It Leaves You Speechless

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5 days. 2 cities. 1 girl.

My Semana Santa trip to Austria was amazing, in a word. Incredible, for another. Inspiring, for a third.

I could’ve seen three times as many things as I did and gone many more places but I’m glad I didn’t because

1. This was my vacation. I needed time to not only sightsee but relax and recharge. So you better believe I took a longer-than-usual siesta Spanish-style every day but one.

2. I can look back and say that my visit consisted of quality not quantity.

What I did I enjoyed to the fullest and will hold those memories dear forever.

Memories like attending a stunning Vivaldi concert at Karlskirche.

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Memories like visiting the Austrian National Library, because libraries will always be some of my favourite places on this planet.

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Memories like going to the Staatsoper (The Vienna State Opera) not once but twice to see a ballet (First, a modern. Second, Swan Lake for the first time).

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Memories like taking a trip to Salzburg and getting to see heaven along the way

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But also being a tourist of epic proportions and going on a Sound of Music Tour

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The Do-Re-Mi fountain
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The Gazebo
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Where Julie Andrews sang the titular song at the start of the film

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And then I explored Salzburg, which is a beautiful city even apart from the movie 🙂

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I also ate a lot of pastry. Ok fine. Mostly pastry.

I also visited a real life palace {Schonbrunn} where the Hapsburgs (lookin’ at you Carlos I of Spain/Emperor Charles V!) and Napoleon lived.

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I also wandered. A lot. Which is one of my favourite things to do in a city.

 

I have so, so many pictures. And I’m sure they’ll pop up here and there throughout the blog (#tbt and #fbf don’t exist in a vacuum!). But for now, I’ll leave you with these. It truly was one of the best vacations of my life and one of the best decisions of my life to go, even alone. (Blog post on THAT aspect coming later).

Good night ❤

 

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