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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:



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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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    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

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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

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    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

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    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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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
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    **Hate makes you impotent, Love makes you crazy. Somewhere in the middle you can survive.**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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