Now the Lindwurm sits in the middle of the city sculpted centuries ago in 1590 from a single piece of slate.
Getting to Klagenfurt was quick and easy in our VW Golf. A highlight of our drive was an almost 8 km tunnel beneath a mountain spanning the Slovenian-Austrian border. We all thought it looked like the perfect setting for a car chase in a James Bond movie. Mike got to experience the autobahn and we may have broken him of his habit of calling everything "weird" instead of "different". He does like the license plates quite a lot.
We spent the day walking around the city centre which has a very different look to it than the Italian- influenced baroque style of Ljubliana.
We headed for the mall nearby to find a store called Nuener. Our Opa worked in the Nuener shoe factory upon moving to Austria. We did find the store--but it was filled with bags and luggage; no shoes.
Mike notes the following things that could be reconsidered:
1. No fans in the bathrooms
2. Texting is frequent while biking, driving both cars and buses and--yes we saw this--operating heavy duty equipment.
3. Not enough water in the toilets
I think he has a real appreciation for the layout of the downtown cores. He has a plan to make Whyte Ave a foot traffic only zone from June-September. There could be tables spilling out from cafés and restaurants and shops can display wares outside too. We think he's onto something.
(Mike was quite pleased to find a waffle place for an after dinner treat)