It was dark by the time we arrived at our hotel in Austria, but we woke up to a wonderful surprise - it was snowing!!! Not a lot, but flurries with a dusting of snow on everything...
|The view from our hotel room ... everything look magical with a fresh layer of snow...|
|Mini snow man on our balcony|
|View of the slope from outside our hotel ... walking distance to the lift!|
|Snowball fight is ON!|
|Snow was pretty dry but we managed to build a small snowman|
Nicholas still wasn't feeling well the following day, so Jaden went to ski school and Ken hit the slopes. There wasn't a lot of snow, so not the greatest skiing for Ken. Nicholas and I watched Jaden at ski school and hung out in the lodge drinking hot chocolate, playing Uno, and making up lyrics to the songs the live band was singing in Dutch. I was shocked that Nicholas didn't seem to care about missing out on skiing ... clearly he wasn't feeling well!!
|Ready for ski school|
|First time on skis in 2 years so Jaden started with the beginner ski school (barely even a slope!)|
|Jaden's ski school class|
|Alpine roller coaster right next door to ski school location|
|Nicholas rides the alpine roller coaster while Jaden is in ski school|
|Crossing the finish line|
|"My checks are cold"|
|time for some sledding! (there wasn't much snow, so it got pretty bumpy in a few places)|
A beautiful day!
|Mini snow men were melting on the balcony ... where is the snow this year??|
|We were shocked by the lack of snow this year!!!|
|Passed this castle on our way to Salzburg|
Our last day in Austria was spent in Salzburg ... shopping in a Christmas market and visiting a castle. When you live in a Muslim country, visiting a Christmas market is a really big deal!!! Of course it's hot where we live in December so it's already hard to get in the Christmas spirit, but add in the fact that you don't see Christmas decorations around town or hear Christmas music on the radio and it's REALLY hard to get in the Christmas spirit in Doha!!! I could smell the fresh cut pine trees a block away and immediately I started to smile and float toward the Christmas market in the old town square!!!
|Salzburg Christmas market|
|View of the cathedral from the Christmas market|
|Another view of the Christmas market ... starting to get crowded!|
|View of the castle from the Christmas market ... this is the castle we toured.|
|Beautiful dome and ceilings inside the cathedral|
Close up of the dome
|Pointing out different pictures and stories on the ceiling|
|Beautiful Christmas tree at the front of the cathedral|
|Trying to get a picture of these two is nearly impossible anymore!!!|
|but we keep trying|
|until we finally give up!|
|View of Salzburg from the castle|
Merry Christmas from the Doans!!