Monday, June 05, 2006
A Day Trip
Yesterday I woke up thinking"let´s go!". We packed some drinks and snacks, got in the car and headed south without really knowing where we wanted to go. I like to do round trips so that I get to see more rather than head home the way we came. We drove the 1 1/2 hours to the Slowenian border and walked around the banks of the Drau river in Dravograd before driving back into Austria and over the Soboth. We had lunch at the Soboth Dam See Café just as it started to rain and walked around Soboth which is a real little Austrian village. There was some wonderful scenery driving over the mountain and the kids loved catching glimpses of the Drau the further away we got. The quaint city of Deutschlandsberg is on the other side and there we found a lovely park and unfortunately some pretty shitty cafés. A big part of a day out for me is the food, it´s such a treat to eat out and not have to cook. The prices of cakes, strudels and coffee has become a joke here since the change from schillings to Euros...€2,30 for a coffee and €2,50 (about US$3,24) for a piece of cake that is gone in 5 bites - I can bake a whole cake for the same price. We headed home over another pass called Packsattel and got home at 7pm. The children checked where we´d been on the map and we all agreed that it had been a wonderful day trip and we should do it more often!