Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travel to Alpine Countries (Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of my travel to Alpine Countries for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels.

Continue from my previous post…

While we were in Vienna, we took a short trip to Bratislava.


(Bratislava Castle)

Wait a second; I knew this place. We were here in 2017 during our Danube river cruise trip. Do I have to see it again?

Revisiting was a good thing, it turned out — we took better photos this time.

Every restaurant should have a board like this!

“I want that ice cream,” I said to Wei.


Piber was next. We visited Lipizzaner Stallion Stud Farm.

“Meditating?” I asked the lady who worked there.

Am I the only one who didn’t know this is how horses sleep?

St. Viet

Before arriving at Hotel St. Viet, our tour guide told us it has a very unique look. He wasn’t kidding.

(Hotel St. Viet)

We arrived around 3 O’clock. I asked Wei if he would like to walk around before dinner. He said, “NO!” He sounded angry, as if I was the reason he hadn’t seen any mountain.

“FINE!” I said; I grabbed my camera and stormed out.

The moment I stepped outside of the hotel, I felt calm, peaceful and very happy (I don’t know how to describe the feeling – it was deeper than happy; it was quite comforting and satisfying.) I was ALONE! It’s only me and the universe! No tour guide, no other tourist, Wei was not by my side…

That’s when I realized how much I had missed my personal space. Wei missed his too, I was certain. You see, at home we each have our own room. Wait… we each have our own floor! Wei spends most of his time downstairs in his office or watching TV; I spend most of mine upstairs in front of my PC. And now we had 20+ others chatting, laughing around us for 6, 7, hours during the day, and at night, he and I had to share a small room.

Don’t get me wrong. I love meeting people. I am just saying how much that alone-time was welcomed and treasured, and probably needed. Sure enough, after having some alone-time, we were both in a much better mood and, apparently, had more energy.

I walked to the old town near our hotel, remembering the first time when I heard “old town”, I had a picture in my head of how “old town” was supposed to look, and was surprised at that the old-town didn’t look old enough. I knew better now.

It was Sunday; most stores were closed. Nice and quiet 😉

(Old town)

Another day without seeing a mountain. Time to put on a poker face.


Finally, finally, finally… on the 7th day, we saw mountains in distance when we arrived at Lienz. (Maybe we should put on a poker face earlier?)

I think I had tears in my eyes (It’s been a while…) “Let’s move here,” I said quietly.

“Do you know how many places you said you wanted to move to?” Wei said.

This is part 2 of our trip. Part 3 will be the last, I hope.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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26 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travel to Alpine Countries (Part 2)

  1. loisajay says:

    Helen–I had to laugh at your ‘meditating’ comment. I didn’t know horses slept standing up, either. Personal space….I so know what you mean. I know I need mine. The mountains are beautiful! I am so happy you finally saw them.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Lois. I was very confused. Those horses looked as if they were under a spell 😉
      This is one of my favorite trips. If we can cut the front the back, only leaves the mountain part, it would be perfect. Ha.
      Good night.

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  2. Hihihiih, this post is full of hilarity. 😀 😀 Can’t wait for the third part!

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  3. Amy says:

    Wow… the mountains! Great photos and stories. I agree on personal space. When travel, we always have a half day here and there to be “alone”. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. It is a great idea that when travel, always have a half day here and there to be alone! I have never thought of that, but from now on, I will do it. Thanks.
      Have a wonderful evening.

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  4. Leya says:

    Beautiful mountains…and personal space – need both!

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  5. So funny! And the face of the boy with the ice cream says everything he is thinking.

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    I’m the same, love few minutes of solitude to reset my thoughts and enjoy things my own way! Glad you had some for yourself. Beautiful hotel, curious to see how it was inside! 🙂

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  7. Denzil says:

    I have the same experience when seeing the Pyrenees for the first time from afar. Mind you, when I was almost stuck overnight on one of them with the weather changing for the worst, I didn’t feel so positive!

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  8. Rupali says:

    Great travel shots Helen. I had been to Vienna and Bratislava. Beautiful cities.

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  9. Perpetua says:

    Love the story and the mountain. Plenty of space between you and Wei, his and hers mountain peak. Have a grand day, Helen.

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  10. Great captures Helen!!!

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  11. Jim says:

    did you find Napoleon in Bratislava?

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  12. carol1945 says:

    I got a kick out of following your mountain quest over these two days!!! Also, the need for alone-time grows as I age, yet I am terrified of being really old and really alone. My husband and I (our second marriages) met when we were both 57, and had our own houses. So, you have separate rooms, but we have separate houses!!! We are planning a trip and I am concerned about being together 24/7. PS I didn’t know horses slept standing up either!

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    • Helen C says:

      >> … but we have separate houses!!!
      Ha ha ha… I had thought about that, but we couldn’t afford two houses. We entertained with an idea of buying two townhouses next to each other at one time, but it was just a fun thought.
      >> I am terrified of being really old and really alone.
      We all are. But we are creative people; I am sure we will figure out something. Ha.
      Have a great day.

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  13. I so enjoyed this post … I too love meeting people but I also need my space 🙂 Super pics Helen

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