Horses in fountains
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We are packed and away from our Gemona de Friuilli camp in northern Italy by 9.30am It is still raining on and off with misty clouds making it impossible to see the tops of the mountains. Headed to Salzburg we travel through the huge mountains, literaly. Tunnels as long as the Tavern Tunnel at 6.4kms and the Ketchberg at 5.4 kms. Sculptures along the motorway entertain us and we approach an overpass that has an outline of a bear on it. I comment that it is a bear bridge and just as we go under it I see that is is not for vehicles and it is turf covered and I think that is exactly what it's purpose is! Stop at a Rasthaus for some apple strudel and pass a town called Flachauwinkel! One of the highest mountains is the Grossglockner at 3800 metres.
In Austria it is cool and drizzly and we set out to see the Horse Fountains that I remember from my school trip there in about 1968. In one of the main squares the area has been turfed and they are holding a family day picnic in the park thing. Locate a weather station for Freya's Mum. Note they have T-shirts, fridge magnets, postcards etc with our yellow warning sign for Kangaroos but underneath instead of the distance one should look out for, they have " No Kangaroos in Austria"! Met an Austrian back packer in South America who said that when asked where she is from she says "Austria without the kangaroos" as they are tired of being mixed up for Australians. See lots of the locals in the smart formal National Dress and then lots of youngsters in confirmation outfits, so it seems that there is a large confirmation day.
Check out a church with an ornate interior and as we leave a man at the door has a donation box out. As we give him some coins he asks if we speak German or English. I say English but we are Australians- that is WITH the kangaroos. He hands me a small explanatory pic of the church in English and solemly says " We have no kangaroos in Austria" with a twinkle in his eye!
This evening's camp is up in the hills overlooking Salzburg. While cooking the dinner we watch hang gliders jumping off a nearby mountain then as the light dims a little the great fortress and cable car are light up. It is cold. Next morning we noticed a GB plated car and it belonged to two young Aussies so Andrew said G'day to them and had a quick chat. Next stop Prague.