austria

Short stop in Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley and is about half way between Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy)- Which was perfect for us to stop and take a driving break. After we left Allie’s house, we drove to Munich, then Bavaria, Innsbruck, Verona, then ended up in Venice.
Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics.
The word bruck comes from the German word Brücke meaning “bridge” which leads to “the bridge over the Inn”.

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Blackbirds in Austria

These birdies were not shy at all!

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Besides salt, Salzburg has another claim to fame… Mozart was born here!

There are images of Mozart all over the city. There is even a Mozart street performer “hovering” above a piano in one of the public squares.
The kids liked the Mozart chocolate balls that are sold everywhere. Stefan made a special dessert on our last night with the mozart balls in the middle. It was cheese and chocolate surrounded by an amazing crust concoction. When you cut the ball in half- it made a miniature warm chocolate fountain. Yummy!

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There is a story behind my raucous laughter here…

Allie’s sense of comedic timing is impeccable. Her one-liners and witty comments catch people off guard. I love it! My favorite thing to do is laugh and I am laughing a majority of the time when I am with my buddy!

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Check out Jesse and Stefan- I don’t think they moved a muscle!

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Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle is also known as Erlebnisburg (literally: “Castle of Experience.”) It is an amazing castle near the ice caves. It is located high above the Austrian town of Werfen in the Salzach valley. We had to drive about 30 minutes from Salzburg to get there. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Tennengebirge mountain range. The fortification is a “sister” of Hohensalzburg Castle both dating from the 11th century.
(On a positive note regarding all the rain- it sure has made everything green!)

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Lots of “Storm of the Century” talk… Just like ten years ago! hee

Maddux, Stefan and Jesse took a walk to the river to see how high it had risen. Maddux said he saw some trees, logs and a tire going super fast under the bridge.

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After braving the elements like that- they stopped at a cafe to enjoy a well-deserved cup of hot chocolate.

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Some photos of views near the entrance of the ice cave

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What a good “homeschooling” day. Lots of science! We even spent a couple hours in the afternoon exploring the Science and Nature Museum of Salzburg. We took some fun pictures I will post soon.

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Just chillin’ on a sheer cliff – interesting place for a bench

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Lennon wanted to go on the bench with Dad, but we had him take a photo on a tiny ledge that made him appear to be doing some dangerous climbing.

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Walking in the clouds

“I live in the clouds. Reality is not for me. People say I should come down. That the clouds are not a place for me to be. I smile at them. Maybe one day, I say maybe one day I will come down. But I never will. Reality is not for me. I shall stay up here. The view is quite breathtaking.” -unknown
I love that quote!
We were so high up the mountain we were in the clouds! The kids thought it was cool to walk through them to get to the ice cave. What a beautiful day- even though we didn’t see any sun. We actually haven’t seen the sun in weeks! We’ll start making our way south soon to increase our odds. hee

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On the tram to the ice cave

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