Lake Faak, Austria│Friends Re-unite
We are so excited to be starting a new country. Italy was amazing, but being able to open up a new file of pictures and starting working through them is really thrilling! Along the trip we tried to sort through the pictures and delete those that weren’t great, but when we got home there just wasn’t time to sit and go through all of them. When I start a new country, I am often looking at these images from the first time on my computer. Seeing them on my MacBook is WAY DIFFERENT to seeing them on my camera screen! Needless to say… It brings on a flood of happy memories!
After Venice we drove in a north-easterly direct, towards Austria. Our friends, The Klug family, were meeting us at their family lake house. We would spend a few days there and then head back to their home for the reminder of our Austrian stay. If you have been following us for a while then you will know this family pretty well. We met in China, became close friends, and then when they moved to Austria, we moved in to their AWESOME apartment. It felt like a part of my heart was leaving when McKenzie left China. In THIS POST I describe the feelings that I had to work through when I walked into
their our apartment for the first time after they had left. A quote from that post…
“When I was done crying I went to the kitchen to see what other surprises McKenzie had left, and I found this bag of coconut rum filled chocolate balls. In my sorrowful state, I devoured them all, while walking around this home. Honestly, I just wanted to drink the wine on the dining room table, but they had said it was for “celebrating and laughing” so I didn’t think that this moment was appropriate. There were an infinite amount of surprises in every room. Toys, clothes, perfume, books… I spent hours exploring and discovering. In-between bouts of tears, I was filled with joy because I would find things belonging to the kids. I’d get happy and then sad… over and over again. It was a confusing mixture of joy and utter dismay.
It took a long time for this home to start feeling like our own, and each time I went there to sort, clean, and work on renovations, I was reminded on my sweet friend. I missed her so much in those days, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that any moment she would walk back through the door and say that they were coming back.”
WOW! I assume you now know just how excited I was to see my friend!
Lake Faak is the state’s fifth-largest lake. It is located south of Villach and the Drava river, at the northern slope of the Karawanks mountain range beneath Mt. Mittagskogel (Kepa). The name of the lake in German is Faaker See – So, as you can imagine, many jokes and giggles surrounded this name. Especially when our GPS lady (“Willemina”) kept repeating it, over and over again!
Lake Faak is a popular vacation and swimming destination, known for its clear turquoise water. The European Bike Week, the largest motorcycle rally in Europe, is annually held at the lake. Fishing, especially for whitefish (Reinanke) but also for carp, pike, wels, and zander, is quite common.
From jumping into the water, lazing in the sun, and early morning quiet time – our time at the lake was perfect. Meeting here was the BEST IDEA! We all got to unwind and catch up, while the kids swam, played and enjoyed the amazing weather. It felt like we were on a mini-break from our current vacation because this was so different to everything else that we had done so far on our Europe Road Trip.
Up Next: Our room at the lake was up in a “tree house”.
During the night a massive storm hit — more on that in the next post!