Through sunshine and snow.
I've been hammering the trains with my cheap November ticket!
On yesterday morning's RailJet it was pretty crowded so I decided to sit in the restaurant. Not that I minded. In fact it made a nice change.
I had coffee, a bread roll with strawberry jam, and a glass of water for my vitamins.
And then I read the latest news in comfort and peace.
I appreciated sculptor Martin Karlik's take on the news (whether 'fake' or otherwise).
It appears to be the case in Bruck a.d. Mur, which is where I went on the train yesterday, that not everything of interest is to be found in the newspaper.
I couldn't resist taking a photograph of this trio ---
In official news it is being reported today that Angela Merkel's Luftwaffe plane on the way to the G20 Summit in Argentina suffered a complete electronic failure and contact with Germany could only be made via mobile phone.
The flight was able to return safely to Germany and alternative transport to South America was duly arranged for the Bundeskanzlerin.
She will fly to Buenos Aries on an Iberia Airlines flight today, Friday.
As recently as October the German broadcaster DW reported on electrical problems with Merkel's plane in Indonesia.
On that occasion Finance Minister Olaf Scholz found himself stranded.
The explanation at the time was that rats had chewed through electric cables.
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To end on a seasonal note here is a photo of the town's Christmas tree. It stands in the main square to an ancient well.
The yellow building situated in the background is the town hall.
The message carved on the side of the 17th century well is from one Hans Prasser who informs the reader that he prefers wine to water and if he drank water as willingly as he drinks wine he would be a rich man!
That may be so, but as an inveterate wine drinker and a man with a poetic turn of mind would he be happy drinking bottles of well water and staying at home counting his money by candlelight, forgoing the daily wine ration and the company of his jolly friends at the Stube?
I think not.