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Vacation in Austria!!! – Villach

OK.. I have been thinking how to organize the blogs for our vacation and finally decided to blog by place… so 1 blog, 1 place… and this blog will be on Villach, a charming small town in Austria….

We were in Villach for a week when hubby had to work. So, Joel and myself spend some time exploring Villach. The town center is about 10 minutes walk away and we had to pass through a park… with a little playground and fountain..

The park is just so peaceful and I just love walking through it ever day..

 

 

And the playground is so well maintained too… See how Joel enjoys himself…

 

 

 

And like any European town, the main attractions are churches… lots of them…

This is one of them that is near the hotel we were staying. We could hear the tolling of bells!
This is a Protestant Church also near our hotel…. about 10 minutes walk away..
St. Nikolai… along the Main Street in town
St Jakob… at the main square along the main street… it has a clock tower where we climbed up it!

 

The inside of the church.. which is beautiful…
as all European churches are….
and Joel and myself climbed up all 239 steps… to reach the observation deck…
where we are able to view the town of Villach….
another view…
and another view….
and here is the main square where we spent many happy, relaxing moments…. see the white awning….
a closer look of the square….
with fountains and pigeons…
… and here is my boy relaxing on one of the chairs… eating his lunch….
… sharing it with the pigeons!

I was also fascinated by Austria’s national costume… you could actually see people wearing it around… especially in Salzburg… oh… but that will be another blog post :)

Introducing the Dirndl (I had to google for the name :) )
Look at the price.. it does not come cheap… there goes my hope of buying one back as a souvenir…
And the boy’s version is called Tracht (I also need to google for the name :) )
Too bad it is really very expensive…

And so, we walked around Villach quite a bit…

Some old buildings in Villach
and more of them here…
And as we walk along, there are statues like this along the street… Joel pretending to be their “son”..
And we walk, and we walk along the Main Street… people like to dine al fresco here…

We also visited the Villach museum… it is small.. and well, most of the stuff is in German and we did not really understand it… we visited it just because we are there and might as well take a look at it…

The museum
They have a courtyard in the museum…
And the steps lead to part of the old wall that surrounds Villach in the olden days…
and here is the old wall…
and some huge bullets?? LOL, I did not know what are these!

Besides that, we also visited a place near the park called Relief Von Karnten which is basically a huge relief model(3D map) of the whole of Carinthia.

 

Well, now you must think that Villach is really small town with no shopping complex… hehe… you are wrong! They do have one – ATRIO… We took the bus there… about 5 minutes bus ride away…

… and the inside is just like another mall…
…except that they have another map here! Like the Karnten… only that it is not 3D

And they got a playground here.. named Lollipop….

They even got a cafe for parents to sit and wait while the kids play….
And so, I ordered a mug of hot chocolate for myself…
While I wait for Joel to enjoy himself….

After that, we headed off to Toys R Us… which is just a few minutes walk away from ATRIO…

Besides toys, they also sell child size guitars!
And here is Joel sitting on one of the motorbikes… LOL… see the sign? I bet it says “Please do not sit” in German… but then we do not understand.. so not our fault right?

 

And here, I bought Joel his new toy! can you guess what is it???? Costs EUR30…
It’s a Kiddy Cam!!! A video camera for kids!!
See how it measures against my lip balm… small and cute.. just the size for a kid’s small hands..
See the professional at work….

So, what about food? Generally in Europe, their main diet is bread with ham, vege, cheese… for breakfast, lunch and dinner… after a few days, I start to miss Curry Chicken, Char Kuay Teow, Bak Kut Teh, Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai… you get the picture…

But during our stay there, we did manage to eat some other food other than bread… for example, we ordered Chinese takeout quite a number of times for dinner… Ah.. the hot fried rice is heaven sent!! And no, the Chinese takeout did not come in a paper carton box.. like in the movies… It uses those clear microwaveable, disposable plastic containers that we have here…

But, we did have some dinner out… and one of the more interesting places we ate was Brauhof, where they serve traditional Austrian food… and traditional Austrian food is not bread with ham, vege, cheese etc…

We dined al fresco…
See the cheeky little boy…
and his dinner…
This was what we, the adults had… a meat platter served with bread on a chopping board.. It’s for one person but it’s not as small as it looks… we shared and was really full… wonder how the Europeans eat this… and still manage dessert after…

Another outlet that is worth mentioning here is Trastevere. It serves Italian food and judging from the crowd, I would say it is pretty good… though I am no food critic/food fan when it comes to Italian food. But I must admit that it tastes pretty nice although we did not understand and hubby ting tong tiang the menu when ordering. Oh… definitely nicer than Pizza Hut back home….

Here is what we ordered….

Some type of Pizza… the size is like the medium size of our Pizza back home.. and it is meant for one person… naturally, we shared
…and pasta for Joel… he ate those at the side without the sauce.. picky eater…
and yeah… that’s us!

Now, guess what place it this???

I am pretty sure that you did not get it right… It’s Mc Donalds!!! Yes.. you read it right… Mc Donalds!!! They have this yummy selection of cakes and doughnuts in Mc D… and yes, they are yummy… wish we have this back at home too…

Oh… also, the place to give it a miss is Sakura…. it is a Chinese/Japanese restaurant ran by Chinese nationals… their food sucks… and it is expensive… so give it a miss… thumbs down all the way….

Lastly… can you guess what is this? We bought this at Billa (their supermarket chain) and it only costs EUR0.20… yes.. you got it right… do you think we are able to get this for RM0.20 in Malaysia(bar the conversion rate… if you look at it at dollar to dollar)???

It’s yoghurt with choco balls!!!
and yes… not bluffing… EUR0.20 nia….

Can’t resist it… and so we bought it! Yummy!

 

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