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    • Day 14

      I N N S B R U C K

      May 24, 2022 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      On m'avait pas menti, cette ville est grave belle ! Après être passé devant le fameux Mariahilf je me promène dans le centre ville, la maison de Mozart, le toit d'or, la cathédrale St Jacques, la rue Herzog - Friedrich, ..
      Petite pause au Strudel Kroll Cafe pour goûter la spécialité locale : l'apfelstrudel (je suis pas fan mais c'est bien d'être curieux)
      Visite du Hofgarten ou bizarrement j'arrive à indiquer la route de la gare a deux petites mamies EN ALLEMAND (même moi j'suis choqué)
      Et maintenant je rentre à l'auberge prendre mon meilleur bain dans la putain de baignoire d'angle monumentale de l'auberge ~
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    • Day 25

      Hiking in the Tyrol

      September 25, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      We woke up to another beautiful clear day today. A perfect day for a hike in the local mountains! Laura did some research last night and found the perfect destination in nearby Mutters. With the city pass we received from the hotel we were able to take a tram to the town for free. It got us pretty close to a tram that took us into the alpine area. That also did not cost us anything because we had the pass.

      Our hike destination was one of the hilltops further up the mountain. The trail was a combination of gravel road, grassy slope and narrower trail. Much of it was uphill and definitely got our heart rates up! It was a very scenic route with great panoramic views both along the 1 1/2 hour hike as well as at our destination. At the top there was a bench as well as a picnic table where we sat in the sunshine eating our lunch. Soon after our arrival another couple, from Zurich that own a trailer they park in St. Moritz in the winter, arrived and we had a pleasant conversation with them on a variety of topics.

      The hike back down to the tram was a lot less work than going up. At the bottom we walked a short distance back to the tram stop and only had to wait a couple of minutes for the ride back into Innsbruck. Once back, we found an outdoor cafe on a popular pedestrian street in town and had beverages. I ordered a Radler, thinking it was a brand of Austrian beer. It’s actually like a Shandy which is a mix of beer and lemon soda. I actually liked it! Laura had an alcohol free beer. She has come to like that as a cold drink option.

      From here we walked back to our hotel to freshen up and get ready for a dinner out. We decided to check out Vapiano, a pasta and pizza restaurant. It’s setup much like a Noodlebox in that if you order pasta, you choose your type of dish and your choice of noodle as well as other ingredients. The difference though is that you have a personal chef preparing the dish right in front of you! As the chef was preparing my dish we realized that it was a big quantity of pasta. So, we decided to order just the one meal and split it between us. Along with a 3/4 l bottle of sparkling mineral water the meal cost us about $25. Well within our budget.

      With it being such a nice night, we decided to do a last walking tour around the city before heading back to the hotel. We found a few streets we had not yet walked and discovered a beautiful church as well as a few other notables we had missed on previous walks. Back at the hotel it was time to pack up and get ready for our early start and long train trip tomorrow.
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    • Day 22

      Train to Innsbruck & Touring Innsbruck

      September 22, 2023 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      We packed up and headed from Budapest to Innsbruck by train today. The first leg was originally going to take us to Vienna, and we would switch there to a train to Innsbruck. However, we had comfortable seats on this train, and I noticed that it was actually going as far as Munich via Salzberg, so we elected to stay on the train. In Salzburg we had a short wait for the final leg of the trip, which was about 1 3/4 hours in length. We were lucky to get seats because the train was very busy and we did not have reservations. We chose two seats that were reserved. However, the individuals that reserved those seats didn’t show up for the ride so we had the seats to ourselves.

      It was just before 6 pm when arrived in Innsbruck. It was raining so we put on our rain jackets for the 15 min walk to our hotel. At the hotel, we took a short break and then went out for dinner. We found a nice place just around the corner, but they were sold out and we didn’t have a reservation. So, on we went, looking for other options. Eventually, we settled on a pizza/pasta restaurant just across the street from our hotel. It was a good dinner at an affordable price.

      The following morning we headed out to find a spot for coffee and breakfast. We ended up at “The Breakfast Club”, but just as was the case with dinner last night, we needed a reservation. Luckily, they had a place for us in a second location nearby. We each had a coffee. Laura ordered French toast for breakfast and I had rice pudding. It was good.

      Using an app with a walking tour, we started visiting some of the sights in the city. It was raining lightly but we had umbrellas from the hotel and our rain jackets. We visited the Triumphal Arch, built in 1765 to celebrate a wedding between Archduke Leopold and his bride, Princess Maria Luisa of Spain. And, Eduard-Wallnofer Square, Maria-Theresien Straße (a pedestrian only shopping street), The Golden Roof (constructed in the 1400’s to be a residence for the rulers of Tyrol) and the Town Tower (built in 1444). We then picked up some food at a grocer and went back to our room for a lunch break.

      During lunch we looked at what else was of interest to us in Innsbruck. With the weather not being great, we decided to head to Schloss Ambras, a castle built in the 16th century and converted to a museum in 1880. Archduke Ferdinand II lived in the castle and while doing so designated an area to be used to house his collection of art and other items. The museum has existed ever since and is now considered to be the oldest in the world. We were absolutely amazed by the collections we saw in the museum. Especially, the collection of armour worn, and the weapons used, in battle and jousting competitions in the 16th century. As well, we were able to tour the rest of the castle and see the original Spanish Hall, the Chapel and a number of other rooms as well as the grounds surrounding the castle.

      One art item, The Fools’s Plate, caught our attention. It is a detailed painting on a wooden plate created around 1528 and is an incredible document of the carnival of the early 16th century. We watched a short film and learned all about the hidden meanings in the painting. At first glance, it seems to be a confused jumble of almost 60 figures in numerous scenes. A closer look, reveals an ingenious system as well as precisely thought out connections in the painterly design.

      We spent pretty much the entire afternoon on the visit to the castle. We tried to grab a dinner at an IKEA located near the castle, but we were a bit too late getting there. Instead, we went to a kebab restaurant in town instead. We toured a bit more on foot afterwards, saw the Imperial Palace and walked along a stretch of the river, doing a loop between two bridges across the river. By the time we were back at our hotel, we had again clocked 20,000+ steps!
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    • Day 4

      J3 - Zurich

      March 4 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Après une bonne nuit de sommeil, un rangement d'affaires efficace et une barre de céréales en guise de petit déjeuner me voilà dans les rues de Zurich. Jeanne arrive un peu après 11h et nous avons prévu de nous retrouver. J'ai donc une petite heure devant moi. Je décide de me poser pour de pas refaire la même visite avec Jeanne juste après. Je m'installe donc au bord du lac de Zürich. J'observe les nombreux cygnes, poules d'eau, mouettes et canards, qui ont toujours une seule idée en tête : manger. Sur les conseils de Kira (encore merci 🥰) j'écoute un épisode du podcast le Précepteur (qui traite de philosophie) sur Bourdieu et la reproduction sociale. C'est intéressant et ça permet de canaliser mes pensées, qui ont tendance à faire des leurs quand je les laisse aller 😌

      Je rejoins ensuite Jeanne à la gare. Nous décidons de nous balader dans les rues de Zürich. Nous rentrons dans quelques églises, de styles différents, mais toujours avec de magnifiques horloges à l'extérieur, on est en Suisse quand même ! Nous voyons également de jolis orgues et vitraux. Nous trouvons que la ville est très calme, est ce que c'est parce qu'on est lundi ? Pour manger le midi nous décidons de retourner où je m'étais installée le matin, il y a beaucoup plus de monde (j'étais seule le matin). Pour notre plus grand bonheur le soleil pointe le bout de son nez, nous restons donc un long moment à observer les oiseaux, qui se battent pour la nourriture qui leur est lancée. Après cet agréable moment nous poursuivons notre visite de la ville. Nous nous posons sur la place de l'Opéra durant un bon moment pour discuter, avant que je passe chercher mon sac à l'auberge, direction la gare. Jeanne m'y accompagne, nous nous disons au revoir (nous nous reverrons peut être à Ljubljana mais rien de certain) et je monte dans le train.

      Le train longe le lac de Zürich puis un autre lac dans les montagnes, c'est superbe. Malgré ces jolis paysages mes doutes et questionnements refont un peu surface. Mais j'ai la chance d'être bien entourée (merci Ninon pour l'appel ❤️) ! Je décide aussi d'inscrire ces différentes émotions dans mon carnet pour mieux les gérer et ça me fait du bien ! Après 3h30 de train me voilà arrivée à Innsbruck.

      A l'auberge j'ai la chance de tomber sur un réceptionniste très sympa qui me surclasse dans une chambre de femmes avec la fille arrivée juste avant moi (apparemment il y aurait un garçon qui ne sent pas très bon et un peu bizarre dans ma chambre). Il me dit que le prénom Zoé signifie vie et que mes parents ont très bien choisi 😉 Je crois que je ne le savais même pas, voilà que je trouve mon prénom encore plus chouette ! Nous discutons un peu sur les choses à faire dans la ville. L'auberge est super, salle de bain juste pour la chambre, lits confortables... Le luxe ! Je suis contente car elle coûtait plus chère que les autres, mais ça me fait du bien.

      Après un bon repas (soupe, pain, fromage, et plus d'appétit que les autres jours) je me couche dans mon lit très confort, prête à passer une bonne nuit.

      Demain visite de la ville !

      Je vous fais de gros bisous
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    • Day 5

      Day 5, part 2!🇨🇭🇱🇮🇦🇹

      July 25, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      So after saying our goodbyes, we boarded the train and went to Liechtenstein, Vaduz. Super hot day so not the best for walking around, but we enjoyed the small town of Vaduz and walked along the bridge that connects Liechtenstein with Switzerland. In two countries at the same time!
      We had some time to spare so we sat in a coffee shop for a little while. Lampros wanted something to snack on and I remembered I had a chocolate in my rucksack..when I went to open it the chocolate had all completely melted all over my stuff!
      It was so funny. Thankfully everything could be wiped down and I didn’t get any clothes dirty, but my rucksack now smells like chocolate😂. For some reason Liechtenstein doesn’t show up on the rail app as an extra country, but we’ll be using the flag whatsoever.
      We bought a couple of snacks from COOP and then boarded our next train to Austria!
      Our final destination for tonight was Innsbruck, Austria, a small traditional town in the Austrian mountains. Very pretty, and very rainy! As we arrived we changed in boots and rain coats and tried to find somewhere to eat a schnitzel. We eventually found a shop that served, but it was closing down in under 20 minutes, so we eat quickly and then headed for our Hostel which was a bit of a walk out of town - but in the end totally worth it. Beautiful hostel and very nice staff.
      More tomorrow! Goodnight from Innsbruck!
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    • Day 81

      On the (rail)road back to Graz

      April 24, 2022 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Ankunft in Hamburg Altona. 20:11 Uhr soll Start in Richtung Innsbruck sein. Ich fahre zum Terminal, erhalte mein Zettelchen mit Endstation für das Motorrad und fahre zum Verladebereich. Dort angekommen schloss ich Bekanntschaft mit einem anderen Motorradfahrer der sich für 3 Wochen Richtung Kroatien, Italien, Montenegro auf den Weg begab. Gemeinsam wurde noch fix etwas leckeres Indisches zum Abendessen organisiert und sich bis zur Nachtruhe noch etwas unterhalten. So erfuhr ich, dass er bei der Marine ist, seinen Urlaub immer zum Reisen mit dem Motorrad nutzt und fast alle Länder in Europa so schon bereist hat.

      Die Nacht war dann leider von weniger Schlaf begleitet als erwünscht und gedacht, aber wenigstens kam die Bahn pünktlich in Innsbruck an und das Wetter überraschte mit Sonnenschein, zumindest bis auf die kleinen ungünstigen Regengüsse um den Bodensee herum. Kurz nachdem wir unsere Motorräder in Innsbruck abgeladen hatten verabschieden sich der nette Soldat und ich voneinander. Auf zur nächsten Tankstelle, auftanken, Autobahnvignette kaufen und dann geht es auf die restliche Etappe von 450km nach Graz, wo ich gegen 17:00 Uhr nach 2 weiteren Tankstops und einer kurzen Mittagspause endlich ankomme.
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    • Day 13

      Innsbruck, Swarovski & Christmas Village

      November 15, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Austria. Wow. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. I really wish we had longer here.

      We arrive at Innsbruck and are surprised with an off itinerary stop to the home of Swarovski crystal. An excited purchase of jewellery, a quick amble around this stunning town and we check in to our motel.

      Austria was breathtaking. Our exhausted group are now forming that bond / team comradeship that evolves naturally when you are sharing space and time, and it's a beautiful thing. A mixture of people from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Phillipines, I observe with pride and humility just how much we all have in common, irrespective of cultural differences. We really aren't all that different.

      I bonded quickly with Michelle on our first day. An awesome, kind, inspirational and hilarious lady from California. We share a lot in common, including an incredibly low tolerance for bullshit. We discover our birthdays are the same. I'm so grateful to have made such an incredible friend on this journey.

      Tomorrow, we travel to Venice.

      Auf wiedersehen Austria.
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    • Day 399

      Austrian Gastronomy

      June 11, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Austrian cuisine shares many similarities and heritage with german cuisine. There is ample sausage and beer. There are however differences and menu items specific to austria. Wienersnitzel being specific to Vienna usually served .with a side of cranberry sauce. Strudles are very common here for dessert. Outside of beer schnapps is prevalent and up in the mountains they distill specialties like mountain berry or pine schnapps.Read more

    • Day 204

      194ème étape ~ Innsbruck

      February 22, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Visite de la ville d’Innsbruck. Nous avons fait une jolie balade dans la ville. Nous avons vu le petit toit d’or. Malheureusement, la fabrique de cloche était fermée. Nous sommes allés voir le tremplin olympique.
      Deuxième fois pour Florian, première fois pour Chiara.
      C’était une jolie journée. ☺️
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    • Day 7


      August 11, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Vandaag een tussenstop in Innsbruck. Waar een rivier dwars doorheen stroomt, heel mooi.
      Onderweg zo verschikkelijk veel mooie Alpen panorama's gezien. Het is werkelijk niet mogelijk om met een camera vast te leggen.
      We maken er een rustig avondje van zodat we morgen uitgerust weer verder kunnen naar Venetië.
      We hebben net lekker eten gehaald en kijken kwalteits tv in ons heerlijke appartementje (zie filmpje 🤣).
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