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Travel: Kitzbühel for the Hahnenkamm

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Well, this isn’t what I had planned.  But due to lack of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the women’s World Cup races there have been cancelled.  So with less than a week before race events commence, I find myself scrambling to track down lodging in a booked-solid Kitzbühel, Austria for what is undoubtedly the most celebrated race stop on the World Cup circuit – the Hahnenkamm!

I will miss seeing the women race but this is an exciting turn of events and am looking forward to watching the range of disciplines (super-g, slalom and of course, downhill), intense race course and fervent crowds.  Perhaps sharing these vintage hotel labels will help channel a vacant room my way!  If you have any recommendations or tips for this resort town, please do share. . .

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Yellow: Darling Hill Road

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It’s always sunny on Darling Hill Road thanks to the lovely yellow of Burklyn Hall mansion, Burklyn Concert Barn and horse barn.  This is no small achievement and a gift to behold considering the intensely gray and dreary moments Vermont weather reliably delivers.  Accordingly, these structures shine on glorious bluebird snow days and radiate against the lush saturated green of summer.  The yellow hue varies with the weather, from lemon on a sunny day to goldenrod when overcast.  In any light, these elegant and glorious structures are icons of a country road that can feel like its own wonderful little world.

Darling Hill Road runs northeast from Lyndonville to East Burke, Vermont.  This ridgetop route offers views of Lake Willoughby Gap to the northwest and Burke Mountain to the east.  If this weren’t spectacular enough, the heart of the road is anchored by the gorgeous properties of Burklyn Mansion to the south and the Darling Farm (now The Inn at Mountain View Farm) to the north with the Burklyn Concert and horse barns in between.  The farm was established around 1883 and mansion completed in 1908 by Elmer A. Darling – an East Burke native educated at MIT who went on to make his fortune in the hotel business of New York City.

Heading south, an arcade of stately trees provides a welcoming canopy to The Wildflower Inn and Vermont Children’s Theater.  The serene Stepping Stone offers spa services and bed and breakfast lodging.  From high on a knoll, The Chapel of the Holy Family watches over the road.  Much of the acclaimed Kingdom Trails mountain bike and nordic ski network is located on Darling Hill, running on either side of this treasured road.

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Frohe Weihnachten: Merry Christmas from Germany

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A Christmas Eve treasure hunting session yielded this lovely series of 1950s vintage holiday postcards from Wangen im Allgäu, Germany.  All photos by Neuhäusler.

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Edelweiss: Blossom of Snow

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Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music

Antique postcards, advertising card and luggage label featuring the beautiful edelweiss flower – a true alpine icon.

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FIS World Cup: St. Moritz

st moritz switzerland suvrettahaus hotel vintage antique postcard ski skateThe women of FIS Alpine World Cup will be racing in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz this weekend, a mix of speed and tech:  Super G on Saturday, Giant Slalom on Sunday.  The tony and elegant resort town sounds like a lovely place to be this holiday time of year!  Pictured here in a vintage postcard, the exclusive and iconic Suvretta House hotel.

Men’s World Cup has a technical weekend at Val D’Isere, France with Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.

Mobile apps by FIS, Longines and Ski Racing Magazine make it easy to follow live racing action.

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Salzburg: The Sound of Music

salzburg austria Altstadt Festung hohensalzburg fortressI am curious and a little excited to watch the remake of the The Sound of Music tonight on NBC.  Traditionalists can balk all they want but Carrie Underwood certainly has the pipes to fill Maria’s dirndl.

salzburg austria view Altstadt Sadly, this new production will not be filmed on location in and about Salzburg and the Austrian Alps as was the 1965 movie.  When in Salzburg, you can’t help but stumble through sites used in the movie.  I hadn’t seen the film since childhood and after watching it a couple years ago – was stunned to see how much of the movie could be found in my travel photos.

nonnberg abbey convent sound of musicNonnberg Abbey, the convent from which Maria is released and famously begins her dancing and singing journey to the Von Trapp family residence.

salzburg austria nonnberg abbey convent statuary architectural detail heartMaria sings her namesake song, Maria, together with the nuns at this Benedictine monastery perched on a hill in Salzburg’s Old Town.

salzburg austria untersberg viewHeading south, view of Untersberg.  An escape scene shows the family on the summit of this 6,473 foot peak.

frohnburg castle salzburg austria sound of musicFrohnburg Castle posed as the exterior of the Trapp family mansion and is where Maria concludes the song I Have Confidence.

schloss hellbrunn palace salzburg austria christkindlmarkt christmas marketThe festive Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market – at Schloss Hellbrunn.  The baroque palace was built in 1613-19 as a summer residence; the trick fountains are a popular tourist attraction.

pavilion sound of music hellbrunn salzburg austriaHellbrunn Palace is also where the pavilion, made famous by two scenes in the movie, is now stationed.  Sixteen Goin’ On Seventeen and Something Good were both performed in this glass pavilion.

festun hohensalzburg fortress salzburg austriaView of Festung Hohensalzburg on the return to the historic altstadt from Hellbrunn Palace.  The medieval fortress provides a distinctive backdrop and skyline for Salzburg.

mirabell gardens salzburg austria statueA statue by Ottavio Mosto (1690) in the gardens at Mirabell Palace.  Several scenes were filmed here, perhaps most notably Do-Re-Mi by Maria and the Von Trapp children.

salzburg austria horse pond muralsMaria and the children stroll by the horse statue and murals of the Pferdeschwemme Fountain – an ancient horse bath – as part of My Favorite Things musical sequence.

christkindlmarkt christmas market residenzplatz salzburg austriaChristmas market in Residenzplatz – this square is featured early in the film when Maria sings I Have Confidence. 

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AlpineStyle56 on Instagram

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Instagram is visual, inspiring, fast and fun! The simplicity and ease of Instagram allows me to publish new images every day.  And being a mobile app, it is easy to post on-the-go.  I am excited to have a means to post quickly and more frequently to supplement the AlpineStyle56 blog with additional relevant content.

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Brimfield: Vintage Alpine Art & Graphics

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski paul signerThe first three images are vintage travel brochures produced by the Austrian Federal Government, circa 1950s.  Illustration by Paul Aigner.

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Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.

vintage travel brochure austria winter ski gottfried fischlIllustration by Gottfried Fischl.

vintage ski travel poster splitkein flexible flyerAdvertising poster for Splitkein Flexible Flyer wooden skis.  Not shown but name dropped with Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

ski catskills new york vintage postcard linen rope towVintage postcard:  Winter in the Catskills – Pine Hill, N.Y.

vintage postcard ski skier netherlands Vintage postcard:  De ski-virtuoos, illustrated by Broekman, Netherlands.

ski beauport quebec canada vintage postcardVintage postcard:  The Relay, Lake Beauport, Quebec, Canada

vintage franconia notch aerial tram logo new hampshire cannonSouvenir water transfer decal from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire featuring the aerial tram at Cannon Mountain.

snurfer brunswick vintage logo yellowFinally!  A yellow Snurfer to live with my wood-grain one.

Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.

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MTB: Kingdom Trails

burke mountain darling hill summer bikeBurke Mountain in all its summertime glory from Heaven’s Bench off Darling Hill Road.

kingdom trails east burke vermont bike darling hill cows farmThe girls welcoming riders to the Darling Hill trails after the climb up from the village.

bike kingdome trails burke mountain vermont barn summerView of the mountain from route 114 via White School.

bike kingdom trails east burke vermont kirby connectorDefinitely worth that pesky paved hill climb for one of the quietest and prettiest loops in the network.

ski bike burke mountain academy warrens way summerWarren’s Way race hill, green not white.

burke vermont love bumper stickerDirty window; fantastic sticker!  Anyone know where to buy these?

I could easily take a picture of something gorgeous or otherwise charming every other minute while mountain biking Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont.  But the trails flow so nicely – it’s too hard to stop!  I managed to sneak in a few shots from an absolutely perfect summer weekend.  As always, Kingdom Trails gets my highest recommendation as a stellar riding destination and experience!

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Ski Nikko: Occupied Japan 1949

kids ski lift nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoChildren riding the ski lift.  Now that is a different kind of double chair!

boys ski nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoChildren on the ski slope.

father son ski nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoSki time for father and son.

All photos by Capt. Henry H. Soulen, a U.S. Army officer stationed in Japan during the post-WWII occupation.  These photos are each labeled simply: Nikko City, 1949.

I love when I am able to uncover even just a little bit of the story behind a found photo:  Soulen was born in 1915, educated in finance at Wharton, served as a pilot in WWII, was an information and education specialist as part of the Army CID in Japan and Iraq, at some point worked in the film industry in New York City, was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and called the Maine coast home.

Soulen passed away in 2009 and his obituary includes the following:  He had a lifelong passion for photography and was a skilled photographer. During his travels, he would capture the local culture by photographing the people and landscape.  His passion and skill are certainly apparent in these photos – there is something a little different and truly special about these images — I am so thankful to have these in my collection and share them with you.

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