Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year

It is this time of the year again. After a very busy fall season with several trade shows, product launches, and musical adventures we are finally finding some peaceful days to enjoy the holidays, spend time with the family, and enjoy a few vacation days in Vienna, Austria.

We greatly enjoyed watching the Nutcracker at the Staatsoper (State Opera) last week, and while I could not take any photos inside, the Opera building looks quite spectacular from the outside, too:



Yesterday we packed our suitcases again and continued our journey towards Salzburg and the small village of Obertauern in the Alps. The flight to Salzburg was just fantastic with a thick blanket of fog covering many of the smaller valleys and low foothills.



And the approach to Salzburg airport was quite impressive, too. Is there really an airport somewhere underneath those clouds?



Upon arrival in Salzburg we were greeted by frigid temperatures and copious amounts of snow on the ground. Even the luggage carts at the airport had a beautiful icicle display to offer:



The drive from the airport into the Alps to the village of Obertauern was great. The landscape is just so pretty and the mountains left and right got steeper and steeper the closer we came to our final destination.


After checking into the hotel, we immediately went to rent skis and poles and were on the slopes in the afternoon already. The ski area here is indeed one of the best places on the planet. Tons of lifts and trails, perfect slopes, well groomed every night, and not too many people. We are going to enjoy the next 10 days here, no doubt!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2008!

Swanee, Calvin, Nora, and Alexander Falk


P.S. You can find more photos from 2007 on my personal photo web site on SmugMug...


Scamp said...

Happy Holidays to you and your family and friends.
Be well and enjoy the sking.
See or hear from you when you get back to the States.

Ed & Colleen Libby

Evonne said...

Happy Holidays to all of you! Your photos are incredible - what a beautiful place. Enjoy and best wishes for a happy new year (we hope you will be waltzing!).

Evonne and Mark Peters

edward j said...

Thanks for your greetings. I skied this area in the 70s . Wolfepack is off to Fla. for some boating and golf . Enjoy
Captains Ed and Beth

Tara said...

Happy Holidays to all of you! The photos are amazing! See you all in 08!

Tommi said...

Schöne Feiertage und ein erfolgreiches neues Jahr.
Wir haben Obertauern (inkl. Lürzer ;-)) schon um den 8. Dez. genossen. Schnee ist ja heuer super.
Ich hoffe wir sehen uns wieder einmal.
Liebe Grüße
Tommi Gessl

D. Himes said...

Thanks Alexander,

The pictures are amazing. Our best to you and your family.

Dan and Julie

bschanning said...

Hi Alexander and Nora:

Great photos and a belated Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

We are in Nassau, having arrived yesterday. We are taking a few days to get ready for the next push on to the Exuma Islands where we will settle down, break out the snorkel gear, and get serious about wintering over!

Best regards,

Brian and Susan Schanning

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Photos! Have a Safe NEw YEar!

Claire M. Gerrish & The Gerrish Family