May 18th, 1967 - Thurs.
Bells through the night. Early start. After breakfast our journey through the Austrian mountains is beyond description. Beautiful mountains and scenery. winding mountain roads - frightened me a little, but Joseph such a good driver - spellbound. - saw an accident - then another - The Semmering Pass was breathtaking and the small towns we passed through were so charming and places where Austrians go for holiday. Stopped for breakfast and most interesting town - tournJacole [?]. - Reached Villach and had lunch - the panorama view spirit binding - came to border - got out to exchange money. Very interesting - On again scenery changes after mountain ranges. - Italy emergers - white roofs, blue water - dried up rivers at this time of year. Houses different - very interesting even though hodge podge - friendly atmosphere - many vines and mulberry trees, peach trees - mess, not maintained so could be to lease on this section. - Ted said this day would be toughest of all trip because of the longest drive. -
Left Vienna 7:30 am and arrived around 8:00pm, It was a very long drive but evrybody stood up amazingly well.
Where we are in Mistre of Venice - not in old city - For our Hotel ... but hotel so nice - room is large and bath (slower). ZIs a modern hotel, buzzer in. 15 min. only time to wash - good supper - fish local wine good. Afterwards Greg Peggy, Ray and I tried walking to any water - dark out so can't see it. Lots of fun walking over bridges but underneath all railroad tracks. Very tired so gone up and to bed.