We already have several thousand photographs to prove the beauty of Europe, but Wednesday, even with some rain and thick clouds, we found one of the prettiest spots anywhere.
Hallstatt, a small quaint village built onto a mountain ledge on a pristine lake, is not easy to get to. The one way in and one way out are two long and very narrow tunnels running through a mountain. That is unless you take the train and take a ferry across the lake. For us, by car, it was about an hour out of the way, but well worth it even in the rain.
The entire village, which was made prosperous 400 years ago with a salt mine above it, can be walked in 10 or 15 minutes. It still has the usual Austrian character with a little schnapps bar, a strudel shop and a couple of nice churches. The swan-ruled lake had hardly any activity or movement, except by the lone ferry boat headed to pick up a few train passengers.
Although our car temperature stayed above 40 degrees all day yesterday, we did run into one small band of sleet.