A trip to Graz – part I / 27 October 2010
We didn’t get any sleep. Almost. Woke up at 3 in the morning, got on a taxi and waited at the airport for quite some time. Oscar was making fun of half-drunk football fans who were going back to Austria after the lousy game against CSKA :-))
Then we had some trouble talking in german, but we found a way to get on the train to Graz. Good that there was the ticket-guy–he woke me up just to see this scenery.
When you take the train from Vienna to Graz, don’t sleep, sit and stare through the window. It’s gorgeous.
After a short break, we had a looong walk in town. This is the Clock Tower, famous for being confusing–it’s short hand is long and it’s long hand is short.
And this is a smaller version of it.
What I loved the most about Graz were the roofs of the houses. Well, not THE most, but… Anyway. All made of red-brownish tiles, they looked so warm and nice under the autumn sun. On the last picture you can see two weird buildings. The one in the top left corner is called The friendly alien. The other one is at the bottom of the picture, right in the river–it’s The Island. Graz was the European Capital of Culture in 2003. That’s why :-P
And some more.
In the mean time Oscar got into trouble again. He almost got eaten by a bad, bad well.
He had to spend the day in my pocket after that.
As you can see with your own eyes, Graz is great. Most buildings in the center of the town are old, but well preserved. The atmosphere is… awesome.
And there are pleasant surprises at almost every corner.
And this is the royal bakery, if I am not mistaken. I didn’t have a wider lens at this moment, unfortunately, and the street was tight enough.
And the most colourful part of this story is yet to come. I thought I will make it tonight, but the clock is ticking. So, bear with me and swing by again tomorrow :-P