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Munich

If you notice I haven’t posted much lately, that’s because I have to study for some certification exams, and the first one is coming up in April. Work in the day and study in the evening. Whoever has done this before knows how hard it is. Since photography and blogs are just my hobbies and I don’t make any money off them, they will have to go down to a lower priority.

Austria only has a few direct international flights for us to fly home – we don’t like connection flights. (We almost missed the regional flight from Munich to Vienna at the beginning of this trip.) However, it’s more flexible at Munich. Plus, it gave us a chance to re-visit and took a better look of the city, and, at the previous time I didn’t have a good camera ;-).

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Travel

 

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Zugspitze & Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Our Austria tour didn’t end in Austria. Crossed the north border, we wanted to see more of Alps in Bavaria, southern part of Germany. The Zugspitze, at 2,960m (9.709 ft) above sea level, is the tallest mountain peak in Germany. At the summit, one can have a panoramic view of both Bavarian (Germany) and Tyrolean (Austrian) Alps. At the back of Partenkirchen railway station, we took the cog railway train, travelled to a higher altitude plateau, Zugspitzplatt, then connected to a cable car which took us to the top of Zugspitze.

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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Travel

 

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Kitzbühel Alps

One hour by train, to the east of Innsbruck, we arrived at Kitzbühel.

Historically, Kitzbühel produced copper and silver. The town habitants became wealthy from the mines for decades. Several buildings from the 15th century are still standing, such as the relics of the town walls and the gates. Some of the miners’ houses still exist in the suburbs. The town attracted the eyes of the world all the sudden in the late 1920s as Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, King of United Kingdom (reigned for only 326 days), later Duke of Windsor, came for a visit with his lover Wallis Simpson. Following his footsteps, the rich and famous upper class folks in Europe flocked to this town and created a nice skiing resort area among the Alps. Nowadays, the Kitzbühel Alps are Austria’s largest skiing area.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Picturesque Scenery, Travel

 

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The Alps near Innsbruck

Most of the pictures here were taken on the way from Innsbruck to Crystal World (of which I will talk about next time). Since the tour bus was moving at speed of 60 to 100 miles per hour, I chose to use the continuous mode on the camera and hope I could later find a good one out of each scene.

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Innsbruck

“bruck”, derived from German word, brücke, means bridge. The name Innsbruck has the meaning of “the bridge over the Inn River”. Situated on the Inn River and in a valley surrounded by mountains of central Alps, it’s regarded as “the jewel of the Alps”. Innsbruck is the cultural and economic centre of western Austria. It became the capital of all Tyrol in 1429. In the fifteenth century the city became the European politics and culture center as Roman emperor Maximilian I who reigned and also resided in Innsbruck in the 1490. 300 years later, it’s prosperous again under the reign of Maria Theresia.

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Travel

 

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Salzburg: City of Mozart

This is the second time we went to Salzburg in 13 months, as mentioned previously. It’s one of the major cities of Austria and I think many people has been there as it’s also a popular place for tourists. It’s not large – size-wise. But it’s surely a beautiful city and we were just awed by the Austrian culture.

The Salzach River runs through the city and divides it by two. The Old Town lies on the west side of the river, where a monastery and bishopric were founded in 700 A.D. The city and the river got their name from early residents who earned their living in the region’s salt mines.

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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Flower, Garden, Travel

 

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Small Austrian Towns on Danube River (II)

Dürnstein is a small (with less than 1,000 residents) but lovely town on the Donau. It’s a popular place for tourists, especially in the summer.

These are the ruins of the castle fortress, where in 1193, Duke Leopold V who was ruling Austria at that time held King Richard I Lionheart of England prisoner. The story goes: For quite some time, nobody knew exactly where King Richard was imprisoned in Austria. But his loyal minstrel companion, Blondel, had an idea. He went from castle to castle, playing his lute and singing Richard’s favorite songs. The tactic paid off, the legend says, for at Dürnstein, Richard heard Blondel’s singing and sang the lyrics in reply. Then everybody knew where he was. The castle was virtually demolished by the troops of the Swedish Empire in 1645.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Photography Techniques, Travel

 

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