Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travel to Alpine Countries (Part 3)

This is the 3nd part of my travel to Alpine Countries for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels.

Continue from my previous post…

On our way to Innsbruck, we stopped at a small restaurant for lunch. The food wasn’t something to remember, but the view was good.

One guy bought a flask of coffee liqueur. “Only $6, “ he said happily. Only $6! I went to bought one, too. I told the owner I didn’t need a bag, thinking my carryon bag, which I left on the bus, still had plenty of room. Minutes later, when our tour guide saw what I had in my hand, he said, “Oh, no, you don’t want that. Do you even know what it is?” He looked concerned.

Before I could answer, he brought me to see the owner like how teachers would drag their trouble-making student to see the principal. He said to the owner, “She wants to return this. She had no idea what she was buying.”

The owner looked at me; I guessed he was waiting for me to explain more. My eyes were attracted by all different liqueur flavors displayed on the wall right behind him. Should I take blueberry liqueur instead? Pineapple? After giving some serious consideration, I decided I liked what I had – coffee flavor. I said, “No, I am not returning it!”

Our tour guide’s jaw dropped. I quickly walked away, thinking maybe he doesn’t know I am old enough to drink.

(That coffee liqueur was so delicious. It took me several days to finish it, and I enjoyed every sip of it. 😉


It was at Innsbruck, we saw the first McDonald on this trip. I don’t know about other Americans… for me, seeing McDonald in a foreign country, is as warm as seeing American Embassy 😉 I don’t like eating fast food. In fact, Wei and I had many arguments because he likes eating fast food as much as I dislike it. But when traveling, I don’t mind eating at McDonald. (We didn’t eat here though.)

St. Moritz

(Roseg Valley) Now we are talking… 😉

(St. Moritz)

Lake Como

Oops… it seems like I need a part-4 for this trip. I thought by skipping a couple of places, I could cover the whole trip in 3 posts, but I was wrong. Part 4 will be photos only. Trust me; you don’t want to be disturbed by any stories, not even mine. Ha. What you will miss are (1) one hotel has an amazing towel rack. There is a switch to turn on the heat and it works great when you want to dry your clothes quickly (2) The McDonald we visited later charges a small fee for ketchup packages. Of course we didn’t get any.

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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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18 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travel to Alpine Countries (Part 3)

  1. Tina Schell says:

    LOL re the ketchup Helen!! I was there nearly 40 years ago. Time flies!! No McDonald’s back then 😊

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Tina. 40 years! Wow! If money is not an issue, I would go back this year! I was thinking if I find a seasonal job, I could stay for the whole season. Of course, I was daydreaming…
      Have a great day.

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  2. Innsbruck looks absolutely amazing! Your husband would be glad you found some mountains at last 😉.

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  3. GP Cox says:

    Yup, the Golden Arches with the Alps in the background does seem weird!

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  4. Amy says:

    Beautiful views, indeed! I miss Lake Comi …

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  5. neihtn2012 says:

    Very good post! I like coffee liquor (like Kahlúa) but rarely have any. People who charge for Ketchup packages should be lined up and … persecuted.

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    • Helen C says:

      LOL. I was shock when they told me I had to pay for Ketchup packages. But the more I think about this, it could be too many people take more packages than they needed and the restaurant ended up throwing away a lot of them, or some people took many packages for future use… maybe it was because of that they decided to charge. Maybe it is their way to stop wasting?
      Thanks, Hien. Good night!


  6. loisajay says:

    Why would you not like coffee liqueur? I haven’t had them in ages, but I have always loved a small glass of liqueur. Glad you stuck to your guns, Helen! The mountains are gorgeous. A Part 4–I’m excited!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Lois. I don’t know what made him think I could’t drink. I could tell that he was trying to protect me. It gave me a warm feeling and it’s funny at the same time.
      Good night.


  7. Fun continues! 😀 Oh please, please, add some commentary to your 4th post as well! It seems to me (after reading only 3 posts of yours) that you are one naturally funny lady and I’d love to chuckle some more! Not that your photos aren’t beautiful and enough. I have never had any coffee-flavoured booze and would love to try it.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Manja. Yes, try it! Highly recommended 😉 I wonder if it is that brand that tastes so good. It was the first time I tried it, and so far it is the last time, too. Maybe I should go buy some so I know 😉
      Have a great day.

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  8. Jim says:

    there is a wonderful family restaurant right there by the Golden Roof. I wish I had been paying attention. I would have given directions to it. it’s very easy to find.

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    • Helen C says:

      Ah… the golden roof… I thought of posting a photo of it, but I learned from writing classes that we should kill our darlings, so I didn’t include it 😉
      It was hard to know which restaurant was good there. We went to a high end one and believe it or not, it was full. So we went to a low end one. The food was okay… no idea what it was now 😉
      Good night.


  9. That’s a super pic of the colourful houses at Innsbruck … I wonder why the tour guide was so adamant about the liqueur. Glad you weren’t swayed,


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