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! … More To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!
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 … More Last Day in Innsbruck
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 … More Kurhotel Vellererhof
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 … More Colors of Innsbruck
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 … More Hallstatt
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 … More Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?!
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 … More A Mighty Fortress