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To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!

My last day in Austria was spent at the Vienna Flea Market.  The Naschmarkt is open from dawn to dusk every day, selling fruits and veggies, and food ranging from falafel to schnitzel. And lots of great bakeries of course. But on Saturday there’s also a Flea Market. So I spent pretty much my whole day there! […]

Last Day in Innsbruck

My room at Hotel Sailer in Innsbruck overlooks some green space which is surrounded by apartment buildings. If I had binoculars I think I could’ve spied James Stewart and Grace Kelly. To further enhance the Rear Window ambiance, there was a saxophone playing, and occasionally the player would break out singing. This is the dreamlike environ […]

Kurhotel Vellererhof

Every day I spent at Kurhotel Vellererhof I looked forward to arriving at my comfortable accommodations that evening.  It is a four-star hotel known for their spa treatments. One of the guests I spoke with mentioned he and his wife spend ten days every year at the hotel–separately–to improve their physical and emotional health. I booked this […]

Colors of Innsbruck

I travelled by train to Innsbruck today. I’m compiling a list of life lessons I’ve learned using the trains in Austria, to be published at a later date. Today’s experience was uneventful, thankfully. And I’ve yet to tire of bucolic countryside dotted with occasional castles. A Tirol gentleman whose wife is Croation provided conversation. He […]

Hallstatt

Thanks to Kay Gabrielsen Hinton for a glorious day! She mentioned yesterday that Hallstatt was her favorite city ever. So I cancelled my plans and the desk clerk helped me map the easiest train route: three trains, one ferry, three and a half hours. I took the shuttle to the station at 8:00 but my first […]

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?!

I took the shuttle to St. Jakob’s am Thurn this morning. I love visiting different churches and hadn’t had a chance to see the village yet. I was delighted to discover they were celebrating something–I don’t know what–but who doesn’t love a celebration?  I noticed the unique wrought iron crosses in the churchyard cemetery. Another […]

A Mighty Fortress

I successfully navigated the trains and buses to arrive in Old Town Salzburg. The streets were charming, as you’d expect, but the tourist shops didn’t hold much interest for me. Then I happened upon the Saturday Market and the chorus swelled–I love Farmers Markets! I browsed the meat, cheeses, and breads wishing my sister and […]

The Palace

I woke up early after a great night’s sleep so I walked to the Hundertwasser. It was identified as “great and unique architecture” and so it was! I grabbed a delicious ham and cheese croissant (with the assistance of the clerk imitating a pig so I’d know what was in the filling!) and enjoyed watching […]

Chocolate or Crackers?

The flight to Frankfort was infinitely more enjoyable than I anticipated. I realized the flight was nearly ten hours and I would arrive before my normal bedtime. AND there were unlimited movies available! So I had a movie marathon and watched four movies, arriving just as the French film finished. The flight from Frankfort to […]

Booking Hotels in the TSA Line

This was an interesting morning. I was getting ready to drive to the airport when I received an email from Viator informing me that my tour had been cancelled!  It was the railway tour I booked for the first seven days. And they were going to pick me up at the airport. ? The email […]

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