Located in the Troodos mountain range are ten painted churches which make up one UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together, they provide brilliant examples of various trends in Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, from the 11th to the 19th century. We were able to see six of them, in addition to a number of traditional, small Cypriot … More Spring Break: The Painted Churches of Troodos
The day after the snowshoeing debacle, we met up with our mountain guide Alex once again to go to Bad Gastein, a ski resort about an hour-and-a-half by train outside of Salzburg.
When I heard we would be snowshoeing, I imagined meandering through the countryside with tennis-racket like equipment on my feet. Instead, I climbed a mountain (I would like to clarify here that it was not a hill; we climbed over 1,200 feet on this “hike”) with high-tech plastic and metal contraptions strapped to my feet.
The path to school is an interesting one: we must go up a mountain, down a mountain, through a mountain, and cross a river. However, it only takes around 25 minutes at a fast speed with no detours (so better than Ireland time-wise…).
For my first weekend and second full day in Salzburg, I decided on the obvious choice not to discover the city, but to head back into Germany for a spa day at Rupertus Therme in Bad Reichenhall.
Known as the castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein was the highlight for many of the students on this study abroad. Known as the fairy-tale king, Ludwig II of Bavaria was a dreamer. Inspired by the music of Richard Wagner and his childhood hero Lohengrin, the swan king, Ludwig created Neuschwanstein. The … More The Castle of the Fairy-Tale King