Hallstatt, Austria was the second stop on our trip, and just might be my favorite place we went. This place is Alpine perfection:
We stayed in a house where we had our own kitchen. So Hallstatt became the home of our first international grocery shopping experience. We bought some things we recognized and some things that we thought looked good even though we weren't quite sure what they were. We ended up with some pretty tasty stew! We also ate at some lakeside restaurants (because the whole town is lakeside) and had some fresh Hallstatter-See fish. We hiked up to the world's oldest salt mine and then all through the woods. We saw an authentic May Day celebration complete with liederhosen and accordions. We explored an abandoned hotel in the next town over. And we drank a lot of coffee on our balcony while admiring the once-in-a-lifetime view. The lady we rented our rooms from said that the town doctor was getting ready to retire, and we really wished that Josh could speak German so he could take over! Here are some pictures to help explain why:
The view from the salt mine above the town
Some from our hike
The town's main street. I love how everything is terraced up the hillside.
Our future homestead in a clearing outside of town
The waterfall by our future homestead. Yes, this is about as close to perfection as you can get in this life.
I convinced Josh that this empty hotel was unlocked because they wanted us to explore it
Wow. This makes me want to go back.