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My first time to climb the real rocks

At "Hohe Wand" again

sunny 16 °C

This was my first time to climb the real rocks. Actually, I did not want to do it at the begining, because on the next day we would fly to China, I prefered to have a good rest at home. But my honey thought we should go outdoor in such a nice spring sunny day, and when we were in China, we would have not enough time to do some sports. I thought it was reasonable, so agreed with him.

Before this time, we always climbed indoor, it was quite different with the real one. Climbing indoor, we easly could take 5+ or 6-, but the real rock routes only were 2 to 3+, I already thought that it was a little difficult for me.

Besides, comparing with indoor climbing, when we climbed the real one, we needed carry lots of heavy things in our bags. It was also the one of the main reasons why I felt difficult to climb. Beause it was my first time, and I needed practise more to get used to the heavy weight and the real rock routes. But for my honey, he was much skillful than me, absolutely he could climb much faster than me.

We took about 5 hours to finish climbing the real rocks totally. When we reached the top of the mountain, it had already been dark and very cold. Then we had to put the lights on our heads, and spent nearly 1.5 hour to go down the mountain carefully.

This experience was really memorable for me, although I was extremely tired when we arrived home.

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Can you guess how much the weight of my bag?

I could not stand straightly...

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Carrying such a heavy bag, it was really very difficult to walk quickly, as well as was very easy to get tried and sweaty.

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Climbing the real rocks needs being very careful for the security, it is not a funny game, so we must make sure everything is safe, including wearing the safety helmet...

The safety helmet is not so much for protecting you when you fall, but rather for protecting your head when stones should fall down from above.

And really on this day there were some deer crossing our climbing route above, and loosening some stones which fell down the mountain.

However, luckily the stones fell a few meters to our left, so we did not get hit by them.

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Look, so complicated climbing tools.

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My honey was protecting me on the top...

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I was protecting my honey below...

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The picture looks more dangerous than it was.

Most parts of the route were not too difficult to climb. But if you fell down you still could have get hurt seriously.

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Posted by R and K 04:32 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Vogelbergsteig

Hiking in Wachau

sunny 17 °C

Today the weather was very fine, but very hot, about , could feel the early spring nicely!

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After parking, we found many pear trees with nice flowers around, but the pear flowers did not smell good, haha...

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Beside the pear trees, there were some peach trees, the flowers were much more nicer than pear flowers, and they were not smelly.

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Walking on the street in Wachau, we found some colorful flowers, very beautiful...

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Behind me, it was famous Donau river...

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Looking at the Donau...

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My honey and me were all enjoying the nice weather and nice hiking...

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Climbing is always one of my honey's favorite sports.

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" I am a powerful man!!!" haha...

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At that time, my honey was talking with me...

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What a cool man!!!

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Here just was a small part of Donau. Because of againsting the sunlight, could not see it clearly...

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On this mountain, there are some destroyed castles walls...

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Standing at any places, we all could see the Donau nicely...

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I like this kind of blue and clean sky...

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We can see the Donau much more in this picture.

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There were many rocks around the biggest castle, and we also could find many people climing there...

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This was the biggest old castle in the Wachau, but it had already been destroyed so much...

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My honey told me that one of the England kings once was put into this prison before...

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I tried to find the feeling for staying in prison, haha...

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Here was another small part castle, still could see the Donau clearly...

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Haha, I was trying to pull the big stone down, not only using the hands to pull...

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but also using my legs, haha...

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This was the full picture for the castle.

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My honey was sitting on the top of the big rock, and overlooking the Donau.

Posted by R and K 12:59 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Linz

Short sightseeing in Pöstlingberg and Linz

sunny 12 °C

This afternoon, we went to the Mostbauer with my honey's dad. After eating, my honey and I went to the Pöstlingberg and Linz for short sightseeing.

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This picture was taken at the entrance of the Mostbauer. It is a little bit blur, or can see the Pöstlingberg clearly.


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This is the famous church in the Pöstlingberg. Last year, when i came here with my honey, we saw a couple taking a wedding in this church, very nice!

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This is the music hall in the city center.

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This is Linz city center square, a little like Vienna, but much smaller. We took some pictures from the different angles.

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This is a China restaurant in the square, but I have never been there to try the chinese food, so I do not know how about the taste, haha...

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Actually, this church is behind the buildings...

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Half ancient buildings, and half modern buildings...

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The busy street...

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The city center in the sunset...

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This is the arts museum. The shape of this building is just so so, not so much special, but i like the color of the lights in the dark.

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This is a bank.

Posted by R and K 11:13 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Schlenken

sunny 9 °C

Today was the first day of CNY, my honey and me decided to climb mountain, because it had a good meaning in China, on such a special day, climbing higher, could let us have good lucks in whole year...hehe, it just was a saying, but we really hoped it could be true!

The weather was very nice and warm. In this year, spring comes quickly, now already can find much new leaves coming out everywhere...

My honey told me, maybe this time would be our last time to climb snow mountain, becuase the snow would melt soon in such a warm day.

As for the melting snow, it was really too bad, made the roads very slippery. When we went down from the top mountain, there was a small part slippery road, i fell down for 3 times, got very dirty with the wet mud.

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Before we climbed the mountain, we had already felt too hot...

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Because we could not make sure if there would be much snow on the top mountain, so we carried the heavy snow shoes, just in case we needed them...

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The weather was quite good, so nice and blue sky, there were not any piece of clouds...

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My honey and me wore the lovers shirts, the feeling was very nice.

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Not ready to take the picture, but still looked so natural.

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Just only climbed small part of the mountain, i had already been too sweaty.

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But still had some breeze, made me feel much more comfortable...

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Maybe the snows shoes were too heavy, and rubbing my heels for long time, so that my heels got hurt, and the skin was broken, very painful...

At that time, i thought i could not continue climbing, but fortunately, we had the medicine pasters, they were good for my wound.

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Actually, the mountain was not very steep, but had too much melting snows, we had to keep very careful to climb...

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I really did not like this kind of road, too wet, too slippery. If i was not careful, then my shoes and pants would get very dirty with much mud and some disgusting bull shits...

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Really needed some rest, too tired...

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It was the top mountain, totally we spent almost about 2 hours reach there...

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The landscapes on the top mountain were very beautiful...

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My honey and me enjoyed the nice views...

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But it was very windy, and much more colder...

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Began to take the picnic...

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After eating, my honey lied down, and enjoyed the nice sunshine.Making some faces, let him look much more cuter, hehe...

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I was also a little tired, and lied down for a while...For taking some pictures, still did not forget to make some poses...

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Ready to go down the mountain...

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I was much more careful when i was going down...

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Now already could see nice sunset...

Posted by R and K 04:20 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

My first ski in Feuerkogel

sunny 6 °C

Today we went to Feuerkogel mountain, it was my first time to ski, very interesting, but also a little scared and fell down many times.

Contrary, my honey is good at sking, and very skillful. When he was only 3 years old, he already began to learn sking, no wonder he can do it so nicely. I really like watching him sking, very cool, and very charming, haha...

There are 3 grades for sking, blue, red and black. The black grade is the top one, very difficult, my honey has already reached this grade, so he is enough to be my coach. But it seemed that he was not so patient to teach me, just told me some basic skills at the begining, then he went sking around himself, and left me alone to practise again and again...

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We took the cable car from the bottom of the mountain to the top...

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My cute honey, haha...

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Looking down from the cable car...

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My heavy snow shoes! Just this pair of shoes, let my feet get hurt, very painful! I still need more time to get used to them...

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Got ready to ski... At that time, I still was not so scared!

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Still had some smile on my face, but later...

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So careful...and felt a little scared now...

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I fell down immediately, just only moved few steps...

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It was very difficult to stand up, so I fell down again...

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The weather was really very nice!

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This cable car is to carry people from one ski place to another one. But I never took it, I was still not enough skillful to ski on the steep place, just only practise on the flat place.

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These landscapes photos were taken by my honey, when he took the cable car...

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It was difficult to take a nice photo when my honey was sking, because the speed was too fast...

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But seemed my skill for taking photos still not too bad, haha...

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Finishing the practice, i had already been very tired...

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Now we were waiting for the cable car to carry us down to the mountain...

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All the ski equipments, ours also were among them...

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Too heavy ski shoes...

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Packing the ski equipments, and got ready to go back home...

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Changing the shoes...

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Posted by R and K 14:05 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

The third day in Vienna

semi-overcast 12 °C

The weather was just so so, and very changable.

Today, the main goal was to China embassy to do some important things, so we did not take so much sightseeing, just only visited the Schönbrunn.

Schönbrunn is the main place for Sisi living in her life. It is really a very beautiful place, but now it is winter, there are not colorful flowers and green trees, otherwise, in the other seasons, here will be much more nicer.

Walking in Schönbrunn, reminded me of the sences of SISI movie, but felt that I was dreaming, because i never thought that one day, I could have a chance walking in the imperial park and house, haha...

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On the way to leave Schönbrunn, we found a small cute squirrel...

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Finishing the sightseeing, we went to Nachmarkt to taste a kind of Austrian local food, Palatschinken.

Making faces made my honey look much more cuter and lovely, haha...

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My honey ordered a sweet Palatschinken, actually there are many different style ones. But i tried this one, just so so, but my honey liked it...

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This was a salty palatschinken which i ordered. I felt it tasted better...

Posted by R and K 10:44 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

The second day in Vienna

City Park, Karl's Church and the Imperial Treasures Museum

sunny 10 °C

Today the weather was very nice, not only sunny, but also warm.

After taking wonderful breakfast in the hotel, we drove to the city park.

It was a very big park, and there were many famous peoples' statuaries. Actually, this should be a very beautiful park, but in winter, there were not many colorful flowers and green leaves, so it made the park look not enough nice. However, we still could find many people coming here, and enjoying the sunshine.

Well, in this park, i found some people sitting around on the ground, guess what they were doing? ---They were making Fa Lun Gong!!! I was very surprised to see that, and among them, there were some chinese people. But my honey did not know about the evil belief, even never heard it, so for him, it was a very normal scene.

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This is the statue of Johann Strauss.

He is the famous composer whose music is being played every year at Vienna's New Year Concert.

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This is a theater in the city park, very beautiful...

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This is Beethoven's statuary.

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I like the Ad hanging on the theater,haha...

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I never heard the name of this man, but my honey said he was very famous person in Austria, so I went to take a picture with 'him', haha...

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This church is really very beautiful, not only its outside, but also the inside. that was the reason why we took so many pictures of it from different angles.

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In the church, there is a lift to let the visitors get the top of it to appreciate those nice paintings...

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In such a holy church, i wanted to pray for my happy marriage, and wished my honey and me could love each other forever...

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These wall paintings are very beautiful...

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Vienna Opera house.

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This is an expensive Cafe which named Cafe Mozart, we had a short break there, and ordered two cups of Capuchino, really very good!

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Haha, I happend to find there was a small interesting booth which selling many different sex magazines on the street, had to admit a fact that the western people are much more open-minded than our chinese.

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Shopping always is the fav thing that all girls like to do...

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This is also a popular Cafe which has long history, but the food here is just so so...

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My honey looked like so professional, haha...

But when i pour the beer into the glass cup, almost can not see the beer, only the foam. It made my honey have a big laugh at me, and then showed me how to pour the beer.

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This is museum square with the Natural History Museum on the right and the Museum of Arts on the left.

In between is a statue of Maria Theresa, an excellent Empress of Austria. Under her reign Austria prospered and so people still remember her until today.

BTW she had 16 children!

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So cute elephant...

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The Museum of Arts.

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In the kingdom treasure museum, there are many valuable things. Here also did not allow to take pictures, but still some people, including my honey wanted to try without the flash, even though we knew the quality is not good...

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In the museum, we can find many this kind of beautiful lamps...

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At the out of the kingdom treasure museum...

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Window shopping is also an very interesting thing for me, haha...

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In the shopping center...

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The street performers were playing the strange musical instruments...

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It is a very big and old church which Sisi once got married here...

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My honey told me these were lucky candles, so i baught one and lighted it, while was praying in my heart...

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Window shopping again, like those cute bears...

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An old restaurant again, also locates in the deep ground.

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This time we ordered the typical Austrian farmer food...

Posted by R and K 08:07 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

The first day in Vienna

Visiting the city center of Vienna

overcast 5 °C

Today, the weather was not so good.

My honey always likes driving fast, so, only 1.5 hours, we had already arrived Vienna.

Eurostar Hotel, a 4-star hotel, but when we entered the room, hmm...i was a little disappointed, because it was not a nice one as what i imagined, also was not as good as the same star hotel in china, contrary, it looked like a small inn. Besides, there were double windows in our room, so that it was too hot inside, the air was not enough fresh, but if we opened the window, it would be very noisy, and almost could not sleep well, too bad! However, the breakfast in this hotel was not bad, we were all satisfied with it.

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Wienerwald, it means "Vienna forest", it is one of the popular restaurants in Austria, and the chicken is reputed to be best food in this restaurant. My honey and I all like it so much, really very delicious!

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Except for the chicken, the white beer was also not bad, but unfortunately, i could not drink too much, because my face was very easy to get red!

After eating, we began to take a sightseeing in the city center.

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This is Burg Theater (main theatre)...

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The Rathaus (town hall)...

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At Parlament, the buildings and arts are all very beautiful...

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At the other side of the road, we can see many carriages back and forth. But it is very expensive, about 90 Euro per hour...

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It is not only a big park, but also is an very special place. Because the right half part of the buildings are the working place of Austrian President, and the left part is Sisi museum.

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When i took the picture with this naked man statuary, my honey was a little jealous, haha...

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This is Sisi museum shop, many different souvenirs about Sisi and Franz were selling there...

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In the museum, actually taking pictures is forbidden, but still can find some people taking without the flash, even though inside there is not enough bright. My honey also tried taking some pictures, but most of them were too blur, so pity!

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This is Franz's picture when he was old. There are not many picutres of young Franz, and he also is not as handsome as the one in the famous SISI movie, especially his mustache, so ugly!

But contrary, there are not many pictures of old Sisi, maybe because she is a woman, and want to make her keep young and beautiful in all the people's mind. But it was pity that Sisi's teeth were very ugly, so all of her pictures, she always closed her mouth tightly, not like the Sisi in the movie, had so sweet smile.

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This is national library. Here taking pictures is allowed, but still can not use the flash, and the worse thing is inside too dark, so the quality of the pictures is not good!

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This is a small square behind Sisi museum.

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Not far from the big palace in the inner city there is a rather expensive shopping area.

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Esterhazykeller, it is an old restraurant, has more than one hundred years history, and it locates in the deep underground.

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The white wine mixing with the water, tasting not bad, also can make my face not get red so quick, haha...

Posted by R and K 14:04 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Stierhuebelteich

An Afternoon in the Snowy North of Austria

snow -9 °C

Finally we have snow in Austria, but as it's just a little in the city, we decided to go the north of Austria where there is much more snow.

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We started near the small village of Karlstift,

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using our snow shoes again.

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We really needed them there,

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in average the snow was 30-50cm high.

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Later we reached the small lake "Stierhuebelsee", but could not see much of it, as it's surface was already frozen to ice.

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On our way back we went through a cute forest with small...

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and big trees.

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Finally in late afternoon the sun also came out a bit, letting us see some beautiful blue skies.

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Days are short in Austria in January, so the sun was going down soon again.

Let's hope for more snow, so that we also can try skiing soon!

;)

Posted by R and K 11:08 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Winter in the Austrian Mountains

Playing in the snow near Hochkönig, Salzburger Land

overcast 1 °C

We got tired of waiting for the snow to come to our place, so we decided to go to a place where we could find some snow.

We chose to go to mountain Hochkönig, right in the middle of Salzburg province.

Fortunately we did not get disappointed and found plenty of snow there. :)

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Getting dressed at the car.

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Beautiful winter landscape.

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Nearby our parking place there was also a small skiing area.
However, we did not go skiing this time.

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We rather wanted to try walking with our snow shoes!

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The houses on this pictures are small pensions and hotels, mainly frequented by skiing tourists from Germany and the Netherlands.

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The "Mannlköpfe" are part of the big mountain "Hochkönig".
In summer they are a great playground for rock climbing .

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Making my first steps with the unfamiliar snow shoes.

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Omg, even though it is quite cold, walking in the snow can make one feel quite hot, so I have to take off some clothes.

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Trying to build a small snowman.

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Continuing our way up.

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Feeling so tired...

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...but my honey still feels so fresh.

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Some skiers are passing by.

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We quickly asked them to take a picture of us. ;)

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Finally reaching our target...

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...a small hut with restaurant, which is usually very crowded in summer, but not inhabited in winter.

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Hmmm, too much snow. Cannot sit down here.

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So we had our picnic just on a carpet which we placed on the snow.
BTW the hot tea and hot wine tasted delicious. :)

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Near this hut is a big flat area, which is perfect for what we want to do after the picnic.

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First we make a small snowball...

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...and let it grow bigger...

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...and bigger.

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Then make another, smaller one.

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And put it on top.

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Finally a third one.

Can you already guess what it is?

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Add a hat...

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...hairs, eyes, nose...

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...and give him a big smile.

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Now here he is finished: Our snowman! :)

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Posing with our cold friend.

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But soon we have to say goodbye to him again, as it is time to go back.

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Some more views of the white winter landscapes.

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All in all it was very nice to finally experience snow in the European winter!

Posted by R and K 05:58 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (1)

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