KLB x2 + Prue begins!
I couldn't believe it was already time for Katie to arrive and time to head back to Salzburg. This part of the trip was very poorly organised from the word go and so as the date became nearer Prue and I were trying to put some sort of a plan together for a speedy holiday including Oktoberfest, The Alps, Switzerland and Northern Italy. Somehow (more good luck then good management) it all came together in the end and left us with some amazing memories!
So I decided to change things up a little for this blog. I hope you enjoy the visual experience!
First up was Oktoberfest! It was a great day out but one day is enough for me
It all starts with 'typical' Salzburg
Beautiful view over Salzburg with Enrico and Prue
Let the Oktoberfest day begin with a train trip to Munich at 8am
After beer you must have the other staple...pretzel! Thanks to Uii (Enrico's friend) we had 30 of these for the train ride
We had a 'small' group with us (which lasted about 10mins once we actually arrived)
Nice to see Prue is already looking every bit the Hausfrau!
The highlight of our day was wearing our Drindls (which we bought as a steal from NKD - only 32 euro!!)
We were so lucky to get inside a tent! Opening day and pouring rain made for tough competition
Enrico and Katie. A few steins consumed = bigger smile :-)
I don't even like beer! So it has to be said that consumed more then my yearly quota of beer
The more steins you have the worse your sight becomes
What more could you want? Chicken, beer, drindl, seat in the beer hall and amazing company!
Can you guess what Katie has hiding up her dress? This was her main mission of the day - accomplished!
"Typical of the region" Everyone's favorite expression. So German!
The German boys look healthy on the trip back to Salzburg. Long day
Everyone looked a little worse for wear on the 3hour train ride home at 1am. Long day!
We had a slow start to the day post Oktoberfest and then it was off to Fiss to stay with Benny. Enrico's friend was working near Fiss that week so we were able to get a lift with him. The 4 of us squeezed into a tiny Fiat with all our luggage. It was a scary drive to say the least...we were all relieved when we arrived!! We spent the next 4 days hiking, eating, riding, eating and enjoy the amusement rides they have at the resort thanks to Benny and Thomas!
The view from Benny's house over the mountains after a rainy day was amazing! We loved the little Austrian villages
Feeling like kids in Fiss
Benny's house was gorgeous! And we were treated like VIP guests during our 4 day stay in Fiss
I love how neat the Austrians are!
A day in the Alps including a hike and bike ride
The rain didn't stop us from hiking!
Horse riding in Fiss?
Katie and Prue perfected the art of jump photos! Not a bad location to do it either
Hiking in Fiss. Austrians love hiking, we couldn't believe how many people we saw (walking with poles as well)
MTB! I loved being back on a bike (although I can't say the same for Katie...she was hating life)
Prue is officially a European now!
Decorations in Fiss. They have really done well with there summer tourism
A break mid walk
Prue relaxing at the Pregenzer house with some schnapps after a day full of rides and food in Fiss
Typical Austrian dinner at the Pregenzer house (by the end I was a little sick of sausages!)
One of the many Austrian desserts Benny 'made us' sample in Fiss
Thomas (13 years old) made us a delicious dessert (which he had learnt at school the week before). He was a great host
Katie was excited to see her favorite animal in the animal farm!
Prue felt at home with the pigs in Fiss
Note the smiles on our face prior to the ride. 5 minutes later Katie was screaming at us to let her down
One of the summer rides we went on. Going backwards along the cable was by far the worst bit!
The 2km Rodelbarn was fun! The first time we all took it a little bit conservatively but not so much the second time!
Our last dinner with Benny and Thomas (Karina was away but the boys did a great job of hosting us!)
We cooked dessert for Benny and Thomas. I think we perfected the art of the giant ice cream cookie sandwich
And we also managed a day trip to see Innsbruck. It was a nice little city and we had an amazing thai lunch (which was a welcome change of cuisine)
The cemetery is last thing you want to see when standing on top of the ski jump!
We said good bye to Benny and Austria and boarded the train for Switzerland. I have heard so many wonderful things about Switzerland, there are so many amazing places to visit. But as everyone knows it's really expensive so our visit was quick and on a tight budget. We had a couple of beautiful days in Zurich, hiking the mountain, riding along the river, browsing the chocloate and eating ice cream by the lake. Sadly apart from chocolate and the Movenpick icecream we didn't sample any good Swiss food!
The 3 of us agreed that Zurich was a very livable city (minus the cost of living). Although we w!ere all VERY under dressed
The lake and river in Zurich were so clear! You can tell the mountains are close
After walk up The Uetliberg in Zurich. Beautiful views of the city, lake and then in the distance the Alps
Prue was off home to Salzburg after Zurich while Katie and I continued to Lugano. We couched surfed with a Swiss guy in Chaisso (last town in Swizterland before Austria). He was a nice enough guy but i'm not sure if it's a cultural thing or his personality but after 2 days Katie and I didn't have anymore questions left to ask him and he knew nothing about us. Having said that he was very kind to show us around Lugano and Como and as per usual said 'you need to visit in the summer' (everywhere I go people say this....it's hard when summer is only 3 months of the year :-)
Our view down to Lake Lugano
By this stage we had given up trying to talk to Michael
Our afternoon hike in Lugano completed
Shame the cloud cover came over...we tried to appreciate the view all the same
Northern Italy was awaiting us and our first stop was Milan. No one we had spoken to had given Milan a good report so we went in with very low expectations. We met up with two different locals which we organised through couch surfing. Mirkel spent 4 hours giving us his tour of Milan which was amazing and really made our experience in Milan unique and Special. In the night we caught up with another Italian local who showed us a good place for aperitivo! And of course what sort of visit to Milan would be complete without a day of shopping
Katie and Mirkel wondering the streets of Milan
Katie spinning on Milans lucky bull balls
Mirkel showed us the best gelato shop in Milan and he was right! I voted it my number one gelato of the trip! Even Katie enjoyed it and she doesn't even like sweets
A very impressive aperitivo! 10 euro cocktail and then you can help yourself to all you can eat food. Another couching surfing guide showed us this place. Again having a local show you around is amazing!
Tired after a fulls day shopping and 20km+ of walking (there was a public transport strike so the metro was closed for the day - although in Milan's defense it was the most organised Italian city I have been too, they even have a bus timetable!)
It would seem Katie was an admirer in the kitchen
To end our trip we stopped by the famous city of Verona with a day trip to the Garda Lake. I'm glad we decided to go the the Lake, so pretty at the northern end! Verona it's self was very pretty but I was not a fan of the made up tourist business of Romeo and Juliet. We had a few good meals and wines here to end our Italian adventure
KLB x2 in Verona
Garda Lake. We spent a day walking along the lake from Garda to Lazise, it was nearly hot enough to swim!
Katie enjoying aperol spritz during lunch at the Garda Lake (she was drunk after one glass)
Katie wasn't disgusted by the tourist attraction of Romeo and Juliet but I was
We thought this balcony was much nicer then the 'real' Juliette's balcony
Our B&B in Verona. Katie was a little tired after our frustrating travel day
Our last night in Verona was date night haha!
It was then back to Salzburg to see Enrico and Prue before Katie flew home. We were pretty excited to cook some food that didn't resemble German/Austrian/Italian cuisine too!
Although Prue did manage to get one last German breakfast on the table!!
It was a busy but very fun 3 weeks of KLB x2 + Prue. Was sad to say goodbye to Prue and Enrico because i'm not sure when I will see them again (I guess I'll have to start planning my next trip)