Shopping in Salzburg

Shopping in Salzburg

If you read my previous blog post, you already know that I didn’t go to Salzburg for shopping. But I ended up doing it… I guess you’ve read that we had a full day schedule during the press trip, but we also had a few hours free to do whatever we wanted. That was after lunch time at Steinterrasse. In my free time, I chose to go for shopping alone in Getreidegasse and around this area. Three were the shops that caught my attention and I’d like to explain why in this blog post. 

Shopping in Salzburg

Damn Plastic – Münzgasse 2

After paying a visit at this store, you will definitely feel inspired to make little differences and more sustainable choices in your life. This store is a good start to a more sustainable plastic free life. I am glad that a store like this exists. 

Shopping in Salzburg
Shopping in Salzburg
 
Salzburg schenkt anders –  Waagplatz 6

I am someone who travels a lot and stopped buying souvenirs from every city many years ago. Buying souvenirs is impossible for me. I travel too much and I don’t like the idea of jamming my little apartment with useless things from all over the world. 

Salzburg schenkt anders is one more store in the heart of Salzburg that sells sustainable and regional, yet tasteful products that you can buy as a souvenir. I loved their T-shirts. From here, I could imagine myself buying a souvenir as a memento of my time in Salzburg. 

Golden Soul – Kaigasse 22

Your soul is golden. That is the motto of this store…What’s not to love in this concept store? I could buy everything here. You have to pay a visit… and take some photos in it, because the store is very instagrammable! 

Mia shoes – Getreidegasse 2

I saw a lovely pair of fuchsia summer sandals in the vitrine, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size. I ended up buying a pink pair of Birkenstock sandals for the beach. 

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with the Official Tourism Board of Salzburg. 

Photos of this blog post were taken by me at Golden Soul concept store in Salzburg. 

Visit Salzburg

Visit Salzburg

I’ve been to Salzburg several times in the past, but this time, this trip certainly felt more special. The invitation to spend four days in this beautiful city came from Salzburg Tourismus, the Official Tourism board. Under the motto “Salzburg. Neu entdeckt” I got invited to discover the city again, to see it with fresh new eyes, from a new perspective.

The promising program that the Tourism board sent me over via email and all the unwanted isolation I’ve been through the last few months due to Covid-19, were enough reasons for me to just pack my luggage, jump in that train from Vienna and set off on this adventure.

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few activities that were part of our program with the hope that they will help you to organize your trip to Salzburg.

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Restaurants in Salzburg

Begin your visit in Salzburg with a lunch or dinner at Stadt Alm restaurant.

Walter Grüll in Grödig, for seafood and oustanding caviar lovers.

Favourite lunch spot in Salzburg: The Steinterrasse rooftop bar and restaurant. Order the shrimp salad with avocado. 

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Cafés 

Kaffee Alchemie, a different coffee house.

Herr Leopold, a very nice place in the city center of Salzburg. 

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Activities / what to do 

Visit Grünmarkt, the vibrant open-air market that is set in a large plaza. Walk around and see the local venders. There are plenty of choices for local meat, cheese, flowers, and baked goods.

Visit the the Benedictine Nonnberg Convent and listen to the Gregorian chant. Here the nuns sing Gregorian Chorals every morning in the sanctuary. 

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Where to stay / Hotels in Salzburg 

I stayed two times at Schloss Leopoldkron and one time at the Sacher hotel. Both hotels are top notch. However, keep in mind that they are located in different parts of the city. Sacher hotel is located right in the heart of the city, while Schloss Leopoldskron is a little bit further, surrounded by 17 acres of manicured grounds and nestled by a small, idyllic lake. I love them both, so it’s hard for me to choose…

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Salzburg Austria best travel tips

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Salzburg Austria best travel tips

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My personal favourite thing to do in Salzburg

Cycling in Salzburg! Being able to ride a bike through Salzburg and into the country side is amazing! 

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with the Official Tourism Board of Salzburg. 

Visit Eger

Visit EgerLast week I found myself in a quaint little town, Eger in Hungary, after receiving an invitation from the Official Tourism Board of Hungary. I’ve never been to this part of the world, therefore I perceived the invitation as a nice travel opportunity for me to go there and find out what this place has to offer.

If I’d like to be completely honest with you, lately I catch myself being more interested in visiting less touristic places and enjoying their quietness and quaintness, instead of visiting fully packed, well known big cities. With this in mind, I packed a few summer clothes in my small luggage and settled in for this new adventure.

Visit Eger

How to get to Eger: 

I guess the easiest way to reach Eger is by car. As I don’t own a car in Vienna, I had to find another way. I took the ÖBB train from Vienna HauptBahnhof to Budapest Kölenfeld. Here I have to admit, I was quite privileged as I had a driver who picked me up from the train station in Budapest and accompanied me during the entire journey, so I didn’t have to care about how to get from Point B to Point C.

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What we saw / where we’ve been: 
1st day : Eger castle / Basilica / Turkish minaret 

We reached Eger after an about 2 hours drive. The ride from Budapest was very nice because you can admire the scenic countryside covered in vineyards along the way. Once you arrive in Eger, there are several things to do here, such as:

  • visit the Basilica
  • enjoy the panoramic view from the castle
  • climb up to the top of the northernmost Turkish Minaret to get a beautiful view of the town
  • stroll around the pedestrian streets
  • admire the mix of architecture of the well preserved historical buildings
  • savor the renowned local specialties and wine

Visit Eger

Visit Eger

Visit Eger

2nd day: Miskolctapolca Cave Bath / Fúzió Wine Bar / Egerszalók salthill

Eger and it’s nearby area are also well known for its thermal baths. Therefore we chose to kick off the day with a visit at the Cave Bath, which is located in Miskolctapolca. The Cave Bath in Miskolctapolca is a very unique place because one can bathe in a cave created over hundreds and thousands of years by nature. We spent most of our time in the natural indoor pool and enjoyed a relaxing massage afterwards.

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Later on, we headed to our next stop which was a visit at the Fúzió Wine Bar for wine tasting. Let me tell you here that I have participated in many wine tastings in different press trips, and I am still not an expert haha…I like to smell the wine, before I taste it, and if I like the smell, then for sure I am going to like the taste as well…The lovely people at Fúzió Wine Bar gave me two types of wine to taste, a red and a white. They also said a few things about the history of their wine bar and showed me the wine cellar. It was a lovely experience!

Wine bar Eger Hungary

We ended the day with a visit at Egerszalók salthill. Egerszalók salthill is a limestone hill, created by water runoff, and over the years it has come to be known as “salt hill”. You will find the salt hill next to Saliris Resort. Many thanks to the management of the Saliris Resort, who allowed me to come closer to the Salt hill, so that I can take the photos that you see in this blog post. 

 Egerszalók salthill

 Egerszalók salthill

 Egerszalók salthill

3rd day: Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

My trip to Hungary couldn’t have ended any better. We rented a little boat and floated around in the lake of a cute small mountain town called Lillafüred. The scenery here is like in a fairy-tale because the lake is located in front of a palace hotel and is surrounded by beautiful nature. I guess during wintertime, you can do other activities in the lake, such as ice fishing, skating, or playing ice hockey.

 Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

 Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

I’d like to end this little text of mine by saying that I’d highly recommend to Austrian travellers a visit to Eger as a nice and easy to reach weekend getaway destination. Eger makes for an ideal weekend trip.

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with the Official Tourism Board of Hungary.

One Day in Vienna with TVG

One Day in Vienna with TVG

Every morning I wake up, I have the same thoughts. I am thinking of how blessed I am for living in a city like Vienna, and for having my own business and working on it. We live in a difficult period of time, yet I tend to see it all with a positive mindset. I am convinced that these challenging times came to teach us something and I want to believe that we have all taken the time to reflect on life during quarantine.

Summer is here, cafes and restaurants are open again. The restrictions and measurements have been loosened. And on a more personal level, I have a few nice travel plans to look forward to…it’s been already 3 months in Vienna with zero travelling. After 2 months of self isolation at home, when I started going out again, I saw Vienna with new fresh eyes and consequently fell in love with her, as if I had just landed here for the first time.

Most of the days in Vienna are spent with these 2 activities: answering emails and editing photos. One day in Vienna looks like this:

09.00 You may know it already, and if not, let me tell you this: I am not a morning person. So my day starts a bit later than it does for others. I also work from home as a freelancer, so I can be quite flexible when it comes to timing. That is actually one of the pros of being self employed. I usually have breakfast around 09.00 and start working around 10.00. I start with checking my emails on my #GalaxyTabS6 which comes with a separate, portable BookCover Keyboard for a PC-like experience. I begin to prioritize my emails and I firstly answer the ones that are the most important. Working space is either my office desk or my couch. That always depends on the mood.

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12.00

Working alone at home office can get quite tedious sometimes. For that reason, I continue my work in a coffee place in the center of Vienna. My favourite cafe at the moment is Paremi. The #GalaxyTabS6 turns that current environment into my co-working space. It is portable and powerful. I love working and watching people passing by at the same time. They may don’t know it, but I often get inspired by them.

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15.00

Time for a photo walk. Like the ones I used to do during my first years in Vienna. During my photo walks, I am looking for photo motifs. That can be streets, buildings, or small details in the city. As I don’t like carrying around my heavy DSLR when I am not officially working for a project, my always to go device is my #GalaxyS20 Ultra. With 108 megapixels, three lenses, and up to 100x Space zoom, I have everything in one hand to make great photos while on the go.

One Day in Vienna with TVG

19.00-21.00

That is my favourite time during the day. I put on my fitness outfit and go running/walking in the Schönbrunn gardens, which is right next to my little apartment. The only thing that can stop me from doing this, is when the weather is rainy or very windy, or when I get an invitation from a very handsome man…The #GalaxyWatchActive2 is a great looking smart watch packed with lots of interesting features, and keeps me updated if anything important arrives during my sport time. It also tracks my activity, counts my steps and shows me my heart rate during the day.

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Paros island

Paros island
food in Paros
 

If you are thinking of visiting the Greek islands this summer, make sure to inculde Paros island in your travel plans. On this blog post, I put together a few tips, where stay, where to eat, what to do, along with a few photos to get you in the mood for the island life.

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Villages

Prodromos, Lefkes, Marpissa, Parikia, The picturesque fishing village of Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Alyki

Paros sunset photos

Beaches

Kolymbithres beach, Golden Beach, Santa Maria beach, Parasporos beach, Aliki Beach, Monastiri beach, Pounda beach, Livadia beach, Kalogeras beach, Tripiti beach, Lageri beach

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Restaurants in Paros island

Halaris Fish Tavern in Piso Livadi, Markakis Restaurant in Piso Livadi, Charoula’s Tavern in the center of old Marpissa, Barbarossa Restaurant in Naousa, Vanilla Gelateria in Parikia.

Paros island

3 Hotel suggestions

Design hotel PARĪLIO, Mr & Mrs White Paros, Albatross hotel

Paros island
Paros island
 
Rent a car in Paros island 

Athina Rent a car

Paros island

Paros island
Paros island
 

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