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Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


Ten out of Ten for Ramingstein!

As I’ve blogged before, sometimes we find the lack of information or maps when visiting places in Austria quite frustrating.  Especially in the mining areas where there is so much still to see. Yesterday we took a walk around the hills in our village, where we knew at one point there was a quarry and an old stone crusher. On the way, we found that the signs on this path had finally been renewed and gave loads of information -when we could understand the German.

We stopped at the crusher, knowing there was a table there, to find that not only on the board were more mining details  and a Nordic walking torture exercise board but also they had put up a history of the Marble crusher.  Under the sign was a box with hammers in it and an invitation to go in the old quarry to  hammer and chisel away and make your own sculptures!  So well done Ramingstein for information given, and a wonderful disregard for Health and Safety, allowing common sense and fun instead!

We found a stretch further on where ‘stollen’ and little mines were actually cut into the hillside to remove the ore, just left as it was when they left a hundred years ago but overgrown.  One was vertical into the ground, Dave only just missed putting his foot into it!  Further down the hill is the Silver mine that can be visited, not a trip for claustraphobic me!

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Montan Museum, Turrach

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June 16th

I have to take back some of what I said about the lack of information at Turrach village.  On Saturday we visited the Open day the MontanMuseum and were treated to a guided tour. Having failed to read the advert properly, we were too early but never mind. The guy who took us round was part of the local firebrigade, and knew his stuff.  There is a whole keen band of volunteers who run it and have done all the work. There was also an exhibition of the Predlitz/Turrach Firebrigade and he regaled us with loads of anecdotes on that. The second part of the tour was due to be in the village but he got called away to help with some setting up.  Darn, this was the bit that most interested us, we’ll have to go back again, and get all our questions answered!