Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VIRTUAL TRAVELING WITH THANKS TO...

 my niece and nephew across the Pond.  They recently took a vacation into Austria, and my niece was very sweet letting me share her photos.  They went on an 8-1/2 mile hike through very picturesque scenery, finding several mountain sheep along the way.

as well as young reindeer?

And not to forget the spectacular scenery.

and did I mention sheep?











and more beautiful scenery.




I found a few interesting facts about Austria.

The name "Austria" derives from a Germanic word "austro" which means "east".

The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world.

The sewing machine was invented by Austrian Josef Madersperger.

Approximately one quarter of the population of Austria lives in Vienna.

Vienna has the oldest zoo in the world which was founded in 1752.

Austria is known for its mountain railways and trains, such as the Giselabahn.

Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the German sports car company "Porsche", was from Austria.

Former Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger grew up in Austria.

62 percent of Austria is covered by the Austrian Alps

and lastly, 

the first postcards used were in Austria.








30 comments:

  1. Wow!!!
    What stunning images. Thanks to all.

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    1. Thank you EC, I will certainly pass that on to my niece and nephew :)

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  2. Interesting facts re Austria.
    Wonderful photos and so lovely to see such beautiful views.
    Thanks for sharing and take care.

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    1. You are very welcome and so glad you enjoyed Margaret. Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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  3. Hello,

    Your niece's photos are beautiful, gorgeous views. I love the goats and sheep. Thanks for sharing! Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great week ahead.

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  4. Such fantastic photos and the views are just amazing, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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    1. You are very welcome Martha, happy that you enjoyed looking at them :)

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  5. Beautiful Austria! How I wish that I had visited Vienna when I was in Europe in 1969-1970.

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    1. Thank you Gigi, I visited Austria two years in a row, 23 and 23 years old respectively, with snow everywhere :) I remember it being gorgeous!

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  6. What a wonderful virtual trip you could share and let us enjoy.

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  7. I had no idea how beautiful Austria is or that they had all these gorgeous stunning creatures or that any of the information you put on here was out there. I don't think I have ever even thought about Austria and now I do. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and I love every single one of them

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I am happy you enjoyed my family's photos from their vacation. It certainly is a wonderful country :)

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  8. Hi Denise,
    Some beautiful images from your niece, Austria is such a beautiful country but does tend to get a bit steep in climbing for us more mature souls. The goats and sheep with the bells are delightful.
    Pass my thanks on to your niece.
    Yu stay safe,
    John

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    1. I certainly will pass your thanks on to my niece and nephew John. Thank you! You stay safe also :)

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  9. I was once introduced to his grandson whom I believe was also named Ferdinand. The photos are beautiful.

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  10. Oh my, Denise these are wonderful! I immediately thought of The Sound of Music! What a great trip your relatives enjoyed. Thank you!

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    1. So happy you enjoyed their photos Martha Ellen :)

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  11. What lovely photos. I visited Innsbruck once and Salzburg. Loved it there.

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    1. Thank you Christine :) I visited Innsbruck once and would have loved to go to Salzburg.

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  12. Beautiful set of photos. Thanks to your niece. Stay safe, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, I will pass on your thanks and you stay safe also :)

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  13. These are all so lovely, many thanks to your niece.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, I will let her know you enjoyed :) All the best to you too :)

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  14. A beautiful look at Austria Denise. That was quite a hike they did but, wow, what an experience.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Sue!. They had a wonderful time, that's for sure.

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