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11. Heading for Innsbruck

Sun, Sept 22


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We didn't do a whole lot today. It was our travel day to Innsbruck - about a 4 hour train ride. We are never fast in the morning, so we didn't really plan to catch the train until around lunch.

For our last day at our airbnb, the host's wife baked up an apple strudel that she had frozen - it was homemade and warm from the oven - it was def better than any I'd had at a restaurant! My hubs doesn't like cooked apple so I helped myself to his piece - but I wrapped it up in foil for later.

We got ourselves sorted and took the metro to the train station. We found the ticket office and got our tickets for the train. I had been hoping to pass on our public transport tickets for Vienna since they were still good for another 24 hrs or so. Fortuitously, there was a man who asked us about getting in to the downtown and he was going to buy tram tickets. So I gave him our tickets - he was only there for the day, but I figured he and his friend could use them.

Hubs picked up some food for the train (warmed up cheese and deli meat sandwich) - and I had my half club sandwich from the day before. There was wifi on the train to while away the hours - and the scenery was lovely. We arrived in Innsbruck around 4pm and it took us a bit to figure out the bus/tram. A man at the public transport stops told us which bus to catch and I misunderstood where he told us to get off (and I insisted to hubs it was the right stop - it wasn't) so we had to walk a few extra long blocks to the hotel - prob another 10 min or so. The Innsbruck Congress hotel was nice - we had some good views, the room was big and clean (other than the open concept showers -no door/walk in - which I hate because water always leaks out onto the floor) and the view was quite nice. The only bad thing was there seemed to be a wedding reception and we seemed to have a room right over where the reception was taking place - lots of music thumping and noise - but it stopped at 11pm.

It was clouding over a bit (calling for rain the next day), so we walked out along the river to the town proper, about 15 min or so. We popped into a small grocery for some snacks, but most things were either closed or closing, being a Sunday. Lots of restaurants on the main street, so we bounced back and forth trying to pick one...

Of all the ‘it’s a small world’ crazy things...we picked a place called the Orangerie and sat outside, since the temps were still nice, and a group of 4 sat down beside us. They told the waitress they were from Canada so of course hubs had to ask where. Well, they were in Victoria, BC now I think, but one was from Bridgewater (where my hubs cousin lives) and one actually lived in Truro back in the early 00s. I'm sure at some point I waited on her at my job selling shoes, as most people passed thru the store at some point. Really makes you realize it's a small world. We both got pasta, but it was only OK (the sauces were a bit thin and watery). We walked around a little more, thru the little alleys and picking out sights to see the next morning, before heading back to the room. There was a grocery store beside the hotel that I figured I'd go to in the morning for breakfast food.

Posted by u2traveller 06:54 Archived in Austria

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