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Monday, September 2, 2013

A Polaroid Vacation in Austria

Vacation Report

by Thomas Preyer

What's better than a PolaWalk? Maybe a PolaVacation. Packing ones cameras, deciding on the films and bringing them on travels, is one of my favorite things about instant photography. I also like to write about it. When we went to Chile, Bolivia and Peru last year, I wrote a report for the Impossible Project's blog. You can read it here.

This time our travels took us not far from home. We stayed in Austria. Most of this one week long vacation we spent in the Salzkammergut region in Upper Austria and Salzburg. Normally I try to limit myself to only bring one (Polaroid) camera, but this time I took two Polaroid cameras with me. My Land 100 Automatic rangefinder camera, for packfilm and my SX-70 Model 2 for integral film.  You can hover over the pictures to see what film was used to take them.

Stuffed Squirrel at our residence in Bad Schallerbach
We started the week, due to bad weather, with a day at the Spa in Bad Schallerbach. The next day we went not on a PolaWalk but a PolaHike. ;-)

Climbing the steep 1691 metes high Traunstein was exhausting but very rewarding. All the way to the top you can see the beautiful Traunsee. All together it took us about 7 hours.

Helicopter delivery to the Gmunden lodge (Traunstein)

After that #polahike we needed some more relaxation. So we decided to take the 30 minute drive to the Attersee. There we spent two days, right next to the lake.

Ferry at the Attersee

The picturesque Attersee

Now we were kinda ready to use our stiff muscles again. We took the car up to the about 1200 meters high Postalm near Strobl. There we went on a 3 hour walk around the alp, including a break for delicious farmers made cheese and milk.
Young horse on the Postalm

Cows at the alp (Postalm)

Our next and last stop was at the small town of Bad Goisern, next to the Hallst√§tter See. From there we went to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt, where we visited the oldest salt mine in the world.

Because of the rather bad light conditions in the mine, I left the Polaroid camera in the car. But I took this fun picture that looks like we travelled at warp speed, while riding a so called Grubenhund, a mine car.

Hallstatt salt mine
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