore.
Year One over.
Hello Family, Hello House.
Year Two planning under discussion.
….and so it begins……



4 comments:

  1. Robyn, thanks for your comments on my blog! Have you solved the upload of PDF files? Can you upload them to blogger or do you need to go elsewhere?
    I followed your blog in the early days but lost you once we got travelling as well. Now I. See what an incredible journey you did!
    I see you were on the Siberian highway for parts of the trip. I have been trying to find out whether one can get ULSD (ultra low sulphur diesel) on that highway. I know your EC doesn't need it, but I don't suppose you noticed whether it was available? Or what sulphur content you were getting?

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  2. Hi Beryl, trust the info on fuels sent by our travelling companions was useful. Currently working towards making blogging easier by working offline as much as possible including inserting photographs in text using Live Writer (free download in Windows). Only issue to date is that it "kills" photos/reduces resolution and they cannot be opened to enlarge/see detail etc which would be disappointing for the viewer. Hope your great overlanding adventure is now underway!!

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  3. Update - photos look flat when "published" to Blogger from Live Writer but can be clicked open in blog itself to view gallery style without loss of resolution. Also found it best in draft to inset in two line table with photo up top and caption in second line - that way both move together if you relocate on page!

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  4. Welcome home.. now get planning for year two :)
    where will trip 2 take you?
    Jasmina

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