This post marks the first of my travel blog posts and I’m so excited to share with you all some of the wonderfully amazing things I’ve been up to during my time here in Europe. If you didn’t already know, I’m travelling through Austria over Christmas with some of my family and we are making our way over to the U.K. for New Years. Each week I’ll be sharing some of the highlights of my trip with you, as well as a gallery of all the beautiful things I’ve seen and done.
MELBOURNE > VIENNA
After a long flight we arrived in Vienna around midday, so there was some time to go sight seeing before the sun went down. We dropped off our bags at the apartment and made our way to central Vienna, where I had my first cup of many of mulled wine at the Christmas market, followed by experiencing the amazement of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. I’ve never seen a church with such an amazing attention to detail before, with the highlight being the iconic tiled roof.
A highlight from my first few days in Vienna was definitely our visit to Schönbrunn Palace. It was such a lovely sunny day filled with wonderful Architecture, crisp walks through the gardens and amazing views. Just like everywhere we had previously visited, there was a festive Christmas market set up out the front of the palace, which made for an even more magical experience.
VIENNA > SALZBURG
Our first short trip away was to Salzburg, home of Mozart and ‘The Sound of Music’. When we arrived we decided to explore the old town and went up to the Fortress Tower for the best view I’ve ever experienced – unfortunately I was an idiot and forgot my SD card so there’s no good photos of our visit up to the castle. The highlight of our short visit to Salzburg was definitely ‘The Sound of Music’ tour. We were taken on a bus around to all of the filming locations for the popular musical film and got some amazing photos.
SALZBURG > INNSBRUCK
After experiencing Salzburg’s beauty I wasn’t sure if Innsbruck would top it, but after visiting for a couple of days I’m finding it hard to pick a favourite. We only had one full day in Innsbruck so we squeezed as much as we could into one day. For our day trip we visited a few Christmas markets, did some shopping, saw the coloured houses on the river – and my personal favourite, took the Hungerburgabahn railway, designed by my favourite architect Zaha Hadid. Experiencing each of the fluid stations was amazing for me as I did a project on one of the stations during my bachelors degree. So it was wonderful to experience it in person.
The trip up the Alps was one I’ll always remember, but what made it even better was the experience at the top of the mountain. The cloud cover was fairly dense while we were up there but we managed to see glimpses of Innsbruck and the mountains while we were there.
INNSBRUCK > VIENNA
This last section brings me to the conclusion of week one. It feels like I’ve done a month’s worth of things in the last seven days and I’m completely exhausted because of it! I’ve absolutely adored the experiences I’ve had thus far and I cannot wait to continue sharing my trip with you all via these posts. I know these travel blog posts are quite long and photo-dense, but I think that the more things I include in these posts, the more I’ll have to look back on and remember in the future.
Over the next few days in Vienna we will be preparing for Christmas, which will mean last minute shopping, cooking and more family time – so you can expect to see lots of festive pictures in next week’s post. If you’d like to see more of my trip be sure to follow my personal instagram (@ebjayde) – I’ll be posting nearly daily over there!
Much Love, Ebony xo
**all photographs in this post were taken and edited by myself**