Trachten

Some of the fab clothes for sale in Germany and Austria. I wish I was brave enough to take pics of the folk in the street wearing this gear. They looked brilliant!

Innsbruck

I’ll admit it. Before planning this trip, I could NOT have told you where Innsbruck was. I might have guessed it was coldish (they DID host the winter Olympics twice), but I might have popped the pin in at Switzerland, Sweden or The Netherlands. Wrong. It’s in Austria. And now that I’ve visited I feel…

The Dark Crystal

When I planned a trip to the Swarovski factory in western Austria, I guess I was expecting a “this is how we make our products” type set-up, and maybe the chance to grab a few bargain buys at the end. Wrong, and wrong! I’ve got a few Swarovski trinkets. I don’t much go for the…

Where Eagles Dare

Remember “The Good ‘ol Days”? I’m not quite sure when these “days” allegedly existed, but if you think the stories today’s media bombards us with about murder, theft and cruelty are some kind of fancy new 21st century abomination, you are a king’s fool! There have always been good people, and there have always been…

Life on the Farm

Our mini farm stay in the hills south of Salzburg has been magical. We are near the small ski village of Filzmoos, and the farm is way on top of a mountain, with just one rocky trail snaking up to it. Views go on forever, and in layers. Foreground, apple-green grass and of course our…

“The Hills are Alive…”

…with the sound of tourists being ripped off in droves! Including us. Ah Salzburg. A truly beautiful, charming, inspired city. Crowned by a fortress built in the early 1000’s, and decorated with stunning homes, it’s a gem. Most local tourists come here to walk the streets Mozart walked, but internationals like our good selves want…

Ice, Ice, Baby

Wherever we’ve been throughout Germany and Austria, people have been active. Bike-riding to work; riding surfboards on the man-made wave in Munich’s Englischer Gardens; hiking through parks and through the hills. People stride, with serious hiking shoes and poles instead of meandering along. Exercise doesn’t seem to be a chore, or a “geez, that was…