This winter Antony came up with a great idea to make a randezvous in Innsbruck, Austria, and celebrate the New Year 2018 together. Of course, he brought his family and I took my beloved one to accompany me. Actually, they go there on skiing often, but this was the first time for me to witness the natural beauties Alps hold.

We got served with an outstanding weather, ideal for getting on Axamer Lizum, a mountain peak with skiing routes and bases on altitudes from 1580 to 2340 meters. When you get on top, you see spreading mountains with vast snowy fields, and in between you have a thick mist, hiding the city of Innsbruck and whole region. You can get there with a cable car, so it's really easy to enjoy these magnificant views. The winter idyll at it's best from the unforgettable panorama. It makes you feel as if you're on some another planet... Axamer Lizum has held Olympic Winter games 1964 and 1976. Ever since, the resort has been growing with popularity and tourists, thus making it more approachable and filled with pleasant contents. You can get tasty, local food and drinks, enjoy long skiing or snowboarding trails, or simply feel the zen you get to experience when you find yourself amids the incredible and beautiful nature.

During the stay, we went to visit Innsbruck, which means - the bridge on river Inn. From the moment you step on the main square, you have to become amazed by the view on Alps. First you see the mountain, above which are layers of out-worldish clouds. You'd say that would be it, but then you look even further up, and you get a glimpse at the tall mountain peaks, reflecting you an idea of how enormous Alps really are. The next thing that happens is, you begin to feel the long history Innsburck has. The historical evidence says the city has been populated even in the stone age, but it started to grow exponentially as the Romans built their first forts in 4th century to protect the trading route from Verona to Augsburg. In 1429 the city became the capital of Tirol, and ever since it's been a cultural center. The city has been bombarded and partially devastated during the World War II, but it got restored to the point you wouldn't even realise it. Today, Swarowski made it popular, that's why there's a museum of crystals. Of course, I paid a visit to Hard Rock Caffe, to get a merch for Laci, our bass player, as he's a huge fan of the franchise. Then we enjoyed all the beauties the center of the city has to offer...

I really loved the stay, even more because it's been the first trip with my lady, who took most of the photos in the gallery below. She even inspired me to write songs "Lu" and "Something Deep Inside", which she even gave a name to... That's the pure magic Alps can provide, if you just let yourself into it.

So, if you ever get a chance to come to Innsbruck, don't hesitate. It's not too expensive, either, anyone can afford it. It's one of the best places to visit in Europe during cold and snowy winters...