Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ice Caves, the Lindt Chocolate Factory and being 3,471m above sea level?!

  Traveling Adventures:  Austria & Switzerland
                          Salzburg x Jungfraujoch x Interlaken

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                    Traveling Austria
Flag of Austria
My family and I generally tend to travel a lot. It's partly because we're all very into exploring new places and also because of my father's work, which is the reason why we were lucky enough to move to The Netherlands. This was the first time that I'd ever been to Austria or Switzerland. We've always spoken about going since we'd done places like France, Italy, Germany, Belgium etc before, but this was something new. For a start, we decided to go in Winter because a) seeing snow is a very rare opportunity for us and b) it was something we wanted to try. In Austria, we stayed in this cute fairy-like town in Salzburg where we went to look at typical touristy things, such souvenir stores and try out local foods. Staying in Salzburg was an amazing opportunity to go see the Alps, as well as exploring old buildings, local towns, cathedrals, churches and going to the river.

We took a tour through the town that we were staying in, as well as a cable car up to the top of the mountain to walk through an ice cave. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photographs, however we did get to see a castle on the river and try some of the delicious chocolate in one of the local towns.

Something else that I thought was really cool was the architecture. The roads were wide but the alleys in between them were very narrow. The buildings were brightly coloured and they would be neutral on the inside. Restaurants were often white or grey with items like fresh flowers or bright curtains to add some colour. "The Sound of Music", directed by Robert Wise, was also shot in Salzburg and while we were there, they had plays since they were touring across Europe. 

    Other locations we saw included various lakes, mountains, going out to dinner and now and then going into town for lunch or breakfast. 

                  Traveling Switzerland

As stated before, this was my first time traveling Switzerland. It was such an amazing experience as I'd never experienced this much snow in my life. Sure, we get snow in Holland, but compared to Switzerland it's like a slushy machine had emptied out its contents all over The Netherlands. In Holland, the canals freeze up and people go skating on it, if it's cold enough. In Switzerland, everything was pretty much frozen.  For me, the main attraction was the place that we stayed at. We booked a little cottage close to the mountainside in Interlaken, which is a resort town on the Aare River.

The inside of the cottage was beautiful, faux crystal chandeliers and all white furniture - which is pretty much my favourite combination for interior.  I took this photo (pictured on the left) of the chandelier in my room. The place itself was incredibly cosy and so beautifully situated next to the mountainside and the gorgeous riverside.

Left Photo: Inside the bedroom in the cottage that we stayed at.
Right Photo: The sign of the Lindt Chocolate Factory.
Something else that was great to visit and experience was the Lindt Chocolate Factory. There was a museum which we toured and after we had a super delicious lunch with hot chocolate from the Lindt Factory. I''m a chocoholic, so I think it's safe to say that I was in Heaven.

Another highlight of my trip was visiting Jungfroujoch, the Top Of Europe. There was an ice museum which I happily toured with my family and did some basic Drake poses next to the ice sculptures, which I shall not include here because I'd like to keep my dignity intact. It was absolutely freezing when we went outside. Jungfroujoch lies at a height of 3,471m above sea level on the Burmese Alps.

It was really great to visit both of these countries. Out of the two, I'd have to say that Switzerland was my favourite - not only is it extremely beautiful but there are surprisingly a lot more tourists. Austrian markets are amazing though, you just need to know where to look.

This is just one of my traveling adventures. If you liked this, stay tuned for upcoming posts about my adventures in France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Thailand, Dubai and Namibia!

Until next time,

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