Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Last Photos

We had an hour to wander around the old town on our last day. Then it was off to the airport.

The old town is filled with beautiful, old, buildings, many of which date to medieval times. It seems that every building has some interesting architectural feature.

Many doors along the sidewalks are of dark wood or cast iron.

This is the facade of one of the older buildings, which houses a well-known pastry shop. In the close-up, you can see the double-headed golden eagle crest of the Habsburg family, which ruled Austria for almost seven centuries. In some of those centuries, this pastry shop supplied pastries to the royal family.

As you can probably guess, Rachel and I can vouch for the high quality of the goodies.

There are many things that we will miss about Graz. We enjoyed walking and taking the tram, rather than driving, and we loved the old buildings and beautiful sights. We will also miss
the polite and friendly attitude of people in shops and on trams. The stereotypical German work ethic appeared to be present in Austria as well. The Stadthalle (convention center) was spotless, due to the efforts of smiling workers who seemed always present and always willing to help.

Thank you to all of you who made Rachel's trip possible. We are blessed to have such wonderful and generous family and friends.
Rachel and Debbie

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