Aug 16, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Vienna, Austria, taken on January 16, 2014

I went to St. Marx cemetery to see Mozart’s resting place on a chilly, misty morning in Vienna. No one else was around, and the silence was so piercing that it was even a bit creepy. Yet something lingered in the air that gave the atmosphere a mysterious sense of serenity and beauty as I walked through rows and rows of graves and tombstones. May your souls rest in peace.

May 31, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

Hallstatt, Austria, taken on January 14, 2014

Across Lake Hallstatt, I sat in silence and wonder as a train on the opposite side began moving, so small and insignificant compared to the majestic “in-yo-face” mountains. And I thought of what the little prince said, “People start out in express trains, but they no longer know what they’re looking for.” Yes, the passengers must be on the way to a final destination, somewhere important perhaps, but is the destination really all that matters? Where is the road that leads to the way?

Apr 09, 2015 – [Thursday] Song Titles: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Vienna, Austria, taken on January 16, 2014

Out of the impossibly countless hymns that could have been associated with any statue of Jesus, I don’t know why O Come O Come Emmanuel triumphed over all the others when I saw this sculpture. The holiness and serenity of the song must have won me over at that moment, especially alone in a cemetery on a cloudy, pale, chilly morning. Perhaps the atmosphere also added a sense of eeriness to it, but Emmanuel will come as promised, so there was peace…

Apr 01, 2015 – [Wednesday] Travel Favs: Cat in Hallstatt

Hallstatt, Austria, taken on January 14, 2014

I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful cats in Europe, and this one, found outside the cathedral in Hallstatt, is definitely one of my favourites, along with badass cat. He certainly did me of badass cat, actually, except I wouldn’t really describe him as “badass”. He was more…serious with such an INTENSE look in his crystal clear green eyes that could easily pierce through your soul. It was love at first sight.