Weight: 95.2 kgs

“Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Nothing so easy as for a young lady to raise her expectations too high” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 51, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

So up we go again…to be honest, this was totally not a surprise as Stacey and I started our belly training on Monday so that we are totally prepared for Christmas Day…and we definitely over ate in the office all week.  Stacey and I decided to take food in every day and it was really lovely as people stopped by for a chat before going on their holidays.

Shake Your Booty

Coughs…most of my exercise consisted of raising my hand to my mouth to shovel in food…I did do yoga and a little bit of walking but not as much as I needed too…it’s Christmas!

What I’m Up Too…

The current situation is me sitting beside the fire and getting myself hypnotised by the Christmas tree twinkling…it’s hard to believe how close we are now to the end of 2017.

Is everyone ready for Christmas?  I decided not to make a fuss this year and just relax my way through the whole festive period.  While I may have over eaten during the week, Christmas Day is about having Beef Wellington for lunch and then relaxing.

The smokers are puffing away on my fireplace mantle and bring back lots of happy memories of my trips to Germany to visit the Christmas markets.

This Christmas I’ve really enjoyed seeing people realise how commercial Christmas really is and not going overboard…not great for the retail sector however it’s nice to see that people are actually stepping back from the crazy Christmas spending and not wanting material items but would rather save for an experience at a later date.

Well done to the New Zealand Herald for this cute article about Santa; apparently doctors and insurers have raised their concerns over his lifestyle.  And another one from the New Zealand…let’s just say, only in New Zealand would you get a buff Santa!

Anyway enough of my babbling; hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember to leave out a mince pie and beer for Santa tonight!

xx

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Last year I wrote a post about the lessons that 2016 had taught me and I thought, let’s make this an annual tradition so here are the lessons that 2017 has taught me. I think this quote sums up 2017 brilliantly, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” –  Mark Twain…especially due to a certain president who is armed with his own twitter account!

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

Be Kind To Your Yourself and Others

Last year I wrote about how you can be your harshest critic and while I know I still am (it’s a hard lesson to learn)...2017 taught me to be kind to myself in many different ways…from looking after my body due to operations through to relying on others to look after me.   As someone who is rather independent, it was hard letting others look after me and I punished myself and the ones I loved over how useless I was when suffering from exhaustion.

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post on my Hopes, Dreams & Wishes for 2017 and my mantra for this year is “Kindness Never Goes Out of Fashion”.  We live in a very fractured world and never have we needed more kindness in this world than now.  Try and help others in need; check out www.crisis.org.uk this winter season…donations of money or clothing are always required (and how many unworn winter coats do you have sitting in your wardrobe) or take the time to chat to someone, loneliness is real for many.

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

^^Don’t take yourself too seriously…sent the photo of me to my mum and sister and this was their response…giggles galore!

Armchair Travel is Just as Good as Jumping on a Plane 

While I was grounded, I really fell in love with my travel magazines more and more (I have subscriptions to so many!)…they transported me to beautiful and wild destinations and there is something about turning a page of a magazine to a new destination while holding a cup of tea (it was probably more water with a crap load of ice than a tea…pica is fun!) that is truly relaxing rather than scrolling through a website with pop ups flashing at you to join a social media profile.

If I’m going to be really honest; I have fallen out of love with blogs more than ever this year…some feel so materialistic, the writing feels forced on others or the journey just doesn’t feel very authentic…the worst is when it comes across as they didn’t really want to be there.  I still love these bloggers…they are normal folks with normal holiday entitlements who travel where they love and it shows in their writing and their happy photos.  Unfollowing is hard but it’s better to follow folks that you love rather than what makes you feel frustrated.

Armchair travel is great…what works for me as inspiration doesn’t mean will work for you.

Choose What Makes You Happy

2016 and 2017 really were the years of listicles telling us all where you MUST and NEED to visit and do…I’m a firm believer that you should do things that you want to do…don’t be a sheep.  I’ve always kept a list at the back of my diary of places that I want to visit…some of these destinations sit on that list for years (I need to plant a few more money trees!)…the last few years I haven’t written this list or focussed on it but this year, I started my list again and I’ve had fun ticking of places that have interested me including Moscow, Blackpool and Toledo…sit down and write a list of places you want to visit or things that you really want to do; without any distractions i.e. the internet and then make some plans…the no distractions helps in working out where you really want to go personally rather than where people are telling you to go.

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

^^I loved Moscow!

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

^^One day I will share the funny story about the gun range in Moscow that G and I visited…we thought we were going to die however looking at G’s skills, I didn’t have to worry!  While I was studying for my ACCA qualification, G was studying his playstation…it paid off in the end obviously.

Cancer is a Very Scary Word and it Doesn’t Discriminate 

Last year, G’s dad was diagnosed with cancer and died less than 2 weeks later…it was a horrible time and it’s terrifying how many folks have told me similar stories this past year.  I didn’t want to hear the C word at all in 2017 but in June I was diagnosed with Serrated Polyposis Syndrome which is a genetic colon disease…a week after my second fibroid operation, I had no idea that I would be sitting down with a Professor and receiving this diagnosis…or that I am likely to get diagnosed with colon cancer before I turn 45 (or maybe never…who knows…I’m hoping I will be lucky).  

After my second colonoscopy this year; they found cancer cells but thankfully they were found early and removed prior to becoming a tumour.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate!  Don’t let your GP fob you off…you know your body better than anyone…push especially when you see blood in your poo, don’t be afraid, it’s better to know the reason why and to have treatment early.

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

There Are Some Good Eggs Working on the NHS and Some Bad Ones

I won’t lie, I’m not a fan of the NHS (personally I think it’s time for a major overhaul)…but I will agree there are some good eggs working on the NHS, unfortunately I’ve had a few rotten eggs in the past treat me and these folks wreck it for everyone else.  Yes there are folks that are trying to make money out of the NHS by not operating on you (they get paid not to operate / treat at times to meet targets) hence they don’t treat you when you’re ill…this is what I fell foul of and I’ve got specialists that are very annoyed that I wasn’t treated years ago.

Recently Luton & Dunstable Hospital was named one of the best hospitals in the UK and they’re right.  I received amazing treatment there, two operations later and no complaints…their Women’s Clinic is amazing.  If you have trouble at Bedford Hospital, ask for a second opinion at L&D Hospital…apparently this is becoming a common occurrence…sadly…Bedford needs a hospital but for fucks sake it, it needs to pull up it’s socks so we can keep it…what I’ve seen in the past 10 days at Bedford Hospital with G’s mum treatment really tells me that the NHS is in a complete shambles in some areas!

As we edge closer to the end of 2017…I feel that I’m actually getting stronger day by day as my fibroids are now removed and I have so many more answers now to some pretty dreadful symptoms that I’ve suffered with over the past few years.  Over 7 years in the making but I think we may have finally got to the bottom of things!

It’s Okay to Start Again

It sure is…I’m at a point where I’m questioning everything in my life…especially around my career…do I want to be an Accountant, do I enjoy it?  And no, I would never become a full time blogger as that’s just not me…I like this blog to be my release and where I share my photos with my family and friends around the world.   I believe things happen for a reason so lets see what happens…

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

Tastes Change With Time and Experience 

Sara popped up to see me a few months back and we had a great chat about how travel can change you…there are certain destinations that make you see life very differently and you return a very different person.  I’m not talking about a trip to Europe or staying at a fancy hotel in Africa…I know that Sara will understand what I’m trying to say here…when you travel through somewhere like Africa on an Overland trip you see the real Africa, warts and all…where poverty is in your face and you realise how devastating HIV really is…it took me 2 days driving through Malawi to realise that the boxes on the side of the road for sale were coffins.

I have become very materialistic over the past few years…I’ve gotten into some really bad habits…I joined the throw away society…where it’s okay to buy something to wear once and never wear again because it was so cheap…I don’t shop at Primark…that place makes me sneeze…I’m guessing I’m allergic to their code of ethics…but saying that, are my Gap jeans or Boden clothes any better?

Africa taught me so much; folks had so little but their generosity was overwhelming.  My tastes have changed…I don’t need much in my life to be happy…I don’t need to be told what I need to buy…I have so much, why do I need more.

Due to this, I’ve really changed what I’m consuming but also what I’m reading and watching…targeted advertisements are shocking when you start to open your eyes to them and my eyes were wide open in 2017.  I may have told Instagram that the Jeremy Corbyn photo that popped up in my Instagram feed as sponsored during the election this year was offensive and reported the ad (I don’t agree to political sponsored posts on social media…that’s just me though!)…and then he popped up even more…so I made a decision to spend less time on the ‘gram as I didn’t need the stress of seeing more adhoc sponsored or ad bullshit in my life…yeap you can fuck off with you #ad hashtag, thank you very much…I don’t need it!

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

Accountants are notorious for having shocking personal finances…we know what is there but what am I spending it on…dunno!  I got my finances under control this year and it was amazing to track my spending for a few months to see my spending habits…shoes weren’t the problem, it was clothing…goodbye shopping phone apps!

Rachel gave me a heads up to Dave Ramsey and I now listen to his podcast, he has a distinctive voice that when I’m about to buy something I just imagine him yelling at me…it doesn’t work all the time and I tell him at times to royally fuck off as I do need that new Boden Jumper for Christmas.

When you start tracking (this isn’t budgeting); you start to see your bad habits and it’s an eye opener.  I changed a number of my shopping habits; from service providers to also using topcashback.com where I’ve received over £500 back so far this year…you can ask for cash or avios or a number of different vouchers.

Once you start, you can’t stop…I then got into reading Personal Finance books…oh my goodness, there are some really good books and some rather sad ones.  Overall I feel in a much better frame of mind about my personal finances now and have stopped a lot of unnecessary spending.

Get your money under control and understand your spending habits; with so many problems in the world at the moment, it’s better to be financially prepared for whatever is around the corner…our folks probably remember the 15% interest rates…this could be a hard lesson for some to learn if this ever happens again especially in the UK and New Zealand.  Be prepared when you start tracking…it’s scary and you need smelling salts when you see your bad habits right in front of you but it’s totally worth it.

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

^^Let’s pretend these are money trees!

Cutting All Your Hair Off Gives You Confidence!

When I say cutting all your hair off…I mean going really short…not just a few inches.  There is something about going really short that makes you feel more confident; a lot of women hide behind their hair, it’s like a security blanket and I feel like I’ve let mine go.  I don’t feel less of a women because I have short hair, I actually feel more like a women as I feel stronger and more confident that I took the leap.

If you have fancied short hair for a while, do it!  It’s a total revelation…you end up standing a few inches taller for some reason.  Strangely, the guys in the office all chat to me about how great my hair is now…apparently I look very French and chic…they also comment on my lipstick choice (When I wear red lippy, they find it rather distracting…I like to make them blush as I call red lips, Red Blow Job Lips…sorry mummy…you know what I’m like, I’m definitely my fathers daughter!)

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

^^I’m now shorter than this…my hair, not my height…I’m still 5’11!

So there you go; these are some of the big lessons that 2017 has taught me…I’m sure there are still so many life lessons to learn and each year you learn a few more…time is a blessing and curse in so many different ways, you realise this when you get a bit older.  I will be honest and say I’m once again rather happy to see the end of 2017, drawing a line underneath it…new beginnings and I have my fingers crossed for a stronger body and mind in 2018.

Lessons That 2017 Has Taught Me!

What lessons has 2017 taught you?

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xx

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Weight: 94.3 kgs

“Men never know when things are dirty or not; women will have their little nonsenses and needless cares.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 50, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

I’ve gone up from the last time I weighed myself…ho hum…that’s life and I’m not too bothered at all really considering the lack of exercise recently.

Shake Your Booty

I’m trying to be kind to my body and letting it recover from an uterus infection…never thought those two words would go together but there you go…so I’ve taken some time to do yoga this week to help me relax.

What I’m Up Too…

This week we have G’s mum staying as she is still recovering from her operation.  G and I are working all the way up to Christmas…fingers crossed for great traffic next week.

I ended up not attending the two Christmas parties I was invited to this week due to various reasons…at the moment I don’t feel very Christmassy (I may have peaked in Austria!)...I think I need sunshine to really click that it’s Christmas time…you can take the girl out of the Southern Hemisphere but you can’t take the Southern Hemisphere out of the girl.

On Thursday, I had my greys covered and my hair is shorter again…next step is a pixie cut…I’m almost there!  Maybe I should have a number 3 and go from there…Nicole and I always have a giggle over my hair demands…3 years of telling her just to take an inch off…I’m now asking her to take it all off…she just laughs and thankfully she’s a bloody confident hair stylist.

I’ve made gluten free gingerbread men and they are sooooo scrummy.  I find gluten free recipes can be a bit hit and miss at times and I’ve struggled to find a good gingerbread recipe the past few years but have finally found one that I love and with ingredients that most folks have in their cupboards…here’s a link to the recipe online.

Anyway enough of my babbling; Happy Weekend Everyone!

xx

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Weight: Unknown…I was so excited about the snow I forgot to weigh myself!

“Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 49, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

The snow was a total distraction this morning…oh snow, forgets to weigh myself or eat breakfast.

Shake Your Booty

I was kind to my body and have avoided exercise due to a lot of stomach pain.

What I’m Up Too…

Okay…can we all please take a moment to be thankful for the councils and the folks driving the gritters and ploughs over the past 3-4 days please.  I’m in such a rage over peoples idea of what their council tax entitles them too…apparently a perfectly ploughed street every ten seconds…nope it doesn’t!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 49, 2017

^^On my walk down to Waitrose to pick up some cereal for Gritham

G aka Gritham as he is currently called by my friends is out working his arse off to make sure roads are kept clear and are gritted in Milton Keynes, that took a huge hit of snow overnight and today…take the time to be grateful that the council is doing this rather than issuing everyone with a shovel to clear their own road.  G is bloody knackered and he has to go to work tomorrow but still is going out gritting tonight…why did everyone need to go shopping today?

I had a disagreement with someone on twitter after Gritham told me that they were getting slaughtered on twitter…I asked someone what was more important; a clear road to a hospital or a retail park?  This was after he complained that residents were amazed they hadn’t cleared a retail park.  Honestly people are fuckwits…where has the common sense gone in this country and why do people need to go out shopping…enjoy the snow with your family and have a home day; play in the snow, watch movies, bake or play board games…if you need to go shopping, you can do it online.

No sarcasm is required…councils are working hard to sort the roads out so please give the gritter drivers the respect they deserve on the roads over the next few days please…and give them a toot and a wave to say you have appreciated their hard work as they probably haven’t seen their loved ones due to their unsociable hours….this afternoon was the first time since Thursday evening that G has made it in to hospital to see his mum.

Anyway enough of this snow rant!

I had my coil removed on Tuesday…it didn’t go to plan and almost ended up having to have an emergency operation that afternoon…nothing with my fanny or bottom is easy!  I love a good awkward scene and there is nothing more awkward when you have two specialists trying to pull a coil out and it getting stuck…getting told to relax…replied I’m relaxed as I’m thinking you’re George Clooney…getting told I’m hilarious…I’m pretty funny in awkward situations if I do say so myself (up there with the time, when the young man had to give me an internal ultrasound…he told me to relax…I told him I was ready and excited but normally preferred to know the guys name and a spot of dinner prior to penetration…the lady in the corner was in fits of giggles..the young man was red as a beetroot…I then went on to discuss what I fancied for lunch…the lady told me it was the best ultra sound she had ever witnessed…the young man couldn’t meet my eyes especially after I asked him if I was the best he had ever had!)

So having a great hormone crash now…sleepy all the time, eye ball headaches / migraines, nausea (thankfully very different to the SPS related nausea which is truly horrendous!) but can’t work out what the stomach pains relate to…coil removal, bladder infection or diverticulitis…the pain is getting worse not better…at least my eyesight has returned to normal and no longer blurry…woohoo a silver lining.  Fingers crossed its not diverticulitis again as I don’t fancy joining G’s mum in hospital.

And the best thing…I have totally no emotions…when I was ranting above…my nostrils didn’t flare and I didn’t feel anger…I just typed…I’ve gone from constant rage to totally no emotions at all and it’s bloody weird!

I know that I sound like a total hypochondriac but normally where there is smoke there is a fire somewhere in my body…and my lower left side is bloody painful.  Trying to do what the doctors have told me; which is to listen to my body and work out what each pain relates too….easier said than done along with having bed rest!

But other than that I’m a total box of fluffies and loving life (as much as you can do without emotions)!

Ana aka Mrs O Around the World wrote a very personal post about her IVF journey…I have my fingers and toes crossed for Mr O after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer this week during this journey.  When it rains, it pours!

I just realised that this is week 49…almost at the end of the year; how did that happen?

Anyway enough of my babbling; did you have a lovely weekend?

xx

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I love a lot of things…castles, cakes, shoes and don’t forget the Christmas Markets!  Over the years I’ve visited quite a few markets around Europe including Germany, France and now Austria so I thought I would create a little Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and the surrounding villages after my recent visit.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Salzburg Old Town

The big draw in Salzburg is the Christmas Market in the Old Town around Dom Square…the market is spread out however it has a lovely flow to the market so you’ll be able to browse every market stall with ease and there is a great mixture between food and decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I was a bit disappointed not to see that many Nut Crackers or Smokers like you do in Christmas Markets in Germany (and yes I know this is Austria but had made a little assumption in my mind which was obviously wrong)...I did spot a few here and there however they weren’t that expensive which made me think they weren’t made locally.  If you want to buy traditional Christmas Decorations then pick up the item to see if you can spot a sticker or ask the shop keeper if they were made in Europe.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip:  Use your feet…most of the old town is a pedestrian area only and you will stumble upon numerous Christmas Shops and the Advent Markets which are dotted around the city…make sure you wander down all the little alleyways as you will find plenty of cosy cafes and little pop up shops selling Christmas decorations.

Gluten Free Tips: Head over across the bridge to Hotel Sacher for a piece of gluten free cake…on the day we visited they had two options.  If you follow a vegan diet there are plenty of options dotted around the Salzburg Christmas market.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Sternadvent mit Wintermarkt

As I said above you really need to pop down the little alleyways along 

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel tip – Highly recommend Mozartwinkel for a place to stop for a cuppa and just watch the crowds pass by – address is Universitätspl. 15; right by a cute little market stall.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

There is a small Advent Market just beside the Mirabell Palace and Gardens (on the main road close by the Congress building); this is mainly a locals Advent Market and it’s where they pick up their gorgeous wreaths, chug back a few mulled wines and whatever is cooking…our concierge at the Crowne Plaza said that they offered the best Mulled Wine in Salzburg at the Mirabell Gardens Christmas Market.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Schloss Hellbrunn

Now while the Palace isn’t open for a sticky beak, there is a rather beautiful Christmas Market in the grounds…you can visit the markets and tick off visiting the glass gazebo from the Sound of Music all in one go.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I loved the surroundings of this markets…and I felt rather festive after visiting Schloss Hellbrunn…Schloss means Palace just so you know.  Personally I thought the quality and selection of goods were a lot better here than the main Christmas Market in Dom Square …and price wise it was cheaper than the main market.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Visit the Old Town market first then head to Schloss Hellbrunn…best way is to compare prices however if you see something at Schloss Hellbrunn then buy it when you see it as it’s a little way out of town.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: catch the Number 25 bus…buy tickets on the bus (2.60 euros each way…or it could be 2.80…my brain is pants) or they are cheaper again if you buy from a newsagent prior to boarding…buses run every 20 minutes during week days and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes .  The bus will show the stop on a tv screen so you will know when you’re approaching Schloss Hellbrunn.

Gluten Free Tip: I did spot one or two gluten free snacks…chocolate covered fruit and a slice.

Department Stores

I usually love to look at department stores especially if they are old school department stores as they normally stock lovely Christmas decorations however Salzburg didn’t seem to have any…or the concierge and I were not on the same wave length (more than likely…Lidl kept coming up when I was trying to describe I wanted more of a Liberty style department store than a Lidl supermarket!)…but I did find a couple of shops that may be of interest for you.

Depot Salzburg – Linzer Gasse 17-19

Depot had some rather cheap Christmas decorations upstairs…depending on your favourite colour scheme etc…I bought a couple of things including some funky ribbons.  The quality isn’t great so you definitely get what you are paying for here…choose wisely.

Gehmacher Salzburg – Alter Markt 2

Now I love love love this interiors and clothing shop…I could basically move in and I held myself back from buying a few things that I really really needed like a Reindeer Coat hook…he looked a bit evil holding his gun but my goodness I fancied the socks off him.  I did buy some of the most gorgeous large red glass baubles from this store…at 7 euros a pop they were pretty damn expensive however the quality was exquisite and I’ve never seen them anywhere else.  I tried to buy quality glass ornaments when I’m travelling as they become your family Christmas heirlooms.

Salzburg is a really compact city; you will stumble across every market if you’re visiting for a weekend…you will need to catch the bus or grab a taxi to Schloss Hellbrunn as it’s not walkable.

A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg’s Surrounding Villages

We (the royal we…G drove!) rented a car and drove down a section of Austria’s Romantic Road which is rather pretty…I didn’t have too much of a fixed plan bar one little town in particular which didn’t turn out to be the one I really loved the most.

St Gilgen Advent Market

This was a last minute stop that I added onto our itinerary as we were leaving the airport car park with the rental car and oh my goodness, it was my favourite…it resembled something out of a little fairytale.

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The village has designed these large candles made out of fibreglass and had them made in Austria…they are dotted all around the town, on street lamps and in window boxes and you can buy them from a few of the little stores dotted around the town…I loved them so much that I bought two to take home with me.

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Just need G to make me some shutters and window boxes now…G called me high maintenance…as if <coughs> I’m totally high maintenance but can get ready for a black tie event in less than 10 minutes!

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While there were a number of stores selling hats and socks, there were a number of cute stores selling Christmas decorations that were truly wonderful and which we hadn’t spotted in Salzburg (stalls can start to become repetitive…the same hats and socks etc).

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Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: we had a hire car and there are a few car parks…park up on the main road and walk down, it’s totally worth a wander through St Gilgen.

Gluten Free Tip: We stumbled upon a little cake shop, Cafe Eissalon Dallmann (Mozartplatz 2a 5340, St Gilgen, Austria)…well I wanted a hot chocolate as I had lost feeling in my finger tips and a large meringue with cream jumped straight into my mouth…don’t you hate it when things like that happen when on holiday!

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St Wolfgang Advent Market

Now this was the place that I really wanted to visit as their Christmas Market is known as the best Advent Market in Austria and St Wolfgang is known as the most romantic spot in all of Austria…if you’re a foodie you will love this market a lot…there are a lot and I mean a lot of food stores compared to Christmas decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

The star attraction are the buildings of course which are beautifully painted however I found the market to be a bit hit and miss…maybe I had hit one to many Christmas markets…who knows.

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Travel Tips: Park the car and walk to the length of the Christmas Market…you can enjoy a boat trip which runs between three villages on Lake Wolfgangsee or a festive trip on the Cog Railway for views over St Wolfgang (we were going to do this however temperatures had plummeted…try -11 degrees hence my chestnuts were frozen solid!)

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Gluten Free Tips: I didn’t spot anything in the markets themselves and we were full from our previous stop but there are many eating establishments here.

Hallstatt Advent Market

We hit Hallstatt really early on a Saturday morning; we were warned to arrive prior to 10am as it gets packed…it’s insta-famous you see.  Now we were told that the market was open for 10am however we didn’t see much life to it; I think we were a bit too early.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

It’s very pretty under a blanket of snow and there are a few shops selling festive decorations…just be wary that it is very touristy with signs on houses asking you not to take photos of their house…sad but very true.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip – Parking around Hallstatt is a bit of a nightmare, you basically need to park in one of the outer village car parks and they run shuttle buses into the village…get there early to avoid the crowds however this may impact on how many stores are actually open

Berchtesgaden Christmas Market

We crossed the border and headed to the Christmas Market in Berchtesgaden; it’s a area of natural beauty and favoured by walkers during the warmer months.  Berchtesgaden has a Christmas Market which is rather small to be honest…the stalls were very similar to what was on offer in Salzburg and the surrounding towns and villages.

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They do have some fantastic wooden displays in Berchtesgaden though which caught my eye and there is a lovely florist selling Christmas decorations…I left some reindeer behind in Germany…honestly reading personal finance books have curbed my spending a lot!

Travel Tip – there is an underground car park right by the Christmas Market…highly recommend staying at the Kempinski Berchtesgaden for the views and spa alone…while we didn’t stay on this visit we have stayed at this property when it was under the Intercontinental branding and loved it…they offer a spa day pass which is good value for money as it’s a bit pricey to stay now.

Let me know if this Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg has helped you out…and if you do visit and have any further tips why not drop them down in the comments box below for others to read…sharing is caring folks!

Travel Tips for Salzburg, Austria

  • The Old Town is almost a total pedestrian zone so make sure you have comfortable shoes; the city is small and very walkable
  • During the winter months, a number of the attractions are closed so if you are offered the Salzburg Visitors card be wary of what is actually open and if you’re going to get value out of the card…it does offer free transportation.
  • Most of the stall holders only accept cash so make sure you are carrying euros; you will find atm machines in most markets
  • We hired a rental car from the airport for a few days to visit some of the outlying villages and towns – this was as a good idea for us as it meant we had flexibility on to where we visited plus it was cheaper as there were three of us rather than booking tours
  • Viator is offering a Christmas Market tour to some of the villages close to Salzburg if you don’t fancy driving.
  • A taxi costs no more than 15 euros from the airport to the Salzburg Old Town area
  • Check out my packing tips on what to wear to the Christmas Markets in Europe…I’ve visited a few so I now know a few tricks not to freeze by bottom off
  • If you’re visiting a number of Christmas Markets across Europe then make sure you check out my handy travel tip post for the Christmas Markets.

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