Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Austria and Update

Thank you for keeping my nephew in your prayers, he is doing much better and will recover. He is a lucky young man, for now he doesn't need back surgery. He will be in a brace for many months ahead, along with rehab it will hopefully do the job. If you are a skier/boarder please wear a helmet it saved his life. Thank you again for all your kind words.

St. Johann, Austria beautiful little ski town, just a five minute walk to the slopes. We stayed in a quaint little inn with amazing views of the Alps. My pictures really don't do justice of the beautiful painted buildings and woodwork.That is by far my favorite part of Austria.  St. Johann is a very Catholic region of Austria, almost every house had a cross on the outside of the home or shop. Every restaurant was decorated in religious ornaments. All the shops and some business shut down everyday from noon to 2:30, except for restaurants. It's like that in most parts of Germany and other European countries as well. I think lunch is their big meal. Our hotel had free soup and bread everyday at 5:30, I'm pretty sure we were the only ones that ate soup and left for dinner at near by restaurants. It shocked me to have free soup nothing in Germany is free, you are charged for the butter you use. We found some great restaurants, good food and great service. They have two breweries there Huber Bier and Egger Bier it's sad to say I fell in love with both. We had the best weather sunny, blue sky days up until the last day. My husband would have prefer snow everyday but after the winter we have had it was nice to soak up the rays. The Cathedral was gorgeous inside and out. It was so cold inside you could see your breath...we had to go outside just to warm up. Hope you enjoyed my little tour of St. Johann in Tirol Austria, you can click the picture to enlarge. 














































31 comments:

lytha said...

i love your photos, those buildings are amazing!

too funny you ate the soup and then went out to dinner! *lol*

nothing is free. that was my complaint of the week last week. seriously i started to get really annoyed that i have to pay for ketchup with my fries. remember back home those big huge squirt tubs with mustard and ketchup (or salsa at taco time)? as much as you want, free. or packets for the road. i started thinking how every child at safeway gets a free cookie at the bakery. how restaurants give free soup before your meal, or free chips and salsa. free refills everywhere, on coffee or soda or (gasp) water! free coffee and cookies at every rest stop on the highway. free popcorn at hardware stores, and free coffee at the feed store. that inclues the to-go cup and milk and sugar. free contact lens solution at costco's optometry dept. free toilets everywhere. heck at safeway, the checkout lady paid me cash money for bringing canvas shopping bags. 5 cents per bag. i almost fell down. what is with america, giving all this stuff away!? *hrmph*

~lytha

Somer Love said...

Love the photos!

It's beautiful there! I am so glad Jordan is on the mend. Still sending him positive healing vibes.

Xo

Debra said...

I'm telling you... short stories! You just have a way of keeping things real and holding your audience charged with your travel tales. Those quaint buildings are fabulous. I'm feeling an illustration coming on... In Italy you pay for all of the needed 'extras' too! I am so happy to hear that your nephew is doing well and will recover nicely. A true blessing.

Joyce said...

Beautiful pictures...my favorite part of Austria too. It really is like being plunked down into a fairy tale there. I'm with you on the blue skies!

Sonya said...

Dont you just love the architecture in european? It so beautiful and different from what we have in the U.S. It's one of the reasons I love it here.

Nothing is free in the netherlands either. It costs alot when you want to go out to eat..wich we rarely do.

Im so glad he is going to be ok!!

Suzy said...

I've been to Snowbird, Utah and it's beautiful but just walking around (I was there to do a show) I thought I would kill myself on the level parts. That is serious ski country. I'm glad Jordy is stable and doesn't need surgery.

Actress Natasha Richardson died because she didn't wear a helmet.

kks said...

such amazing photos! so glad your nephew is doing well!
xoxo

Yvonne said...

Gosh, I didn't check my blog mail in a couple of days and lots happens! I am grateful your nephew is ok. By ok I mean alive, with 4 limbs.. I'm sure that the rehab will make him feel at times like he's not ok, but I'm sure he's lucky to be alive.
My son, Steve just returned from a snow boarding trip to the Alps. He only decided to get a helmet a couple of days before! And they went off trailing. So scary but these young kids have no fear.
Maybe I will post a bit about his trip with pics. Your pics are lovely. I forget what you shoot with. A Canon girl? And I wish I know how to make those groupings of photos like you just posted!

Joyce said...

I'm so happy to hear about the news of your nephew!!

Austria is beautiful. I like the shot of the river it would be neat to paint. Great photo shots of the family too my friend. Your photos are wonderful. xo

Ina in Alaska said...

Just gorgeous! Makes up for all the "down" days. Very happy for Jordan not needing surgery! The reminder to wear a helmet is very important! xoxo

Just Playin' said...

It just looks so German!!! LOL. Glad to find your blog from Matty's. Love your days abroad. What fun! It is snowing at my house now...unbelievable...I live in GA....in USA, not Russia! It rarely snows here!

Ronda said...

So glad you all had a good time, and love your photos. The buildings are so beautiful!
Great to hear about Jordan, and I hope he heals real soon!
XOXO

beth said...

beautiful photos....
and the prayers will continue !

Grand Pooba said...

I am so glad to hear that your nephew will heal!

Austria is just beautiful!

heidi said...

Wow!!! Lovin' those painted buildings. Hope the neph continues to heal. xoh

Deidra said...

Thanks for updating us on Jordan! I'm so glad to hear he'll be well soon.

Your photos are amazing! My dream is to travel to Germany for my 50th birthday. It's my birthplace, but I have no memory of it. When you post photos, it reignites that desire in me to travel there to see it for myself!

pve design said...

Stunning town.
Sending prayers to Jordan.
pve

deiala said...

Thanks for your comment. Looks like you had a lot of fun in Austria...
I'm going in two weeks and I can't wait...

Have a wonderful week (hopefully with a bit of sunshine...)

Matty said...

Wow, your pictures are gorgeous. I envy you.

angie said...

I'm so glad to hear that your nephew will not need back surgery. Such a scary thing, back injuries..well, any injury, really.

St. Johann looks so quaint.

If we ever meet and you see a green tint to my skin, you'll know why.

Kristin said...

Austria looks just beautiful...and oh my goodness. Thank goodness your nephew is ok. My hubs is from MN so all our nephews are avid snowboarders. How scary!

blueviolet said...

What a quaint, picturesque area. I can't believe they charge for butter and all else!

I'm SO glad to hear the good news on your nephew!

She Writes said...

What a beautiful place you live in!

Mrs. Lovely said...

I'm glad to hear your nephew is doing better and those are beautiful pics - how do you do the collage?

K said...

Glad yoru nephrew is doing well. I'm a big believer in helmets.

Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing.

VictoriaArt said...

Such beautiful photos! We've been to St.Johann two years ago skiing! It's so nice there! LOVE those old well kept houses!

Hope for your nephew!


Bis bald, liebe Frau!
XX
Victoria

Bobbi said...

I love seeing your pictures from over there!

The architecture there is so gorgeous!

forever folding laundry said...

Oh wow, I just saw the post about your nephew. That's so scary. I'm so glad he's going to be ok. A friend's 7 year old son is home recovering from a bad concussion from snow boarding without a helmet. Helmets are non-negotiable for us now.

And Austria sounds lovely!

~Keri

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

So glad to hear about your nephew. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

I've only been to Salzburg--and it was a day trip at that. But gosh, it sure was beautiful there. Looks like beauty is the norm in that country! Thanks for sharing your pics :-)

Shelle said...

Oh Frau...thank God your nephew is ok. What a thing to have to go thru.

sounds like you had a wonderful time...those mountain abodes couldn't get any more perfect could they. it's not like that everywhere, a lot of Austia is old and run down. i used work in Salzburg often whilst in Munich...i loved it...and we even happened to catch the Orient Express back one day.

You know you may have to pay for everything over there...but here you'd still be paying, it's just included in the price instead. i guess no one has optimized the marketing method over there yet...if they did they'd probably cash in.

i will be praying for your nephew!

Traci said...

So glad that Jordy is faring better. He is till in my prayers!
:-)
Traci