The Fine Line Between Austria and Germany

I’m pretty sure that Austrians and Germans would disagree with me on this one, but it’s a very fine line between their countries and their cultures, especially on the border.  Driving from one city to another on our week-long trip, we often (seamlessly) passed from Germany to Austria and back.  We don’t speak German, so of course, Austrian German sounded like German German.  The food is really similar, if not the same.  The Bavarian architecture runs rampant throughout the entire area and you can even ski from one country to the other without knowing it.  Anyway, you get the point; to us, these regions are really similar.  Oh, and did I mention it’s one of the prettiest, most spectacular areas we’ve been to?  (You can also take a look our previous trips to this area here and here.)  There are lush green valleys (when it’s not snowing), towering mountains, and lakes dotting the landscape.

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Journey through the Alps: DAY 1 – Salzburg, Austria

Northern Italy highway scenery

After getting the word from the Air Force base that our car was officially in Italy, we decided it would be a great time to take a week off from language school, pick up the car in Aviano, and take a trip.  Aviano AFB (Bobby’s “home” base for his flight records, medical, etc.) is in northeastern Italy and is only two hours from the Austrian border.  Naturally, that was a great place to visit.  First up: Salzburg!… [Read More]