Carinthia and Styria and a stop in Semmering play host to the itinerant Curmudgeons. Fresh air, lake views and border incursions are part of a welcome change of scene.
As the heatwave continues, the Sommerloch is over due to a political wedding, the coalition extending the Austrian tradition of Proporz and the debris of another Kirtag, all taking place as the Curmudgeon flees the 19th district for the deep south.
Curmudgeon is also not exempt from ageing, although family and friends visiting and a bacchanalian weekend do a great deal to ensure spirits are high and everyone has a very good time.
As Jamie Oliver arrives in Vienna (or at least branded restaurants do!) not everyone is singing their praises.
a memory of the 1990s and my relative inexperience back then of booking holiday accommodation comes flooding back.
Austria is a country more at home with rolls than sandwiches. Its sandwiches, except those in supermarkets and petrol stations are roll-based or open.
A few days in the Pinzgau and Murtal blows away the cobwebs and causes the curmudgeon to sing the praises of an Austrian summer break.