Monday, February 17, 2014

Europe 2012 day 12: Hallstatt, Austria

Back to blogging....

The next morning (Sept. 15, 2012) we were packing up to go to the small lake town of Hallstatt.  We loved Salzburg so much we were thinking of skipping our stop in Hallstatt and just stay in Salzburg an extra day.

But ultimately we decided to stick with our original plans.  We said goodbye to Salzburg with a trip to the Abbey where the real Maria lived for a short time, grabbed some breakfast at the outdoor market and then made our way to the train station.

When we arrived at Hallstatt we realized there was no station - literally just a platform where you hop off - (did I mention it's a small town).  And the train "station" is actually across the lake from the town of Hallstatt.  So there is a little ferry boat that is timed with the arriving train to take you into the town.  Its just a little 5 minute boat ride, and a way for all the locals to see who is arriving in their sleepy little town.

View of the train "station".  The yellow spot is the platform and the little boat is what takes you into the town

Hallstatt is as postcard-perfect as you think it is. It's fairly vertical - much of the housing is built up into the hillside, so you get a good view of everything.

Basically our day in Hallstatt was very laid back, just enjoying the small town.  Very relaxing indeed!

The town square

Waterfall that sits above the town

We had Italian food for dinner (which was a nice change of pace) and then went to the Heritage Hotel and Café/Bar for dessert.

We almost skipped this beautiful little town and I'm so glad we didn't!

Next stop - Vienna!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Nick's dad

I've obviously taken a little bit of a blog break and that is because we've had some sad few weeks in our household.
On Jan. 24 Nick's father passed away after a 5 month battle with cancer. He will forever be missed and I will always be grateful for the man he helped raise Nick to be. We've been really touched by the kind words, thoughts and prayers and have felt lifted up during this hard time by wonderful family and friends.

A GlassyBaby our friends gave us in the "remembrance" color


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