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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Hallstatt Cemetery

Location: Hallstatt, Austria
While visiting Austria, I was amazed at how beautiful and well-maintained the cemeteries are. The graveyard plots look more like small gardens.

Hallstatt Cemetery

Americans may find it unusual, but you don’t buy a gravesite in this part of the world. It’s leased for a certain period of time instead. In Halstatt, for instance, I was told that a family can lease the plot and maintain the rights to it until its last member dies.

Beinhaus Beinhaus

As the need arises, the family prepares the plot for reuse by exhuming the remains of the current occupant and the bones are either transferred to the ossuary or cremated. In some cases, the skull is saved and cleaned and put on display in the Beinhaus (Bone House). Once the last member of the family dies, the plot becomes available for another family to take over.

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July 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Austria Alps

Whenever I travel, I’m amazed to see how beautiful is the world we’re living in. The camera is my witness. It doesn’t lie. No matter where I go, I find something to please the senses.

Of course, I have favorites. The Austrian Alps region is one of them. The views are gorgeous with the mountains, rivers, and green landscapes in perfect harmony.

The above picture was taken while traveling from Salzburg to Hallstatt. During the trip, I kept my eyes wide open so as not to miss the scenery all around us. It was simply priceless.

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April 22, 2017 at 9:25 am 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

salzburg funicular
view from the hohensalzburg
view from the hohensalzburg
view from the hohensalzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

During a visit to Salzburg, Austria, we rode the funicular up to the old Hohensalzburg Fortress built in the 11th century. Located 400 feet above the Salzach river, it offered a spectacular view of the city. Please click on any photo to enlarge.

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April 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Albertina Museum

albertina museum
Location: Vienna, Austria

June 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm 18 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

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When I visited the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria last summer, I took pictures of some of the children’s art works on display there.

I was very impressed by the depth of their understanding about the Holocaust. Lacking the vocabulary, they found the means through art to express what they couldn’t say in words.

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January 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm 14 comments

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