Thursday, July 13, 2017

Salzburg's Chic Store Signs

    Wieber

The Getreidegasse in Salzburg is an elegant street lined with boutiques, passages and restaurants. There are no gaudy shop signs to be seen here. Instead, there are beautifully crafted wrought iron signage announcing the name of the store and what it sells. In the photo above, Wieber has a key hanging from the beak of a gilded bird. This is a metalwork and locksmithery shop that's been around since 1415. They do keys, yes, but they also do a full range of custom made street lamps, guild signs, railing, etc. and restoration of old metal works. 

Behind Weiber is the kaleidoscopic sign of Aschauer Hüte, a store selling hats and traditional Austrian garments.

    Zara

Zara is one of the most popular clothing stores in Europe. Notice the scissors, an important tool for sewing. 

    Stassny

The dancing couple in diandl and lederhosen proclaim the goods sold at Stassny. Traditional Austrian costumes and accessories are the specialties of this boutique.

    Kirchtag

Not only do they sell umbrellas at Kirchtag, they also have leather goods and luggage. They can custom design an umbrella at their workshop behind the store. Kirchtag has been around since 1903.

    McDonald's

What an ornate sign this fast food retailer has! The gilded M has never been this refined, surrounded by a wreath, a royal symbol (no less) and a lion on hind legs holding up a piece of paper and leaning with his left leg on the graceful back of the bird. I'm lovin' it.

    Salamander

Salamander is a well recognized shoe store, hence the golden boot. They also sell bags and accessories. The company was first registered in 1904 in Germany and today has outlets in Austria, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia.

    Mozart's birthplace

Amadeus Mozart was born on Getreidegasse 9, on the same street as the stores and restaurant mentioned here. "A good neighbor is a very desirable thing." Thomas Jefferson

*****

Images by TravelswithCharie 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hallstatt - A Village with a Clone


A picture paints a thousand words. So without further ado, here's Hallstatt.

Hallstatt
Marktplatz (Market Square) with the statue of the Holy Trinity
The Skywalk
View of the village of Obertraun
Bird's eye view of the village of Hallstatt
Traditional alpine houses
Lakefront café
What to do in Hallstatt, Austria:
"You want to be alone? In three minutes you are in solitude. Thoughtful? Visit the charnel house. Inquisitive? Hallstatt has two museums. Prefer social contact? Then simply choose: tennis, sauna, fishing, rowing, swimming, boat rides, grill courses, camping, hiking and mountaineering, lake concerts, town-square concerts, evenings of local culture, excursions in the surrounding area...? Even our Hallstatt Theme Trail can offer only a few glimpses of the depth of our history. But perhaps it would help you to discover the special flair of this unique town with a little background knowledge." Rudolf Lehr, journalist and Hallstatt resident by choice 

How to get to Hallstatt:
By train: Take the train to Attnang Puchheim from Salzburg Hauptbanhof then transfer to the local train for Hallstatt. Take the ferry from Hallstatt railway station to the village.

Sightseeing Tour: Panorama Tours departs from the Mirabellplatz for the 5.5-hour sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. It passes by the beautiful lake towns on the way to Hallstatt and through the Dachstein Mountains on the way back to Salzburg. You have 2 hours on your own to explore Hallstatt. www.panoramatours.com.

About the Skywalk:
By cable car or you can also hike up the mountain (one hour). One adult roundtrip ticket (in 2017) by cable car is €16. Cable car service opens at 9 a.m. and departs from Salzbergstrasse 21. For more information about the Skywalk, check this link: http://www.hallstatt.net/about-hallstatt/sehenswertes-en-US/skywalk-of-hallstatt/

Cable car
For more insider tips about Hallstatt, I found this website helpful: www.hallstatt.net.

Where is the clone? 
In Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China

*****
Images by TravelswithCharie, 2017


Saturday, July 08, 2017

See Sicogon Now

    Buaya Beach

It was summer in the Philippines and we really wanted to go to the Gigantes group of islands. But we had no desire to join the throng of beach pilgrims who wanted to take the iconic selfie from the hill above the white sand beach of Cabugao Gamay. So here we were on Buaya (crocodile) beach in Sicogon, waiting for our lunch to be served, enjoying a cool drink under the shade of this old Talisay tree and looking at the Gigantes islands from our comfortable roost.

    Tumaquin Island

We could also see our motorized outrigger bobbing in the water and behind it, Tumaquin Island. You can swim to Tumaquin or wait until low tide and walk to it. There was a group of students learning to scuba dive in the clear waters offshore. The sun was mercilessly hot so we opted to stay put. We were happy campers under the tree.

   Scallops

And just about the time we were running out of snacks (which we picked up from the market in the town of President Roxas), Melinda brought our lunch to the table! I had ordered two platters of scallops because I wanted to take some home and at P100 per platter, it was a steal! (Melinda combined the two platters into one and that's what the picture above shows.) We also ordered fish soup spiced with batuan, a tamarind like sour fruit which grows abundantly on the island. My companions told me it was very good together with a San Mig. I'm no beer drinker and in the absence of chilled sangria, I had to content myself with an apple flavored C2 drink. Cheers!

    San Fernando Beach

After lunch we were invited to see Balay Kogon, a hotel with six casas and a restaurant. It's the only hotel on the island but you can rent a tent from P150 per night and pitch it on the beach. Balay Kogon has a fabulous view of San Fernando beach. It's building more casitas which will be ready by year end.

    Mount Opao

We could have gone up to Mount Opao but we'll save that for another day. There are times when you should just relax and enjoy the view. This was one of those days. 

Don't wait too long to visit Sicogon. See it now in its pristine state. 

How to get to Sicogon:
We drove to Estancia Port from Roxas City, the closest gateway to Sicogon Island. It took us 1 1/2 hours and we had the pleasure of shopping at the market in President Roxas where we picked up kakanin (Philippine native delicacies) and bottled drinks. Buses from Roxas City to the port of Estancia cover the distance in two hours while the Iloilo City to Estancia route is 3 hours long. There is only one ferry per day to Sicogon costing P80 each way. It leaves Estancia at 1 p.m. and arrives on Buaya Beach 40 minutes later. It returns to Estancia after it has dropped off its passengers in Sicogon. It's best to hire a pumpboat for P2500 so you can travel leisurely to and from the island. 

    Estancia Port

Where to stay:
Balay Kogon: www.sicogonisland.com.ph/balaykogon

    Balay Kogon casa

Tent rental: ask for Melinda whose house is on Buaya Beach behind the Talisay tree. She also serves lunch. 

*****

Images by TravelswithCharie


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Salzburg

"Framed by mountains, crowned by the Hohensalzburg Fortress and divided by the turquoise Salzach River, the Salzburg landscape is pure drama.” Frommers
This view