|Alas, the weather wasn't too cooperative as we did our little tour around Austria's lakes and mountains, but the scenery was magnificent nonetheless|
|Hallstatt was considered so beautiful by the Chinese that they made a perfect replica|
|A typical Maypole|
Town Hall in Gmunden
Stopped for coffee and cake - strawberry torte, in Gmunden, a larger town on the Traunsee overlooked by the Traunstein Mountain. It is a spa town and the centre of a ceramic industry in which my cousin (second or third cousin twice removed) used to work. The ornate Italianate buildings with their rich detail and wrought iron balconies are attributed to Princess Caroline of Austria who became queen of Naples and Sicily. As well as being the home of exiled royals of various nationalities, Gmunden is also the home of bearded drag queen and Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst. This contest was on while I was in Austria and being a somewhat conservative place the win was greeted with a mixture of embarrassment and national pride.
|St. Wolfgang on the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang)|