Destination: Austria

Vienna in the Winter

Vienna is a grand, majestic city, with a slight feeling of emptiness. To me it speaks of a city once at the very height of Western civilization; now still stunningly beautiful but holding an atmosphere of grander days gone by. To convey this feeling I decided to portray Vienna in black and white. Vienna was a Medieval and Baroque city developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements, and was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The old town is rich in stunning architecture, including many Baroque castles and gardens, and has an amazing Ringstrasse from the late 19th century, lined with grand buildings, parks and monuments. Read More ›

Winter in Salzburg

When living in Austria several years ago, we noticed that our holidays took a different pace than usual. While they were still full of all the wonderful Christmas festivities we normally had, somehow they involved much less pressure. While being far from home during the holiday season certainly has its drawbacks, sometimes a new place forces us to adopt a different perspective than the one we typically have. Austria certainly did that for us, especially when we visited Salzburg. Read More ›

Scenes from Salzburg

After spending three days in Munich and touring Neuschwanstein, the next stop on our May European adventure was Salzburg! An easy and inexpensive train ride from Munich, Salzburg is a quaint, beautiful town, full of beautiful architecture and gorgeous gardens. It is, of course, famous for being the setting for the Sound of Music. So what better way to begin our two day visit than with a Sound of Music tour? Our tour took us to locations from the movie both near and far, including Mondsee, where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed, the gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace, and Leopoldskron Palace. Read More ›

Winter Wonderland: Italy + Austria

My husband surprised me at Christmas with my first trip to Europe—my first big adventure!—and it was one month away. The tickets were booked and there was no turning back. When the time came, we jumped on a plane, flew 10 hours, and landed for our 10 day winter European adventure, which began in Venice. I felt like I was in a dream. I had never seen so many colorful buildings, with so much character and history. It was hard not to take a picture every few steps. After finding our cute little apartment that overlooked one of the canal, we immediately left to explore. For the next four days we admired the people, the culture, and the architecture of this magical and romantic city. We dreamed of what it would be like to live here, while enjoying the most amazing seafood, sipping espresso several times a day, and waking each morning to delicious pastries. Read More ›