Love the amazing mountains

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Friday, July 30, 2010

30TH JULY 2010 - Up early this morning to get our 8am bus from Munich to Innsbruck.  This trip only took 2.5 hrs and that was great.  We arrived in beautiful Innsbruck, another gorgeous town that we pretty much loved the look of it as soon as we arrived.  This town is surrounded by stunning huge mountains and the scenery here is stunning.  We checked into our hotel but had to wait to get into our room so we went for a walk.  We found a soap shop that had vespa soaps in the window so of course we had to go in and I bought two of them, one orange and one purple, so cute!  We found a bakery and grabbed some pastries and then headed back to our hotel and our room was ready.  We relaxed for a few hours in our room, we both pretty tired and then made our way through the gorgeous town wandering the streets, shops and cafes. The weather is pretty cool here and a bit windy and the mountains are covered in cloud so hopefully tomorrow they will lift. Once again unfortunately its pretty touristy but still so pretty.  We found a great little deli that had great bread rolls with speck and cheese in them so we grabbed two of them and they were so good.  It started to rain as we walked around the new town so we had sachertorte (Austrian chocolate cake with jam in the middle) and a strawberry smoothie. We kept walking around exploring and come across a really old cemetery.  We finally found the shop that sells schnapps and we tried a few of them. The schnapps are all clear with not as much flavour as what the schnapps you get at home.  The schnapps you get at home aren’t schnapps as such they are just liquors (well that is what I am told).  We tried a bit of absinth which is 55% alcohol and its the watered down version but its still strong for us.  So happy times ahead, maybe?. We tried to find the ski jump but gave up after a while and went home.  

Troy cracks open the absinth, sitting in our room sipping it sort of slowly and reckons it surely warms up the cockle of your heart.  I am yet to try it.  We decide that its time for dinner so Troy walks out of the room slowly... I wonder why?  We had a chinese meal around the corner from our hotel and it wasn’t fantastic, it was way too high in salt for us (they really overdosed the food in a very strong soy sauce).  So won’t have chinese for sometime as it tends to be quite expensive in Europe.

31 JULY 2010 - After a slack start to the morning laying in bed which was bliss we forced ourselves to get downstairs for breakfast.  It was pretty good brekky, the fruit salad was the best.  We decided to go up to the beautiful mountains.  Its a glorious sunny day today so we caught the funicular up to Nordkette.  We stopped at Hungerburg and enjoyed the views for a while and then jumped back on and went up further to Seegrube where we had lunch.  We ordered lunch separately so we could save our seats with fabulous views.  We both had schnitzel and potatoes. We watched the some guys hand gliding, they would run off the mountain nearby and soared into the sky, it was pretty cool to watch them.  We then went up to Hafelekarspitze (elev. 2,334 mtrs).  We walked around here and saw the most beautiful views of the magnificent Austrian alps, ahhh love the mountains and even thought of you Louise (xxxx)  as we both love the mountains. There was a wedding up here and we thought what a great place to get married up in the mountains and they had a simple picnic reception. We climbed right up to the top and saw amazing views.  We had photos with the Innsbruck sign and after I took Troy's photo he slipped and landed on his bum. We stayed up here for several hours and then made our way back down.  We walked back into town and had a wander around, found a post office but it  was closed so cannot send our electoral form in as yet.  Back to our hotel to rest for a while and then had dinner at a kebab joint. 

We both have loved Austria.  Vienna is beautiful but its pretty big and very grand but we loved the smaller towns - Salzburg and Innsbruck are beautiful places and would be so stunning to see in winter, the mountains are a big draw card here. For Mary coming back to Austria is always nice as it is on my list of favourite countries too.     

Tomorrow we are off to one of my favourite city - Venezia, the land of gondolas, yipppee!
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