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Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy

All photos taken on June 24, 1984.

It was a nice hotel indeed, and it served a superior continental breakfast of croissants, pumpernickel bread, cheese, ham, yogurt, cherries, fruit juice and coffee. We had a long drive (7 hours – 10 1/2 hours at Enzo pace with 2 short stops) ahead of us today, so we were on the bus and on the road by 7:30 AM.

Our first stop was at the Semmering Pass, where had Chocolate Torte and hot chocolate.

Semmering Pass area, Austria

It was a nice break in a scenic area, but time was getting on and we headed onwards to Bruck an der Mur (Bruck on the Mur River)…..

…to Sankt Veit an der Glen (St. Viet on the Glan River) where chef Wolfgang Puck was born in 1949 and then Klangenfort, where we stopped for lunch at a Chinese Restaurant. We had the soup of the day (Goulsh soup-who knew?), bread, Chinese tea?? and fried bananas.

We crossed into Italy near Tarvisio in the province of Trieste, just before 4:00 P.M.. The mountainsides seemed steeper, the bridges seemed older and the Italian Autostrada began. Enzo was back in his home country. Wait, did I just feel the bus speed up by 1 k/h? Now, we were moving!

We rolled into Monastier di Treviso on the outskirts of the outskirts of Venice around 6:00 PM, checked into the Park Hotel, quickly ate a supper of tortellini, beef, potatoes and peas, before getting back on the bus for the 30 minute run into Venice. Did I mention, we were in the outskirts of the outskirts? That’s Cosmos Convenience folks.

Quick transfer to a boat that took is to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. We hurriedly shuffled our way to the Grotto, where the Italian cultural performance was already in progress. As we got closer, we could see the nice tables and chairs and the performer on a brightly lit stage, just before we were directed to the left and into the Grotto Annex, with long folding tables and uncomfortable benches and nobody on stage.

Oh, we could hear the performance through the wall as the singer launched into ‘O Sole Mio, but he was not playing to the annex stage, except for once every verse, where he would stick his head around the partition and belt out a few words, before getting back to the better clientele. At least the spumante was good, there just wasn’t enough of it. Performance soon over, we did a bit of a walk about.

Here we are all washed out by the flash in Venice
gondolier under the Bridge of Sighs
We got front row seats in the balcony for this version of ‘O Sole Mio.

Back on the bus for the run to the suburb of the suburbs of Venice and into bed we tumbled. We would see much more tomorrow, we hoped.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

14 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy

  1. Treviso is actually a lovely little town which we’ve visited more than once as we’ve flown in and out of there sometimes when visiting Venice and enjoyed spending a few hours wandering around. I prefer the centre of Venice after 4.00 p.m. when all the tour groups have left and you can have the place pretty much to yourselves. Nice to see you on the gondola.

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  2. I’ve never visited Venice in summer (my visits have always been in the spring although one was in November) and have never experienced the huge crowds. Nevertheless, it’s always so great in the evenings after the day trippers have left.

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    1. I totally agree. I guess, in our case, we were the day time tourists leaving Venice for the outskirts. Wish we could have stayed in Venice for the night. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan


  3. Lovely captures from a long, but scenic bus ride to Venice. We’re typically early risers so we don’t really explore after dark (largely because at that point we’re way too tired). But it seems like a good way to experience a quieter side of the city. Plus I’m sure it looks pretty with all the twinkling lights reflecting in the canals.

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    1. Thanks Linda. The countryside was beautiful in this part of Italy. Like you, we tend to stay indoors in the evenings, but when we do wander out, there is always something magical to see. Thanks for reading Linda. Have a great Friday. Allan

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    1. It was a good view from the bus and we all laughed about the Cosmos 5161 cheap seats at the Grotto. It became a standing joke whenever Allison explained why things were the way they were and it all makes a great story. Like you said, we were in Italy and that ain’t bad. Thanks for reading Ann. Hope all is well. Allan

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