Journey to Graz - Dec 2003.
"How the trip come about???"
Immediately after my trip to the beautiful Croatia, I received an email from Ryanair that there will be free flights from November to 17 December.
I visited Vienna in 1998 and loved it. I wanted to go to Austria this time and found free tickets to Salzburg. Many people have told me that Salzburg is very beautiful and I long to visit this city of music. However, when I made up my mind on the dates, there's no more free tickets to Salzburg. After doing a quick search that there will be a Christmas market in Graz too, I decided to get the tickets to Graz on 13 December for a weekend.
I paid about GBP28 for a return ticket from Stansted Airport.
The flight to Graz was an unforgettable one. As usual, I had a window seat. About 20 minutes before landing at Graz, I saw the alps covered with snow and the low clouds covering parts of the alps, leaving the tip visible. I feel like I am flying in heaven. The scene was very beautiful. I have never seen something like this on a flight before. I cannot help it but took a few pictures.
When I arrived at the airport, after passing through the immigration and collecting my baggage, I headed outside the terminal. The bus (number 631) was there waiting for passengers. I was surprised that it is only a small bus. I paid Eur3,20 and got a 24 hour pass for the public transport in Graz. This bus brought us to Jakominiplatz where the bus station is. I changed to a tram to get to Eggenburger Gurtel, which is the nearest tram stop to the hotel I have booked (Hotel Strasser).
The tram passed through Harrengasse (the main shopping street) and Hauplatz. I can feel the Christmas atmosphere here with all the singing of Christmas carols and busking along Harrengasse. The atmosphere was fantastic.