"Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
- Ray Bradbury
Our arrival into Austria was like a breath of fresh air. We came up from Florence on the train and even though I had seen photos of Innsbruck, I was surprised to see that it was so much better than any photograph could ever portray. It was so shockingly different from Italy...the way it felt, the air, the people, the colors, the architecture. That doesn't mean I no longer love Florence, I love them both for very different reasons. This may sound like a strange word to describe a city but it was so 'clean'... the buildings, streets, parks, everything. Stunning, and very refreshing. It was love at first sight.
We went for a walk to Bundesgarten Hofgarten, a gorgeous park where we met the world's friendliest horse who adored all who came to him and displayed a special tenderness with children.
A bit further along in the park, we found an intense chess game in progress. These large outdoor chess games were set up on both sides of a large gazebo, along with two additional table top games on outdoor game tables. All of the games were going strong with audiences at each one. We watched for quite a while ourselves. Fun times!
Austria, you are in our hearts and our DNA. We are so glad we came and we shall return.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), quoted above, was an American author who was the recipient of many awards, including a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, during his career that spanned over seventy years.