Our family visited Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany before traveling on to Austria – here David poses in front of a statue dedicated to the historic violin making heritage of Mittenwald.
Mittenwald is SE of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, just north of Austria, on the famous route that leads to the Brenner Pass over the Alps through Austria into northern Italy: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Mittenwald
I have always enjoyed the quaint Old World atmosphere of European cities, where the town or village surrounds a central market square and a church.
Old World villages are the opposite of suburbia, where everything is based on the car and few things are within walking distance of your front door.
I included this picture to focus on the beautiful, carved, wooden balcony railings of this house – where houses are built from cement, block, timber and tile.
Alpine valleys are special because the valleys are picture postcard settings cared for over the centuries, and surrounded by beautiful, majestic, towering peaks.
We always used to visit Bavaria and Tirol in early October because the tourists were gone, the roads were free of snow and the crisp, Alpine air carried the fresh smell of freshly fallen snow.
Mittenwald’s church became the focal point of this picture through the trees, while the beautiful, rugged houses huddle close together in unity against the harsh winter climate that will soon arrive here.
I cropped this photo which is a perfect reflection of a beautiful fall day in the quaint and historic town of Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany.
I think this is the last photo from Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany, but I can’t be 100% sure because all the photos are from the same trip to Seefeld.
Here we’ve arrived in Seefeld, Tirol, Austria – Seefeld is displayed on the building behind David – who stands in front of a fountain dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Seefeld is NW of Innsbruck, Austria and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics – here is one of Seefeld’s churches.
David stands in front of a fountain beneath a unicorn sculpture in Seefeld, a popular holiday destination both in summer and winter.
This beautiful, onion dome Chapel pictured here looking towards the south, sits on the SW edge of Seefeld, when you look on Google Map’s Satellite View.
This onion dome Chapel paints a beautiful portrait in summer, but surrounded by snow in the winter the image couldn’t be any quainter or more idyllic.
Looking back into the town of Seefeld, you can see the church spire rising from the center of town above the hill in the distance.
David sits in front of a small sculpture of T-Rex, on a beautiful day for sightseeing in Seefeld, Tirol, Austria.
I’ve always loved horse drawn sleighs, buggies and wagons, as do all tourists, and here are two beautiful Haflinger Alpine horses.
Haflinger horses, like their light, pale brown Alpine cow cousins, are a favorite breed of mine – reminding me of Palominos here in the States: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Haflinger
Summer walking paths and trails cover Seefeld’s valley, making it very inviting for outoor enthusiasts in summer – here David stands beside a woman feeding the ducks at the edge of a pond.
David enjoys watching the ducks eat the bread thrown to them, and this day trip to Seefeld was a very relaxing and enjoyable visit for our family.
David pretends to support the giant ball suspended between three tall and narrow pyramids, a symbol of Seefeld’s Winter Olympic Games.
Displayed on the other side of the suspended globe is the Seefeld Olympic Symbol – with David now underneath and ‘supporting’ the weight of the world.