Auf zur Jaus’n

Auf zur Jaus’n (Let’s go for a snack). With that thought in mind, we decided to hike up the hill to the Mirellen Stueberl, a popular Jausenstation (across between café and snack bar) where hikers, bikers and city folks gather to enjoy the fresh air, great view and good food. From Gallneukirchen, we ventured on…

Castle in the Air

As we left Goldegg and followed the Salzach River downhill into the valley, a majestic sight unfolded beyond the car’s windshield like a fairytale setting. Green meadows spreading across the valley floor, mountains reaching into the blue, and a castle in the air shining like a gem under the sun. The Hohen Werfen Fortress. One…

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein, a historic spa resort built into the steep slopes of the Hohe Tauern mountain range, was our destination on day two of our mini vacation. After a hearty breakfast and a two hour hike through the Goldegg woods, we hopped into the car, headed east and then south into the Gasteinertal. Cruising between…

Salzburgland

After a couple of rainy days the sun emerged again; just in time for our spur of the moment trip to Goldeeg im Pongau. Bob and I joined my sister Rosemary and her husband Alfred on a three day trip down memory lane. They had been to this sleepy community in the Salzburgland forty one…

Mauthausen & Perg

Yesterday Bob and I took a scenic drive along the Danube, exploring two small communities along the way, Perg and Mauthausen. I had been in both places many years ago during my work as a photo marketer and I thought I knew them quite well. But venturing this time through the narrow streets of these…

Eco Austria

Although clouds and rain cover the blue Austrian sky for almost six months out of the year, the people in this Alpine republic have gone green long before the idea of harvesting our solar system’s most powerful energy dawned on American shores. With most of her fifty states baking in the sun day after day,…

Falling Fog

This view greeted me when I pulled the curtains this morning. I felt like slipping back under the cover and hiding from the dreary world outside my bedroom window. But as I stared at the shrouded church spire in the distance, memories from my childhood surfaced and along with them a sad realization that summer…

Coffee & Culinary Delights

In almost every country I have explored during my travels, I have discovered culinary delicacies that are unique to each place. In France it’s the wine and cheese. Italy is famous for pasta and gelato while fish and chips hold the popularity record in England. Beer and bratwurst dominate the culinary choices in Germany whereas…

Touch Down

It’s a long way from the blue skies of Los Angeles to the green hills of my Austrian hometown Linz. Pushing back from the Tom Bradley Terminal gate to the parking position at the Blue Danube Airport, this journey is one of almost fifteen hours. Quite a trip. That’s why I don’t come over here…

Take Off

All my bags are packed I’m ready to go. Taking off at Los Angeles International  Airport, our first stop on this spur of the moment trip is Linz, my hometown in Austria. Stay tuned and follow me and my Hubby Bob on our adventures through Europe and beyond…