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Day 6: Ostseebad Binz – Leipzig

We can’t leave the Baltic Sea behind as such – hence a bath in it at 0730 in the morning was obligatory and very lovely. We enjoyed our stay in “Strandhotel Arkona” very much – great site, lovely people, charming environment.

After breakfast, we checked out and boarded our ICE3 train to Leipzig. Today, a direct train connection taking 5h20 of travel time. In comparison, this is quite long – mainly due to the absence of any fast track infrastructure in the North East of Germany. Up to Berlin, we hardly achieved 130-140 kmh velocity, only after Südkreuz stop (one of three stops in Berlin), we reached 200 kmh (=125 mph) for a while.

After arriving in Leipzig, we walked to our hotel, the STEIGENBERGER Grand Hotel Handelshof, in which we reserved a suite for one night. We got the one called “Gustav Mahler” in the fifth floor. The hotel management arranged prior to our arrival some pastry (Leipziger Lärche) and a bottle of Cremant de Loire in our room – very enjoyable reception indeed!

For dinner, we arranged a splendid meal in the Ratskeller of Leipzig.

Afterwards, we took a little walk through the old town of Leipzig, passing Thomaskirche, Altes Rathaus and Nikolaikirche before settling down at our hotel bar to close it with a traditional Gin Tonic.

Day 5: A day on the beach – Ostseebad Binz

A rest day on the beach was planned…

– and we enjoyed like little cats. Meow, meow… 🙂

Very easy indeed if you have a room in a hotel that sits in the first row on the beach, a room with a view on the sea and with a service of the “Strandhotel Arkona” team that has been absolutely exceptional.

Just have a look…

Excellent and calm organisation during breakfast and dinner – both included in the room rate. High availability and wide choice of food offers from Vegan arrangements towards traditional fish and meat dishes, including fruit and local specialties. Not to forget the dessert section, the wide range of offered bread and the selection of beverages. The international restaurant team – we counted at least seven different nationalities – was running the service precise, efficient, fast and with a touch of empathy that pleases every single guest with his/her needs and requirements. You can clearly see the signature and experience of the F&B manager, Mr Remler, who is speaking several languages himself and can accommodate any international guests at ease.

Just as an example, I would like to mention a Cuban/German family that we met – heartily welcome in fluent Spanish, the husband in his wheelchair with enough place to move around easily in the full barrier-free restaurant and hotel. Just great!

Representing the service employees, I would like to mention two – Tanja (beverage services in the restaurant) and Martin (bar service in the late evening) – as representation for the whole team who have shown their dedication towards us, their distinguished guests. Just great to see this in international perspective.

It has been professionalism as it needs to be – as it is requested by guests and as good gastro culture requires it.

Means eventually, when we come back to Binz in one of the next years, we fully know already where we will stay and which room we will book – in “Strandhotel Arkona” in a room with a view to the sea.

After dinner, we took a short walk on the promenade and closed our day with a traditional Gin Tonic (while speaking some Spanish and Euskara) before dozing off in calm with an open window – just listening to the waves hitting the beach line.

Day 4: Hamburg – Ostseebad Binz

Today, we have taken the train from Hamburg to Germany’s biggest Island: Rügen.

After once again a great breakfast in our hotel in Hamburg, we packed up and checked out. The kind hotel crew of ‘Europäischer Hof’ was very helpful again with some questions we had.

First, we took S21 from Hauptbahnhof to Bergedorf where we boarded the Intercity train. The ride was very comfortable and spaceous. Unfortunately, still due to the bad weather events last week, our train needed to take a detour and arrived 45 minutes late. We had great seats with a table – and the people charge was pretty minimal.

After checking in with ‘Strandhotel Arkona’ – same as I had booked during my stay here in Binz in 2018 – we took a short rest in the room, followed by a playful refreshing bath in the Baltic Sea just in front of the hotel.

We took dinner in the hotel as it is included in the room price. The restaurant chef spoke fluent Spanish with us which I enjoyed a lot – as he has been working on the Islas Canarias and Costa del Sol earlier. Buffet service with high quality food was offered for starters, salad, main course and dessert. We enjoyed a glass of Störtebecker dark beer with it. Lovely service indeed!

After dinner, we took a short walk through Binz, visited the pier and had some cocktails in town while listening to some nice live played Piano music.

We will stay two nights in Binz. Tomorrow, a day on the beach is foreseen. The weather is calm and partly sunny, the sea water has 22 degrees. We are all set for a relaxing day.

I have also taken two videos of trains in Bergedorf, one a passing Polish Container train and one an arriving ICE3 train:

Day 3: Lübeck during day – Hamburg in the evening

Finally waking up at 0900 – wonderful… like the breakfast buffet in our hotel “Europäischer Hof”.

After some nice cold cuts, fruits and a hanseatic cup of tea, we decided to go by train to Lübeck at 1030. It is situated close to the Baltic sea side, located some 65kms northeast of Hamburg.

First, we walked into the city center passing ‘Holstentor’, the famous bridge gate to Lübeck that was also depicted on 50 Deutschmark bills earlier. We were then passing through the Old Town narrow streets, visiting the market next to the town hall and the church of St. Marien. The church itself got pretty much destroyed in 1942, several objects inside are damaged, including the church bells that are exhibited there – broken, melted and crushed into the floor after falling from the collapsing tower.

We had lunch in the ‘Ratskeller’ restaurant where we have tried out a Lübeck traditional product – the ‘Rotspon’ red wine. This is actually not produced there in Schleswig-Holstein in the North of Germany. It is red wine from the Bordeaux area in France that is transported in Oak barrels to Germany and stored there for some years in the Hamburg – Lübeck area prior to be consumed. This has the result that the young French wine ripens significantly and gets a superior quality. The food and service has been absolutely excellent – such as the interior decoration of the restaurant itself. We had a great time and can positively recommend it. Surely we will come back.

Afterwards, we provided ourselves with Marzipan from the Niederegger Outlet in the city center. Lübeck is known for its high quality Marzipan products throughout Germany.

We continued by having a 1 hour boat tour around the central island of Lübeck. We have seen a lot of nature, modern and old architecture with explanations from the captain in German language.

After a short stop for some clothes accessories, we went back to Hamburg at around 1710.

After a short rest in our hotel room, we went for a nice walk in very favourable evening weather in Hamburg. We walked northbound towards the Alster lakes, went through along the quays of the ‘Binnenalster’ and its connected channels. Eventually we arrived in the harbour area again, stayed some minutes and took a S-Bahn train back to our hotel, finishing once again a wonderful day on our trip.

Day 2: Obernburg – Aschaffenburg – Würzburg – Hamburg Hbf

We got up at 0700 in the morning… again very early. Our mood was accordingly, but not an issue.

My dad prepared a splendid breakfast that did not let us down in the morning at all.

We packed up our stuff and joined Obernburg train station at 0942. Our Regional train to Aschaffenburg arrived on time.

After changing trains in Aschaffenburg, we took our ICE3 train towards Würzburg – on time – and joined the capital of Lower Franconia after 40 minutes of uneventful ride time. Our connection train there – direct towards Hamburg – was announced late, but arrived eventually on time as well

The trip to Hamburg was absolutely uneventful and very comfortable in an ICE2 train. We arrived approximately in time.

Our hotel “Europäischer Hof” in Hamburg is close to the Central Station, just 5 minutes by foot.

We received our room after proofing that we are vaccinated. We refreshed ourselves a bit and decided to take a walk towards the city center and the harbour area. First, we have been passing the destroyed church of St. Nicolas. It became a museum for peace and remembering as it was destroyed in the Operation ‘Gomorrha’ bomb raids in 1943 and 1944 during the second world war. One remarkable piece was the ‘nail cross’ donated by the city of Coventry – that got severely destroyed by German bomb raids in 1940.

The obligatory ‘Hafenrundfahrt’ was a little more difficult to do this time as many of those touristic ships were still out of service. But eventually we found a possibility onboard of one of the smaller Barkasse type of boat for EUR 20 per person.

We thought that Hamburg harbour was a kind of empty, not a lot of activity indeed. And not as many tourists either.

After arriving back in the Landungsbrücken area, we continued exploring Hamburg St. Pauli by foot after taking Hamburg Stadtbahn for two stations. Our Hotel provided us with Hamburg travel cards that are valid in the whole area of Hamburg for every train, bus and ferry service – quite convenient!

After a short walk of Reeperbahn, we decided to return to our hotel environment and have dinner in the Paulaner restaurant.

Tomorrow, we will stay in Hamburg – let’s see what we are going to do, as far as we have heard, we will not have any rain – great!

Day 1: Rambouillet – Paris – Frankfurt – Aschaffenburg – Obernburg

Here we go again, we can’t wait to see other places than home – after this long confinement at home due to CoViD-19. But it was necessary to do so to slow down the pandemic and prevent spreading somehow.

Waking up at 0600 is never an easy task, but our booked train left Paris Est at 0906, hence we had no other chance but taking the 0645 TER from Rambouillet train station, just to have enough redundancy in case something happens. The regional train system is really good in our region of Ile-de-France around Paris, but you just don’t want to have a mess already on day 1.

We arrived on-time in Paris Montparnasse and took the Metro line 4 to Paris Est. Not so many people, however, Paris never sleeps.

We arrived as planned at our TGV train station an hour early. Hence we had enough time to take a little French breakfast in one of the open cafés on the terrace in the Morning sun, very enjoyable indeed.

Our TGV to Frankfurt left on time and carried us in high speed (up to 320 kmh or 200 mph) through Champagne and Lorraine towards Germany. As high speed lines are absent in Germany between Saarbrücken and Frankfurt, travelling through Germany took as long as our trip between Paris and the French-German border – but it’s just half the distance.

From Mannheim to Frankfurt, we took an alternative route via Darmstadt – the tracks via Gross-Gerau have not been chosen this time. This resulted in a small delay of some minutes which was not an issue at all, arriving shortly after 1300.

In Frankfurt Central station, we went to the Paulaner restaurant in Markthalle to have our lunch, finished with a lovely Bretzel and an alcohol-free Paulaner Weizen… just great!

When joining the platform on which our ICE should have been departing at 1354, it was announced that the train was 45 minutes late due to the latest weather issues in Northrhine-Westfalia.

Here – important for me – I would like to remain in silence for a moment as dedication for all the victims of the weather catastrophy that happened in the week before. Surely, we will light some candles in a sacred place (no matter if church, temple, mosque or pagan) as remembrance and in a moment of thoughts and mourning. Also a word about my courageous son, also known as ‘Little Bretzel’. Sven has been helping to evacuate people as being on voluntary duty for German Red Cross Water Rescue division in the area during two consecutive nights. His employer gave him two days off without any question. The world needs more people like this, I am really proud of you.

After a further non-eventful stop in Aschaffenburg, we got the little Regionalexpress train to Obernburg where my dad picked us up.

We had a lovely evening together on the balcony, enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine and a family cold cut dinner at home.

Tomorrow is the day!

Suitcases are packed, cats are taken care of, the fridge is empty – and we can’t wait to get going!

Finally two weeks of vacation after a pretty strong year – and finally the end of our second confinement after 9 months of being at home.

Saturday morning, same as last year… it is the 0645 train which we will take from Rambouillet train station to Paris Montparnasse as first ride of our trip this year.

We plan to use exactly the same connection to Obernburg as we have done in 2020 – TGV from Paris Est to Frankfurt, ICE to Aschaffenburg and a little Regional service to Obernburg-Elsenfeld.

But in comparison with last year, a lot of things are different:

  • We are fully vaccinated thanks to Pfizer – Biontech
  • We are Antigen tested this evening – both negative
  • We have our European Vaccination Passport installed on our mobile phones applications – French and German. All vaccinations and tests have been imported and are electronically available

These things were neither available last year.

Just under eight hours to go… we are looking forward so much to having a great time, seeing beautiful things and sharing them here with you – our valued blog readers!

Interrail 2021 – Trip V3.0

Here we go again… in July 2021 for two weeks. Once again, RAMMSTEIN in Trondheim, Norway, was our planned destination…

It was… Yes, it was…

Once again, the concert was cancelled due to the Corona uncertainties worldwide.

But no matter, we go on our 15 days trip anyhow. It is absolutely a beautiful thing, this flexibility of an INTERRAIL ticket. In December 2020, we got a great offer with discount for a 15 day Global ticket in 1st class – it was really a no-brainer just to buy it.

So we have happily chosen Germany as target destination this year and laid out a plan, knowing about the Corona restrictions and the difficulty of travelling in these days. Nevertheless, all of us got vaccinated, documented in our WHO vaccination documents and the French Electronic Vaccination passports already which should open the doors for travel even further.

The following cities or locations are planned to be visited:

  • Obernburg
  • Hamburg
  • Island of Rügen
  • Leipzig
  • Weimar
  • Bamberg
  • Bremen
  • Münster
  • Cologne
  • Karlsruhe

As you can see, this time, we try to step away from the large streams of people visiting the German touristic cities. But we have chosen somewhat unknown jewels of German history and beauty.

Once again, we have booked our hotels via booking.com happily. Also this time, we paid attention that we have a one-day before cancellation policy and nothing prepaid. Security first, we have to say – in these days, you can’t be cautious enough in travel planning.

So stay tuned for another chapter of trip reports from Europe, this time from lovely Germany!

Interrail 2020 summary

Again… what a trip!

The 15 days of travelling through Europe went by quicker than we were able to recognize. And this time, with a bit less ambitious schedule and more time to see all these visited cities, it was much more quiet and less hectic than in 2018.

We have really seen a lot and learnt about places, persons and surroundings. Pieces of information that we did not have in our mind before – and impressions that we will never forget.

The trains were absolutely perfect this time. None of them left our planned start train station with a single minute of delay. And only once, we had a 35 minutes arrival delay. However, it needs to be noted: The trains were fairly empty, sometimes we were the only people in our coach or booking class. We need to underline that the amount of tourists we have seen during the trip in the trains was fairly low as well. I guess mainly due to the complete absence of citizens from outside of Europe.

Now to the questions and two answers each:

  • What was the best hotel room?
    • Maritim Hotel in Dresden – what a room!
    • aDLERS Hotel in Innsbruck – what a view!
  • Where was the best hotel breakfast?
    • Hilton in Vienna – mentioned twice!
  • Where was the best evening restaurant?
    • Sophienkeller in Dresden
    • Weitblick Restaurant in Innsbruck
  • What was the best train food?
    • DoN in ÖBB Railjet
    • Leberkäse with Austrian wine
  • What was the best bar?
    • Irish Pub in Berlin
    • Avalon Project in Vienna
  • What was the best train product?
    • Railjet ÖBB Business Class – mentioned twice!
  • What was the best tourist option in the train?
    • Panorama Coach SBB in the Eurocity Transalpin – mentioned twice!
  • Where was the best tourist option we took unplanned?
    • Horse carriage ride with Viakerei Süss in Salzburg
    • Alpha Romeo Spider tour through Prague
  • What was the most remarkable discovery?
    • The astronomic tower in Prague
    • Salzburg as city
  • What were the most interesting places seen during the trip (multiple answers possible)?
    • Hamburg Harbour
    • International Maritime Museum in Hamburg
    • Sanssouci Park in Potsdam
    • Monument for Sinti and Roma in Berlin
    • Semper Opera in Dresden
    • Clementinum in Prague
    • Beer garden U Fleku in Prague
    • Hofbräuhaus in München
    • Burg Hohensalzburg in Salzburg
    • Museum Albertina in Vienna
    • Crossing the Alps in a Panorama Coach
    • The Alpine lakes
    • Swimming in Lake Zurich
    • Gay bar in Zurich opposite of our hotel
  • Where did we get the best local transport options?
    • Hamburg – a full public transport network card included in the hotel room price!
    • Berlin – a full public transport network card included in the hotel room price!
  • Where did we get the best price/value option in a hotel?
    • Maritim Hotel in Dresden – mentioned twice!
  • Fastest velocity during the trip:
    • Paris – Forbach by TGV doing 320 kmh or 200mph

As last point I would like to give some advice out of our experience to our fellow INTERRAILers, no matter of which age and which origin:

  • Travelling alone and travelling with two or more people by INTERRAIL is a complete different experience
  • It is good to have a planned schedule ahead. Train and hotel reservations are a great help. Thank you, booking.com, for being a marvellous, easy and trustworthy travel companion with fair hotel prices with 1-day-in-advance cancellation policies during these difficult travel times
  • Have your different travel apps on your mobile devices up-to-date. Advisable to have in our trip were
    • INTERRAIL Rail Planner
    • Deutsche Bahn
    • Ceske Drahy
    • ÖBB
    • Booking.com
    • Several different national and international news portals to check upon the latest CoVid-19 travel restrictions information
  • Some trains require additional reservations for quite a substantial fee. These reservations need to be printed and carried along. Attention: they are only valid for that mentioned train and cannot be easily transferred to another one. Better be on-time when using such a train, otherwise it might be quite a hassle
  • Have redundancy for face masks and desinfection alcoholic gels while travelling
  • Keep your travel documents with you and safe at all times

I would like to thank all of you following or commenting about our travel blog over the last 20 days. It has been an experience that needs to be done again, that is absolutely for sure.

KEEP SAFE AND HEALTHY at all times! See you next time!

Day 15: Zurich – Paris – Rambouillet

The last day of our European INTERRAIL discovery trip has come – and we have to say: It was absolutely great. Today, we took the direct TGV train from Zurich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon at 13:34 just after lunch.

In the morning, we took another walk through the city, having a look if we can buy some souvenirs or anything crazy from Switzerland – but no… no chance, not even a millimeter, just forget about it!

August 1st is Nationalfeiertag in Switzerland – the national public holiday. Hence all shops remained closed and only some coffeehouses or restaurants remained open.

Nevertheless, we took our small round across the city prior to checking out and walking towards the Central station – where we took our lunch before boarding the train.

The TGV ride via Basel, Mulhouse and Dijon towards Paris took four hours – inspite of partially using two independent LGV tracks between Mulhouse and Dijon and Dijon and Paris. Maximum observed speed was 318 kmh or close to 200 mph.

In Paris, we were nearly overrun by tourists on their way to the south of France as August 1st is a traditional day of starting French holidays. Hence we decided to take a taxi back to Rambouillet (120 Euros) from Gare de Lyon just to escape from these masses of people who did not respect at all the distancing rules. Coming home, you can imaging how happy our two cats Luna and Nera were to see us again back at home – by seeing the photos you can guess which one has which name.

Tomorrow, I will conclude the INTERRAIL 2020 blog session with a summary – like I did it two years ago.

It is great to travel and see the world – but it is also great to be back at home. 🙂

 

Day 14: Innsbruck – Zurich

The crossing over Arlberg pass presented the highest altitude point in our 15 days round trip at 1260 meters above sea level. We had a very enjoyable ride in ÖBB’s railjet in business class – passing through three different independent European countries today, namely Austria, Liechtenstein and Schwitzerland.

In Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries worldwide, we took the whole amount of available public railroad kilometres in one go – without stopping even once between Feldkirch in Austria and Buchs in Switzerland.

The passing of the Arlberg area was impressive again as the Inn valley became narrower and narrower and the mountains around higher and higher. The summit is passed inside a tunnel – which also marks an European watershed between the Danube (Black Sea) and the Rhine (North Sea).

In Switzerland, we passed by two large alpine lakes, Walensee and Zurisee, prior to arriving in Zurich after close to 3:40h travel time.

In Zurich, we had our hotel around 800 meters away from the Central station, mainly due to budget reasons as Switzerland is pretty expensive in comparison with Germany, Czech Republic or Austria. Our hotel room was great and we enjoyed it. However, be aware that Zurich is not really a calm city at night, so you need to choose your hotel carefully.

In the afternoon, we went for a walk along Zurisee and had dinner in the traditional restaurant “Zeughauskeller” – with local beer and excellent swiss local food.

After a glass in a small bar in Zurich’s center area, we returned to Hotel Scheuble just after sunset.

Tomorrow, we have our last ride inside our 15 days continious INTERRAIL journey this year – the return to Paris.

 

Day 13: Graz – Innsbruck

TRANSALPIN – the name of our Eurocity train was the program for today. We took lovely seats in the panorama coach of SBB in our direct train from Graz to Innsbruck.

Six hours of passing through high mountains culminate always an impressive ride – loads of things to see as the mountainous world outside of us changed quickly. We passed by many towns and villages that are very well known for their beauty in the summer for swimming, hiking and calm holidays and their full scale alpine or nordic wintersports activities in the colder half of the year.

The most important ones are:

  • Schladming
  • Hochfilzen
  • Bischofshofen
  • Kitzbühel
  • Zell am See

The two most important passes we have crossed are Schoberpass at 849 meters and Grießenpass at 975 meters, prior to descending to the Inn valley via Brixental. The area around Zell am See with its lake surrounded by high mountains is absolutely remarkable.

In Innsbruck, we had a very lovely hotel room with a view in the aDLERS hotel close to Central station. In the late afternoon, we decided to have a massage treatment in the hotel spa followed by a dinner with a view while the sun was setting out on the terrace (12th floor) with a magnificent view over the tyrolian alps.

The weather was absolutely fine, 30 degrees centigrade and no jacket needed until midnight when we rited to our hotel room.

Tomorrow – the next step through the mountains… via Arlberg Pass to Zurich in Switzerland.

 

Day 12: Vienna – Graz

Today, we had a rather short trip by train, but a very remarkable one. We went over the Semmeringbahn and Südbahn with a Railjet by Ceske Drahy from Vienna to Graz in just 2:40 hours.

The Semmeringbahn is recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO due to its immense importance in railway engineering in the 19th century – as it was not seen as possible to build a train through this mountainous area based on friction traction at all. The way how the tracks are build into the hills and mountains of Semmering using viaducts and tunnels is absolutely impressive.

From the height of the Donau valley in Vienna at around 160 meters above sea level to Semmering pass summit, the railjet needed to climb 730 meters, prior to decending down to Graz at around 340 meters.

In Graz, we had a room in the IBIS hotel at the central station, hence it was absolutely easy to reach.

After checking in, we went immediately for a walk through the city as we had a thunderstorm warning for the evening hours. We visited the Schlossberg and took a nice walk through the city center of Graz prior to returning to the Hauptbahnhof area – just prior to the big rain falls.

We had a traditional “Kaffee und Kuchen” session in the Aida coffee house – with Eiskaffee and Sachertorte.

Due to the rain, we skipped going out in the evening – other than just jumping into the Italian restaurant close by to the hotel.

Tomorrow, we will have the big Alps crossing to Innsbruck!

 

Day 11: Day in Vienna

This day has been hot… high temperatures measured at 36 degrees Centigrade. Nevertheless, we enjoyed like little cats. Why? Because we had a good friend and colleague of us who gave us a tour through Vienna, including city parks, museums and a lovely dinner in a liberal artist restaurant in the 8th quarter.

We met him after having breakfast at 10am in front of our hotel. We went straight ahead with a walk through some important parks of Vienna – Stadtpark and Rosengarten. We have taken many photos in these environments as well as in between the parks when passing through the city centre.

We spent some time in the Rose Garden in which loads of people show their affection to others by sponsoring a rose bush – a very emotional environment that touched our soul and heart a lot when reading some of these messages attached to every individual plant.

After we had a light lunch with some Vienna wine in Volksgarten, we decided to escape from the heat and visited two Albertina museums. We have just one picture from the Modern part as we wanted to enjoy the exhibitions without having the stress to take photos. For us, the collection of contemporary Austrian art was very impressive. Especially, the video installations of Humanists and Feminists were remarkable likewise photorealistic paintings of suffering children. This all made people think about it a lot.

For us, works of Maria Lassnig and Gottfried Helnwein were the most impressive ones in pictures and those works of Valie Export in actionism arts. All three artists are seen by the society  as controversial in general – causing partial disgust and more questions than answers. However, isn’t that exactly what arts can and should do? Make people think about something that we do not have in our principle outlook how the world should be. It is difficult to accept something as such for most of the people, no matter which culture or nation they are from. It is also fundamentally important in a living democracy that people can actually say something what they believe in very openly – without being discredited by tweets, without being undervalued and eventually without being detained due to different thinking or being different. We all had that in the German, Austrian, Czech and whoever elses past… we don’t want to see this again. Therefore, these confrontations are useful and must be allowed in a living democracy for the good of all people living it. Nobody shall be allowed to stand above our democratically established laws – no president, no party, no religion.

After having finished the three exhibitions in two houses of Albertina, we took the tram railway to the 8th quarter of Vienna. We had wonderful dinner in the restaurant and bar “Avalon Kultur”, a so called Wirtshausbeisl. We had many interesting intellectual, art related and psychoanalytic discussions – some deep, some shallow, but all of them extremely valuable and positively meant.

We took a taxi back to our hotel after torrential rains, pretty normal after such a hot day that nature looks for an equilibrium in energy by discharging lightnings upon us.

Ready to go to Graz via the Semmeringbahn tomorrow morning!