Before I tell you about Austria, let me tell you about this fun trip came to be.
That means I get to tell you about Dana. Dana was our nanny when we lived in Newport. Over the year she also became a good friend...hence her current title of franny (friend+ nanny).
We were all missing her terribly when we left. One day she messaged me asking if I thought she could come live with us for a few months after she graduated college and before she started her job.
Confession? I could not type YES!!!! fast enough. She is a Godsend. She is an amazing helper...but more than that she truly loves our family and our children. We never have to worry for one second when she is with them.
Fast forward to the day Dana arrived at the airport:
We got her in the van and I told her I finally decided where I wanted to take her first in town.
I asked the girls to tell her and their little voices said:
I think she was just confused at first and then when it sunk in she couldn't believe it.
And that is how (2 hours after we picked her at the Venice airport) Dana found herself on the way to Austria.
This is our shortest leg of the trip, but we cannot WAIT to go back. I kind of fell in love with Austria.
I found our rooms (more like a little apartment) on Booking.com.
We stayed in Kreith, a little town not far south of Innsbruck.
As we drove through Brenner Pass (the pass that connects Italy to Austria) we got hit pretty hard with snow. It was dark and kind of scary at times.
We found our way to the area our accomodations were in and very quickly realized that the van would NOT make it down the mountain to where we were staying.
No worries! The lovely owners had us park our van at the top and they came to get us (and all of our luggage!!) and drive us down.
We couldn't see much when we got there (it was VERY snowy, dark, and foggy) and wondered what we would wake up to.
We woke up to this:
Honestly and truly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my entire life.
We made snowmen and played on the side of the mountain.
And honestly, I could have stayed there for days and days. It was peaceful and beautiful and warm and cozy inside. And the proprietors were SO NICE.
But we had to head to Garmisch.
So we drove through Innsbruck. It was rainy and gloomy and foggy and we didn't get to see much. But it was beautiful despite the weather.
A stop for a delicious lunch and we were on to Germany.