I must say, Graz, Austria, you do it well — from the way all can move about in your city, to your food, to your chefs, to your coffee houses, to your architecture, even to your building & housing materials, to your shops, to your sweets, and last but certainly not least, to your breads– oh my goodness, your breads!
And, although not Austrian, to all of your Turkish döner kebab eateries. They’re all over the place! Yum!
The divine name, represented by the four Hebrew consonants יהוה, appears over 7,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures–and in the following churches.
Anywhere one needs to travel throughout this city, there’s a bus or tram. They all meet at a central transfer point in Jakominiplatz and from there spider out.
These trams (the city trains), as well as, the buses, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, all share, not only the same streets, they share the same lanes, and it all runs like clockwork. Trains don’t run into cars and cars don’t run into trains. Perhaps because this country isn’t sue happy everyone watches where they are going!? 🙂
We purchased a pass for 45 euros each, which enabled us to ride all of the city trams and buses for one month for as many times as we wanted or needed. If we had a dog, it too would be allowed on with a leash. But with it’s own ticket! Pets are free only if they’re in a pet stroller.
As in Valencia, Spain, the time for the next tram or bus’s arrival is posted. Very convenient as one in not left wondering how long of a wait he or she has until the next bus or tram arrives!
The only thing missing here is the hussle and bustle. People seem relaxed moving about, getting on and off these buses and trams.
Many of the larger grocery stores here, such as one called Spar, has a separate table/loading station for customers to pack up his or her own grocery bag (they do not provide bags–at least not for free), and at each loading station, coffee grinders are available to grind the coffee one just purchased.
The giant Ikea store in Graz has a cafeteria serving delicious looking food at reasonable prices. If one has an Ikea card, coffee is completely free plus all the refills — the coffee was quite good!
The Schloßberg or Schlossberg (English: Castle Hill) is a tree-clad hill, and the site of a fortress, in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria. The hill is now a public park and enjoys extensive views of the city.
The fortification of the Schloßberg goes back to at least the 10th century. In the mid-16th century, a 400 m (1,300 ft) long fortress was constructed by architects from the north of Italy. There are records of a cable-hauled lift being in use between 1528 and 1595 to move construction materials for the fortifications. The castle was never conquered, but it was largely demolished by Napoleonic forces under the Treaty of Schonbrunn of 1809. The clock tower (the Uhrturm) and bell tower (the Glockenturm) were spared after the people of Graz paid a ransom for their preservation.
Graz, the riverside (Mur River) state capital of Styria, blends Renaissance and baroque architecture with modern designs such as Murinsel, an artificial island made of glass and steel, and the alienlike Kunsthaus, a contemporary art museum.
One very interesting concept: The city owns these garden parks. In them are small plots of land for apartment dwellers to rent. Renters are not only at liberty to plant a garden, but they are permitted to build a small house and some even have swimming pools. Here, apartment dwellers can get together to have BBQ’s or simply have a break from apartment living.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is from Graz and I’m left wondering why he ever decided to leave. But of course, we all seem to get a little itchy when we’re young, thus the grass may seem greener elsewhere. I certainly don’t know how Mr. Schwarzenegger feels about having left his home town, but as for me, after this three week long visit, all I’ve gotta say is: I’ll be back!
We leave here May 19th, 2016, so I’m probably not completely done with this posting as of yet. Then we’re off to Vienna for a couple of nights, then onto Madrid, Spain for a few more. And since we’re not a recipient of any trust fund, well, it’s back to Ecuador May 24th. Unless…….
After all, we do have a good three weeks left in which we’re able to stay within the European Union! 😀