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Eurotrip 2012- Innsbruck Part 2

March 24, 2013

We were lucky again to have spectacular weather. We thought we’d take it easy just walk into the Old Town again and just give ourselves some time to look around and really take things in.

We got ourselves into a routine of walking through Waltherpark on the way to and from Old Town. There were always interesting people there- either practicing T’ai Chi or other martial arts- there was also at the very edge by Innsbrucke a huge skate ramp set up and people were fixing bikes all day long. Apparently Innsbruck is quite well known for “extreme” sports so it was no surprise really to see a lot of skateboarders and such around town.

We found a wee restaurant that wasn’t too dear to have lunch- we both got these toasted sandwich things which were so delicious. Kinda high class grilled cheese. I went for the assorted which had about four different toppings on each sandwich. This is also where I discovered that I bloody loved pineapple mixed with ham and cheese- and thus I deduced that I must enjoy Hawaiian pizza… which I always thought must be pretty disgusting. Who knew?!

We looked at the Hofkirche, the Triumphal Arch and also went into the Innsbruck Cathedral which was easily one of the most stunning churches we went into during our travels.

We went back to the Golden Roof, bought a couple things from a few of the market vendors by the waterfront and enjoyed a wee walk through these misting water things in a tent by an outdoor fabricated beach area.

We really liked Innsbruck it’s not one of those cities that kinda beams down on you constantly reminding you “you’re on holiday- you are a foreigner- this isn’t home”. You can just walk the streets and enjoy yourself and not feel at odds.

We just took it easy that night- I was starting to come down with some kind of cough/cold scenario so I wasn’t up for staying up too late. So we went back with some tasty treats and watched more of the Olympics and packed for our journey the next day.

We had to check out of the hostel quite a bit of time prior to the bus pick up time so I had a chance to run back to the Old Town once more to acquire breakfast/lunch for Roisin and I from a wee shop and then we sat in the sunshine until the bus rolled up to take us to our first stop in Italy- Venice.

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Eurotrip 2012- Innsbruck Part 1

March 23, 2013

We got in to Innsbruck capital of Tyrol and host to the Winter Olympics twice- around mid afternoon.

We had a bit of a trek to reach our hostel Pension-Hostel Glockenhaus, it’s up a bit of a steep hill from the main road but it’s a really pretty place. Inside they have these stone steps up to the rooms and we had these lovely exposed wooden beams. Only complaint really is that they just had a shower head and a bathtub and due to the slant in the ceiling you pretty much had to agree to take a bath rather than just having a quick shower in the morning. Ahh well, baths are relaxing.

I’m quite certain you had to pay for wifi as well which for a traveler always gives me the grumps a bit.

We decided to just drop our stuff and head into town to get something to eat- so we walked down and across the lovely Inn River to the Old Town and peeked at some of the sights including, Ottoburg (potentially oldest house in Innsbruck), the Golden Roof before acquiring some food and heading back to Glockenhaus to sleep before our our next full day of exploring.

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Eurotrip 2012- Salzburg

February 23, 2013

Salzburg crept up on me as one of the more enjoyable places we stayed. The more I think about the time we spent there, the more I realize how much I really liked the place. It’s cozy.

We got in on a Saturday and by the time we were showered and settled in the cheap and cheerful Pension Elisabeth it was time to find some food and get a good night’s rest to make our one full day in the city count.

Sadly, this one day-was a Sunday and unlike North Americans or the British they actually keep up with the whole idea of Sunday being a day of rest. A day to chill with your family etc etc. So pretty much any retail store was closed along with a ton of other places. This surely narrowed our scope but the guide I’d picked up indicating all the lovely independent shops and boutiques was pretty much useless at that point. *Insert heartbreak here*. Perhaps this is a reason to go back. I would. I’d definitely head back to Salzburg.

We woke up to our free breakfast (my favourite) and then sauntered down the very lovely Paris-Lodron-Strasse.

We stopped in at the Loretokirche (Loreto Church) which ended up being a treat. They have a large graveyard/court area filled with headstones, epitaphs and other odd statues. We must have spent a good 45 minutes or so checking everything out. I don’t think we saw anything quite like it in any other city.

We sauntered past the impressive Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church), pondered going into the Salzburger Barockmuseum but opted to use that time to see more of the city. We took a peek at St. Andrew’s church which is where the market takes place just outside before heading to the much anticipated Mirabellgarten (Mirabell Gardens). This picture should explain my excitement.

The gardens are incredible!! So beautiful and the sun came out just in time for our walk. I must have had “Do a Deer” in my head for hours afterwards.

(Now you can too :) take note of the background in each shot- Salzburg is that stunning.)

Kinda related- you can also watch this- ’cause it’s amazing.

Anyhoo- back to Salzburg!
Next we crossed the Muellner Steg Bridge which crosses the Salzach river and gives you one of the loveliest views of the old town and castle. We lucked out because there was a crafts market on the kaipromenade. Zing!! So although the shops were closed we still got to see some local wares. This is also where Roisin and I decided to start bracelet collections as all backpackers do- and acquired our very first one here.

Once we started our journey through the old town we had to of course stop for warm apple strudel. (Sadly no schnitzel with noodle). I’m pretty positive we went to a place called Wurtzel Zucker- but I can’t find a link for it anywhere… to be honest the service was pretty shitty so maybe that’s a good thing. The strudel was good… being able to pay and get the waitress’ attention- not so much. Anyway, all the reviews say we should have gone to Alter Fuchs for strudel anyway. (So don’t make our mistake!)

Next we walked around enjoying the architecture, found the Blasiuskirche, sauntered down Getreidegasse Lane, checked out the Spielseugmuseum, and the Pferdeschwemme (Horse Pond).

The nice thing about Salzburg is that although it’s a very old and beautiful city it also has a very large student population so it somehow still feels very current and hip. I like that dynamic. We kept walking past these lovely university buildings as we went along- The Catholic Theology Faculty etc- mostly the University of Salzburg I believe.

I fell in love with a pickle outside of the Museum of Modern Art, then we sauntered towards to the incredible St. Peter’s Abbey. So lovely!! Then we went to the Salzburg Cathedral.

We started to make the walk up to Hohensalzburg Castle to find there were massive line ups for all the ways of getting up there. So we decided although it would have been nice to head up the massive hill… we’d opt out.

We did decide to go into the Panorama Museum for the Sound of Music exhibit. It was awesome :D We only got a little short of an hour as the place was close to closing but it was worth it.

Then we hung out in Residenzplatz checking out the fountain and glockenspiel, as well as Mozartplatz. (I’ve also just noticed now that there’s an O’Malley’s Irish Pub which we entirely missed out on by not walking down this wee street GUTTED!)

We enjoyed our walk back just peeking in the windows of shops in the old town, stopped in the University Square, and made our way back across the river deciding on a cheap Italian meal for tea.

Salzburg is indeed a treat. The next day we were off to Munich around mid day.

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