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    Cool Pics from our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Austria

    Del and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year in Austria, in a little mountain village called Grossarl, which is approximately 85km south of Salzburg. We had our honeymoon in Zell am Zee (on 22nd December 1991), and loved it so much we wanted to go back!

    This year we stayed in the Hunter Suite at the Grossarler Hof Hotel, which was absolutely superb in every way. Details here: http://www.grossarlerhof.at/hotel-in...lzburger-land/

    Anyway, here are some snaps we took of the hotel and the surrounding areas we visited...

    The stunning view from our balcony, which we woke up to every morning:



    From another angle, showing part of a lake at the bottom:



    We took a ride up to the top of one of the mountains in a cable car, and enjoyed amazing views like this:











    The front of the hotel at night:







    Some views of the inside... In the lounge where we spent many an hour relaxing by the log fire before and after meals, sipping cocktails, after-dinner drinks or enjoying a cool glass of the local beer:





    Outside of the cute little bespoke annex of the hotel's main restaurant, designed in typical alpine style, called the Jagersub'l:



    And the inside, where we ate breakfast and dinner every evening:



    Some of the food we enjoyed there...

    Assorted peppered sushi with garden herbs and pickled vegetables:




    Del had grilled goats cheese with caramelised walnuts:




    Roast haunch of chamois (a type of goat-antelope), from the local Hüttschlag region, accompanied with local Pongauer wild boar, served with a leek tart and chorizo savoy cabbage, and loganberry compote, in a rich game jus [this was one of the nicest meat dishes I've eaten]:





    A palate-cleansing mid course of fresh raspberry sorbet, infused with Campari:





    And one of the nicest vegetarian dishes Del's ever eaten, which was Sous Vide cooked root vegetables with assorted local wild mushrooms and a verjus sabayon:





    An impressive looking hand-made and painted wardrobe in one of the halls leading to our bedroom:



    Close-up of some of the panels:






    Some views of the village of Grossarl, where we stayed:



    The local church:





    Inside... The poshest confessional box in the world?



    Superbly constructed crib/nativity scene:



    Altar, etc:





    And some of the most impressive looking gravestones I've ever seen (with an amazing backdrop, too):




    Town centre:







    Even the roundabouts in Grossarl are pretty at Christmas:



    The 'rival' four-star deluxe hotel in Grossarl, called the Edelweiss, which had a particularly impressively Christmassy entrance area at night:



    A nice little pub we had a few beers in:




    In the local village of Hüttschlag:







    We loved some of the locals Christmas decorations, made from natural wood and trees:



    And a nativity scene, all beautifully hand-carved from wood:



    And even a Christmas tree constructed from logs and pine cones, which we intend to replicate at home next year:



    Another local town we visited was St Johann:





    We bought some beautiful hand-blown and painted Christmas tree baubles from here:



    Marco.
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    Lovely spot that. Always impressed with the way they handle the weather compared to us. Cosy looking hotel too...
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    Looks like a nice spot. Glad you and Del had a great time.
    Regards Neil

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    Cheers, guys. It was a very special place for a special occasion. We had a great time and made some nice memories to look back on in future, which was the whole point

    We'll be going back, and next time driving there, so we can bring back some proper quantities of Austrian wine (the quality of which really impressed us) and other goodies, as well as touring more of the surrounding area

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Looks lovely with stunning views.

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    Very nice indeed . Congratulations to you and Del on your 25th wedding anniversary
    Regards
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    Nice one! Always great to hear of successful long term loving relationships. What normal, well-adjusted person wouldn't enjoy seeing such lovely pics and hearing of a happy celebration of a Silver Wedding anniversary? Here's to the 25 years together for you both.

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    Great looking place Marco. Everything looks so clean too. Bet it was a bit nippy there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby View Post
    Nice one! Always great to hear of successful long term loving relationships. What normal, well-adjusted person wouldn't enjoy seeing such lovely pics and hearing of a happy celebration of a Silver Wedding anniversary? Here's to the 25 years together for you both.
    Now then. We shouldn't mock the afflicted especially at Christmas.

    I want to know how the priest is supposed to get into that pulpit. Does he just climb up the wall?

    Looks like a lovely place although a bit too cold this time of year for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Now then. We shouldn't mock the afflicted especially at Christmas.

    I want to know how the priest is supposed to get into that pulpit. Does he just climb up the wall?

    Looks like a lovely place although a bit too cold this time of year for me.
    Probably drinks red bull
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