I lived in Austria for almost two years, between 1975 and 1976. It has a picturesque beauty comparable to that of Switzerland, and I was privileged to live in this beautiful land and get to know these good people.
In October of 2002, I had the chance of returning again – not the first time I had been back, but I took some pictures of Villach during that trip, the first city I lived in. I share them here for your gratuitous enjoyment.
Villacher Hauptplatz – 10/22/2002
Gasthof Hofwirt – Villach Main Square. Our church had a meeting place on the second floor in the 70’s.
Hot chestnut vendor in the middle of the main square.
Sankt Nikolai Church
Villach on the Drau – Autumn colors on the river
This is a 1975 view of the main square from the Hofwirt building shown above, but from the other way – the St. Nikolai church in the background. The square used to be a traffic thoroughfare before it was turned into a pedestrian space – a great improvement, in my opinion.
Villach Square, March 1975, showing traffic lanes.
Town square during Villach Kirchtag (harvest festival). It’s called “church day,” but it’s more of a week-long thanksgiving event, held in the summer. This year it begins on July 29th. Music, traditional costumes, and drinking appear to be the major activities.
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