Tuesday, December 17, 2013

An Afternoon in Innsbruck, Austria!

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If you have never seen the alps ---go.

I can see why for eons the mountains have beckoned, and people have climbed, ever higher.

And we were extra blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine, even though the temps to this North Carolinian, with her southern-thinned blood were quite chilly –there was no complaining.  The rawness of winter in such a beautiful place went unnoticed!

Quite a few of my photos were from bus windows…and there are reflections.  And that’s okay by me, because those are MY reflections, a reminder that I was there – that I took these photos, that I am part of the memories made.


I was in Austria!

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Christmas in Austria!

We were “let loose” to explore the Christmas Markets in the town center –but it was the buildings that caught my attention more than anything!

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Look at the lovely purple OLD building – next to the monstrosity that is the new one!  Which would you choose?

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This building had its windows decorated up like an Advent Calendar!

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This one looked like it was from a completely different period in time ---

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This statue adorns one corner --

We didn’t have time to figure out who or what it was for….but the town has such ambiance, we all agreed we would love to have had much more time in Innsbruck to see more, do more.

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This building looked like a wedding cake next to it’s boringly modern neighbor!

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And ever-present are the mountains, the beautiful snow-capped mountains!

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The mountains hovered above us ---keeping watch!

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Pastel buildings against a mountain backdrop!

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What an awesome place!

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Evening began to fall and we had to make our way back to the bus.

I’m uploading the rest of my Innsbruck photos into a slide show so I can keep them in one place.

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Innsbruck, Austria 2013

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Marj said...

Wow! What a beautiful city. Thank you for taking us along on your journey. I have been really enjoying seeing Europe through your eyes and perspective.

Marion C said...

what a bag of memories you have brought to us, thank you. can sense the tingly atmosphere which brings baCK happy memories of snowy Scotland, without those yummy treats, of course. Did you try them??

Jackie said...

Such beauty! If you base a mystery on this trip your colors will be amazing!! Love all the architecture of these quaint villages!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Patricia Chopp said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm amazed at the beauty of the city streets and the buildings. The history of the region is so well taken care of. A lot of pride. Maybe some day when the U.S. is older, we will have saved our past instead of tearing it down to build something shiny and new. We're just to young still. Thank you for sharing with us.

lourixe said...

I discovered Innsbruck quite by accident, many years ago. I was travelling with a friend from Germany to Italy, and Italian trains went on strike so we were blocked before we got to the border. We fell in love with the place, so instead of just a few hours we took hotel rooms and stayed over 3 days! Not only the town center is pretty colourful: we took bikes and anywhere we went there would be houses with their facades beautifully painted. And people dress everyday with the traditional costume, not only for holidays. It was early July but you could still see some snow on the highest mountain tops.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

My mother is from Austria, I hope to go someday, so beautiful!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Sounds like a fabulous fortuitous vacation! Italy can wait until next time :)

Janet O. said...

My oldest daughter spent a semester abroad in Innsbruck a few years ago, and was there over Christmas. Her photos were magical to me. I loved "revisiting" through your photos.

Quiltingloulou said...

Your pictures tell a wonderful tale. Such a beautiful country, I adore Innsbruck. It has been a real treat to see all the scenes through your eyes. I am so glad you enjoyed the break and have such lovely memories to keep.

Donna in Winter Garden said...

Bonnie, the pastel buildings look like the waterfront in Curacao...but there are no snow capped mountains there! LOL

Love all the photos from your trip. Thank you for sharing!

nannasaquiltin' said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Love the purple building (my fav colour). I have never been outside Australia, am sooo jealous......oh well maybe one day when I win Lotto

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

I love the advent calendar windows! So awesome.

Tantie said...

Brings back memories of a year in Switzerland after high school where I got to ski the alps. Also visited Austria and other countries the year I graduated high school.

Gloria said...

Your pictures were fun to view. I especially like the photo of the cuckoo clocks!!

Julie Kennedy said...

What wonderful photos! glad you had such a good time. Love the cuckoo clocks too, I have one my husband bought on a working trip.

Lucy said...

you look so happy on every picture :-)