I’ve just returned from a travel bloggers’ conference in stunning Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. We had a tight, full and interesting programme, with loads of inspiration and new things learnt. Perhaps especially useful were the photo walks and learning more about travel photography. Furthermore, I really enjoyed reconnecting with fellow bloggers and writers. Others I had the pleasure of meeting in real life for the first time. All in all, well done Oliver and TBU.
If you’re interested in attending a bloggers’ conference, the next TBU will take place in Umbria (near Assisi) in April 2012.
The travel blogging sphere is already teeming with posts and photos from Innsbruck and Tyrol. It’s a gorgeous area, and full of history, legends and lore; worthy of a long, unhurried stay.
When I was 15, I spent a wild and wonderful summer in Bregenz (Austria), officially doing a German course, in reality having heaps of deliciously carefree and slightly irresponsible teenage fun. After a weekend trip to Venice that summer, we stopped in Innsbruck on the way back.
Can’t say I remember much of the sights from that glorious summer decades ago, so seeing Innsbruck last week, was like seeing it for the first time.
Innsbruck, you’re so adorably unpredictable.
35 degrees is not exactly standard Alpine temperature, not even in August. Yet, that’s what met me on arrival on a sultry afternoon. A day later, the city was soaked in rain and hidden behind low clouds. Next afternoon, as the fog lifted, the surrounding mountains revealed freshly fallen snow.
If you don’t like the weather in Innsbruck, just wait a minute
Mark Twain and Will Rogers have both been credited with the quote: “If you don’t like the weather in … insert US town, state, region…, just wait a minute”. I think this Alpine town would have surprised even these two weather-wise gentlemen.
Posts will be forthcoming on my excellent post-TBU blog trip to Oetztal (courtesy of the Austrian Tourist Board), where Ötzi the Iceman walked 5 300 years ago. Coincidentally, the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo is presently hosting an exhibition of this most famous of Neolithic men.
Ever been in Tyrol? What’s your favourite Alpine city or village?
Have a look at more fun photos at DeliciousBaby.
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