Monday, November 05, 2007
As we drove away from the castles, this was our last view of Neuschwanstein. It will always be a place I love!
We drove out of Germany, deeper into the mountains of Austria and marvelous silhouettes appeared.
Then when we looked the other way while driving along, this was in front of us! You just never know what you'll find around the curves when you are in the mountains.
Every village is so scenic - and has a church spire rising above it.
In some fields, these little huts were scattered all over. I wish I knew what they were for.
The Alps are filled with ski hills which sometimes become hiking trails in the summer.
One of my absolute favourite pictures of our whole trip! This scene greeted us first thing in the morning when we stepped out of our hotel in Inzell (a small village outside of Innsbruck).
We were ready to hit the city on a glorious sunny morning. It had been overcast every day since we arrived in Europe so this was an energizing start for our day's activities.
Once we navigated our way into downtown Innsbruck, there was lots to see again. I can't find any information about this particular spot but I'm sure there are stories hiding somewhere.
Such a happy building!
The Swarovski Crystal Gallery - I didn't even go inside (too much temptation, I think!).
The Golden Roof built by Emperor Maximillian I was a balcony where he could greet his people and watch whatever was going on in the streets below.
The buildings continued to amaze me! So many details, beautiful colors and flowers hanging down.
I love how the restaurants have tacked little patios on to the sides of their buildings.
The Triumphal Arch, at the edge of the medieval city, was built by Maria Theresa to commemorate a happy occasion, the marriage of her son Leopold II to a Spanish princess, and a sad occasion,the death of her husband Franz, who died the day after the wedding.
The mountains surround the town and next time we'd love to take a tram ride to the top. There are 150 lifts and 1250 miles of trails in this immediate area.
The Inn River winds through town. This picture reminds me so much of Banff, which is exactly what we were reminded of here.
Don't these two look like total fugitives?! This statue on the street corner reminds me of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Bob looked so good in this Austrian hat that he just had to buy it.
It was a wonderful warm autumn day so we had lunch in the park before we headed out on the road again. This was the first of our marvelous days in Austria - a place we definitely need to visit again for a longer time.