Peety's Birthday in Innsbruck - Day 1

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
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Trip End Jul 30, 2011


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Flag of Austria  , Tyrol,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

I left the US in a hurry in order to get to Austria by Peety's birthday. His birthday was Saturday, the day after I arrived. We didn't want to do anything too big for his birthday, since we both knew I would be seriously jet-lagged and a delight to deal with.  We also figured we'd have plenty of other time this summer for bigger adventures. So we decided to go to Innsbruck, Austria for the night.  Innsbruck is just over 2 hours away from Peety's new home. 

We were planning on leaving the apartment early, but we were both exhausted from the day before, so we didn't end up leaving the apartment for Innsbruck until about 11 in the morning.  The drive to Innsbruck proved to be very pretty. We were in Austria for about 2/3 of it and Germany for the rest.  The first half of the drive was through small towns in Austria.  We got to see a lot of interesting places that we hope to explore later this summer.  Well, I got to see them, Peety mostly concentrated on driving.  Peety became very stressed out driving through the towns.  Since we're in the mountains, there are a fair number of tunnels carved through mountains while driving.  However, the tunnels are only big enough for one car to go through, and the traffic is going both ways.  And to add to that, sometimes you can't see if a car is coming the other way. So it definitely adds to the stress of driving, especially since it isn't always clear which direction has the right of way.  Peety was very happy to make it onto the Autobahn after the first hour, and the rest of the drive was easy until we got to Innsbruck. 

We arrived in Innsbruck and our GPS had some problems figuring out which side of the river we were on.  We were trying to get to the parking deck near our hotel, but the GPS kept hopping back and forth as to what side she thought we were on. We ended up finding a parking deck that said FREI (Free) and parked in there.  We took our bags and just walked to our hotel with the GPS on pedestrian mode, which was much easier than dealing with the GPS in the car at this point in time.  We found our hotel in less than 10 minutes, checked in, and went upstairs to drop off our bags.  The hotel was really cute, and situated on the Inn River, directly across from the Old Town portion of Innsbruck. We left the hotel quickly to find lunch and start exploring, since then now it was nearly 1:30.  

It was a gorgeous day, despite threats of rain, so we walked straight into Old Town and decided to eat at the first outdoor eatery we saw. We had lunch (Schnitzel, which Peety demanded he eat on his birthday), and while we were eating lunch we were talking about our French Bulldog, Izzy, and what walked by right at that moment? A (fat) French Bulldog.  It was very exciting, and I took a picture of him when I found him later.  

After lunch we began our real exploring.  We walked through Old Town and saw most of the sites (further detailed in the pictures).  We then started wandering down another street and accidentally ran into another site, the Triumphpforte, which looks like a smaller Arc de Triomphe. We had no real agenda in Innsbruck, which is unlike us (and when I say us, I mean me), but it was nice since we were just enjoying the nice day and celebrating Peety's birthday.  Austria is said to be one of the most dog friendly countries in the world, so you see dogs everywhere - we kept seeing more and more dogs, and we made several friends.  It's so cool to have dogs sitting at tables outside while people are eating their dinner.  

In the evening, we walked by the Inn River for a while before picking a restaurant outside to eat.  It featured "international" cuisine, which we quickly figured out meant it was Italian.  I guess it makes sense, since Innsbruck is only about 30 minutes from Italy.  I had some awesome pasta dish, and Peety had a calzone that was huge, but he said taste more like a quesadilla than a calzone.  A huge St. Bernard sat beside me while we were eating, and kept us company while we were eating.  He had to weigh at least 200 pounds - I don't even want to imagine how much food he must eat. After dinner Peety said he had to get some sort of dessert for his birthday, so we found him some gelato for his birthday.  We ate it outside of the Dom zu St. Jakob cathedral, which was stood in the same location for almost 1000 years. Peety really wanted to go inside, but he was wearing shorts so it would have been considered rude. After the gelato we wandered back to the hotel, where someone was jetlagged and fell asleep very quickly after a long day. 
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Jody on

Thank you so much for adding some excitment to my summer~ LOL
Hope you are having a blast~

Lydia on

International = Italian. That is priceless.

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