A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”
We welcomed in the New Year with a quiet night at home.
Can't be bothered with the crowds and inflated prices off a night out for New Year any more.
Haven't decided on this year's resolution but last year's one to drink cocktails was quite a success and proved to be very enjoyable so perhaps another along those lines will do the trick.
I'll give it some thought today before I decide.
During 2017 I only managed 20 blogposts !
No wonder I have so few comments.
I do miss the contact with bloggers I have enjoyed in the past so will try very hard to up my game.
PS. If you are wondering about the relevance of the proverb, I'm going to try to take more steps this year (lots of them in places I've never been before and )
hoping to get closer to a destination I need to achieve.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
A bus from Salzburg to Berchtesgaden and another to Konigsee and we were off to cruise to the end of this pretty lake.
The weather was beautiful, the lake was calm and the scenery magnificent.
St Bartholoma Abbey comes into view and the boat makes a brief stop
before heading off towards the end of the lake.
where the boat sweeps around and finally pulls into a small jetty.
The next section of this journey is a walk.
First along the lake
turning to set off through the gap in the mountains towards another lake,
crossing a tiny stream
and through a pretty wooded area
and finally you come upon another lake, famous for its reflections.
Ah yes, this is what we came for !
Out come the cameras
No matter which direction you look
There's a path that winds round the edge of the lake
and Tony heads off clicking away
But suddenly across the lake a breeze begins to ripple the water
and as the ripples come closer and closer
the beautiful reflections disappear !
Weren't we lucky ?
After our lovely week in St Wolfgang we moved on to Salzburg. We stayed in a great apartment on a very old "street" just across the river on the edge of the Old Town.
The back wall of the apartment was the wall of the cliff behind it.
On this side of the river we could walk to the Mirabel Gardens where many parts of The sound of music were filmed - like this famous Pegasus Fountain.
and of course the obligatory beautiful church.
On the far side of the Old Town the Fortress towers above protecting the town below.
You can walk up to the top but the funicular is always a great option.
Once up there the size of this structure is quite amazing.
and the views down onto the city below are amazing
in all directions.
A rest stop is always a good idea when you can sit and soak it all up.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
This is the sight that greets you when you enter the Aged Care Home where both of my parents now reside.
Bright and airy, it is filled with space and pretty colours and looks more like a five star hotel than a Nursing Home.
Behind the lime green decorative fretwork in the photo above is the spacious dining room with a wall of brightly curtained windows which make it bright and airy.
The residents are gathered there for Morning tea and a bit of a chat.
Their rooms are furnished with basic furniture allowing them to bring special chairs and odd bits of furniture from home if they so wish to make them feel like they are in familiar surroundings.
There's room for a wall mounted TV and picture rails provide plenty of opportunity to include artwork or family photos too.
Scattered throughout the building are small lounges where residents or family groups can gather.
Each one is furnished differently in pretty, bright colours and featuring huge banks of curtains covering the large windows.
Outside there is provision for sitting outside (in Winter ) and a large BBQ area is there for the use of visiting families - a great idea for birthday celebrations when leaving the facility becomes difficult.
Back inside there is a Hair Salon
and a Movie Theatre
Is it any wonder they love it there ?