Welcome to Texingtal: The Forest is Beautifully Alive!

Today I just so happened to spot #photochallenge popped up at my feed and I have been wanting to continue to showcase the beautiful places I have visited during my backpacking trip in 2015 visiting friends.

And today, moving a little away from the cost line countries of the West, I have decided to introduce you the highlands of Austria.

One of my favourite place that was unplanned (by me) was the invitation to my friend’s best friend’s wedding whom I come to know and became friends as well.

And the wedding place they picked was astonishingly beautiful.

Let me show you one of my favourite spots when I had some free time to wander in at the edge of the place of the wedding was held.

I must say, that took my breath a way for a moment when I found total peace and quiet. with just me and the trees.

This is the beautiful inland of Texingtal, about 1.5 hours drive from the central city of Vienna, if you don’t have bad traffic in the city center that is.

You will need to drive pass these beautiful openings of fields where agriculture  and farm is one of Austria’s main livelihood in the inner parts of Europe.

My buddy and his girlfriend (at the time) were in charge of organising the best friend’s wedding and we were there to get some of the things done, particularly the balloons.

But we are not talking about that yet. I will talk about the trees. Let’s not get side track and spoil the #tuesdayphotochallenge .

Most of the trees are untouched except when you are making mountain biking tracks inside where certain paths are cleared for a smoother way, and you can see they are quite healthy and tall.

I was fortunate to have a good 1 hour walk in the path and just soak in the fresh air as I quietly followed the mountain biking path; but I didn’t go too deep as I didn’t want to end up getting lost and my friends who are preparing the wedding and the groom will ended up looking for me instead.

However, I was very much intrigued with the place and its soil was rich and damp. Summer at the time felt a lot cooler and I was just enjoying myself on a cool afternoon before I head back to the castle (yes it was an old castle) to help out.

For a gal who has spent almost a quarter of her life working in the capital city, this was truly a sight for sore eyes, and I truly did not regret visiting this place as it was just really therapeutic for me to just enjoy the path minus off mosquitoes and heat at the time of the Summer of the beautiful Austria!

I hope you have enjoyed these magnificent pieces that I had the liberty to take with my trusty old D90 that I got from a resale which I managed to fix its motherboard right before my flight; but that has to reserve for another story to tell.

My Day Alone in Antwerp (Recap)

Hello everyone!

Man! Writing a recap after years can be really challenging, but it is also fun to reminiscence where I was and how I felt at the time.

And this time, this is non other my favourite relaxing place during Autumn – Antwerp.

Although I spent most of my time lazing around and doing my work as well, but I still managed to cover some off places and took some really nice photos that I hope all of you would like.

Here’s a blow up size of the famous Gothic view of the Meat House Vleeshuis which actually situated very close to the pier in Antwerp.


There are plenty of places to see in Antwerp itself, which I didn’t cover much because half of the time I was resting and working; but overall if I were to travel there again, Antwerp will still be my favourite place until I find another cozy spot like it.

If you would like to read my full recap, please click on the image. I chose to keep it at my own site simply because in case I need to add or update something, I could still do so.

I hope you will enjoy my recap piece as much as I have enjoyed preparing it; and stay tuned for my next one that will cover both of the most famous landmarks in Antwerp.

A Day in Brussels on My Own

Finally, I get to sit down and continue to write further of my recap journey in Europe; and today, I will cover one of the famous places in Brussels; the Underground old Palace – De Coudenbergpaleis

I didn’t get to really cover a lot of touristy places in Belgium simply it was

  1. Raining on and off
  2. The change of routes every 2 hours was taking me in circles
    I think I literally passed the European Union building 2 – 3 times because I decided to take the Metro bus instead of walking in the rain.

But all is not lost, I discovered that fries overdose can be very fattening and coma inducing, yet still satisfying; but in case you want to try the special fries, be sure to get (at least) 3 – 4 people along with you… otherwise you would probably be fries phobia for a few days. haha.

And don’t try to eat the Special Belgian Fries with Belgian Waffles within 24 hours alone…

As usual, I have decided to write the full recap at my personal blog site simply because if I am posting it here on Steemit, I will not be able to edit (in case of any inaccurate information) after 7 days; so it is still the safest bet to write a summary here and you can click on the Brussels park picture to read all about it.

If you have been to Brussels before and you believe that there is more to see (by the way I didn’t manage to go to the Atomium due to Metro train closures) please do share your experiences over here at the comments section.

I hope you will enjoy reading my recap in the main site, as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

ps: If you want to see how “round” my face become after 48 hours devouring the fries, do click on the picture to find out more.

Next Stop – Further South to the capital where all European HQ are located – Brussels (Part 1)

Wow, speaking of in the mood of writing… hahaha

If you have noticed why I suddenly posted another summary for my next travel log is because I wrote about Antwerp yesterday but only got post it today.

And I should have rested and proceed to writing the next post tomorrow but since my parents are reading, @aikido.hung has challenged me to write under pressure (haha) to complete the next recap for his city, Brussels.


I was actually there for 2 days but I will just cover the first day travel there in this post.

And as you will notice, AirBnB actually is much better than hotels if you would like to have a feel on how travelling freely is in Brussels (not to mention that it is actually cheaper than hotels), because it is not super huge for the touristy city center; except Atomium , which is located in a totally different area and I regretted for unable to visit due to unforeseen circumstances; because right at the evening of this first day visit, Paris was bombed and the whole city center (and other cities) were under Level 3 – 4 alert, where most of the MRT stations are closed for bomb inspection.

And as usual, I have decided to leave my goofy photos at my personal blog site, so if you are interested in seeing what I have discovered during my first ever visit to Brussels, please feel free to click on the image of this post to read the full take of it.

Do comment it here if you have been to Brussels and let me know what other really cool places you have visited while you are there. I definitely will be planning another visit there again as I did not cover much places yet!

Crossing the Border to the South Side – Hello Antwerp!

Hey everyone!

Before I post part 2 for Amsterdam, where I need to dig in a little more of my archives and get the locations right, I have decided to write on the next day’s trip, which is about 1 1/2 hours train ride down South and cross the border, to the city of music (in my standard) which is Antwerp.

It’s actually quite a beautiful place if you love the quiet side of a city by the river. It feels a lot different compared to Amsterdam, even though there are some pretty neat small malls with international brands to shop in.


So if you are curious to know more about Antwerp, which I couldn’t cover everything in one post as usual, please click on the picture to head over to the full recap of my first few rest days in Antwerp before I head on further south.

It’s not as long and thorough as the Amsterdam post, but you can get to know some of the highlights there.

Recaps of Amsterdam (part 1)

Hallo allemaal!

For some of you who has known me for quite a while would have known that I have actually been to Europe twice back in 2015; but it has been a little bit and pieces from my trip that I have written like the one I spoke about Prague or the one that I speak about in Vienna.

But since I forgotten to save up the URL and I ended up not knowing whether I have previously published them; moreover Steemit only shows posts dated as far as only 10 months ago, I have decided to write only summaries over here and you can head over to the link that I will provide to read it through so that I won’t lose its original content along the way.

And in this post, I have decided to briefly show you how my day trip in Amsterdam was; and it is only part 1 because I still need to compile it one by one, and I have someone now to keep me in check so that I can FINALLY finish writing it. haha.

I basically didn’t cover the entire city as it was more of catching up with the people I care about; but I DID try the herring fish which is totally a leveled up challenge for my bucket list . And if you would like to see my facial expression, you’d pretty much have to click on this link to find out. haha.

Overall part one was quite fun despite there were some rain, and most importantly is that I get to see someone I hold most dear who I did not see for 3 long years.

So I hope this summary post will bring you enough curiosity to click on the pictures to find out the part 1 of my Amsterdam trip. And please feel free to comment here instead about what you think.

It will be a lot easier for me to keep track in Steemit simply because I have notifications.

My takeaway from this day’s journey

Even @aikido.hung did not know that there was a new museum I discovered with my gal friends along the way. So even though it is just a short visit it was still considered fruitful.

For those who wants to read my Summer backpack trip in other parts of Europe which I need to finish it, please feel free to read this old post of mine: Treading the World – Loving Your Home … and I still have plenty to finish it.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this summary for my Europe recap as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.