Monthly Archives: August 2010

Return to Villa Giarona

On our way back from Austria we made another pit stop along the way. Today’s driving forecast was 5 hours, but although we circumvented a big 10km traffic jam before Udine, with taking country roads, lunch stops, emergency peepee breaks … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 6 (Sauna / Family Disco Video)

Yes, I am having a terrible cold. Thus we tried the sauna (finally, but no pictures). Ritsu had initially some inhibitions about being ‘all nude’, but we came early and no one else was there. Lots of sweating fun an … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 5 (Adventure Park, video)

Another freebie in our hotel package was free entrance to the adjacent Adventure Park, a 55€ value. They have four courses: blue, red, black and extreeeem. We all did the easy, blue course together (in fact, they did not give … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 4 (Pony Ride Video)

Weather still gloomy, but at least no rain. While Julius joins the kids’ club for water coloring, we drove to Spittal for some mall shopping. After lunch we used 2 vouchers of our ‘adventure package’ … one being a carriage … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 3 (Segway video)

Very cloudy day for the first time since we arrived. Breakfast, then Julius was very happy to join the kids’ club again. Ritsu had a massage booked and I was up for a 1 hour tour on a cross country … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 2.2 (Pool / Slide Video)

After a long day of hiking one would think that Julius would feel like a nap (like the rest of us), but no, he wanted to go to the pool again & so we let Ritsu sleep and I recorded … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 2.1 (Big Hike)

During summer, the chairlift up to the Aineck summit only opperates Monday, Wednesday & Friday and since the weather was fantastic we paid a whopping 28€ to get up there and then hiked down. (You can also op for a … Continue reading

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Katschberg Day 1

So, on the first full day we did a pretty easy hike up to the Gamskogelalm, and they had a ‘Frühschoppen’ (drink early with live music by family band ‘Die Pöllys‘), had we known, we would have planned lunch there. … Continue reading

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Arrival in Katschberg

After a not so long drive and some shopping fun in Villach (boohoo, the ‘end of summer’ sale is already over) , we finally arrived at our vacation destination in Austria, the Falkensteiner Cristallo in Katschberg (Kärnten) [promotional video on … Continue reading

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Greetings from Palmanova

We are on our way to part 2 of our summer vacation, and to cut the whole drive into 2 more manageable portions, Ritsu found us a nice hotel on the way. We had no idea that Palmanova has such … Continue reading

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Birthday dinner @ Magorabin

Yes, we have been there before .. i.e. my last birthday .. or Valentines day … and again it was a pleasure! Still no birthday cake, but the food was great as usual: Mixed breads to start with (this time … Continue reading

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And another birthday @ Cascina Vrona

Since the national holiday of feragosto fell on a Sunday this year, Ritsu’s office was closed Monday and we took the occasion to enjoy our ‘Toberua in Italy’ again. Food was again great, after lunch some other families arrived and … Continue reading

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Food Porn: the Antipasti Misti di Mare @ 3 Cantine

Gotta love this place, we have been to this restaurant now 5 times, and we have done this mixed appetizer menu once before, 4 years ago. This is an incredible deal: for 50€ you get a taste of pretty much … Continue reading

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Exploring all 5 villages of Cinque Terre

We have been to Cinque Terre before, twice actually … but this time we managed to explore all 5 villages… The first time we made it from #5 to #4 .. and then to the train station of #3 (but … Continue reading

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Beachfun in Levanto

Last evening of this trip, and finally we get to the beach! I will fill in the blog blanks when I get home (and hopefully Telecom has not cut us off already) … will also upload an HD version of … Continue reading

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