Missed yesterday - and the day before.
the tourist thing in Zakopane for the morning - checked out the market stalls -
took the funicular to the top of the mountain and marvelled at the views - and
the temperature - 19 degrees at the top but 24C at the bottom.
crossed into Slovakia with no problems and drove, aiming at a quick visit in
Bratislava. Overnighted at a "Services" on the motorway, nervously
because there were no trucks, but our fears were unwarranted. The next morning
we drove on to find a far better "Services" only a few kilometres down
the track! We had planned to spend a day in Bratislava. However, in the spirit
of 'if it's Tuesday it must be Belgium' we decided to drive on and have a couple
of unscheduled days in Vienna.
Slovak-Austrian border about midday after about an hour and a half wait! .
Weather was again fantastic. People were out on the streets of Vienna in force
on a day that can only be described as 'freakish' - uncomfortably hot (25+) and
humid? Clear, sunny but with a little haze. Hard for us to take in when it was
the last time we were here.
The scale of
the grandeur of the old Hapsburg Empire has been extremely well preserved. On
days like the two we have had here the city is at its best.
reason we missed yesterday was the bad company we ran into in the camping
grounds. This place (like most of Europe) is full of Australians. One group in
this camp come from Brisbane. In fact, they come from Tarragindi! One thing led
to another and we finally got to bed at around 1.30 am.
travellers that we meet agree that Eastern Europe is an absolute bargain and the
new travel frontier! Two days in Austria have confirmed this for us. The cost
differential is about three or four to one. For example, one hour on the net
cost us about $A10 in Vienna. Prague was $A3, with two cups of coffee!
looking forward to going into Hungary tomorrow.