Sunday Scribbles | Natural Beauty in Hallstatt

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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” | Sylvia Plath

The Sunday Scribbles is a weekly post sharing an excerpt from my travel journal – raw, unedited, in-the-moment writing. Check out the original post to read how it began and why I believe parts of the journal are worth sharing.


September 15, 2016 | Hallstatt, Austria

“I spent the entire day in Hallstatt. It’s a small, charming Austrian town surrounded by mountains and a gorgeous lake. We rode the train from Salzburg, but the only option to get into town is by boat.

All of the houses in town are built into the hills and mountains. The scenery reminds me so much of Interlaken. It also reminds me of Switzerland in that the houses have vibrant flowerbeds underneath the windows. So cute! 

The train back to Salzburg rides along the water. It is so neat to just look out the window at the lovely sailboats on the lake. I am so jealous of the people who get to see this view from their houses all the time. Absolutely incredible. Nature is just fascinating!”


I am constantly amazed by all the natural beauty in the world. From the train ride to Hallstatt, the Swiss Alps, the Cliffs of Moher, the sunrise from the Charles Bridge and the charming towns along the Amalfi Coast, I am thankful to have experienced some jaw-dropping moments. The stress of life goes away, and for a moment, everything is perfectly serene.

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And finally, here’s a few photos from the lovely Hallstatt:










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