28 August, 2015

EUROTRIP, PART IV: AUSTRIA

You guys! We returned from this trip two months ago and I never finished blogging the series. I do want these photos here, so here is Austria, part I.

The purpose of this Europe tour was to get ourselves to Austria for the wedding of dear friends, which our children were asked to be flower girls and ring bearer for. We knew this wedding was set to take place in a castle in the Styrian countryside, but if a wedding ever blew our minds, this one was it.

From the traditional civil and church ceremonies, the decadent five-course dinner, open bar, dancing, the most vivacious wedding photographers I have met, and a reception that was required, by tradition, to last until the sun rose, Peter and I say every now and again, "I wish we could relive that wedding."

The morning after the wedding a breakfast was hosted for all the guests in a chalet situated on a hill behind the castle. The littles chased barn cats and we had fruit and cold meats and various things dressed in pumpkin oil (a favourite there) on tables overlooking the countryside.

While we weren't occupied with festivities, we ate at markets and did some shopping in the stunning city of Graz (most people travel to Vienna, but Graz doesn't get enough credit-- it is absolutely worth a trip and I'm disappointed I didn't take a single photo there). After the wedding weekend it was time to head back towards Germany for our flight out of Bremen.

We spent a rainy night in Salzburg and a chilly morning exploring around Mirabell Gardens, where the children sang Do-Re-Me, in recognition of one of their all-time favourite movies. We then walked the river and bought pastries for the drive back into Germany.

Thanks for being so kind (and warm!), Austria. We can't wait to visit again!



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