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April 4, 2019

Austria: Graz, Murinsel

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Murinsel floats in the Mur River in Graz Austria.

The Murinsel in central Graz Austria is an artificial floating “island” in the middle of the Mur River. Like the Kunsthaus 500 feet or so downstream, Murinsel was constructed for the 2003 European Capital of Culture. The floating island holds café and a children’s playground. More practically, Murinsel’s access ramps serve as a pedestrian bridge across the river.

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April 3, 2019

Austria: Graz, The Stairs of Reconciliation


The Stairs of Reconciliation at Burg Graz

We happened on the Doppelwendeltreppe, or “The Stairs of Reconciliation”, at Burg Graz by chance. Walking by we saw the door open and a sign on the wall. So we walked inside not really knowing what to expect. On the inside we found an unusual staircase that splits and rejoins several times as it circles. Graz people call it the “stairs of reconciliation” for if you go separate ways, you will ultimately reunite at the next landing. (more…)

Austria: Graz, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, future governor of California

On a wall of our hotel in Graz there was a wall with pictures of the famous people. Among the photos of the celebrities is one of Mick Jagger, who according to my informal survey has slept in nearly every upscale hotel in the world. On the wall is also a photograph of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. The picture served as a reminder that Schwarzenegger is from Austria, a fact that we are inevitably reminded of when we tell any Austrian that we are from California. Austrians love to tell us that Arnie, their native son, was once governor of our State, as if we might have forgotten. (more…)

April 2, 2019

Austria: Graz, the Styrian Armory

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Inside the armory

One of the truly unique things to see in Graz is the Styrian Armory. Accessible through a door in the city’s tourist office, the structure holds 32,000 pieces of weaponry, tools, and suits of armor carefully organized and displayed over three floors. It is said to be the largest intact historic armory in the world. The collection of armor, enough to outfit 5,000 soldiers, was brought together between the 15th and 17th centuries. (more…)

March 31, 2019

Austria: Graz


Pedestrianized central Graz

In retrospect I knew surprising little about Graz Austria before we decided to visit in October of 2018. I didn’t know that the commune is Austria’s second largest city. Before we planned to visit I did not know of the existence of Schloss Eggenberg, a Baroque palace located on Graz’s perimeter. Nor did I know that Graz was the capitol of Styria. In fact I didn’t know of the existence of Styria at all, though I probably should have. As always, travel is a great teacher. (more…)

March 28, 2019

Austria: Kunsthaus Graz

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Kunsthaus Graz

In truth the sole initial motivation for visiting Graz was to see the city’s modern Art House, or Kunsthaus. Years ago a saw a picture of the blue blob-like structure nestled in among the red tile roofs of the city; I knew it was something I had to see. The Kunsthaus looked perfectly out of place. For the past few years we’ve had tentative plans to try to get to Graz, but they never worked out. Finally this year we made it. (more…)

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