Graz is the second-largest city in Austria, after Vienna, and a lively university town. It’s a picturesque place (its old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with lots of color and an interesting mix of historic and avant-guarde architecture.
Between today and tomorrow I’ll be uploading some photos from my time there.
1. Uhrturm, the clock tower | 2. Hauptplatz | 3. Styria’s dragon | 4. Gothic double spiral staircase | 5. Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II | 6. Kunsthaus, museum of modern art
Hi there! It’s been a hectic past few months, in terms of work but also on a personal level. I needed some time to step back and take care of myself. After a few months, I’m feeling better and spring has arrived, so I really can’t complain.
Moreover, I’ve just returned from a weeklong trip in Austria. I was invited to spend Easter with an Austrian friend at her home in Graz. Our trip consisted of a few days in Vienna, with the rest of the week dedicated to exploring Graz and the surrounding countryside and, of course, eating.
I can’t say enough lovely things about Austria, the country, the people, the food, the sights. It’s a fantastic county, and I hope to return.
Over the next few days, I’ll upload various photos from the trip. In the meantime, here are some pictures from Vienna.
Here are some more photos from my recent trip to Spoleto. These photos are mostly of Il Ponte delle Torri, which is the most impressive site in the city. The bridge was erected between the 12th and 14th centuries, on top of a Roman aqueduct. It’s a pedestrian-only walkway, and a stroll across the structure offers some spectacular views of the Umbrian countryside.
Today, a few friends and I braved the gray clouds and threat of rain and took a trip out of the city to breathe some fresh air. We headed to Umbria, specifically the town of Spoleto, of which we knew little about.
It turned out to be a lovely little place, with a beautiful piazza in the center, stunning views of the countryside, and, as usual in Umbria, some incredible food and wine. (Pappardelle con ragu’ di cinghiale, anyone?)
Being only an hour and a half away by train, Spoleto makes an easy day trip from Rome and a really worthwhile experience. I was completely charmed by this town and can’t wait to return.
I took a ton of photos, so have decided to break this post into two. I’ll post some photos of the surrounding countryside within the week, but, in the meantime, here are some snapshots of Spoleto’s center.