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Hallstatt Panorama

It’s a place known for its beauty and not by its name. A village in the cliffs whose steepled silhouette is perfectly composed between forested mountains and a shimmering lake. This is Hallstatt, where we headed for a weekend getaway to celebrate our one-year anniversary. I can’t help but sound like a dreamy romantic when I recount my first impressions. The crisp air filling my lungs, the stillness of the Alpine waters, the majesty of the mountains. It probably looked like this hundreds of years ago. I just love when a place leaves you feeling like a blip in time and space, full of wonder and at a loss for words. Located in the Salzkammergut region in Upper Austria, Hallstatt on the Hallstättersee makes for a worthwhile side trip from either Salzburg or Vienna, or as an accompaniment to a sporting vacation in the Dachstein mountains. The village has existed as a salt mining settlement since the Iron Age; you can visit the salt mine, ice caves, and the heritage museum to learn about its …

Hiking the Kaskögerlweg

Autumn has definitely arrived in this part of the world, and it’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors. Juergen and I recently spent a gorgeous afternoon hiking the Kaskögerlweg, an 11 km trail in Styria’s Vulkanland just east the village of Poppendorf. It was a family outing that included his parents, uncle, cousin, her partner, and their darling one-year-old who enjoyed the hike from the luxury of his stroller. The young family only intended to walk a small portion, but in true Austrian fashion (i.e. the daytime version of “I’ll stay for one beer”), time was forgotten among good company and they stayed with us the entire way. The three-hour trail was not strenuous but considering some narrow climbs and a few slippery footbridges, it wasn’t exactly stroller friendly. We must’ve looked like a caravan of pioneers heading west with our little wagon. Through woods, fields, and vineyards, I noted the abundance of green that was still holding on. In the last few kilometers, we climbed uphill through rows of apple trees on …