Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. After a wonderful two days in Graz, a flat tire and a public holiday got in the way of continuing the trip. While this meant we would not be able to spend as much time in our next destination, there was more time to explore Graz. One of the many beauties of Graz, Austria is Eggenberg Palace, and this was on the agenda for the extra day. The was built in the 1600’s. The palace is very beautiful inside, but the outside impressed me as well. The interesting patters the courtyard walls made, from the arches to the placement of the lamps, struck my eye.
Sitting on a small, upstairs balcony of a cafe in Graz, Austria, I really had time to relax and take in what was going on in the streets below. The cafe was near the river that runs through the city. In addition to the sounds of the river, the sounds of cars and streetcars from a major intersection mixed in. There was a small playground and a few parents were mingling while watching their children play. The bike in this picture really jumped out at me. The bushes and trees along the river were a seemingly uniform tone of green, as was the park. The blue and yellow of this bike stood out. To me, the colors made the bike appear fun, ready for an adventure. I am sure it has had many.
The walk up to the top Schloßberg in Graz, Austria was quiet and peaceful. Halfway up I noticed this starfish-shaped leaf on the ground. I guess since I was on vacation, it reminded me of finding starfish on the beach as a kid. The way the leaf was laying there, it seemed like it was standing up. It seemed alive. And a bit isolated, like the starfish on the beach.