28.03.2011 - 28.03.2011
We had a long bus ride out of Italy in the morning. I was sad to leave so soon; I know there is so much more to the country than I was able to see in the short amount of time we were there. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to come back and spend more time exploring. As we drove further north we saw miles of vineyards and cute little houses, solidifying my desire to return and experience more of what Italy has to offer.
Leaving a rainy Italy
Vineyard views from the bus
As we neared the Austria-Italy border, the scene began to change; from rolling green hills to tall imposing mountains. Approaching Innsbruck, we were lucky enough to have panoramic views of the valley from the high mountain passes. I think I fell in love with Austria before I even got off the bus.
How could I not fall in love?
When we did finally get off the bus we were given a guided walking tour of old town Innsbruck. We got to see the Golden Roof, and toured around the courtyards of some of the older buildings. I think quaint is the best word I can come up with to describe Innsbruck; the houses were colourful, the people were friendly, and everyone rode a bike. My friends and I had a necessary stop at Swarovski, then sat down at cute little cafe to try the special Austrian hot chocolate and the famed Sachertorte from Vienna. When we wandered into the new town I was expecting something a bit more big city. While it was busier and more modern than the old town, they've managed to maintain the traditional architecture, and I found it to be every bit as charming. It's location in the Alps adds to its natural charm by providing a stunning backdrop. Even our hotel in the industrial area had a view of the mountains! Everything was so beautiful, I think I'll have to go a bit overboard on the pictures today. Tomorrow... Fussen.
Old Town Innsbruck
The view from our bus
Wandering the streets
Stadtturm in the Old Town
I absolutely LOVE the mountains
Bronze statues guarding the grave of Maximilian l