Let’s Visit Badeinsel Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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Today I would like to take you to Badeinsel Hallstatt, not far from the famous Heritage site. We parked our car near Badeinsel , which is a small bathing island in Hallstatt which is very popular during summer. Locals love coming here for a swim to cool down, have a picnic and take some snaps as there are some fabulous views right in front of them.

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There are plenty of green space for kids to run around or families to relax. There is a small bridge pathway for people to get onto the island. You can see how magnificent the view looks already.

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See that bench on the left, many people would just sit there and enjoy the view. Great spot to take some decent photos of the lake and parts of Hallstatt. The water was crystal clear which you can see the reflections clearly of the mountains. If you are heading to Hallstatt, do stop by this beautiful point for a bit of relaxation away from the crowd and enjoy the views.

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Let’s Colour with Travelgirl

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Hi Everyone,

If you are a follower of mine, you would of know that I love colouring books. I’ve even streamed a few sessions of my colouring projects and it was great fun. So I’m pretty much done with the Secret Garden colour book by Johanna Basford so I found a smaller book this time at Daiso.

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I have a Daiso near work so it’s really convenient when I need to get something quickly. They had two to choose from – One a flower theme the other fairy tail theme. Since I just finished the Secret Garden, I decided to get the fairy tail book. Let’s have a look at the pages. First, they show you the different tools you can use to make your pages look pretty. All in Japanese but you can get the point from it.

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Let’s have a look at some of the pages. They look super cute!

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Lastly, even the back page is a colour page. The book is made in Japan and is in a convenient size. Best of all, it’s $2.80AUD and in Japan it would be 100yen. Do you like adult colouring books?

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Travelgirl

Trying Korean Pear on Australia Day Long Weekend with Travelgirl

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Hi Everyone,

It is the Australian Day Long weekend and Saturday was a super hot day with temperatures around 37 degrees. It was so humid I just wanted to stay indoors the whole day. We were invited over to our friend’s house and luckily they had a pool so most of us have gone in to cool down twice throughout the day. My friend normally prepares most of the food but we bought some fruit over so everyone can cool down with some nice fruits. When I got to the shop, I found a fruit which was a bit interesting but also a bit confusing. Let’s see what it was.

On the sign, it says its a Korean pear but the origin is from China. That in itself was confusing but I thought I had to buy it and give it a try because the pear was actually pretty big. It looked like a nashi pear but just bigger and a lot darker. Price wise it was pretty expensive considering nashi pears are normally $5-6 a kilo and this was already $3.49AUD  each.

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We took it our friend’s place and they also haven’t seen this before. So let’s cut it up and see what it looks like. Just like I thought, it’s like a nashi pear. Tastes the same just a bit sweeter. Nothing too special that I need to go out of my way to buy another one. Do you have this Korean pear in your city?

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Explore Some of The Houses Around Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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Hi Everyone,

As we arrived in Hallstatt, the one thing that got my attention was their houses. They were so nicely decorated and had the nice Austrian/ European countryside style to it. It’s one of those dream holiday homes you see on TV and it’s exactly what it looks like. Of course, there were some that were very ordinary or just very plain but still had the European housing feel to it.

As we visited during winter, many homes had a lot of firewood or logs ready for their heaters just like one of the houses we saw below. That will surely keep them warm at least a few weeks. The other thing we have noticed while we were walking through the small town is it was very quiet and the only things you could hear was the birds chirping away. If we look around us, there are mountains and all sorts of natural elements surrounding these houses.

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Although it is a small town/ residential area, they made sure to have clear signage for locals and tourists to the main attractions as I am sure many of them do get lost around the small roads. Towards the end of the road, we saw this beautifully decorated home just like in the movies. Look at what they have done to the pots – they made it to a person sitting on the bench. So creative!

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On The Way From Salzburg to Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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Hi Everyone,

As many of you probably know, we love driving around from one place to the other when visiting another country. The reason being is you can sometimes see the unexpected along the way making the trip extra memorable. Going to Hallstatt was somewhere I really wanted to visit so we made sure we made it on this trip.

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The trip was very scenic and there were not many cars (at least this was the road Google map took us down) so we could really enjoy the countryside views. It feels like we are driving from mountain to mountains and within these, there are small towns which look different to the bigger ones we’ve seen in the city. The scenery is definitely different from what we see here in Australia. It feels more calm, greener and ‘movielike’ which going through these towns. There were also times we wanted to stop and take a photo but unfortunately, there were no “stop zone” for us to park on the side which was a bit of a shame. Hope you all enjoy the photos – they were all taken from the car, therefore, may not have the best framing but you will see what I mean from the views we saw.

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Travelgirl

Another Visit to Salzburg @ Austria with Travelgirl

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Hi Everyone,

It has been a few years since we have been to Salzburg and coming here for the 3rd time, I’m still as excited as ever. One is because it is a beautiful city and two, it is the location of the famous movie “Sound of Music” was filmed. Our stay at Salzburg was short and was only for 2 nights with one day we were going to visit Hallstatt (which will be on a separate blog post).

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Salzburg hasn’t really changed much apart from more tourists that are going through the shopping strip.

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I remember the first time I visited Salzburg, we bought some of these Mozart chocolates as gifts and looks like they have some new packing for them. Love the new colour scheme.

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Where ever you go, you will be able to find some Asian food (we missed them in Europe!)

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Have you been to Salzburg before? If you have, let me know what you love about the city!

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Travelgirl

Breakfast at Kolektiv Cafe in Český Krumlov , Czech Republic

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Hi Everyone,

While strolling around town, we found this cute cafe offering a nice menu for breakfast. They were very tourist friendly and offer a range of different food for all sorts of appetite.

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Let’s have a look at the menu first. They offer the menu in English and in Czech so we were well looked after when it came to ordering our meals.

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Let’s look at what we have ordered. We ordered a Kolektiv, sun-dried tomato and olive spread & pancakes & cereal for the kids to share. For drinks, we ordered a green tea and coffee.

The meal came in a timely and present beautifully. The olive paste from my meal was exceptional and is highly recommended if you come to this cafe. The kid’s pancakes were not popular amongst the kids but I ate it all. The eggs dish was acceptable and the dip was also very nice. We have noticed all their dips and pastes tastes really delicious and recommend to at least order a dish with them. There are also all sorts of pastries and cakes from the display which you can also order

The prices here are definitely cheaper than what we pay in Sydney and the food quality was brilliant. Normally we would expect to pay at least x2 more in Sydney. The cafe was nicely spaced out with plenty of seating and it was nice and cosy for a cold autumn morning.

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Travelgirl

Some Memorable Touristy Things From Český Krumlov at Czech Republic

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Hi Everyone,

While we were visiting Český Krumlov at Czech Republic, we took so many pretty photos of the pretty town.

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Then there are the road and shop signs all around the city so tourists don’t miss out on anything cool.

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We were pretty surprised to see a China tourist centre at Český Krumlov. Are there that many Chinese visiting this old town?

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As tourists, we saw something that read pretty funny on a tourist brochure. Have a look at the below. Do you see what I see? I’m not sure if it is was just a lost in translation error or it is really meant what it means, if it is, then it’s pretty funny. Have you seen anything similar on your travels before? Let me know because I find it funny that these get printed and tourists remember these small details on their trips, make each visit very memorable.

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Post Christmas Sales …. Bargains Everywhere!

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Hi Everyone,

Christmas was 3 weeks ago and I’m sure many of you have received many presents from your loved ones. What I love about after Christmas are the sales on Christmas wrappings and decorations. Normally they cost a fortune especially Christmas decorations so I normally wait for the sales preparing for the following year.

This year, I didn’t really need to buy too much so I wasn’t on the lookout. The other day, I saw some wrapping paper at the supermarket (Star War ones too!) for 20c. Normally they are like $3-$4 a roll. Anyways I picked a few up including some Disney Frozen wrapping paper but when I saw the checkout line, I decided it wasn’t worth it even it was super cheap.

So yesterday when I was at Target getting some stuff for next weeks party, I saw some extra cheap Christmas items on clearance. I bought 3 packs of the wrapping papers for 10c each! Yes, 10c for the 3 rolls!!! Normally it’s like $5 for the 3. Then I also got 4 extra tree decorations which were 20c each. Can’t complain right?

Have you found any cool bargains after Christmas? Let me know because we all love bargains!

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Special Apple Cake from Passion Tree Velvet

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Hi Everyone,

Yesterday my other half bought me a cake to celebrate my accomplishment of surviving the first week of work after many years off from maternity leave. This cake store has high tea as well so he went and picked out this cool apple cake for me.

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It looked so real that I didn’t even want to eat it. Once I put the fork in, I can hear a nice crack sound from the white chocolate underneath the green coating. Then as I cut it in half, the apple inside is just like the apple pie you bake from home. It was pretty nice with the apple balancing out the chocolate or else it will be too heavy.

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Although it was all pretty and delicious, it wasn’t cheap and was told the cake cost $9 takeaway – not sure the price if you decide to sit down and enjoy it at the cafe area.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Travelgirl