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Great Coffee Cart at Parndorf Designer Outlet @ Austria

Hi Everyone,

While we were in Austria, it was already cold and being at the outlet walking and buying things non stop (yes non stop LOL), you do get tired and thirsty. We didn’t want anything cold like a soft drink or water from the vending machines so we tried to look for a something warm. The other criteria I had was I didn’t want to really sit down because we don’t have a lot of time left as it was getting dark so something quick and easy would be preferred.

Then we found this cute coffee car. The coffee smell so nice and they also sell hot chocolate. Without thinking, we got a coffee and a hot chocolate (extra hot!). Gosh it was the best drink we had all day! It gave us energy and we were off shopping again after our drink. If you are at the outlet, do look out for this coffee car cos it was a life saver for us!

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Travelgirl

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Shopping at Designer Outlet Parndorf @ Austria

Hi Everyone,

While we were in Slovakia, we planned to go to the Designer Outlet Parndorf in Austria as its was only an hour away from Bratislava. You may have noticed during my trip to Europe as of now, I have not bought and shopped so this is my chance!

We arrived around 10am so we made we had enough time to go through the shops and also taking consideration the kid’s rest time. After an hour drive from Bratislava, we have arrived! What a great day to be out and about shopping!

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There were lots of luxury brands as well as local brands. Before we arrived, I was on the website checking out the brands so I can just visit those stores to avoid further time wasted PLUS to ensure our kids don’t run out of patience. My aim was to get a pair of shoes (or two!) and I had high hopes considering it was a pretty big outlet and had so many brands. When we arrived, we saw Prada and Furla. I do go in for a quick spin at Prada but not as cheap as I wanted due to the exchange rate. Many years ago, I remember going to the Prada outlet called The Space in Italy and those prices great!

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The shop I was looking forward to was Tods but soooo sad they didn’t have my size for the style I liked. I guess it is the outlet so the popular sizes would be gone very quickly. It was definitely a lot cheaper than in Australia and Asia. I guess next time!

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We stayed there till dark (yes time just ticked by so quickly) but we did get a lot of things. Towards the end, we saw a really nice play area for the kids so we let the kids play till they were hungry for dinner and started heading over to the car to drive back to Bratislava. Did I end up getting any shoes? Noooooooo *cry*. The hunt will continue on this trip.

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Travelgirl

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Let’s Have Manner’s Hot Chocolate with Travelgirl

Hi Everyone,

During our visit to Vienna, we went to the famous chocolate store Manner to get some gifts for friends and family. While I was there, I picked up a few goodies for ourselves and the hot chocolate drink was one of them.

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I finally opened it the other day to see how it tastes. Would it be as tasty as the chocolate? Let’s check it out. On the instructions, it recommends 5 spoons of coco powder for 1 cup which I thought may be a bit much. So i put in 3 as I prefer something less sweet. The powder looks more larger than the usual hot chocolate powder I get from our supermarkets. And the smell was so chocolatey the moment I opened the can.

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After I put in the water, had a sip and added another spoon which tasted perfect. So for my preference, I would use 4 spoonfuls rather than 5 which they recommended. Do you have a preferred hot chocolate powder brand in your country?

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Travelgirl

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Visiting UNESCO Site Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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Hallstatt has been a place I really wanted to visited but unfortunately when we visited Salzburg we didn’t have enough time therefore I made sure that we visit Hallstatt this time round. It was a bit of a drive from Salzburg but the scenery along the way was really pretty which made it quite enjoyable.

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When arrived, the first thing we saw was the huge line at the public toilet. It’s not free so be sure to have to change ready to pay if you really need to go. As we walk along the shopping/eating strip towards the famous view point, there are many stores selling different things like postcards, bags, salt, even selfie sticks!

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It was going into winter when we visited so this store actually sold cup noodles and green tea for people who don’t have a lot of time to sit down and eat. Check out the post, its translated in 5 different languages.

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As we walk along, we saw some pretty lanterns on the trees and some cool buildings. Love the styles of these houses, just like in the fairytale stories.

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And we are finally here! This is just like what we see on the postcards & travel brochures. There were a lot of visitors all your round but while we were there, everyone was very polite. Most people took their photos very quickly and make room for other tourists to take their phones.  It was definitely worth the drive because we probably won’t be visit Hallstatt any time soon after this trip.

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Travelgirl

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Schirmbar @ Hallstatt, Austria – Perfect Place for Lunch!

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Today I will be taking you to have one of the best schnitzel we have had for a long time at Hallstatt – Schirmbar. While we were on our way to the view point at Hallstatt, we decided to get some lunch before walking up the hill. From far away, we could already smell the nice schnitzel from the restaurant plus the restaurant is situated right next to the water view of Hallstatt, what more can we ask for.

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The menu was right at the wall and there were plenty of choices.

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We ordered a chicken schnitzel and a fish schnitzel which comes with chips and salad for both. The waiter told us there is no need to order another meal for the kids as the schnitzel are quite substantial which he was correct. The restaurant also offers coffee, desserts and has a bar if you feel like a beer before going up to see the view. The food came out nice and hot and both the fish and chicken was so juicy! The chips were not too charred which we like but the salad was just average. Having this meal next to the view is simply the best.

 

There were plenty of seating and we noticed that most of the customers are tourists who wants to have a quick bite. Prices were very reasonable considering the size of the meal as well as in a popular part of a tourist location with a stunning view. If you ever decide to visit Hallstatt in Austria, do consider trying out this restaurant and enjoy the view while you eat.

Address: Seestraße 145, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria

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Travelgirl

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Let’s Visit Badeinsel Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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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Explore Some of The Houses Around Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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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Travelgirl

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On The Way From Salzburg to Hallstatt @ Austria with Travelgirl

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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

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Another Visit to Salzburg @ Austria with Travelgirl

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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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