Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

The year before last, I went to Canada for a quick trip - five days duration – the week before Christmas. We had a day in Vancouver (freezing winds) then an amazing two days in Whistler where I crunched around in the snow and went for a long ride downhill on a 'snow limo' - an unreal experience. We then did the journey from Vancouver to Banff Springs on the Rocky Mountaineer. What a stunning journey through the snow and pristine countryside, and the sight of the mighty Rockies was awesome. I arrived back in Sydney to a heatwave on Christmas eve - where in the world was I?  If you are dreaming of something other than a summer Christmas, consider Canada's Whistler for outdoor pursuits and glamorous resorts or perhaps Europe and the charm of traditional Christmas markets in Austria. For more info visit: www.rockymountaineer.com and www.austria.info/au
And to see a bit more of my travels visit: http://shegoes.com.au
P.S. Only 23 sleeps before Christmas.
The picture is the view from my bedroom window in the divine Fairmont Hotel Whistler.


  1. Hey, thanks for writing about us! Glad you had a great time. Next time you come, you'll have to check out the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

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  2. You are so right about the charm of traditional European markets. Just back from Austria on Emirates' new direct service from Sydney to Vienna. Christmas is in full swing. So romantic ... cold weather, bright sunshine, Christmas lights, atmospheric markets in and around Salzburg and Vienna (Schoenbrunn Palace is a great setting).
    Warm, welcoming and totally divine are the chocolate shops and cafes - in Vienna Demel is a fabulous chocolatier and patisserie originally established in 1786. And who can resist a slice of Sacher Torte? The Christmas season is special but methinks Vienna and Salzburg could just be places to re-kindle romance at any time of year!

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with Blue Cockatoo Flyer :) I couldn't help but think that they really "get Christmas" in Austria! :)