Glühweinmas. ‘Tis the season for Christmas markets, and my first time sampling the Christkindlmarkt in #Salzburg. With warming beverages, traditional handicrafts, sweet cookies and Austrian food favourites, these markets are always a joy every winter. ⭐️ The lights at the Salzburg market represent the stars and this year the tree is special, as it came for the same town where you’ll find the Silent Night Chapel (Oberndorf - in my grid!), in honour of the song’s 200 year anniversary. #SilentNight200 @visitsalzburg
Just one visit to Northern Ireland will instantly shatter your pre-conceptions, as you step into a destination that’s outgrowing its reputation of past conflict, shaking off the negative image and ready to show the world exactly what it’s about. And I’m passionate about that, because this coastline directly leads to the part of Ireland where part of my heritage can be found. My time in NI connected me more to that. 💚 Northern Ireland’s scenic landscape and dramatic coastline have become world-renowned destinations, with journeys on the Causeway Coastal Route granted the accolade as being one of the best road trips in the world. • Want to know where to go and what to do to see Northern Ireland differently? New article on the site > link in bio. #DiscoverNI
That Silent Night trip? It was also about getting into the festive spirit and enjoying the winter landscapes as much as it was about tracking down the song’s origins. • #Achensee in Tirol is hands down one of my favourite spots in #Tirol where I once spent an adventure-fuelled summer. • So it was great to catch a glimpse of it again as it was starting to put on its winter coat and to revisit Achensee Lake - Tirol’s largest, surrounded by five villages. • But this spot in the village of Achenkirch has significant meaning. Here you’ll find the Sixenhof museum dedicated to the Rainer singers who carried Silent Night carol beyond Europe, and you’ll learn most about international singer, Ludwig Rainer who travelled across North America spreading the music far and wide. Just behind me was once the site of a hotel he built and the Seehof Chapel that still stands. #SilentNight200
Even nearing three years of living here, #Austria still throws me some surprises. There’s picture perfect pockets of scenery to be found all over - like here at the Myra Falls (Myrafälle) in Lower Austria, a one hour drive from Vienna. A scenic walk higher and higher over 26 bridges and walkways up into the woodland which the waters flow through, with small hiking routes to get a little off track for a few blissful hours.
Missing those #Colombia days, but researching and preparing our next trips to Africa and back to South America. • We never stop talking about Colombia and our adventures around the country, from city-hopping to jungle treks to day trips like this one to Guatapé where we climbed the 740 steps of nearby El Peñol for this view. The area was flooded in the 70s for the purpose of a hydro-electric dam. While some villages were relocated and the terrain and the habitable land shifted, what was left was this view, with a saving grace of increased tourism and income from climbing these heights. • Where are you planning to visit in 2019!? #colombiatravel
Part of my Silent Night journey in #Austria took me to Tirol and the #Zillertal Valley to visit the Strasser - Haus in Laimach. 🎶 🎶 The Strasser family were singing merchants who carried the Silent Night song around Austria and other parts of Europe. 🎶 🎶 The birthplace of the Strasser siblings dates from the 18th century and is now a museum, telling their story - their singing attracted more people to come and buy their products such as leather gloves. From there on the music travelled. #SilentNight200