Salzburg

Salzburg smells like chocolate. And music. And mountains. Yes, Salzburg smells good.

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The beginning and end of my weekend in Salzkammergut was this lovely city, lying on the Alps; It’s pretty spectacular to land there and see exactly how the white city is perfectly stuck in between the valley. Another striking fact is how brilliant clear are the colours chosen for the city centre: the facades are white, pink, light green: a crisp, pearl, elegant colour.

You can feel history knocking at your door from the first step you take.

Schloss Mirabell is a great example to get you in the mood of Austrian grandeur. The baroque palace and its exquisite “giardino all’italiana” are a delightful place to visit, just to stroll around while getting to the city centre from the train station…don’t miss it!

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Old Town- not by chance in the World Cultural Heritage- gathers a very intimate atmosphere based in the history: fortresses, palaces, residences, restaurants, don’t you fancy a bit of ‘700-‘800s glamorous baroque life you too? Everything inspires to the good old days: in front of Mozart’s birthplace you can tell the power of the past.

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What a fabulous  place to visit!

Walk across the streets, relive the best through the symbols, like the markets, or the musicians and artists in the main square, Salzburg impressed and amaze me.

  •  Downvote: the cathedral was packed like a Christo artwork (sadly just works going on the facade)
  •  Upvote for: the view from Hohensalzburg Fortress
  •  Bonus point: great angles to take pictures, as you can see here below…

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At one side of the cathedral.

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The Fortress over Old Town

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Interesting corners to take pictures at

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Quirky spots

Hooked? Check more pictures from my getaway weekend in Salzburg here: www.flickr.com

Even more hooked? Here’s the official website to get more info and start planning your trip: www.salzburg.info/en

And don’t forget a proper background music!

August Highlights!

Hello lovely people.

It is, again, the end of the month. Almost the end of the Summer too, so double meaning.

New exciting times and changes are coming, more layers on too. I can’t wait for Autumn to start, maybe bar the rain, but I’ll live to moderately embrace that too. Bring it on! Under “Playlist” you can find a new fine selection ’bout what impressed me this month: flowers, movies, books, radio, etc.. We start with a brand new playlist.

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A very peculiar mix this month: I took some of my favourite songs listened on Youtube, (especially this lovely demo song by Henry Hall for a great Casey Neistat’s video – he’s a filmmaker from NYC, go check him out if you don’t know him!), podcasts like Song Exploder and This American Life. I believe it’s an interesting mix, let me know what you think. To start to listen and read of other monthly favourites just click on the picture or directly HERE.

Enjoy and bring joy with you, always.

 

Val

 

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I have been a busy bee juggling life, work and guests. My sister’s visit was a great pretext to be a tourist in my own city, Berlin.

At the end I enjoyed it, even Alexanderplatz.

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Next chapter: monthly favourites, followed by Salzburg. Stay tuned, like these two dudes below might do, see their huge smiles… 0_0

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Salzkammergut: Gmunden, Altmünster, Pinsdorf

Bish Bash Bosh.

I really wanted to start with a meaningful intro: Take it as a mantra, as a healing message, as a childish refrain.

Yes, I had a bit of a children regression, back last month in Austria. The reason why I visited Salzkammergut was not properly the photography sessions I was blessed to do, but for a last-minute competition among twin towns. We had a battled weekend visiting places and lakes and people, eating meat in every way (no pun intended, maybe), not seeing vegetables for 3 days (except Pommes Frites, of course), and losing frantically in every competition against an Austrian and a German delegation. Camp of the battle: world-renewed Sportzentrum Pinsdorf.

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I teamed up with my Italian former town delegation, and at the same time felt pretty German and pumped for the World Cup happening that same weekend, the pleasure of not being a tree, but a moving human (I can choose new roots). During the games we lost with no dignity, like at all. But Germany crashed France that same day, so I was pretty satisfied.

Two Highlights I’ll keep on my heart: the first one, to play darts while sipping a fresh beer that my dad bought me (very lady-like, very me)> Hey, holding a beer while throwing the dart gave me indeed balance; the second one, to try, fail and love Eisstockschießen on asphalt. It’s curling, but way germanistically cooler.

After the sweat and tears and other meat, we got to visit also a little bit – too briefly – the Traunsee area, including a mid-altitude wander in the woods. Here some story-telling in pictures for you.

From the cable car

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Traunstein Forest

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MORE PICTURES OF THE TRIP AVAILABLE HERE: www.flickr.com/photos/60353299@N08/

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Salzkammergut: Hallstatt

“The alpine region of Hallstatt – Dachstein / Salzkammergut is an unusual example of a natural landscape with unique beauty and exceptional scientific significance. [ . . .] This cultural landscape combines aspects of nature and culture in a manner which is both harmonious and mutually complimentary.”

- UNESCO World Heritage Committee -

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I don’t really think I have to add a text about Hallstatt, because this time pictures can speak better by themselves.

Despite the stormy weather this little town is a gem for photographers and tourists.

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Now…

….WANT TO SEE MORE PICTURES? I HAVE A BIGGER COLLECTION IN Flickr: LINK

Enjoy.

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July Highlights!

What is the best thing about the end of a month?

The fact that you will get a paycheck? Or that it’s the only day you are sure you have no new bills to pay? That holidays come soon? Wrong. You’re all wrong.

The best part of the end of the month is to get to read this post. :) Cheeky me, I know.

Here for you a new selection over art, photography, flowers, radio, movie and tv-series reviews, plus a fresh yummy recipe, all starting from a new Playlist. Click on the picture or here to start a new journey!

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Full link: The Playlist

Enjoy and bring joy with you, always.

Val

Salzkammergut: St. Wolfgang

The lake region of Salzkammergut in Oberösterreich is a gorgeous place to spend a weekend. Really. Just look down here.

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I experienced good and bad weather, nevertheless its charming power faded.

Colorful houses hold one another in a small portion of land between the mountains (once used for their salt mines, now trekking and skying destinations) and water.Resort destination for human as much for duck families.

For more info: http://www.salzkammergut.at/en/lakes-and-water-experience.html

This is a photo collection of bits and bots I took during a drive stop, for a fresh beer and quick wandering, at St. Wolfgang village.

 

 

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Oh, hi Big Mouth Billy Bass! Love ya, always!

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