Sunday, June 29, 2008

September 11 2007 - Innsbruck

Leaving Germany, we head to Austria!

Well, to be specific, it's Innsbruck, Austria. And this is the only place we will be visiting in Austria, no Vienna no Salzburg, just Innsbruck *piff*

But anyway, let's not complain and get on with it..

Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol state of Austria..

Innsbruck view from the highway

Innsbruck information board and map

Just like Heidelberg, I have no idea what is there to see in Innsbruck. According to Paul, there's 3 fehmes attractions in Innsbruck..

Attraction 1: Goldenes Dachl @ Golden Roof

Attraction 2: Church Clock Tower

Central Europe is well known for Gasthof @ Gasthaus depending on which country u are in.. A gasthof is actually a guesthouse, usually family owned, a combination of inn and tavern.. In a way, it's similar to the 客栈 (hak zhan) in ancient China..

A typical Austrian gasthof in Innsbruck

If I was backpacking, I would've been staying in a place like this for a day or 2.. but since I wasn't, so I have nothing to describe about what it would be like to stay in such a place..

And, no, a gasthof is not an attraction according to Paul..

Attraction 3: Swarovski Museum & Gallery!

Swarovski is not pronounced as swa-rov-ski, it's pronounced as swa-hof-ski..

So.. does this Swarovski sounds familiar to u? I'm sure u have seen of them when u go shopping in Isetan or Parkson.. Swarovski is a luxury brand of crystals producer!

Swarovski has it's birthplace in a place near Innsbruck, called Wattens, and the Swarovski Museum here in Innsbruck can be considered to house the most extensive collections of Swarovski works and products..

Inside the museum

Nice crystal works

They have this nice luxury chair made of wool..

That u can sit or sleep on

Hoi! Why only the girls get to sleep on it and take solo photos??

Let's show u somemore nice crystal works..

Of course, with every museum/gallery, there will definitely be a souvenir shop.. but.. Swarovski's souvenir shop is not some place that a poor chap like me can afford to hang around in for very long :D

Austrian trams

We made our way to the shopping street, not for shopping, but to look for something to eat.. ended up in this burger/sandwich shop

Yummy food and yummy waitress :D

Their counter is inside a shop, but their eating area is out in the open

Another photo on Innsbruck street

Innsbruck is a city inside a valley that's surrounded by mountains, icy mountains..

But it wasn't that cold in the city itself

Everyone wants to pretend to be feel hot and take photos like me, as a result,

They throw all their jackets and bags at me

Leaving Innsbruck, we continue or tour.. entering Italy...

Tonight we will be spending our night at Treviso, not because there's some nice attractions in here, but because this town is near to Venice..

Dinner at.. Ristorante Cinese @ Restaurant Chinese

Family photo before food

Seriously, the food is getting lousier day by day...

After dinner, head straight to our hotel of the night,

Hotel Carletto

This hotel is kinda... old, medieval, and spooky... I took some photos with my handphone back then, but did not backup when my laptop go bust, so I can't show u the pics.. can just use words to describe..

When I said medieval, I'm not exaggerating.. their floors are made of wood, the bathrooms has cracked mirrors, and they have those unique human portraits hanging in front of the bed.. imagine waking up in the middle of the night facing human portraits that doesn't look exactly human, if u get what i mean..

Even their cupboards make those creaky sounds.. I was trying to help Peggy open the cupboard in her room (because she was afraid that something might jump out if she open herself), and then decided to play a prank on her by pretending to be surprised after opening the door,

And this was how she looked like XD

Tomorrow will be Venice...


Simon Ho said...

the view is terrific man. i love the icy cold mountains in the picture.. are you sure it ain't cold at all?

RealGunners said...

really not cold lo... and yeah, the place is quite nice..