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Here's a glimpse of our hearty Austrian breakfast with coffee and eggs made-to-order.
Driving around Styria presented some incredibly magnificent views, as many of our photos illustrate. The act of driving was also quite an experience in and of itself. Neither of us had ever driven in Austria, or anywhere in Europe for that matter. Sure, we took a few wrong turns here and there, but thanks to the Google Maps app on our cell phones, we always found our way.
From our Pension in Graz we headed west along Route 70 into the mountains and the wine growing region of Styria. We then meandered south on the Schilcherweinstraße (Schilcher wine route, Route 76) until making our first pit-stop in Stainz. We weren't planning to stay here long, but when one stumbles upon a small town wine festival, one must be flexible, no? An unplanned detour often creates some of the best memories.
Here's a YouTube video we found online of some of the dancing at die Schilchertage in Stainz Fest. Fantastic.
From Stainz we continued south on Route 76 and eventually veered east along the Südsteirische Grenz Straße (South Styrian border road, Route 69) paralleling the Slovenian border. We were told to visit the church in Sankt Veit am Vogau, which, though small, possesses some impressively ornate baroque elements and a few massive paintings on the ceiling -- among these, interestingly, we found an image of Karl Marx, who with raised hands speaks to the proletariat (just to the right of the Pope). You don't see that everyday. Well, maybe you do if you live in Sankt Veit am Vogau.