Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars

Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars

Austrian Adventures

Alpine Flowers This summer, my daughter and I joined my parents in Austria, for about a week. We lived through many different adventures. Such as a dangerous hike or visiting happy cows and happy pigs.

The last hike we went on was the climb of the Hamberg, which is always fun, especially I. The summertime as you can make your way up eating real blueberries. These blueberries are blue outside and, yes, inside! (The restaurant we were staying at makes amazing blueberry pancakes that are all blue). Blueberries, Blaubeeren, Heidelbeeren And lingonberries, which are close to cranberries but alpine and wild. Once again I felt like I was inside a fairytale. When I was a kid I had a book that was all about a boy walking through blueberries. It’s Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow which was originally published in 1901. In this book Peter is of such a small size that the blueberry bushes are trees. Even little one was far bigger than Peter is in the story… But she did enjoy the blueberries a lot. Continue reading “Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars”

Wandering through a book

Wandering through a book

Austrian Adventures

As little one and I had joined my parents in Austria, for a bit more than a week this August, we lived through many different adventures. Today it is time to share another episode with you.

Floiten, Österreich On my birthday, after unwrapping presents and saying good morning to the happy pigs, we (my mother, my daughter, and my sister who joined us the day before) got into the car to join my dad in Floiten. He was courageous and had cycled there to join us on a hike, only to cycle back afterwards.

Floitental is a little valley located in the Zillertal near Mayerhofen. Its scenery is marked by rough weather and impressive natural beauty. Everywhere there were my eyes fell on rocks, rough rocks and nicely rounded ones. Both types had in the past come down the mountains during winters riddled with ice and snow. Now in the summer, and with clouds embracing the mountain tops, there was no ice to be seen. There probably was some ice somewhere, after all a few days prior, I had been able to lay my eyes on a thin glacier belt up high in the distant mountains. Continue reading “Wandering through a book”

Of happy pigs, old trains, and cabbages

Of happy pigs, old trains, and cabbages

Austrian Adventures

Zillertal

I want to continue telling you about my Austrian adventures. For a week in August my daughter and I joined my parents in the Zillertal in Tirol. We witnessed old traditions and visited happy cows, we went on a dangerous hike, and searched for fairytale creatures in the woods. Continue reading “Of happy pigs, old trains, and cabbages”

Attention: Fairies, gnomes, dwarfs, and other magical creatures lurking everywhere

Attention: Fairies, gnomes, dwarfs, and other magical creatures lurking everywhere

Austrian Adventures

Märzengrund, Zillertal, Österreich

I am a bit short for words when it comes to writing about what I want to share with you today. Maybe it is just best that you see for yourself… Continue reading “Attention: Fairies, gnomes, dwarfs, and other magical creatures lurking everywhere”

Don’t try this with a baby!

Don’t try this with a baby!

Austrian Adventures

For a week in August my daughter and I joined my parents in Austria on their holidays. I have so far written about the train ride there, and the local festivities we have been able to witness.

Sunday, time for a hike.
First one of our hiking expeditions on this holiday.
My condition: NO STEEP MOUNTAIN SIDES, as I would be carrying my daughter.
Well what happened?

This was one of the most dangerous hikes I ever did… We were a big group, as my dad’s cousin and his husband, and a good friend of my parents, as well as a couple whom we are friends went to climb the steep mountain, this meant that I had help when needed. We did the Brandberger Kolm but not all the way to the top, I would have gone on strike! Our turning point was the Kolmhaus, where they actually served really, really good food. Continue reading “Don’t try this with a baby!”

Old traditions

Old traditions

Austrian Adventures

IMG_3288Fast forward to the first morning in Austria. Little one and I had so far traveled from Paris to Munich by train. The next morning we too a train that went from Munich to Venezia, we got off an hour and a half into the ride, in a situation that all moms just loathe. That was because my daughter had decided, just once we were about to arrive, to take of her shoes and want to put on her sneakers instead of her sandals…

So on the morning of the 15th of August, we were waken numerous times by the sounding of the church bells (the church was about 200m from our room), and by music played by the village’s marching band. This was because the 15th of August is the Marien Fest, or Assumption of Mary, which is very very traditional. Continue reading “Old traditions”

It all started very early in Paris

It all started very early in Paris

It’s been a little less than a week since little one and I returned to Paris from our vacation in Austria. I of course took pictures, and have my head buzzing with stories that I wish to share. I took some notes at the end of our trip, and well I do not want to rush things, so over the next days and weeks I will share some of our holiday adventures. 

It all started very early in Paris. Everything was ready, when I finally woke up little one to dress her and put her into the wrap sling, she is 18 months old, and we still love it best this way. Then off to the bus stop. Paris was just waking up, the street cleaners were still at work, but it was not too early anymore, because there is a time of the day when the only souls roaming the streets are the cleaners. Continue reading “It all started very early in Paris”