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Published: August 11th 2016
I haven't posted anything in over three years... lots have happened back home and somehow I've been feeling that there's no point in updating anyone on my travels, as they are mere holidays now, just the way people take time off work and go on holidays, not the way I used to work and travel abroad.....Anyways, I don't know why but I just feel like picking up where I left off, so will do that without too much fuss and drama.
I've been running a language centre in my hometown, quite successful I might add for the last 5 years. It's always our August Road Trip that keeps me going through the last school months when things usually go from busy to hectic. June and July mean Cambridge Exams, in addition this July it's meant organizing two summer camps: one in Romania and the second one in England, then a summer course we organize ourselves in a park , so overall lots of careful planning in order to make sure everything runs like clockwork. Thank God, everything did! Coz we've got an amazing team and amazing team spirit! 😊
Once all our summer events were carefully ticked
off ✔ we went on our pre-wedding honeymoon, which is an annual thing! LOL This is actually our pre-wedding no. 3, as since getting the ring, we've been really bad at setting a date for the event and considering all the energy required to put into organizing such a major event, we don't really think it's worth the trouble.....not with all the day-to-day running of the centre which takes about 10/11h a day...every single day! Things might change one day, and we might decide to tie the knot in one of those spur- of-the-moment decisions, who knows....
We'd been thinking about hitting the road again for quite a while, wanting to go to this one particular little mountain village that we'd heard of: Hallstatt. We googled it and liked what we saw, so the first time we had the chance, meaning the end of July, off we went!
After spending one night in Arad, we booked a two-night stay in Filzmoos, which is a lovely Austrian village in the mountains and the whole area is lovely! When we got to the village square,at around 8-9pm , there was a local band performing. From what we could gather, they
were playing traditional music, with both men and women wearing lovely traditional attire, some young men standing on tables and holding and cracking whips during the concert, which seemed quite funny at the time, but after googling it, we saw it was a whole Austrian routine... we actually were in the middle of the Whipcrackers' Festival, with live music, and they were delivering a unique concert! It was the Filzmoos Village Band, the village people were eating and drinking, the atmosphere so laidback, really, really authentic and lovely!! We got the feeling there were only locals there, not many, if any, tourists.... We ended the first leg of our journey having a pint of beer ourselves and eating some mouth-watering pork meat with chips. Really yummy!!
Here's a glimpse into the atmosphere:
Next day, after breakfast, off we drove, to see this little village everybody on the internet seems to be talking about if you google Top Attractions in Austria!
Hallstatt, one of the most talked about Austrian destinations, is an old mountain village, surrounded by Hallstatt Lake and it is definitely a must-see for all travel lovers out there. Once we got
there, we walked around a lot, browsed through the lovely handicraft local shops, bought a few totally overpriced souvenirs, but apparently local craft, not the ubiquitous trinkets made in China. We also took a boat tour on the lake and went up to the Hallstatt Skywalk, a must-do as well!! The panorama there is truly out of this world!
The quaint houses and souvenir shops, the breathtaking landscape, such a genuinely unique experience!!! Still in awe just thinking about it and looking at the pics we took! Next, we drove to lake Gosau. We really enjoyed our walk going round it, which took slightly over 1h. The lake is indeed spectacular! Didn't take too many pics as we just enjoyed the walk and the views...
After one night in Arad and two nights in Filzmoos we booked a one-night stay in Innsbruck, but it was cloudy and rainy when we got there. I had the most delicious home-made apple strudel with vanilla ice cream in Goldener Adler restaurant, to die for! We also enjoyed watching this guy make huuugeeee soap bubbles in the street, bubbles which passers-by nonchalantly kept bursting. 😞(...... But other than that, we didn't enjoy
it much, and were really looking forward to getting to Alsace! Lots of pics from there on my next entry. As 'La Rote des Vins d'Alsace', the famous Alsace Wine Route is the aim of this year's pre-wedding honeymoon 3!! 😊)
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