From Torino (Turin) to Graz | Alps by train

From Graz to Torino (Turin)

 

July 10, 2016

 

From Graz you take a railroad operated bus to the train that carries you into Italy through the Alps; the bus avoids a much longer train ride through the mountains.  The scenery alone makes the trip worthwhile.  There are viaducts and tunnels galore.  Human have inhabited this area for thousands of years, although it is  well west of here,in the Oetztal Alps, where researchers unearthed the frozen body of a man who died in the mountains some 5000 years ago.  For more information on that, go to http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/oetzi-iceman-mummy-alps-lyme-disease-lactose-intolerance/story?id=15816788

 

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Drawings from Graz

Cafe in Schlossburg Park

Drawings from Graz

Here are the pen and ink drawings I did on location in Graz, Austria, early June through early July 2016

Woman Sitting at Table
Woman Sitting at Table

This was done at the Kunstmuseum (above).  The following several drawings were done at the Schlossberg Park near where we stayed:

 

Cafe in Schlossburg Park
Cafe in Schlossburg Park

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The Semmering Railroad

Steam engine

The Semmering Railroad, designed and directed by the Venice born  Carlo Ghega, is a UNESCO World Heritage Center (1998) that travels from Gloggnitz to Semmering.   I was constructed between 1848 and 1854.  At the.  time the Semmering was a feat of engineering and the first mountain railway in Europe built on a standard gauge track.  From your seat you see superb Austrian mountains, 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels,  over 100 curved stone and 11 small iron bridges, as well as many mansions.  All this in a journey of just 41 kilometers.

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semmering 3

 

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A terrific baroque building: Basilika Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches)

A terrific baroque building: Basilika* Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches)

July 2016

The lovely Mariatrost Basilica is a baroque style building on top of the Purberg hill, a steep climb from the bus stop including some 225 steps.  There’s a lovely view from the top-  see my pen and ink sketch below- and what’s inside is a superb example of the baroque.

Basilika Mariatrost
Basilika Mariatrost

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Salzburg

Salzburg

June 2016

There’s enough to see and do in Salzburg, Austria for the three days we were there, although beyond that I am less optimistic.  It’s certainly attractive enough for longer term living but a bit on the small side, and a good four hours from Vienna for more intensive living, and the winters are still cold and snowy enough to discourage any but skiers and ice skaters. A bit of background and then some highlights.

 

Salzburg
Salzburg

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Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, Austria | Schloss Eggenberg

One of 600 paintings in the apartments of Schloss Eggenberg

A Baroque masterpiece and World Heritage Site, Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria is a treasure of the Baroque and, to a lesser extent, the Rococo period of the Baroque epoch, which is the last development in the as well as the most complex and intricate of the period.

One of 600 paintings in the apartments of Schloss Eggenberg
One of 600 paintings in the apartments of Schloss Eggenberg

Here is a video slide show of our photos during the visit, which is only available as a guided tour, set to Mozarts’ Klarinettenkonzert (K. 622).  The tour is in English as well as German.

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Graz’s Museums

Terry Winters Kuntshaus

Graz’s Museums

For a city of a mere 300,000, Graz has a large number of museums.   Boys will no doubt be attracted to the Armory, which holds an extensive collection of medieval armory worn by the knights.  We skipped that one and instead have gone to the Graz Museum, Kunsthouse and the Museum in Palais.   There are a dozen to visit on our annual 30 euro pass. (click ‘continue reading’ below)

Medieval Graz
Medieval Graz

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Graz, Austria, a small city that is home to dozens of museums

June 2016 After an overnight in Dusseldorf, we flew in a prop jet into the small airpport in Graz, Austria.  It’s a tiny airport, and but a 10 minute walk to train station.  Before long we were exiting the system and taking the wrong exit, so we added a kilometer to our walk.  We missed … Read moreGraz, Austria, a small city that is home to dozens of museums

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