• 2017
  • Austria part 3

    On Thursday, we went to a big shopping mall in Linz called Plus City. Unfortunately, I had no space in my suitcase for more stuff, so I essentially just window shopped, but Ari was able to find some clothes. As we walked along we came across a smoothie bar which also had homemade popsicles. To say they were delicious is an understatement. We both ate a kiwi, mango, raspberry one and have high hopes of recreating one ourselves! Ill keep you posted if we ever do make one πŸ™‚

    Later we said our goodbyes to my mom’s parents, and visited a couple more family members. Finally we ended the night in a Beir Garten in Linz with my cousin Clemens. And Ari enjoyed his 5th schnitzel!

    On Friday, Ari and I got our things packed and then spent the remaining time in Linz relaxing. I indulged in my favorite berries and spent time with family. We ended the night heading to Vienna by train to visit my cousin.

    Our last day in Austria was spent touring Vienna. Ari and I were both dragging by this point in our vacation but still walked our butts off. Ill admit I was glad when it started pouring in the middle of the day, since it gave us an excuse to head back to my cousins house to just veg out. Needless to say our trip to Austria went EXTREMELY fast and since we were constantly on the move, I am ready for a another vacation.

    Hope you all are having a great summer!

    XO

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  • 2017
  • Dachstein, Hallstatt and Traunsee

    The next day we headed into the mountains to hike! We picked Dachstein. Ari is a tad EXTREMELY scared of heights, so I chose a mt with wide trails. Ari and I took the mt lift to the top, so that we could enjoy the trails as opposed to hiking from the ground up. Once we were at the top we looked at a map of the various paths and decided to leave the “5 fingers” (a look out spot) till the end since it was only a 30 minute hike. We found a 3 hour trail and were off! Along the way IΒ  convinced Ari to go a detour path which was marked with the Austrian flag…. 1 hour of climbing later, we were standing in front of a cliff. Needless to say we turned around and hubby blabbered my ear off on how my idea was dumb. Lucky for me we hurried our butts back to the original path and made it just in time so we could go to the “5 fingers” before the last lift went back down the mountain.

    I’m proud to say Ari and I are still happily married after our 3 hour turned 7 hour hike πŸ˜‰

    By this time both of our legs felt like mush and we drove to Hallstatt. We rewarded ourselves with ice cream, walked through the little town and headed home.

    On our way home we drove past a Chinese restaurant, and due to my Chinese food obsession we naturally stopped, filled our bellies and continued on home. We took the scenic route home and stopped at Traunsee to walk around a bit (as if our legs hadn’t done enough walking, but the view was just too gorgeous not too)

    Stay tuned for more!

    XO

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  • 2017
  • Austria part 2

    On Monday, Ari and I did some shopping in Linz and then in the afternoon met up with my cousins and their kiddos. This was baby heaven for me! I know Ari secretly enjoyed every minute he spent holding the little newborn.

    We ended the day by driving into Salzburg, were we visited my aunt and uncle. I still can’t get over how beautiful their view is of the mountains.

    The next morning we toured all of Salzburg, and by the end of the day our little feet were falling off. We got a Salzburg city ticket, which lets you enter all city tourist attractions and museums along with public transportationΒ  for only about 30 euros a person for 24 hours (let me tell you, we definitely got our moneys worth!). Some of the things we toured: Hohensalzburg Fortress, DomQuartier Salzburg, Mozart’s residence, Mozart’s birthplace, Fortress museum, Salzburg Zoo, Mirabell Palace & gardens, Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains, Leopoldskron Palace, Getreidegasse, Franciscan Church, St. Sebastian’s Church & Cemetery.

     

    If you are interested in Salzburg or the city ticket, click on SALZBURG πŸ™‚

    Stay tuned for our mountain adventure!

    XO

     

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