Chris in Europe 09 (Winnipeg Landscape Photographer)

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I had planned to blog while I was away but the time is going quickly and this is my first post. The fact is, that taking the pictures and downloading them is taking a lot of time.  Also internet connections are not always the best for uploading files. But here I am in Steyr, a beautiful city in Austria that also happens to be where I was born and where I lived the first five years of my life.  This is the highlight of my trip. Paris was great. Vienna was too but both are huge cites, especially Paris and I am more drawn to smaller places. Steyr has a population of 40,000 so it is a great size.  It also has some of the oldest buildings in Europe, as well as a variety of styles of archetecture (a subject I know virtually nothing about). We went to an abby a couple of days ago, which was amazing. We also were in Salzburg where there are many beautiful sites. The heat there was oppressive and there is not air conditioning. I didn’t feel that my images of Salzburg did it justice, as the heat got in the way.

Here are just  a few of the 1000s of pics that I’ve taken:

This first one is of the Claude Monet gardens in Giverny. The woman just happpened to be standing there wearing a perfect white dress.

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The fireworks were part of the celebration of Bastille Day in Paris. There must have been a million people there. I’ve never been a part of a crowd that big and quite frankly, don’t care if I ever am again. I need to do some photoshopping with this one.

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This is the view from the fabulous hotel that I am staying in called Hotel Minichmayr. Isn’t that beautiful!! And the rooms, the staff and the food is wonderful. You can find them at this link:  www.hotelminichmayr.at/

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Another image taken right from my hotel window.

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This was taken at the abby in St. (oops can’t remember right now). What a spot that is!! Simply amazing. There were even 1000s of skulls in the basement.

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Hard to believe how quickly the time is going and that my trip is almost over, but it is. And soon I will be back in Winnipeg to pursue my other photography passion, and that is family, children and wedding pictures.

Christina

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